During the Nintendo Switch Treehouse presentation, Nintendo reveals the resolution, frame rate, and more details for the upcoming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
While fans wait for a completely new Mario Kart title built from the ground-up for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo is hoping to tide them over with an enhanced version of Mario Kart 8 called Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. In an effort to entice newcomers and Mario Kart 8 veterans alike, Nintendo is looking to add a number of improvements with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which will include sharper resolution, among other things.
As revealed during the Nintendo Treehouse presentation where the Big N went into more detail about upcoming Nintendo Switch games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will feature 1080p resolution and run at 60 frames per second when playing it on a TV. By comparison, the original Mario Kart 8 on Wii U was able to maintain 60 frames per second when playing with two or less players on one console, but its resolution was a native 720p.
Higher resolution should result in a generally better-looking game when playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch, as opposed to playing the original on Wii U. However, it seems unlikely that Mario Kart 8 veterans will be swayed by slightly sharper graphics to buy the game again on Switch, so luckily Nintendo is adding new content to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to make it a more worthwhile venture.
Besides a higher resolution, those that purchase Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will also be able to look forward to brand new racers to try out. Along with some new Super Mario franchise characters, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is also adding Splatoon‘s Inklings to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. And if all that weren’t enough, the DLC tracks and racers previously released for the Wii U version will come bundled with the new game.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is also adding new tracks and game modes of its own, and is giving players the ability to hold two items at once. With new gameplay features, tracks, racers, and better visuals, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be the definitive way to experience the game, though it remains to be seen if Nintendo can convince fans to double dip, even with all this new content.
Even with a slew of new content and higher resolution, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still just a tweaked version of the Wii U game. Plus, Mario Kart 8 is one of the Wii U’s best-selling games, meaning a lot of potential Nintendo Switch customers may already own it. With this in mind, it will be interesting to see if Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is able to replicate the sales success of its predecessor, or if it will fail to live up to Nintendo’s expectations.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be available for Nintendo Switch on April 28th.