October 22, 2016 11:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I am back again for another analysis of the Nintendo Swich Reveal Trailer. This time I will be covering what we saw of Mario Kart 8 which includes multiplayer, King Boo as a playable character and the possibility to hold two items at a time. Without further ado, let us begin the analysis.

First off, we are shown the possibilities of playing what is a Ported version of Mario Kart 8 on the new Nintendo Switch, I say ported version as Nintendo have confirmed that there is no backwards compatibility to the Wii U or 3DS (sad face 🙁  ). We can also see that apart of what is no doubt a Nintendo Switch acessory, an in-car tablet support frame, which allows players to slide their tablet into the support and play multiplayer games freely with the Joy-con + and – controllers. Now with that aside, let’s look into the game itself. Nintendo have confirmed it is a port, and it looks like along with the new port, we will be siing an inclusion of new characters as well, or at least the return of old characters like King Boo.

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Another aspect which sees return of being able to carry a second item in reserve. This is a mechanic that was sorely missed in Mario Kart 8 and will no doubt be a welcome return (another welcoming return would be a decent Battle mode again). To be able to hold another item in reserve will be of great aid when trying to maintain pole position from those behind that barrage you with shells and what not or even on the other side of the spectrum, getting out of last position when yonks behind those in front.

Splitscreen multiplayer will still be a thing for this game and so we saw it as a dual splitscreen multiplayer, it makes you wonder if 4-person splitscreen is an option on the Nintendo Switch in Tablet mode or will it then depend on someone having a second Nintendo Switch console?

Please be sure to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below. In our next Nintendo Switch Analysis post, we will be covering design, controllers and accessories. And if you haven’t already, you can also check out our Analysis post on Splatoon for the Nintendo Switch Here.


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This post was written by Mike Scorpio

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