MARIO KART 8 DELUXE
Developer/publisher Nintendo (EAD) Origin Japan Release April 28
Unlike Splatoon 2, this is deserving of its name. This enhanced edition offers Mario Kart 8’ s base content, plus the 16 additional tracks added through post-release DLC – and while the lack of any further circuits may disappoint on the face of it, it’s not like Mario Kart 8 was in particular need of more singleplayer content. Battle Mode, however, disappointed back in 2014, set across racetracks instead of in compact arenas. Deluxe’s offering is a return to the mode’s glory days by remaking some of its greatest maps, including Double Dash’s Luigi’s Mansion effort, and the original game’s Battle Circuit 1. Sadly there’s no room for N64’s brilliant Block Fort; our inner cynic suggests it may follow as DLC. Aimed primarily at those who skipped Wii U, there are incentives for the existing owner, with new characters and vehicle parts, and a bump to 1080p.