Mario Kart 8 vs. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Is Deluxe Worth it?


Levi Morgan, Contributer

Mario Kart 8 is a racing game that is fun for the whole family that originally came out on the Wii U on May 29th, 2014, so it is a whopping six years old now. However, it was on the Wii U which not a lot of people owned, so in turn a lot of people missed out on MK8. For fans that owned MK8 on the Wii U, they will recall that there was DLC for the game and if you preordered, it gave you color variants of Yoshi and Shy guy which included, “greenblue, black, red, yellow, white, navy blue, pink and orange.” The DLC included four new cups, four new characters, including Link from the Legend of Zelda and villager from Animal Crossing, with each character getting their own respective tracks based on their series. People loved this DLC for the cheap price of $10 and Nintendo kept rolling out updates that usually just patched some of the glitches, but they did add 200cc which has you going at breakneck speeds for a more thrilling race and then after that pulled the plug, which many fans where upset with this because the game was loved so dearly while it was still so young. The only complaint the game ever really received in its life span was the battle mode. 

They stopped rolling out updates because they had new projects on their mind, such as the Nintendo Switch, which was codenamed the NX at the time in reference to the FX chip which was in games like Star Fox and Fzero for the SNES (The FX chip later helped them learn about 3-d environments which eventually led to them making the N-64). Once the Nintendo Switch Released on March 3rd, 2017, alongside The Legend of ZeldaBreath of the Wild, they soon made a port of Mario kart 8 called Mario Kart 8 DELUXE (released on April 27, 2017) which includes: double-item boxes, a new version of Link with his outfit from Breath of the Wild with a couple other new characters such as Bowser, Jr. and King Boo, as well as some Splatoon characters and even a secret unlockable character exclusive to the DELUXE edition that I won’t spoil. It also includes a new and improved battle mode which the game sorely needed and 200cc unlocked right off the bat (beforehand you had to get first place in every track in 150cc to unlock 200cc) plus anew drift mode, which is hard to pull off but is super rewarding and satisfying.  

You may be asking at this point about why this is a discussion considering they both still are the same game with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe having more added content to it. Well, here are the negatives: if you are like me, I played Mario Kart 8 to death, and I just decided recently to pick up Deluxe and honestly the new content just feels like more DLC that, in my opinion, would’ve at most been sold for $15. The reason that is a complaint is that the game sold for $60, and it makes it feel somewhat ripped off considering the only major change was the battle mode, which isn’t even what you will be playing 15 percent of the time. The thing that sold me in the end was that it would be on the switch to where I can now play MK8 DELUXE anywhere I go, and the online mode runs way smoother now which is great. In the end, you should get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, but be warned the new content is not that game changing, so if you owned it on the Wii U don’t expect a whole lot different and new content this time around.