Regardless, Best Buy should be people's first choice, but if you're desperate for the red and blue Joy-Cons, or just desperate in general for nabbing a Switch no matter what, GameStop's pricier option is on the table. Most of what the retailer's doing is cute and on-brand; shopping carts have been Mario Kart-ified, for example.
"However, the real joy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is how accessible it is on Switch". The latest and greatest entry in Nintendo's long-running series will soon be literally in the palm of your hands thanks to the Nintendo Switch.
Of course it won't stop us from walking through the doors of our local Target three times a week, but as of yesterday, any aisle in more than 650 Target locations could become an impromptu Mario Kart racetrack. With new racers, a brand new mode, all the DLC and more, it's an exciting title.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will release for the Nintendo Switch on April 28th, 2017. I'm confident in saying that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best performing software now available on the Nintendo Switch.
As for the racing itself, GameSpot says the action is "as strong as in the original and gets minimal updates in this version".
GameStop has also received shipments of the Switch, but allegedly they are only available as part of a Mario Kart 8 bundle.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brings back Battle Mode and the fans' favorite Balloon Battle and this is where things can get ugly.
Smashing into another player or the wall gives you a fairly pathetic rumble that's about as intense as my iPhone's screen haptic feedback.
Shine Thief sees players attempt to hold on to the crown until the timer runs down, Coin Runners tasks everyone with collecting the most coins, and Renegade Round-Up pits a team of outlaws against a team of Piranha Plant police in a family-friendly homage to Need for Speed Most Wanted. Not having in-race voice options sucks too, but apparently, there's a smartphone app coming at some point that's supposed to fix that issue or something, we'll see.