Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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or those unfamiliar, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundles all the content released for the Wii U version into one box, as well as including some new Switch-exclusive content. That means you get 42 characters (including your Mii), 48 Grand Prix tracks, more kart customisations than you can shake a stick at, and the return of the iconic Battle Mode.

With all of this content, there’s literally dozens of hours of gameplay right from the get-go, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve been playing Mario Kart since you were a child, or this is your first time with the series; Nintendo has catered this game to work just for you.

For the new player, there are three brand-new control assists which can be accessed when selecting characters or at any time in the pause menu. ‘Smart Steering’ is an automated system designed to keep your kart on track, a small antenna will pop up behind your kart, and a bulb will glow whenever you’re about to go off-road and keep you on the tarmac. It’s a great assist for kids, especially when coupled with the new ‘auto-accelerate’ which means players can focus purely on hitting their fellow drivers with all the whacky items the series is known for

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