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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review

Taking kart racing to a whole new level.

Nathan Holda, Staff Writer

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When Nintendo released the Switch, one of the games they promised to come was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Some people didn’t really know what to think about it upon it’s announcement.

“it’s good,” said Shawn Sifuentens, undecided. “It’s fun for a Mario Kart game, but is it worth the 60 bucks? If you like Mario kart then yes.”

“it’s fun for what they went for” said Jacob Ihm, a major in science and art.

Let’s take a look at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch and see what it offers.

When Mario Kart 8 was released on the Wii U, there were a few things people didn’t agree with. The battle mode was changed, forcing everyone to battle on one of the standard race tracks, and when they lost they would turn into ghosts. That’s been changed back to the old fashion ways of battle mode that everyone grew up with, and with 3 new modes. There are 5 modes total in the new deluxe edition, Balloon Battle, Coin Runners, Ba-bomb hunt, Shine Run and, Cops and robbers. With the 5 modes in battle there will be no shortage of fun there.

The racing part of the game has changed a bit with a few new playable characters such as Bowers Jr, dry bones, King boo (King of the boos) and the Inklings form Splatoon, as well as new kart customizations to try out as well. Though the tracks are the same, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes with all the DLC from Mario Kart 8, so you get 4 more cups and 6 other playable characters as well.

The controls have switched thanks to the  addition of the new joy-cons as controllers. They work well for Mario kart, and are easy to understand how the controls work. Mario Kart 8 Delux also brings back motion steering, which first dabued in Mario kart Wii. An optional feature new to the Mario Kart franchise is auto steering and auto-acceleration, which does what the names implies. Auto steering kicks in  if you are about to go off the track, pulling you back on. With auto acceleration you won’t have to hold down the A button to move forward, but you won’t go as fast. Thankfully if you’re used to the chaos of Mario Kart, both of these features are optional.

Is the game good? Yes, it’s fun and fixes many of the problems people had with the original Mario Kart 8. If you own a Nintendo switch you should pick up this game and look at it for yourself! This is Nathan signing out.

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