Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Switch Vs Wii U Graphics Comparison
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch
(Last Updated On: April 19, 2017)

A graphical comparison between the Nintendo Switch version of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and the Wii U version of Mario Kart 8 has surfaced, giving gamers a look at the differences between the two titles running on the two different generations of hardware.

IGN rolled out the very snappy minute and a half long video comparing the two, which you can check out below.

You can see that the resolution buff in the Switch version of the game is clearly higher. Having a million extra pixels rendered to screen makes a significant difference in both the near and extended spatial draw distance resolution.

You can see that there are more pixel steps in the Wii U version of the game, giving off a slightly blurry and jagged view of objects and environment just in the distance of the player's field of view.

Additionally, the increase of internal resolution for Mario Kart 8: Deluxe means that there's also an increase in overall shader quality. You can see that shadow renders are now slightly less distorted in the Nintendo Switch version of the game, compared to the Wii U.

A minor difference, of course, but a noticeable one nonetheless.

Some people in the comment section complained that both games looked identical while others commented that the Switch also has to run the game in handheld mode as well. Obviously some measure of sacrifice would be needed. Even still on the Switch the game runs at native 1080p at 60fps compared to the Nintendo Wii U, which only runs the game at 720p at 60fps.

Additionally, the Nintendo Switch version of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe will run the split-screen portion of the game locally at 60fps. So that's a step up from the Wii U version which had to half the refresh down to 30 frames per second in the multiplayer split-screen modes.

Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is due for release on April 28th for the Nintendo Switch.


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  • Disqusted

    Nice to know it’s not a step backwards.

  • TT

    it’s nice and all, good that they are adding more into the game also, as well the appeal of having it on the go, I just wish there was more new games that really showed off the hardware’s capabilities a bit more.

  • TT

    it’s nice and all, good that they are adding more into the game also, as well the appeal of having it on the go, I just wish there was more new games that really showed off the hardware’s capabilities a bit more.