Nintendo Switch Battery Life On 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe'

By Michael Augustin , Updated Apr 19, 2017 05:20 AM EDT

Despite being a hybrid console intended for use while docked most of the time, gamers are still very particular about its battery life in portable mode. The system apparently has different battery performance ratings depending on the game being played. Most gamers have already tested the Switch's endurance with "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", which gave users close to three hours before it dies. Now, the next big release from Nintendo is "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe".

Nintendo racing fans anticipating the release of "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" will be surprised to know that the Nintendo Switch will last roughly the same time as the RPG. The game was reportedly tested with the brightness set to 30 percent and the Switch unit fully charged to a 100 percent. Game Rant has reported that the game ran on the Switch for exactly 3 hours, 9 minutes, and 20 seconds, which is close to the almost 3 hours afforded by "Zelda: BOTW".

It is also worth noting that "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" does feature local multiplayer with the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con configuration. It is understandable that the Switch uses up more battery while its Joy-Cons are detached and on wireless mode. The game reportedly features a revamped Battle Mode, which is expected to have most gamers playing with a companion while the system is undocked with both Joy-Cons detached and assigned to each player.

Just recently, Nintendo held its worldwide beta test for "Splatoon 2" called "Global Testfire". According to a blog post from Nintendo Radar, It was estimated that the game pushed the Nintendo Switch up to only two and a half hours which is shy of 30 minutes compared to "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe", which is set to launch this April 28, 2017.

Several sources have also reported that third-party hardware makers are already working accessories that aim to increase the Nintendo Switch's battery life. One of the revealed accessories appears to promise and additional 12 hours of portable playing time. However, gamers will have to endure the current longevity for games like "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe".

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