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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Coming to Nintendo Switch on April 28
The Mario Kart footage that was shown during the Switch reveal a few months back raised more questions than it answered: was this a Mario Kart 8 port? Did the ability to hold two items mean that it was a sequel to Double Dash? Would there finally be a proper battle mode? In a trailer released after the Nintendo Switch presentation, we finally found out that the footage we saw was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which will be coming to the Switch on April 28, 2017. The game is not a sequel, but rather a port of Mario Kart 8 that includes all DLC and is enhanced with a number of new features. This will surely be the definitive version of the game, but whether it will be worth the likely $59.99 upgrade remains to be seen. You can catch more details alongside a trailer and screenshots after the break.
It's clear that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will include all the characters, tracks, DLC and other content from the Wii U version. We also know that we'll be getting a new battle mode (with at least balloon battle) and accompanying stages, the ability to hold two items at once, and the new characters Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, King Boo, and the Inklings. What's not so clear is whether or not there will be any additional content. Many were expecting new tracks (not battle tracks), but it's unknown whether that will happen. It's a very interesting choice that we are getting a port of Mario Kart 8 instead of a new Mario Kart game, especially since the games are usually released three years apart at one entry per console. It'll be interesting to see if we'll get an original Mario Kart title closer to the end of the Switch's life.