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The Switch Dilemma: Buying Mario Kart 8 Again?


With the Nintendo Switch almost 2 months old, third parties are taking a wait-and-see approach to see if they want to get involved. So far so good on the sales front. On the software front though, it’s beginning to feel like we’re getting Wii U ports. From Rayman Legends to Lego City Undercover, the Switch is the home for Wii U ports in its infancy. With that in mind, let’s jump into Mario Kart 8. Excuse me. For the Switch, Nintendo has added a word to make you want to buy it all over again. Deluxe.

So, should we or shouldn’t we…buy? That is the question.

What makes this new version of MK8 Deluxe so…deluxe? Here’s a breakdown of the new features:

  • It’s portable. Not sure why I put this on there as porting other home console games to the Switch makes them immediately portable.
  • In addition to being portable, you can play up to 4-players in table top mode. Not bad to show this off to your friends.
  • It has a higher resolution confirmed for TV mode. The Wii U version ran at 720p. The new deluxe version will run at 1080p while keeping that ultra smooth 60 frames-per-second. Those replays need to be slowed down to rub it in your friends’ faces, no?
  • It has all of the DLC from the original game included at no extra cost.
  • It has the Splatoon characters added on there for good measure.

Do these features make it worth the retail price of $59.99 in the U.S.? So far, I’m leaning toward a no. If you’ve owned the game before, you should only have to pay $20. Yet, there’s one more feature I haven’t mentioned. Back from previous incarnations of the Mario Kart franchise is Battle Mode. There are supposed to be 8 gigantic battle mode arenas. Now, back in the day I didn’t think Battle Mode was all that it was cracked up to be. Then again, nothing in 4-player local play has matched my love for Goldeneye 64 and its spiritual sequels of the Time Splitters series on Nintendo consoles. According to some early reviews of this “deluxe” of a game though, Battle Mode is…fun.

Does it still make the game worth $59.99? In my opinion, not quite. However, I will still buy this game because I don’t want to miss out on showing off to my friends.

To wrap this up, Nintendo had released a vidoe to show off what’s new in the game. Here it is below. What about you? Are you going to re-purchase this game?




Pete Taase once was a Sith Lord, but was brought back from the depths of dark side by his younglings and old VHS cassettes that require the tracking button to make the screen clearer to view.

Twitter: @PeteTaase

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