It's been over four years since Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launched on Switch. Released just over a month after the Switch launched, it recently became the best-selling racing game of all-time in the United States, and fans have long queried when we'd finally see the next entry.
While Nintendo's released two additional games in that time - Tour and Live: Home Circuit - we've not technically seen a new main entry since 2014, thanks to Deluxe's status as a Wii U Port. Of course, that never stops the rumours, and here's everything we know about a potential new Mario Kart entry.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Receives A New Patch, Two Years After The Last Update - May 26, 2021
Out of the blue, Nintendo released a new update to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe last month, making it the first time we've seen one since January 2019. Considering the timing just before E3, that led to some speculation about Nintendo's future plans, and you can read more about it here.
Rumours And Leaks
Reports have appeared online in the last few weeks about a new entry, though neither seem particularly credible. One suggested a "Smash Bros type" crossover Kart racer was being planned, while another tells of an entry called "Mario Kart Maximum". While we'd always say to take these rumours with a grain of salt, it seems very unlikely either would be true.
Is Mario Kart On Switch?
Yes, in several forms. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe aside, the original SNES game, Super Mario Kart, is also available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. There's also an "SP" variant of Super available, which unlocks everything from the get-go. Separately, one player has recreated parts of the SNES entry within Game Builder Garage, slowly adding new features.
We've also got Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, a mixed reality spin-off which lets you control physical remote control cars that respond to how you play in-game. Launched last year, you'll need decent floor space to actually play it, and that was brought to us by Knockout City developers Velan Studios.
When Does Nintendo's E3 Conference Start?
That begins at 9am PDT / Noon ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST on June 15. You can watch it below.