Since the official unveiling of the Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart fans have been deciphering the few seconds of gameplay to which we were treated of some kind of enhanced Mario Kart 8. All we really know about it, are a few things. Chiefly that it retains the DLC from the previous game, that it will feature a second item, but most importantly that it will feature some kind of new content.
As we don’t have a concrete base for the quantity of new content, we decided to look at the DLC as a guideline and opted to look at the 6 most likely characters. One of which; King Boo, is already confirmed.
Bowser Jr. – 8 votes.
Though the Mario Kart 8 roster wasn’t lacking for Koopas, many were puzzled at the absence of Bowser Jr. Having appeared in both of the previous home console Mario Kart games, as well as numerous other sports titles and spinoffs, Bowser Jr has carved himself a rather sizeable legacy as a staple Mario character.
Diddy Kong – 8 votes.
Diddy Kong was one of few Mario Kart frequents to find themselves without a place in the roster. In a cruel twist of fate, the official Spanish Nintendo magazine printed a section on Mario Kart 8, pre-release which ‘confirmed’ him as a playable character. Though it was later deemed a mistake, and Diddy didn’t find himself included, we think there’s a good chance of that being rectified.
Birdo – 6 votes.
Though Birdo missed out in Mario Kart 8, her importance to the series is actually highlighted through her cameo on the ‘women of racing organisation’ ad seen in the N64 Royal Raceway track. Birdo had first appeared in Double Dash as Yoshi’s partner, and returned in the Wii version. Her omission is rather puzzling, just like Bowser Jr’s and Diddy’s.
Kamek – 5 votes.
Playability in the Mario Kart series has eluded Kamek at least twice (that we know of). Originally intended to be included in Mario Kart 64 (and later replaced by Donkey Kong), there was also data found in Mario Kart 8 that indicated that he was scrapped as a playable character for that also. If we’re considering this as an enhanced port, then a previously considered, and scrapped character has a pretty good chance of being used.
Captain Toad – 4 votes.
Mario Kart has never been one to veer away from implementing character similar in appearance to ones already included. In many cases, multiple versions of the same character will appear. Captain Toad may be pretty similar to the regular toad already in Mario Kart, but he has risen to prominence after his notable appearances in Galaxy and 3D World. Further supplemented by his own starring role in Treasure Trackers.
Do you agree with our choices? Which characters do you think will be in Mario Kart for Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments!