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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches today - Start your engines

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo’s upgraded version of Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch, launches today in South Africa, and we couldn’t be more excited. The game boasts new features and additions, making it the “biggest, most accessible and versatile Mario Kart game yet”.

It is a game for all ages to enjoy, catering to several play styles for all players of all experience levels. The game features 48 tracks, an optional Smart Steering feature, motion controls with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con wheels, five speed classes to choose from (bring on the 200cc), amiibo compatibility and much, much more.

The best way to experience Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will definitely be in the frantic multiplayer, which the game has in spades. The official press release reads:

“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will allow players to compete in frantic multiplayer races anytime, anywhere, and with anyone they choose. By handing one of the two Joy-Con controllers included with the Nintendo Switch console to an opponent and competing on the console’s built-in screen, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s multiple game modes can take place wherever players choose. Whether it’s played in tabletop mode while waiting for food at a restaurant, in handheld mode in the back of a car, or in TV mode at a party, there are plenty of ways for budding racers and veteran battlers to get stuck into wheel-to-wheel action. 

As well as local and online multiplayer racing, players can also enjoy the new and revamped Battle Mode. Players will battle it out in one of eight dedicated arenas, including returning courses from titles such as Mario Kart 7, and engage in game modes returning from Mario Kart Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii, such as Bob-omb Blast and Shine Thief, alongside the classic Balloon Battle, and the brand new cops and robbers-style mode known as Renegade Roundup. Players can also make use of the returning Feather item to jump over obstacles in Battle Mode, the Boo to steal items from others, and can once again carry two items at once for more strategic battling and racing.”

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers four different ways to play with friends, namely: 

  • "Up to four friends can play on a single Nintendo Switch console in TV mode, or in tabletop mode by using the stand at the back of the console and placing it on a flat surface
  • Online multiplayer allows for up to two local racers to get involved in 12-player races with others around the world
  • Through Local Wireless Play, multiple Nintendo Switch consoles can be connected to each other, allowing up to eight people to play together in the same room
  • Up to 12 consoles in TV mode can be connected via LAN Play, with one or two players per connected Nintendo Switch for a maximum of 12 players." Note that for LAN Play each console requires its own USB to LAN adapter, sold separately. At least two connected Nintendo Switch consoles are required for LAN Play. 

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We will have our review of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe up next week, but from everything we've seen so far, it sure looks like a lot of fun to play!

Will you be playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch today? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Press Release

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