Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sales impress, fastest selling in franchise history

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With a current Metacritic score of 93, the critically acclaimed title is the highest-rated game in the series in 15 years – tying the overall review score of Mario Kart: Super Circuit for Game Boy Advance. "With battle mode firmly in place, it's one of the best kart racers ever made." . After that race is over, you should be able to join your friend to play. "The framerate does drop from 60 to 30 frames per second if you play on a single Switch with three or four players, but that's hardly a dealbreaker when the racing looks this good." .

Battle mode is comprised of two categories: Balloon Battle and Shine Runners.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is freshly released for Switch, and the drift-boost isn't just alive and well; it's improved. The Battle Modes are excellent, by the way.

With the E3 being so close, it wouldn't be surprising if the game is one of the big Switch titles which have been teased recently by president Kimishima. What's different is that the game's non-Mario characters and tracks were sold separately as DLC on Wii U, giving them the option to keep Mario Kart 8 a purely Mario-based experience, should they want it to be. While both are optional, the site claims they can feel "jarring" and take much of the game's fun away from the player. Oh, and that HD Rumble? It may seem trivial, but that rumble is still one of my favorite Nintendo Switch features.

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Nintendo struggles with supply and demand but enjoys the challenge. Following the success of Nintendo Switch's first launch title, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is now officially the fastest-selling title in the series' history.

New additions include all the original's downloadable content free of charge, as well as some characters from Nintendo's Splatoon and Animal Crossing franchises.