Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is officially landing on the Switch next week. It's not an overhaul of the traditional MK8 formula, but Nintendo has shown they are open to improving a classic.
So if you had the choice, how would you improve Mario Kart?
With Battle Mode getting a lot better, the next cab off the rank would be more extensive online leaderboardss. Some form of online ranked play with matchmaking would be endless amounts of fun, although it's also the kind of online support that Nintendo traditionally hasn't done well. That said, some of that might be happening with the tournaments being added to Mario Kart's Switch debut, but we'll see.
I asked people around the office how they would improve Mario Kart, and received a lot of umms and hmms in return. Danny, Kotaku's publisher, suggested more bombastic weapons that crossover with Nintendo IP would be cool to see - think a massive ink gun from Splatoon that covers the track. He also reasoned that any new version of Mario Kart would need its own Rainbow Road moment, although Rainbow Road means different things to different people.
How would you improve Mario Kart, if you could?