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MARIO KART 8
Platform: Switch
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features detailed

Nintendo outlines what's included in the Switch version of the arcade racing game

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Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 is coming to the Nintendo Switch console with new features, new characters, new karts, new modes and enhanced visuals.

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe contains every character, track and kart from the Wii U version – including all the previously released DLC – with the addition of even more content. The five new characters (Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr.) bring the total number of racers to 42. New karts inspired by Splatoon, the ability to hold two items at once, returning items like the item-stealing Boo and jumping Feather, a new Smart Steering control option, and more is included.

One of the notable new features in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the addition of a revamped Battle mode that can be played both locally and online. Making its debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Renegade Roundup mode has one team trying to capture the other and put them into jail before time runs out. The opposing team must try to escape and can break their own teammates out of prison by pressing a button under the jail cell. Other modes include Balloon Battle, Bob-omb Blast, Coin Runners, and Shine Thief.

Traditional split-screen returns with up to four players (additional accessories are required and are sold separately) by docking the Nintendo Switch system, but players can also undock the system, detach the Joy-Con controllers and use them horizontally to play anywhere comfortably with two players. In addition, races can be played online or hosted in LAN multiplayer sessions with up to 12 players (additional games and systems are required). Two players can even share one Nintendo Switch system when experiencing LAN play.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches in stores and Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on April 28. Same day, Nintendo will also release the Joy-Con Wheel accessory at a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a set of two.

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