Mario’s coming to the Nintendo Switch with a host of new games. One of the most-awaited ones is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but it has a catch. It seems there will not be any new tracks for the Mario Kart port in the Switch.
This news will come as a bit of a surprise for fans. Now, Nintendo has also confirmed that there will only be very few new features for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch. This means the focus of the game is for a port in itself, rather than an entirely new entry.
Of course whether or not the game will receive DLCs (downloadable content) is another thing entirely. However, let’s explore the new additions to the game in the Switch. Buckle up, Mario fans, as this is going to be a ride.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Return of the Karts
Mario Kart 8 remains to be one of the most anticipated games for the Switch despite being in the Wii U. The new game, with a Deluxe attached to the title, has a host of new features for players to enjoy. There are a ton of new characters and a new Battle Mode.
This is why it came off as a surprise that there are no new tracks within the core mode. According to Nintendo Everything, the Switch announcement confirmed 48 tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However, it’s also the same number of tracks as in the original Wii U game.
Of course, 48 is a hefty number. However, fans may want to have some variety over a title they were expecting for a few years. After all, if there are new characters, there may as well be new tracks.
Mario for the Switch: What’s New?
However, according to Game Rant, there’s always the possibility of more tracks being added post-launch via DLC. Nintendo did not specifically rule out this possibility themselves. Still, players may have to wait for a while.
Meanwhile, Mario Kart 9 appears to be already in development. This could justify the lack of new courses in the game, as they may be making an appearance in the new game. Still, with new tracks out of the picture, players can still cling to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will arrive solely for the Switch on April 28.