Hey, everyone! Derrick here with a quick news update on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Previews have come out about the game in Europe, and they’ve revealed a few new details about the game that we really didn’t know about before. So let’s go ahead and break this down — and I apologize because I’m gonna be talking in broad strokes, because I’m using a Google Translator on gamereactor.es, which is the Spanish site that we’re getting all this information from.

So, first of all, there’s the new pink turbo, and it says that this is a new spark that activates after about 4 seconds of holding the drift button, and it takes place after the blue sparks. The developers actually assured them that, while it might seem very minor, it really changes up how you interpret each of the circuits in a completely new way, and just raises the challenge of trying to get those pink sparks, and getting that perfect drift to boost you forward in the course. In addition, Deluxe of course includes all the DLC from Mario Kart 8, including 200cc, but they have added a new Time Trial mode for 200cc.

Next, we’ve seen that you can now hold two items during races and Battle Mode, and it turns out you cannot turn it off; you cannot go back to the original one-item gameplay of Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. So you always have to, and that just sort of changes the strategies on display during Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Next up is just a minor thing — that the Boo item can be used in Races as well, but even bigger than that: you no longer have to unlock the characters; all 42 of the characters are unlocked from the beginning, and the only thing you actually unlock are vehicles and their parts. They also have a bit more information on each of the Battle Modes, but I’m not getting into that because it’s very specific, and I don’t wanna misinterpret anything that might be going on here. However, it does look like there’s gonna be help for new drivers, so they can sort of learn the ins and outs of Mario Kart, and sort of avoid going off the edge, or have an intelligent steering wheel, so you don’t mess up, and you sorta get a feel for how Mario Kart 8 plays.

And, finally, it actually does take less time to load. For example, loading one of the cups takes only 9 seconds on the Switch, and 13 to 14 seconds on the Wii U. So it does seem like there’s just general improvement all-around for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. A lot of interesting changes, smaller in scale; nothing as grand, of course, as a new cup, which would’ve been nice, but the changes they are making does seem to be a complete game, or “Deluxe”, in this case. But what do you guys think about these changes to Mario Kart 8? Does it make the Deluxe version attractive in your eyes, and do you plan to pick it up? Let us know in the comments, and of course be sure to subscribe to GameXplain for more on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and other things gaming as well.

Until next time, bye! .

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