Nintendo shows off more of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Switch, highlighting a few new tracks for a revamped Battle Mode, and five new characters – including Splatoon’s Inklings.

After ample hype and speculation, the Nintendo Switch Presentation has come to a close, bringing with it an answer to some fans’ biggest questions about the new console. While gamers have come to learn that the Switch will release on March 3rd and retail for a suggested price of $299 USD ($399 CAD), Nintendo also detailed some of the software that fans can expect for the new hardware from the early goings. While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to be a launch title for the platform, another game that’s set to arrive the very next month (April 2017) is none other than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The racing title is very much a port of the Wii U original, but this iteration features a number of additional selling points that Nintendo hopes will make consumers agree that it’s worth revisiting. One of the biggest aspects of these changes comes in the form of new characters, with a pair of memorable guest characters from Splatoon taking a majority of the spotlight – complete with a new Battle Mode map, no less.

That’s right, the male and female Inklings from the splat-centric multiplayer game Splatoon (and now its upcoming sequel Splatoon 2) have made their way over to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and eager fans can catch a glimpse of them in action below.

Alongside this duo are none other than Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, and King Boo. All of these characters will now be playable in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch after being omitted from the original game on Wii U. Anyone that’s familiar with the aforementioned Wii U iteration will be quick to note that Zelda and Animal Crossing DLC was eventually released for Mario Kart 8, and they’ll be happy to know that all of the characters and courses included in those add-ons will come packaged in this version free of charge.

Accompanying them are four previously inaccessible battlegrounds in the form of two never-before-seen courses and two returning ones. The new courses are the Splatoon-inspired Urchin Underpass and a more traditional Battle Stadium, respectively, with GCN Luigi’s Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1 both making a comeback. Since the Battle Mode sat as one of the biggest flubs present in Mario Kart 8, many fans are sure to admit that it’s nice to see that Nintendo has paying attention to their feedback.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is expected to arrive exclusively for Nintendo Switch in April 2017.

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