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MARIO KART 8 on Nintendo Switch Looks Like a Ton of Fun

In terms of sales, the Wii U may not have been a worthy follow-up to the Wii for Nintendo, but the console still had plenty of good games. One of the obvious smash hits was Mario Kart 8, and as we’ve known for some time now, an enhanced port of the racer will be making its way to the Switch. We didn’t really know what these enhancements would include, but that changed today with Nintendo revealing these new features in an announcement video (above, via Hypebeast).

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes all the downloadable content. from the Wii U, which means you’ll be getting Link from The Legend of Zelda, Isabelle and Villager from Animal Crossing, and the new tracks and cars that came with the first and second DLC packs. As far as totally new content, the driver lineup has expanded to include Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. Some game mechanics have been altered as well: Racers can now hold two items at once. Speaking of items, some old favorites are coming back, like the Boo power-up, the feather (in Battle Mode only). There’s also a “steering assist” easy mode that’ll hopefully stop you from falling off Rainbow Road so darn much.

Oh yeah, we mentioned Battle Mode a second ago: Well, that’s new too. Just like the classic games, you can face off in a Balloon Battle, while there are new modes like a cops-and-robbers-like game called Renegade Roundup, and others. Overall, what this all means is that an already-great game just got even better, so learn more about the new features in the video above and try not to get too hyped.

Featured image: Nintendo

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