Ubisoft's New Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle RPG coming to the Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe helps the Nintendo Switch to yet another record

Deluxe launches in a week and reviewers have already got their hands on the Italian plumber's latest outing.

"With more than 459,000 combined packaged and digital sales in the USA on launch day alone (April 28), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch system is the fastest-selling game in the long-running Mario Kart series", the press release said.

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.

The in-game tournaments-one for 150cc races and one for Battle Mode-will last until May 29. Here's what the critics had to say.

This isn't specific to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Nintendo Switch revamp of what was once a Wii U game.

VS mode is arguably the best feature for casual play. On top of this, as you play the game, and earn more coins, you'll unlock new parts you can use to customise/rebuild your kart, which not only lets you completely change its design, but also allows you to tweak its performance. "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" boasts of the first gaming title for the said hybrid console that is expected to stretch the gaming device's online multiplayer capabilities.

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Playing in portable mode drops the resolution from 1080p to 720p, but the difference is barely noticeable and the graphics are just as vibrant. This would also be a great build for going online and getting started with competitive and multiplayer modes if you're a novice. The racing is so frantic, however, that you won't see any difference.

If you've got a Switch, and the idea of a frenetic arcade racer starring a heap of Nintendo characters sounds appealing, then go and order the game right now. It's no more than a second or two, but those extra bursts of speed add up. To date, more than 2.7 million Nintendo Switch systems have been sold globally.

It works like this: do a little hop as you move into a turn and your kart will start to drift, releasing a burst of colored sparks behind it. With half the tracks being new (by which we mean, new for Mario Kart 8, and re-used for Deluxe), and half being remastered versions from older games, there's a great blend of the familiar and the exciting, with some genuinely ingenious track design on offer.

Climbing to fifth in the all-formats chart was none other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a feat attributed to a boost in Switch sales encouraged by the arrival of both Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and replenishment of console stock in the region. With the likes of Splatoon 2 and ARMs still to come this summer, Switch owners have a lot to look forward to.

This will encourage all the Third-party developers to make more games for the Nintendo Switch. That is really saying something since this franchise has always been popular.

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