Nintendo Announces New ‘Mario Kart’ Game, And It Isn’t That New At All


Jan 14, 2017

The wait — and debate — are over. Well, kind of.

After much speculation over the particulars of both Nintendo’s new console — the Nintendo Switch — and the “Mario Kart” game that would be released for it, we finally have some answers.

The Nintendo Switch arrivesĀ on March 3, with a lofty price tag of $299.99, and “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” will be released on April 28, Nintendo announced Friday.

There’s been a lot of debate about whether the Switch’s Mario Kart title would be a ported version of the game released for the “Wii U,” or a new game altogether. Well, it’s a bit of both. The new game is an updated version of Wii U’s Mario Kart 8, but will feature new characters, courses and a return of the traditional battle mode.

Among the new characters (thanks for listening, Nintendo) are Dry Bones, King Boo, Bowser Jr. and characters from “Splatoon.”

Nintendo also revealed a Smart Steering feature, which it says will make steering easier for novice drivers, regardless of speed class.

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