‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ Battle Mode And New Characters Featured In Latest Trailer

Battle Mode is the biggest addition in 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe'
Battle Mode is the biggest addition in 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' Nintendo

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a re-release of the popular racing game for the Nintendo Switch. But more than just a port, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will include all of the past DLC and add some new characters and modes.

A lack of a Battle Mode in the Wii U version was a shame, considering Mario Kart 8 was a delight to play, but the Switch version brings in not just the classic balloon battle but plenty of other ways to battle friends online and in local multiplayer.

Nintendo released an overview trailer for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe documenting all of the new additions to the game below.

Five new characters join Mario Kart 8 Deluxe t o bring the roster to a robust 42 drivers. Inkling Girl and Boy, Bowser Jr., Dry Bones and King Boo join the race as new and returning characters from games past.

Also coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the change from one to two item slots per kart. Players can now hold on to two items at one time to bolster their defense when they are in the lead or trying for a come-from-behind win.

But the biggest addition is the Battle Mode. There are five different ways to play Battle Mode in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe , and they include all of the classics and a brand new way to play.

Here’s all of the different Battle Modes:

  • Renegade Roundup : Making its debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe , this new 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.

  • Balloon Battle : In this oldie but goodie, players earn points by popping balloons on the back of their opponents’ karts.

  • Bob-omb Blast : Originally seen in the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! game, this mode finds players throwing a barrage of Bob-ombs at opponents.

  • Coin Runners : By racing across the Battle course, players try to collect the most coins as possible in this fast and frenetic mode introduced in Mario Kart Wii .

  • Shine Thief : Steal the coveted Shine Sprite and try to hold onto it for a 20 count in this classic multiplayer Battle mode.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will release for Nintendo Switch on April 28.

Are you excited to play Mario Kart 8 on the Switch? Do you think the changes justify a second purchase of the game if you already own it for the Wii U? Let us know in the comments section below.

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