Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Filmreview
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes the entire content of the Wii U version of Mario Kart 8. We had the opportunity to test this game, and then awarded it a 9/10, explaining that it was exceptional. Here is the summary of the test of the time, before we talk about the specifics of the Switch version:
“Mario Kart 8 is the best kart game Nintendo has made in a long time. It strikes a delicate balance between old ideas while introducing new ones. Admittedly, its superb graphics and its jazzy soundtrack reinforce its rendering, but its shape is nothing compared to what it will bring you in game. And this even if I spent a lot of time on the details of slow motion, its rhythm, both fast and furious, or its races, with friends online or locally, which made me stay in the game for a very long time. "
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes all of this, as well as all of the previously released DLCs for Wii U and a few new features. To put it simply, you now have access to 48 exciting circuits, 42 characters (among which we find new ones like Bowser Junior and the Inklings of Splatoon), and some particularly neat extras like the 200cc karts which prove to be incredibly fast. Each race, character and game mode is unlocked and accessible from the start, which means you just have to jump into the vehicle of your choice and put on the eraser.
The strangest addition is undoubtedly the Driving Assistance mode, a new feature proposed to help novice players to stay on the track. Helping neophytes understand the simple rules that govern Mario Kart racing is far from a bad idea, but the problem lies in the fact that Nintendo has chosen to activate the Driving Assistance mode by default, and that walking follow to deactivate it in the menus is far from clear. Except for this little quirk, this Switch port turns out to be a high-flying go-kart game with gargantuan content.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has lost none of its beauty on Nintendo Switch. In 2017, its visual rendering is as splendid as it was when it was first released on Wii U three years earlier, and its excellent artistic direction is the main reason why its graphics stand up to the test as well. time. The circuit design is top notch - I particularly love the way the Mario circuit twists and tilts like a Möbius ribbon. And even the tracks recreated for the occasion, like the Rainbow Route inherited from the Super Nintendo component or even Mute City taken from F-Zero, benefit from a remarkable level of detail, whether you play in Tablet mode or on your TV. And even if it happens that the framerate goes from 60 to 30 FPS when you play three or four on the same console, this little inconvenience is however far from being a major problem, as the game turns out to be visually splendid.
If you already have the Wii U version, the real reason to offer you Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains its Battle mode completely revised and corrected for the occasion. Nintendo has added five game modes that are well thought out and focused on achieving various goals, and each one offers you a unique experience in eight particularly varied arenas. In Balloon Battle mode, you must take advantage of objects and position yourself intelligently on the track in order to burst your rivals' balloons and score points. Capture de Soleil offers you a frenetic and action-packed experience, while the Bob-Omb resemble a confrontation as excessive as it is explosive. I wish I could be so enthusiastic about the Coin Battle mode, but collecting and picking up coins from your competitors is unfortunately not nearly as exciting in comparison.
The most interesting of them is undoubtedly the Tracking mode on the Track: it is a mode operating by sleeves in which a team embodies thieves who are desperately trying to escape from a team of police officers taking the form of piranhas plants before the time limit is reached. When your teammates are captured, you can free them by putting your pilot skills to the test, but it also means that you run the risk of being captured and losing the match if you are the last representative of your team. This approach allows you to experience intense “double or double” moments that can even be particularly exciting when playing with an experienced team. You can play all of these modes against bots with different intelligence levels, but the funniest parts are obviously played online.
That said, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's online multiplayer mode on Switch is as minimalist as it was on Wii U. Some of the improvements it benefits are glaring - like finding a game faster, and be able to change characters and go-karts between races. But the Switch is a bad student when you compare its ergonomics to that of other platforms, since it requires you to use external means (such as your smartphone) to communicate with your friends. Unfortunately, this was further aggravated by the impossibility of inviting other players to join your games. Knowing that this is the first truly multiplayer game aimed at the Switch, it remains quite disappointing to note that very little has been done to make the online experience more effective.