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With the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe just around the corner, it’s about time we got a deeper look at the new and improved Battle Mode.

The Wii U version of Mario Kart 8 did have a Battle Mode option, but it wasn’t at all fleshed out. There were no bespoke battle courses, Nintendo instead opted to reuse the regular tracks for the melee; something that didn’t quite translate in to the frantic fracas we were all used to from the previous instalments in the series.

Deluxe will include 8 custom-made Battle Mode maps with locales that range from Luigi’s Mansion, to an outpost on the moon. The newly revamped mode also adds a few new ways to play, most notably a game type called Renegade Roundup. This sees one team trying to capture the other with piranha equipped vehicles and place them in in their base.



All in all it seems like a real decent effort from Nintendo to truly add to this version of the beloved kart racer, it would have been easy enough to just repackage the game and sell it on the Switch.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hits shelves next week on the 28th April.

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