Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Features Discussed In New Trailer

by Robert Workman


We’re just a couple of weeks away from revving into overdrive with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, which is sure to be one of the bigger releases for the system. Fans will be able to jump back into the action as they’ve come to expect from the previously released Wii U version, but with new Battle Mode options and all the DLC already included in the package.

While we’ve already uncovered one of the new features earlier today with the “self-driving” option (which is meant to help younger players through more frustrating tracks featured within the game, like Rainbow Road), there are other features that the new trailer for the game covers as well.

First off, the trailer features a number of returning racers, including classic favorites, as well as Link from The Legend of Zelda (taking a break from Breath of the Wild, it seems) and the Animal Crossing characters. New drivers are also featured, including Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon and the forthcoming Splatoon 2.

Some power-ups are also briefly shown, including the Pirahna Plant, the Boomerang, the Bob-omb and the bike horn, which is set to clear away any threats – even those dreaded spiked shells that can spell an end ot your ride.

The “Boo” option is also back, which not only renders you invisible during Battle Modes (enabling you to get a jump on your opponent), but also enables you to steal power-ups from them that you can use over the course of the event.

The “Feather” is also back, which not only allows you to jump over walls to get into other areas, but also lets you jump over opponents, getting the option to steal one of their balloons. When you’re fighting for survival, every theft counts.

Double Items are also available during races, which allows you to store two power-ups at once, and use them in succession. You just need to hit the double Question blocks instead of the single ones, which are usually on the end of the line-up of power-ups.

The 200cc class is also briefly featured, along with the 8-player battle mode, in which you can compete with others in pure competitive style.

Check out the trailer below, and prepare for racing action when Mario Kart 8 arrives on April 28th!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - What's new- (Nintendo... by WWG

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.