The ever addicting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo has offered many hours of fun, angry gameplay. The game is also getting a new update, which is odd considering the original Wii U should be getting new content, but it isn’t getting any. Luckily, the Switch is alive and well and getting new updates.
So not only did the original updated version of Mario Kart 8 come with all the DLC for Wii U baked into the final game but two months after release, we’re still seeing substantial support for the game.
So what does version 1.2 offer?
- Players can use Pikmin-themed amiibo to unlock a Pikmin Suit for the Mii driver.
- Race rules and course name are now displayed on loading screens for online and wireless play, as well as Mario Kart TV.
- Players who are behind in online matches will receive items geared toward catching up more frequently.
- In online matches, no more than two Piranha Plants will be granted as items at the same time.
- Controls are no longer unresponsive when the timer runs out when choosing a Mii racing suit for online matches.
- When a player uses an item right after the Super Horn in online matches, that item will now remain available for other players.
- Item wheel no longer spins continuously in online matches.
- Online matches now end as intended 30 seconds after the first place racer finishes.
- The Boomerang now returns to the first slot, if possible, after a player catches it.
- Items shown in a player’s item slots now display correctly when holding an item behind them.
- No longer possible to use an item after it has been used to block an attack.
- Communication errors no longer occur frequently while spectating or after spectating online matches.
Not too bad I’d say, and the balancing behind how items are picked will definitely help the game feel fair, and I am happy to see that Nintendo is reworking how items are doled out, especially for those who are falling behind and want to catch up, there are also glitches that have been squashed, and for those who play online, races will end 30 seconds after the first place winner crosses the line.
Coming from somebody who still frequently plays MK8D, I’m happy to see work being done to tweak and tune the already enjoyable experience, it’s these small things that will help prolong the longevity of Mario Kart Deluxe.