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Donkey Kong dabbing returns in new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe overview trailer

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Look at my dab

Nintendo released a new overview trailer for the Switch’s upcoming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe today, but all anyone can talk about is this two-second clip of Donkey Kong dabbing.

The moment happens about halfway through the trailer. In the revamped Battle Mode, which was also offered in the original Mario Kart 8 title for the Wii U in 2014, there a number of challenges players can participate in locally and online. During “Balloon Battle,” players must drive around and try to pop each others’ balloons. It’s during this scene that Donkey Kong, emerging as the victor, breaks out into a celebratory dab. It can be seen in the GIF below.

As Mario Kart 8 players will know, this isn’t the first time that Donkey Kong has resorted to dabbing. In the original Wii U game, Donkey Kong tried to redefine cool by breaking out in to a dab mid-race. The moment was immortalized in a Vine video which, thanks to YouTube, will continue to live on forever.

The amusement over Donkey King dabbing in 2014 definitely became a thing, with people running through courses specifically with the purpose of trying to get Donkey Kong to dab as often as possible. In the video below, Donkey Kong dabs for more than a minute as he jumps in and out of water.

Even though Donkey Kong dabbing has been around for close to three years, players who didn’t get the chance to play Mario Kart 8 are discovering it for the first time. Many have said being able to make Donkey Kong dab mid-battle and mid-race is enough to warrant the purchase of a Switch on its own.

Unfortunately, the rest of the trailer doesn’t include much dabbing — or any other kind of dancing for that matter. It does offer the best look yet at the new modes and characters available in the game, as well as some of the newest features. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be the first Mario Kart game to use Steering Assist. The feature allows new players and young children to drive around the different courses without worrying about flying off and lagging behind. This may come in handy on some of the more difficult tracks, like Rainbow Road.

Super Mario Kart 8 will be available to purchase on April 28 for the Switch.