Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to Revive Multiplayer Battling Mode

With Nintendo’s new Switch console hitting store shelves in less than two months, they have been carpet bombing the press with details about the system and its library of games and launch titles. Among the initial wave of titles for Nintendo’s seventh generation console comes yet another installment in the Mario Kart franchise in the form of a “Deluxe” version of Mario Kart 8.

During Nintendo’s recent press conference to discuss the Switch, the company’s highlight reel featured a trailer for the game and gave some hints as to what makes it the deluxe edition:New arenas whose designs resemble the early games’ Battle Mode stages.
• New tracks to race different vehicles on.
• New characters to play as.
• New arenas whose designs resemble the early games’ Battle Mode stages.

The point about arena battles is especially notable; the original “Super Mario Kart,” released on the SNES, allowed players to compete in duels within enclosed areas. These modes started each character off with three balloons attached to his kart; every blow from a high velocity shell, collision with a Starman-powered opponent’s kart and wipe-out from running over a banana peel would cost that player a balloon and they would be eliminated from the match upon losing all balloons. The Nintendo 64 installment, “Mario Kart 64,” added onto this feature by including 4 player versions that improved the social aspect of its gameplay offerings. Later games would move battling away from arenas and into a number of racing courses that were either modified or left unchanged. “Mario Kart: Double Dash,” on the Nintendo “GameCube,” featured co-optional racing with two characters switching between the roles of driver and using the various power-up items.

While much information regarding Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was teased and briefly glimpsed upon, the exact release date for this latest kart racing title remains unknown.