When it comes to thorough looks at game performance, no-one quite matches up to the keen eye of Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry. They’ve recently reported their findings regarding the imminent Switch port of Mario Kart 8 and it’s looking good.

While docked the Switch version runs at a higher resolution than the Wii U original; 1080p versus 720p. Despite this leap, the game still maintains a solid, locked 60fps. Not only that but some elements are even improved, such as clearer texture presentation at tight angles and faster loading times. Unfortunately anti-aliasing isn’t implemented once again, meaning that while the game looks crisp, the pixel noise can be noticeable.

If playing with one friend, the split screen displays are 60fps, but if you’re in a three or four player face-off the performance gets bumped down to 30fps.

The undocked mode is where the re-release truly shines though, with Digital Foundry making the sound decision to compare the game to the last handheld title in the series – Mario Kart 7. Even running at 720p, a match for the Wii U version, it’s remarkable how much of a leap Deluxe is. Click on the comparison below to see how far we’ve come since 2011:

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches for the Nintendo Switch next week on April 28th!

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Written by Tom Brown

Always excited to see something a little bit different, Tom is ready to report on games of all shapes and sizes, whether they be wonderful or weird (or, better yet, both.) Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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