While the Nintendo Switch already has a number of new titles announced for it, Nintendo’s next console will also be getting at least one port of a Wii U gem in the form of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. We’ve already heard about some of its new features, chief among them the revamped Battle Mode, but thus far we’ve only seen two of these modes in action. A recent PR image sent out by Nintendo, however, reveals that there are planned to be at least five, and the image hints at what exactly each mode will entail.

You can see it in the gallery below: it has five icons, the third and fourth of which obviously correspond to the previously-seen Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast modes. The identity of the other three modes are unconfirmed at this time, but we can certainly speculate. The first one suggests a return of the “Shine Thief” mode from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! or the “Shine Runners” mode from Mario Kart DS. The second may refer to a mode like Mario Kart Wii‘s “Coin Runners,” while the final image of a Piranha Plant remains a mystery.

Additionally, there are images showing new costumes for your racers, including a group gained through the use of
Splatoon Amiibo! That’s pretty fitting, given the new Inkling racers and Splatoon-themed Battle course, but it’s great to see that even more love is coming to Nintendo’s newest hit IP. You can check out all these images in the gallery below to see them for yourself.

What do you think of all these new features? Are they enough to make you pick up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, or is the Wii U version of the racer still enough for you? What do you think the last Battle Mode could be like? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Source: NeoGAF

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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