Are we more likely to see two Mario Kart games on one system for the first time, or further DLC for MK8 Deluxe?
C1: Hey there boys and girls, welcome to P Myth Gaming, we’re just a few days away from the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Switch and this got me thinking about what sort of form the series is going to take on Nintendo’s new hybrid device.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an upgraded port of the Wii U title, with all of the additional DLC content included
C2: That’s an extra 16 tracks, plus characters and karts
C1: As well as a couple of new characters, new features in the guise of a three rather than two stage mini turbo, double item boxes and the ability to hold two items at once.
C2: A godsend for those of us who spend most of our time at the front of the pack
C1: As well as the all new, classic, battle mode, which was sadly missing from the Wii U version. Or was there in a half-arsed form.
Mario Kart 8 is certainly a high point for the franchise, and porting it to Switch makes a lot of sense. It gives Nintendo another tent-pole franchise early on in the console’s life cycle, and given only about 12 of us bought a Wii U, it should give the game much wider exposure.
Going forward though, what will Nintendo’s approach be for Mario Kart on the Switch? As a general rule, Nintendo only have one entry into their big franchises per system.
C2: Unlike, say Ubisoft
C1: Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime even said recently that:
VO: What we say is that the philosophy that Nintendo has from a development standpoint is that for every platform, we want to have at least one [each] of our classic franchises.
C1: Now he was talking about Smash Bros. At the time
C2: More on that shortly
C1: But it kinda reinforces what I’m talking about here. There’s never been more than one Mario Kart on any one Nintendo system, and why would there? Now that Mario Kart can be played online, releasing more than one entry into the series would potentially fragment the install base, with some gamers not seeing the need for two Mario Kart games on their Switch. The online experience would suffer as a result, with players spread out across two different games.
Now this is obviously the first time that a Mario Kart game has been ported from one generation to the next, so we’re kinda in unchartered waters here. It’s entirely possible we could get a Mario Kart 9 in a couple of years or so. Personally though, I’d much rather see a huge expansion to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, via DLC, rather than two entries in the series on one platform.
If in 12 months time or so Nintendo announces DLC for Deluxe that features say another four cups, half a dozen more characters and the karts to match, and say a couple more maps for battle mode
C2: Block Fort. Has to be Block Fort.
C1: I would be more than happy, and also wouldn’t feel like quite as big a sucker for shelling out full price for a game I already own, and bought all the DLC for.
Similarly, whilst nothing has been confirmed yet, there were plenty of rumours prior to the Switch launch that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros would see a second life on Switch. Like Mario Kart 8, Smash for Wii U was arguably the definitive title in the series
C2: Unless you’re a Melee purist
C1: Boasting an incredibly huge roster of fighters, tonnes of stages, more trophies than you can shake a beam sword at and most importantly, an spectacularly tight engine.
The game took a lot of work, and Masahiro Sakurai, the dude behind it all, has expressed a desire to work on other projects.
If Nintendo go the route of releasing a Championship Edition for Switch, featuring all the DLC released for the Wii U version, they’ll get another of their huge franchises out relatively early on.
Further DLC of new fighters would be a great way to keep it fresh, and ensure those of us that upgrade from Wii U to Switch don’t feel too burned by doing so. The way Nintendo went about announcing DLC characters for the Wii U version, was awesome, with each fighter getting their own trailer. It created the same excitement that a new game announcement would
C2: Especially when we got Ryu and Cloud
C1: There’s no reason they couldn’t pull the same trick again. All they need is some killer characters and the hype train will do the rest. They could even sweeten the deal from day one and include a couple of new challengers right out of the gate. The Inklings from Splatoon have got to be a shoe in, and I can see one or two of the Arms fighters translating perfectly too. Add say a cool third party fighters pack down the line
C2: Shovel Knight and Yooka Laylee would be my choices
C1: And some of the ones fans have been clamouring for like King K Rool and they’re laughing.
So what do we reckon people? Will Nintendo break with tradition and release two entries of Mario Kart on the same system, or, like me, would you rather see them stick with the one port and support it further with extra DLC. And if they do, which characters do you want to see added to Kart or Smash? Let me know in the comments below.
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