The highly anticipated Nintendo Switch release is just around the corner, and with the public anticipating the new games it has to offer, expectations also arise on how classic games such as our favorite racing game Mario Kart will do once available. Although it was hinted back in October with Nintendo's preview video that the game will be available for Switch, it wasn't until January 2017 that Nintendo formally announced that a Deluxe version will be one of the games that will be available.

With Mario Kart 8 being one of the best racing games on Wii U, we tend to question: will the game be just a lame transfer from Wii U or will it stand on its own as a Deluxe version?

Switch Deluxe version promises new characters and tracks

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe introduces new non-Mario characters such as the Inkling Girl and the Inkling Boy from another Nintendo game called Splatoon. Along with this, some of the Mario veteran racers that didn't make the cut last time will be included namely Dry Bones, Bowser Jr and King Boo. In battle mode, racers will be playing around new featured arenas such as the Urchin Underpass, which is a Splatoon-themed racing course and the Battle Stadium. Some features from other Mario series make a comeback in Deluxe, such as the Double Item Dash, a Battle Mode option called Bom-omb Blast, not to mention adding the ability to carry two items at a time to add fun and thrill to the gaming experience.

Smart Steering, which is also a useful feature added to the game, is not only kid-friendly and suitable for beginner racers, but also to new patrons of the Nintendo Switch console.

Retains the original settings and DLC

With the same features and DLC content from Mario Kart 8, players of the Deluxe version will easily be able to navigate the new version on Switch, saving time from scurrying around the menu screen and have more time to race and battle with friends.

With this enhanced port as well, the Deluxe version adds compatibility with the amiibo Splatoon line, which unlocks the Mii Racing Suit for the Inkling racers from Splatoon.

Mario Kart racers will have to wait a bit longer because Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is being released on 28 April 2017. Current price for the game is unavailable at the moment, but some say it might have a price cut on release so who knows? Price cut or not, it is definitely worth the wait!