Mario Kart 8 Deluxe today received a small patch that fixes some minor issues. This is the first update of the game since January 2019.
Today’s patch makes two small changes to fix tournament points and match history so they don’t reset. But this also caused controversy among players wondering if more important updates would continue.
Released in 2017, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Nintendo Switch’s best-selling game. Four years later, it’s still selling very well and has a nearly permanent spot in the top 10 of the UK box game charts.
Last year it seemed that Animal Crossing sales surged. New Horizons may finally take Mario Kart 8 Deluxe from the highest position in Switch history, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold more buckets. It’s currently in an astonishing total of 35.4m copy, making it the best-selling racing game ever in the United States.
In a modest game update through 2018, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has added Toy-Con bike and car support from Nintendo’s various cardboard lab kits. We also got support for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild cosmetics and the Switch Online mobile app.
But since the last small update in January 2019, everything has been silent.
The Wii U Mario Kart 8 has received two expansion packs with new racers and tracks. These are included in the Switch version as “Deluxe” parts of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Package. Fans wanted Nintendo to continue to support switch versions of the game in a similar way, but no new DLC has ever been realized.
Perhaps Nintendo doesn’t want to undermine the “deluxe” brand by offering an optional paid DLC. This could make the game even more deluxe. Perhaps Nintendo doesn’t want my money. Or maybe Nintendo will sell Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as it is four years later and are considering more Mario Kart.