Having already discussed ARMS with Famitsu, (what with being the Producer for Nintendo’s newest IP), there was also time to talk about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well, so here’s a quick round up on a few of the things Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Producer, Kosuke Yabuki touched on:
- Bringing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to the Switch: Due to the Switch being a console that can be played anywhere, at anytime, with anyone, Yabuki felt Mario Kart 8 would be a good fit for the console. So as a means of ensuring Mario Kart fans had a new Mario Kart title as soon as possible, the Deluxe version was decided upon and was developed with Mario Kart 8 serving as its basis. This also enabled to team to get a better understanding by comparing both systems.
- Gyro Controls: Not only can gyro controls and regular analog sticks work together and work well, gyro controls can be used while riding “along a big curve” before switching back to analog controls to continue on down a straight path. The gyro controls are also more precise, which means better controls overall and that is Yabuki’s belief that players will notice this when they play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
- Including New Characters: Due to the popularity and how well received Zelda and Animal Crossings presence in Mario Kart was, the team expressed an interest in incorporating characters from Splatoon as well. So Yabuki spoke with Splatoon’s Producer Hisashi Nogami and the collaboration to make it happen, happened.
- Two Items: While having two items in Mario Kart is nothing new, as it is something that was done in Double Dash, it was still something the team had to build from scratch, and while the Wii U version may have lacked the hardware for the team to do so, the Switch’s memory and higher CPU capability enabled them to pull it off for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
- Battle Mode does Feature a New Item: This new item is a feather. It is exclusive item that can only be acquired during battle mode and allows the user to jump over/dodge shells and jump walls. But should you come across a player using the Feather item, if you are successful in taking out one of their balloons, you can in fact steal the Feather from them.
- All Five Battle Modes can be Played Online: While only Balloon Battle and Bom-omb Blast have been confirmed for Battle Mode, Yabuki has confirmed there are in fact five in all and all of them can be played online.
- Including New Characters: While Yabuki neither confirmed, nor denied Mario Kart 8 Deluxe getting DLC, he did admit that he was approached to potentially prepare DLC, but would say no more except that even if there is no dlc for Deluxe, there is still plenty of content to keep us all playing.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is slated t0 release on the 28th of April, 2017.
Source: Nintendo Everything