Mario Kart 8 Deluxe +
An enhanced port for the Nintendo Switch, titled Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, was released worldwide on April 28, 2017. In addition to the inclusion of all previously released DLC content, the port also features additional content, gameplay tweaks, and native 1080p graphics at a full 60 frames per second while docked. Battle Mode was reworked to be similar to that of previous Mario Kart games, in which players drive around an enclosed arena and attack their opponents, with eight new arenas and several gameplay modes featured. The Boo and Feather items from previous games returned, with Deluxe also allowing players to now carry two items at once, even if they don't drag the first item, a feature carried over from Mario Kart: Double Dash. Six additional playable characters were added to the roster, including Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, King Boo, Inkling Boys and Girls from Splatoon, and an unlockable Gold Mario costume for Metal Mario. The port also includes new racing suits for Mii characters unlocked via Amiibo, as well as additional kart parts for customization. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has also been updated to include the motorbike peripheral from Nintendo Labo as one of its compatible controllers. Nintendo's head of software development, Shinya Takahashi, confirmed in July 2018 that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe would be receiving further updates, with the first, a new vehicle and alternate costume for Link based on those seen in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, being released the same month.