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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: does it look much better on Switch?

Mario Kart 8 is one of the more popular Wii U games around, so it’s a no-brainer to bring the game to Nintendo Switch, wasn’t it?

Still, porting the game to what is effectively a handheld console can’t be easy. But how has Nintendo fared then? Well, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has done some of the legwork, finding that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sees quite a few visual improvements.

In the resolution department, Nintendo maintains the game’s 720p output when in handheld mode. However, the game also sees a bump to full HD (1080p) when docked.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers a few key improvements, but don’t expect a dramatic overhaul

As for the framerate? Well, Digital Foundry points out that both docked and handheld modes see 60fps. In fact, this bests the Wii U version by one frame, as the last-gen version technically ran at 59fps. Single and two-player modes stick to 60fps in the Switch version but, much like the Wii U version, we see a drop to 30fps for more than two players.

Otherwise, the publication notes that the assets are identical to the Wii U version, while anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering is absent as well.

In any event, the prospect of Mario Kart 8 on the go with friends seems rather enticing. Now, about getting more Joy-Cons…

Author Bio

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings over seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat. More