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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch: Classic Battle Mode Returns

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch: Classic Battle Mode Returns

Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s most successful games and following its 2014 iteration on the Wii, loyal gamers are hoping for redemption. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is heading to Nintendo Switch and according to the latest news, Nintendo appears to have learned from its mistake.

One of the pitfalls of Mario Kart 8 was its Battle mode. As recapped by IGN, Nintendo opted to reuse the standard circuit track and only upgraded players to three balloons. Three years ago, they missed the chance to introduce unique modes and special battle courses. However, from the look of things, Nintendo is making up for it with the Switch version, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Battle Mode – What We Know

According to the publication, the new modes are either custom designed or upgraded fan favorites. Below are some of the key details we already know:

  1. Battle Course 1: Players reminiscing about Super Mario Kart will feel nostalgia when running on the updated Battle Course 1. While it has the same color-coded guard rails, you’ll see new features like quick escapes and boost pads.
  2. Wuhu Town: See another classic on overdrive. The Mario Kart 7 location will set up epic battles as all roads lead to the town square.
  3. Luigi’s Mansion: Experience a visual overhaul that makes the 2003 Mario Kart: Double Dash scene look like a thing of the past.
  4. Sweet Sweet Canyon Circuit: This is now called the Sweet Sweet Kingdom. The Kingdom is a battle area with complex ramps that is basically a hide-and-seek attack haven.
  5. Candy Cones: These are not just aesthetically appealing but they’re now more functional. Players can use this to shake off projectiles.
  6. Dragon Driftway DLC: The DLC served as the inspiration for Dragon Palace – an outdoor courtyard with two giant dragons and a two-tier pagoda. Use the screen doors to enter additional rooms.
  7. Battle Stadium: You’ll notice that the stadium has gotten a wee bit smaller. This was done to keep combatants closer together and new elements like anti-gravity, tunnels, and ramps, were also introduced.
  8. Lunar Colony: This is location is set on the Moon where battles happen in low gravity. This means gameplay is different with bigger jumps, a different pull of gravity and the like. You can use craters to go airborne and chase enemies in space stations.
  9. Renegade Round Up: This mode places players in teams, one is the law and the other is branded as outlaws. The goal is for the outlaws is to evade capture while the good guys lose if they are unable to catch everyone in time.
  10. Other Franchises: The game will also be incorporating elements from different franchises. Gamers will likely see crossovers from F-Zero, Animal Crossing.

Mario Kart 8 News & Updates

In summary, there is a total of five different battle modes to enjoy. The said modes include Balloon Battle, Renegade Roundup, Bob-omb Blast, Coin Runners and Shine Thief. Per BGR, aside from all the above-mentioned improvements, the Switch game will also include all DLC tracks and characters.

In the game, there are new characters from the Nintendo universe and players can utilize two simultaneously. Gamers can opt for steering assist and Amiibo functionality among other features.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be available on April 28, 2017. It will be available in stores as well as on the Switch eShop.

Also Read: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set To Include New Battle Types

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