Differences in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Author: Blake Biehle


With the Nintedno Switch’s release just around the corner, many are anticipating the new titles provided. One of them, titled Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, is not necessarily a new title, but more of a release with additional content. The first edition of this game, titled quite similarly Mario Kart 8, was first released on the Wii U back in May of 2014. But what exactly is the difference between Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch? Is it worth buying again if you owned the Wii U version?


The Deluxe version not only includes all courses from MK8 and the DLC stages, but also includes new stages of its own. The only ones that we know of include Urchin Underpass, Battle Stadium, Luigi’s Mansion from the Gamecube, and SNES Battle Course 1. That may not seem like a lot, but there very well could be more stages not mentioned on Nintendo’s information page.


More characters are also being introduced in the Deluxe version to the already large cast of the game. All characters known to our knowledge that are new additions are Dry Bones, inkling Girl and Inkling Boy from Splatoon, Bowser Jr., and King Boo. With the exception of the Splatoon characters, all of these are missed classis characters from the older Mario Kart games.

Battle Mode:

And last but not least, we have the newly implemented battle mode. With all previous Mario Kart games, with the exception of MK8 on the Wii U, there has been some form of balloon battle mode with arenas and such. For whatever reason within MK8, they scrapped that battle formula and implemented a much more underwhelming version where you would simply battle on the race tracks. There were no cleverly designed arenas making for a much more dull battle mode. Thankfully they added an appropriate battle mode this time, and are even implementing new maps for it as well. This is probably the biggest edition to the game because that was such a disappointment to Mario Kart fans for the Wii U version.


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