Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is almost here, and the Nintendo Switch revamp of adds many new features that weren’t present on the Wii U. You’re probably already aware of the big ones, like the revamped battle mode, new characters, and, of course, the ability to play on the go with the Nintendo Switch, but there are some less-publicized additions as well.
Mario Kart 8 isn’t exactly an overly-challenging game, but this time around Nintendo wants to bring the most casual of the casual aboard, so they’ve added two new assist options, which you can access at any time from the pause menu. Smart Steering will automate your kart’s handling and ensure you never drive off the track, and auto-accelerate does exactly what it sounds like it does. Combine the two, and Mario Kart 8 becomes a self-driving racing game. Hey, points for innovation, Nintendo!
You can check out the Nintendo fanatics at GameXplain testing out Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s auto-driving options in the video above. Your character won’t pull off any fancy drifting and boosts or throw items, but they also won’t get caught on anything or fall off the track, and GameXplain’s King Boo actually ends up doing pretty well in a 100cc race. He ends up in first place at one point, and finishes the race in fourth. I’ll admit, I’ve done worse on 100cc tracks while trying my best.
I’m sure some self-professed “hardcore gamers” will gripe about this addition, but most people will never touch these options. Smart Steering and auto-accelerate are there so you grandma, four-year-old nephew, or people with physical disabilities can join in when the game comes out at parties and family gatherings. More people having fun is a good thing!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe races onto the Nintendo Switch on April 28.