Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is undoubtedly among the best Nintendo Change video games of all time. Actually, I’d go so far as to say it represents the top of Nintendo’s long-running racing series. It’s merely that rattling good.
It’s accessible to gamers of all ages, nonetheless seems completely unbelievable to today, and is universally adored by nearly anybody who has ever performed it.
So why hasn’t Nintendo launched any Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC? Good query.
The sport continues to promote thousands and thousands of models yearly, a feat made all of the more spectacular while you do not forget that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is nothing greater than an easy port of the Wii U title which was launched in 2014, albeit with all earlier DLC and a revamped Battle Mode included.
From April 2020 to March 2021 alone, Nintendo shifted 10.6 million copies of the sport, which exhibits there’s nonetheless an unbelievable urge for food to see Nintendo’s forged of beloved characters skidding round a observe driving go-karts and bikes.
And but, though Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has bought a staggering 37 million copies to this point (that’s greater than Animal Crossing: New Horizons, by the way in which) for some inexplicable motive, Nintendo isn’t capitalizing on the sport’s industrial success and widespread enchantment.
Stalling in the beginning line
Nintendo shortly tossed Mario Kart 8 Deluxe apart shortly after launch – similar to while you get a banana peel in sixth place when what you actually want is a mushroom or three crimson shells.
Sure, the Deluxe model got here with some pleasing additions, such because the aforementioned (and much-needed) Battle Mode refresh, the flexibility to hold two gadgets directly, and new characters like my boy King Boo. However help for the sport has been virtually non-existent ever since. I can solely keep in mind a Breath of the Wild outfit and bike being added for Link when it comes to genuinely new content material post-launch.
As an alternative of conserving Mario Kart 8 Deluxe related, Nintendo has spent its time and assets nurturing Mario Kart Tour, the cell sport which was launched in 2019. It’s simply dropped a brand new trailer for the sport’s ‘Sydney Tour’, which is able to let gamers race as a kangaroo-themed Yoshi and Koala Child Mario. And sure, they appear lovable, however why aren’t they in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Absolutely an injection of recent beauty skins wouldn’t be too expensive on Nintendo’s behalf?
Whereas the free-to-play cell market is at all times a profitable choice, one thing which the success of Hearth Emblem Heroes proved with eye-watering certainty (it’s earned Nintendo over $656 million) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to be a gold mine brimming with untold riches.
Bear in mind, 37 million copies have been bought, so even when new DLC is simply bought by 10% of individuals (if we take that quantity at face worth), that’s nonetheless an viewers of three.7 million that Nintendo is leaving untapped.
So what can Nintendo do to make Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the shining star of the Change’s library? Properly, the very first thing is extremely apparent: make some new DLC – and stat. Some new tracks would immediately generate more curiosity within the sport, and encourage older gamers again into the fold.
Heck, I’d even accept some new racers. I imply simply have a look at the thrill that surrounds each new Tremendous Smash Bros. Final character reveal: why isn’t Nintendo doing the identical factor for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? The place is Samus? Why isn’t Birdo again within the fray? It’s downright prison that I can’t race round as Kirby, both. Come to think about it, how come we haven’t bought any devoted Mario Kart amiibo?
Not solely is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in dire want of some new content material, then, but it surely’s the kind of title that would single-handedly drive Change Online subscriptions, too. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is without doubt one of the few video games that makes having a Nintendo Change Online subscription price it now you could’t play on-line at no cost, and I’ve usually discovered the servers to be greater than acceptable when racing towards pals or random strangers throughout the globe. New Mario Kart 8 Deluxe content material would nearly assure I picked up a Nintendo Change Online subscription.
To stop segmenting the participant base on-line, Nintendo may make the brand new tracks free on-line, whereas the paid model unlocks single-player cups, time trials, and probably new Battle Mode arenas.
Caught within the pits
The watch for some new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe appears inexcusable, and sadly, Nintendo appears to be doing all the pieces it may to squander the sport’s potential. By including some new content material, it may maintain gamers glad and make some critical money and within the course of.
I’m uninterested in racing (and successful) on the identical outdated tracks, and with Mario Kart 9 nonetheless nothing greater than a warp pipe dream at this level, it’s solely proper that Nintendo provides Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the eye it deserves.