Apr 21st, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is slated to debut on April 28th and while you may be thinking you’ve already played it all with the Wii U version, you should know Nintendo has made several improvements. We’ve been detailing these over the past few weeks, including the removal of fire-hopping and the ability to change characters & karts in an online lobby.

Now, Digital Foundry is here with the technical details to discuss how Mario Kart 8 has improved in its transition from a Wii U game to a Nintendo Switch game. For some reason the team also looked at Mario Kart 7 from the Nintendo 3DS to showcase what a huge improvement the portable Switch is over Nintendo’s former portable, the Nintendo 3DS. As mentioned in the video, Mario Kart 8 is the most technically demanding portable Mario Kart title that Nintendo has ever released.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe runs in 1080p while docked in the Switch dock and drops to 720p while in portable mode. That’s a pixel-perfect match to the screen resolution of the Switch display so there’s not really a huge drop in quality while playing in portable mode. As for graphical improvements, Digital Foundry says Nintendo has spent most of their effort by adding all the former Wii U DLC and a new battle mode, so the Switch version looks nearly identical to the Wii U version.

So what do you think? Now that you know the technical side of things for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch, will you be double dipping if you already purchased the game on Wii U? Does the portable aspect make any difference in your decision? Let us know in the comments!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – $59.99

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