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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – what will the new update bring?

In a surprise move Mario Kart 8 is to get new DLC, but Nintendo aren’t saying if it’s new characters, tracks, or something Labo-related.

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There’s never been more than one Mario Kart game released per Nintendo console, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not really a Switch game. It’s a port from the Wii U and since it came out so close to launch there’s always going to be a question mark as to whether Nintendo will make another one.

One reason not to is that it’s very difficult to think up new ideas for Mario Kart, and given how Mario Kart 8 is widely regarded as one of the best entries in the series it’s easy to argue that it’d be better to just make more of that…. which looks like it might be happening.

Nintendo of America has just posted a brief video interview with Nintendo EPD general manager Shinya Takahashi in which he says, ‘There will be further updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, so please look forward to it.’

Before that he was discussing the Nintendo Labo update for Mario Kart 8, so it’s possible the next update is also related to Labo. But since it already has a working controller it’s hard to imagine what that might be.

The other obvious guess is new characters or new tracks. The former would be fairly easy to add and there’s plenty of Mushroom Kingdom regulars that still aren’t in the game – not to mention a near infinite array of other Nintendo characters, like the Splatoon Inklings, that could also be added.

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Creating brand new tracks would be quite a bit of work but an easier route might be more retro tracks from previous versions of the game, although they’re often significantly changed to fit Mario Kart 8.

Perhaps the biggest question is whether whatever Takahashi is talking about would be paid-for DLC or something free, but at the moment there’s just no way to tell.

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