Nintendo promised that the Nintendo Switch version of Mario Kart 8, titled Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, would be a solid 1080p/60FPS experience.

Whilst this doesn’t seem too impressive, you have to remember that the Wii U version was only able to hit 720p.

Nintendo Life has done an in-depth 12 minute look at the game, which shows extensive gameplay on Nintendo Switch compared to Nintendo Wii U, and whilst there’s a higher resolution and more stable frame rate, it doesn’t appear to be that there’s too many other visually enhanced effects.

Honestly, the increased resolution and stabilised frame rate is enough for me considering all of the added content. This is without even mentioning the fact that the game is truly portable.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe releases on April 28th exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

Here’s all the new features and inclusions in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch that we can see:

  • You’ll be able to play in tabletop mode using two Joy-Con controllers
  • You’ll be able to play up to four players on the TV
  • Two players can take part on the same Nintendo Switch for online action
  • 42 racers including new characters such as Inkling Girl & Inkling Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr
  • Three new vehicles which including two Splatoon inspired vehicles
  • You can carry two items at once
  • New items include Boo which allows you to steal items and the feather which allows you to jump higher
  • There’s 48 main courses including the DLC from the Wii U version, but no brand new tracks.
  • A brand new smart-streeting feature to help gamers stay on track
  • Battle mode has a new level Urchan Underpass and battle modes include Balloon Battle, Bob-omb Blast, Shine Thief, Coin Runners and Renegade Roundup.
  • New Amiibo support including the ability to use new Amiibo from the Super Mario series, Animal Crossing series and Splatoon series.

  • Dan Rooke

    Great comparison. I have this pre-ordered but I must admit to having buyers remorse seeing as I already have it for the Wii U. But the improved frame-rate really does make a difference, it’s surprised me how different it looks!

    And of course the new battle mode should be fun.

    Thanks for the comparison!