Whilst spending the last week playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I couldn’t help but think about the game potentially having some kind of adventure or mission mode.

For those that don’t remember, Mario Kart DS had a surprisingly good mission mode. It wasn’t something you’d replay, but it was a great, short-burst mode which allowed you to enjoy the game without friends.

There were well over 60 levels set across 7 worlds, all with differing challenges. These ranged anywhere from driving through a certain number of gates or performing a number of power slides. Completing the levels were easy, but getting three stars on some of them were quite a challenge. The biggest part about is was the fact that they were all fun and improved your Mario Kart skills quite significantly.

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There were even boss battles to undertake. Those such as Big Bob-omb and King Boo, which acted as mini battle modes in which you had to knock your opponent off an edge before losing a certain number of balloons.

  1. Big Bully (Lethal Lava Land)
  2. Eyerok (Shifting Sand Land)
  3. Goomboss (Mario Level (DS-exclusive))
  4. King Boo (Luigi Level (DS-exclusive))
  5. Big Bob-omb (Bob-omb Battlefield)
  6. Chief Chilly (Snowman’s Land) & (Wario Level (DS-exclusive))
  7. Wiggler (Tiny-Huge Island)

Honestly, I hope that Nintendo return to some kind of mission mode in the next Mario Kart game. I can understand why it wasn’t included in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but for those who have already played the game on Wii U, it might be a little lacklustre from a single player component, with no new tracks and only a few new characters.

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It’ll be interesting to see where Nintendo takes the Mario Kart franchise going forward. Mario Kart 8 felt like the absolute tipping point for the franchise, with Nintendo not leaving themselves with much room to improve.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe releases tomorrow on Nintendo Switch. You can read our review HERE.