Nintendo has released a number of exciting new additions to their popular franchises to cohabitate with the Switch.
Super Mario, Zelda, Kirby and Metroid are just a few who have received a serious upgrade for the next-gen console. One major franchise that did not sadly enjoy the same treatment is Mario Kart.
Whether or not it was due to a lack of launch titles or the commercial failure of the Wii U is unclear. The latest installment in the franchise is just a deluxe edition of Mario Kart 8 from the Wii U. This was almost as disappointing as being pipped on the line for fans, as each console only usually get one Mario Kart title.
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The game does feature the largest collection of tracks and battlegrounds to date but lacks any new additions. A few extra characters were added as well including King Boo, who frankly was a shock omission from the first release. Mario Kart always featured classic tracks but the lack of new additions does make it a little more of the same.
DLC tracks and characters were later added to Mario Kart 8 so we’re hopeful for more of the same next year. We’d love some brand new tracks, and if Nintendo are looking for characters, of course, we have some great suggestions. Here’s 6 characters and 1 feature we’d love to see added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The first-ever transgender video game character, debuting in Super Mario Bros. 2 way back in 1988. The now female dinosaur is a popular and long-standing antagonist to Super Mario. In some Mario folklore, she has also been known to have been involved in a romantic relationship with Yoshi.
Birdo has certainly had an impact on the franchise over the years appearing in numerous spin-offs including two previous Mario Karts. We’re not sure why she wasn’t included in the latest roster but she’d be welcome back in our homes anytime.
— F. J. Fox (@Mr_FJ_Fox) October 22, 2017
Nabbit is a relatively new character in the long history of Mario, first appearing on New Super Mario Bros U. His story is still a bit of a mystery, what we do know is, he’s invincible and he likes to steal things. He bares resemblance to a rabbit but he hides his face behind the same handkerchief that Bowser Jr. wears. And frankly, that’s enough for us. Shut up and take our money.
You may remember King K.Rool as the chief antagonist to Rare’s Donkey Kong quadrilogy. We all pine for the glory days of Rare and Nintendo’s relationship. With exception of Tropical Freeze, there have been few Donkey Kong titles to write home about since.
To have a great game, you need a great villain and King K.Rool delivered exactly that. He’s been reduced to a cameo role in Nintendo’s recent history and this character deserves to be brushed off and brought back. According to Super Mario Sluggers, he shares a great chemistry with King Boo but doesn’t get along with Donkey Kong or Bowser. We can already see a spin-off.
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— King K. Rool (@KingKRoolReal) June 30, 2017
Kamek has been an integral part of Bowser’s armada for nearly 25 years, his omission from the series thus far is puzzling. He is a Magikoopa, a crossbreed of a witch and a Koopa. Serving as a paternal figure to Bowser having raised him when he was just a baby in Yoshi’s Island.
Kamek has been on hand since, casting spells over boss fights to stack the odds against Mario. Kamek did feature as inspiration for a bike in Mario Kart Wii but we think it’s about time he got the promotion from vehicle to driver.
Everybody’s least favorite common foe dating all the way back to the original Mario game in 1985. Just think how many times have you been sent back to the start of a level by a flying hammer. Well now imagine they can do a similar thing with a blue shell on Mario Kart.
Actually, now that we think about it maybe they shouldn’t be added. At least we’ll be able to turn the tables on them in battle mode and see how they like being barraged with projectiles.
— Mario 😎⚡ (@FiremarioFTW) July 26, 2014
Rabbid Mario / Luigi / Peach/ Yoshi
Despite early doubts of another third party Mario game, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is actually great. What better way to capitalize on a successful crossover than by adding them to a flagship franchise.
The game features Rabbid versions of Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi, each with their own character (in a Rabbid way). It would only need one slot on the character screen with the other three being additional skins like Bowser’s kids in Super Smash Bros. U.
Bonus Feature: Double Dash
We’ll admit we don’t necessarily know a lot about the complicated process of programming games. As such this may not be possible and we apologize in advance to all the hard working game developers. Each Mario Kart traditionally introduces a new feature as well, aside from the new tracks and characters. Mario Kart 8 deluxe once again didn’t do this how about digging up a golden oldie.
The Gamecube wasn’t hugely successful but without a doubt, one of the best games available was Mario Kart Double Dash. Two characters per car allowed for a new dynamic of multiplayer action with one player driving and the other firing weapons.
This was great fun and could surely be enhanced with the new online capabilities of consoles today. Many fans never got to play Double Dash, adding it as an additional race option aside from the single player would be amazing. Players could opt in and out of the mode, with roles divided up during the race.