Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Time for a real sequel? (Photo: Nintendo)
A reader makes some suggestions for new features Nintendo could add to Mario Kart 9, and how it would be the perfect game for the Switch Pro.
With so many gamers invested in the next-gen battle between PlayStation and Xbox, my thoughts currently turn to the Switch Pro’s more obscure prospects. Everyone seems convinced it’s coming out this year, and given the quality of the original Switch, I’m all for it. It will be great to see Nintendo working on something more modern, but the most important thing, as always, is the games.
Nintendo rarely has to worry about this, but today I want to talk about the prospects for Mario Kart 9. Mario Kart 8 is one of the best-selling games on the Switch, and normally you only get one Mario Kart per console. Except that Mario Kart 8 is actually a Wii U game and the Switch version is essentially a port, not a remaster.
Still, the release of the new Mario Kart on Switch will be considered lazy and unwelcome by many. After all, all Mario Kart games are similar. The use of the new console technology is therefore one of the main reasons for the development of a new … You see where I’m going with this, don’t you?
Mario Kart 9 on Switch Pro makes so much sense that it’s almost a guarantee that Nintendo won’t do it. But just in case they do something predictable, here are my suggestions for making the next Mario Kart the best ever.
1. Super Smash Kart
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe already includes Zelda and Animal Crossing, as well as references to F-Zero and other Nintendo games. So the next logical step is to fully integrate the Smash Bros style into all Nintendo franchises. Most characters fit in very easily, especially Samus and the Star Fox gang, but you can also have anything from an Advance Wars tank to Kirby and his stupid star.
2. Vehicle selection
Besides more variety in the look of the karts, I would also like to see the parts have real value, because right now everything is very small and you never feel like the choices you make have real meaning. I want it to be the right strategic decision and help make the heavy characters less OP, so anyone can win with any setup if they are skilled enough.
3. 60 frames per second for all
Mario Kart 8 itself is already at 60fps, but if Nintendo wants to show off the power of the Switch Pro, how about 60fps for four players in splitscreen? Local multiplayer is still the best multiplayer mode in Mario Kart, and you can really see the difference that 30 frames per second makes to the fluidity of the game and the controls. Of course you want the graphics to look good, but also make sure they are super smooth and super fast, which is what Mario Kart is really all about.
4. Options, options and more options
Nintendo is usually pretty dogmatic when it comes to gameplay, but Smash Bros. is excellent at controlling gameplay and banning certain items. It would be great for Mario Kart if you could just turn off the blue shell. Additionally, you might want to study your own routes with a flyover map, especially if there are open areas in the world, as that would be great for my fifth and final point…..
5. Historic campaign
The only major problem with Mario Kart has always been the single player mode Bare Bone. Mario Kart 8 has done nothing to improve this situation, with yet another Grand Prix game mode that is essentially the same as all the others. What I’d like to see is a true story mode, rooted in Diddy Kong Racing and featuring many different challenges, boss runs and hidden power-ups. Oh, and a story about saving the Mushroom Kingdom by going really fast or something.
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