Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe had the biggest launch in franchise history

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe had the biggest launch in franchise history

Back in January Laura helped expose the existence of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - a Ubisoft developed title that would include the intrepid plumber and the company's arguably annoying Minion progenitors, the Rabbids. Players can also play as Luigi, Mario, Peach or Yoshi, along with Rabbids who are dressed up as the same four characters. Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be a turn-based RPG supporting two-players in local co-op.

Having sold more than 459,000 units at launch, Mario Kate 8: Deluxe has become the fastest-selling game in the franchise's history. A glitch in the game's online multiplayer challenge disappointed many players given the "communication error" notifications that would constantly appear in the said mode's lobby. In a Nintendo announcement, as obtained by Dual Shockers, the gaming company unveiled how the Nintendo Switch gaming tile already reached unit sale numbers of 459,000 in the us during its launch day. On one hand, this is a great sign for the Switch, especially when taking into consideration the fact that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn't a new game.

Prior to Switch's official reveal, the internet was abuzz with rumors surrounding the system and its upcoming library of games. Then there are variations on this mode, including Bob-Omb blast, which gives you up to 10 Bob-Ombs to hurl at opponents in a rapid-fire, or Coin Runners, where your team is tasked with collecting the most coins in the arena. The latter is especially problematic because the new and improved Battle Mode is one of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's biggest changes from its Wii U predecessor, Mario Kart 8.

The game still has some way to go to knock The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild off its pedestal.

With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, for the Nintendo Switch, what's old is new again.

"Motion controls are also on offer", says the website, giving the game's effortless controls feel "even more intuitive". It now holds a Metacritic score of 93 which makes it tied with the Game Boy Advance's Mario Kart: Super Circuit.

Smart steering and auto-accelerate, however, "effectively take not only challenge, but also skill, out of the game".

The rumored game has now been confirmed, though with a different final title of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

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