April 28! That's the date all hell will break loose on the Nintendo Switch as the first giant multiplayer game from Nintendo is released onto the console. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will bring a mushroom sized set of extras to the game, include five new characters: Bowser Jr., Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, and Dry Bones. New features will include fresh karts inspired by Splatoon, the ability to hold two items at once, returning question block prizes like the item-stealing Boo and jumping feather, and a new Smart Steering control option.
But most importantly, the thing we've all been pissed off about since Mario Kart 8 came out, we're getting the return of Battle Mode. Years ago, there was a poll done in Tips & Tricks that asked people what they loved most about Mario Kart 64, and over 80% of the votes went to Battle Mode. That's a trend that people loved in the subsequent releases all the way up to Mario Kart Arcade GP , until it was taken out of the Wii U. The Deluxe version will now correct that mistake as you can play both locally and online through eight new courses. To round out the rest of the game, here's a lost of the remaining additions that were thrown in.
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.
The only thing that hasn't been addressed is whether or not Wii U users will be able to compete against Switch players. Nintendo does have its own servers for the game, and it would add some fun to see people get beat by one of two different systems. My guess is no since it hasn't been brought up and there's been zero talk of backward compatibility. In any case, should be an awesome game to play once it hits the Switch next month.