Good news, everyone! Nintendo has been tinkering around with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and just issued a new update. While there’s nothing terribly groundbreaking in the patch notes, online play has been balanced out and communication errors are supposedly less likely to happen, but in spectator mode.

For those who own the game, you’ll probably find your copy updated the next time you boot up your Switch. For the full patch notes, you can check them out down below:

  • Players can use Pikmin-themed amiibo to unlock a Pikmin Suit for the Mii driver.
  • Race rules and course name are now displayed on loading screens for online and wireless play, as well as Mario Kart TV.
  • Players who are behind in online matches will receive items geared toward catching up more frequently.
  • In online matches, no more than two Piranha Plants will be granted as items at the same time.
  • Controls are no longer unresponsive when the timer runs out when choosing a Mii racing suit for online matches.
  • When a player uses an item right after the Super Horn in online matches, that item will now remain available for other players.
  • Item wheel no longer spins continuously in online matches.
  • Online matches now end as intended 30 seconds after the first place racer finishes.
  • The Boomerang now returns to the first slot, if possible, after a player catches it.
  • Items shown in a player’s item slots now display correctly when holding an item behind them.
  • No longer possible to use an item after it has been used to block an attack.
  • Communication errors no longer occur frequently while spectating or after spectating online matches.
Rating: 5
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Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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  1. David Barrett says:

    I wanted new characters, courses, & modes. 🙁

    Rating: 5
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  2. Jennifer Burch

    David Barrett – Me too! Part of the Nintendo Wire team’s E3 predictions was some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC. We’re still hoping that Nintendo will announce something later this year though!

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