Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch was just updated to version 1.2 and it actually brings some significant changes. Firstly, those with Pikmin Amiibo will be able to get a Pikmin suit. The other major issue is the fact that whilst playing online, those who aren’t doing so well will now get better items to allow them to catchup.
I guess that this could be seen as both a positive and negative. It’s great that races will be more even but it even further increases rubber banding, which experienced players definitely don’t like.
The full patch notes are below:
Players can use Pikmin-themed amiibo to unlock a Pikmin Suit for the Mii driver.
Race rules and course name are now displayed on loading screens for online and wireless play, as well as Mario Kart TV.
Players who are behind in online matches will receive items geared toward catching up more frequently.
In online matches, no more than two Piranha Plants will be granted as items at the same time.
Controls are no longer unresponsive when the timer runs out when choosing a Mii racing suit for online matches.
When a player uses an item right after the Super Horn in online matches, that item will now remain available for other players.
Item wheel no longer spins continuously in online matches.
Online matches now end as intended 30 seconds after the first place racer finishes.
The Boomerang now returns to the first slot, if possible, after a player catches it.
Items shown in a player’s item slots now display correctly when holding an item behind them.
No longer possible to use an item after it has been used to block an attack.
Communication errors no longer occur frequently while spectating or after spectating online matches.