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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch

by Nintendo

Estimate to be delivered 20 Dec - 23 Dec


Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses.
Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return.
Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.!


Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, any-where! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return. Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.! System Requirements: Supported Platforms: Nintendo - Switch Nintendo account required for game activation and installation Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.​

Customers Reviews

List of Changes (Compared to the Wii U version)

5.0 out of 5.0 by Vincent on April 28, 2017
This is the definitive edition version of Mario Kart 8, and a must buy for those who never owned the Wii U version. For those who already own the Wii U version, the changes may or not be worth it depending on what you're looking for. Without further ado here are the list of changes compared to the Wii U version:

1. 1080p with higher frame rate* when docked (TV mode) instead of 720p (on Wii U). Tabletop mode it's still 720p. Frame rate TV mode is 60fps, off TV mode is 59fps. Yes, one frame makes a difference when comparing side-by-side and/or when you have been playing dozens of hours of the original

2. 5 new characters: King Boo, Bowser Jr, Dry Bones, & Inklings (Boy and Girl)

3. Characters can now carry up to two items at once, even if they don't drag the first item

4. Double Item Box. Get two items when you run through a double item box or two singles. Note that you cannot swap items back and forth

5. "Smart Steering" A mode that prevents you from running off course or into a puddle of water. Good for toddlers or young children getting into the game (especially on the rainbow road courses). If the Smart Steering mode is on, the player's vehicle will have an antenna sticking out its rear end. The antenna blinks when Smart Steering is active.

6. "Auto-accelerate" for beginners. Can be used in conjunction with Smart Steering, essentially you don't have to hold down the accelerate button. Again, good for young children who just want to drive through the track without any stop-gaps. Works well when using the wheel peripheral

7. All DLC (from Wii U) included. Everything is unlocked from beginning except kart parts and Gold Mario. Kart Parts are unlocked by playing through the game and collecting coins. Gold Mario unlocked by winning all of the 200cc grand prix cup

8. Time Trials in the 200cc engine class have been added. Also added are new ghosts of Nintendo employees to race against

9. Ultra Mini-Turbo, denoted by pink/purple sparks that appear after the orange sparks which makes you boost significantly faster. Cannot be used with smart steering on

10. Online Play.
-Option to change character and vehicle combinations during an online lobby without having to leave/exit out; this is done by pressing the "Y" button during the course selection screen of an online lobby.

- You can see what lap everyone is in, in spectator mode if you finish early

-When you win a match you get to wear a crown in the main online menu screen for everyone in the lobby to see. Hat also present when you're in the lead during a match

- More icon packs for tournament mode

11. Faster loading times. Just a few seconds, but it adds up overtime. If you purchase Mario Kart Deluxe digital over the physical you get 1-2 secs off each track loading screen

12. New amiibo compatibility. You now get racing suits when scanning in specific amiibo

13. Boo and feather (battle mode only) item return to the game

14. You get the same 48 courses racing courses. But you get 5 additional new battle stages in battle mode + 3 retro stages

15. The Villager in now split between male and female selectable characters with different stats bringing the roster to the total of 42 characters (excluding character variants. Example: different color yoshis/shy guys, create your own mii, etc)

16. Graphical change: Motion Blur, High Quality Shadows, Confetti now drop to the ground showing animation at start of match

17. Battle mode: Biggest change in terms of gameplay. There are 4 battle mode game types:

-Balloon Battle. Traditional Arena Style (no more battling in a circle) Mario Kart Battle mode where you use items to pop your opponent's balloons or steal them via feather item in order to score points.

-Renegade Round Up. Cops and Robbers style setup. One team with the potted piranha plants try to capture all the other team before time runs out. Once captured your teammate can also free you from your jail cell

-Bob-omb Blast. Same as balloon battle, but you only carry bombs

-Coin Runner. Collect as many coins in the stage as you can before time runs out

-Shine Thief. A keepway style game where you have to hold the Shrine Sprite the longest before time runs out. The driver holding the shrine sprite will have their speed lower the longer they hold it

==Additional notes:
- There's 4 player split screen in docked (TV mode) and handheld/table top mode. Note that the screen for table top mode is really small and may be a problem for those who are far-sighted. When playing 2 player it's 60fps, 3 or more on the same screen it'll drops down 30fps

-There's no Download Play, so you have to play split screen or have another copy of the game if you don't want to share the same screen or play more than 4 players

-Stamps do not make a return since the Switch doesn't have miiverse

-No more gamepad/duel screen when playing TV mode, so this time around you cannot see what items everyone is holding by glancing down

-No voice chat (as of this review) unfortunately. Was present in the Wii U version with mic hardware (which no one bought). There's supposed to be a smart phone app that takes advantage of voice chat, but no word yet from Nintendo

-Statistics of the vehicle parts and drivers have also been changed to make game more balanced

-Other balance changes:
Fire Hopping have been removed: An exploit in the Wii U version where you can repeatedly hop from left to right to get extra speed from turboboost.

Blue shell dodge exploit still present. It's when you fall off the cliff the last second the blue shell is about to hit you, it'll save a lot of time recovering from the hit. Note this cannot be done when smart steering mode is on

If a Blooper is about to ink the player as they cross the finish line, the player will still get inked.

Red Shell Nerfed: If you're holding an item behind you while in the air, you can block a red shell

Easier to break while drifting (advanced tactic)

-Luigi still has his signature death stare

If there's anything I missed please put it in the comments.

Overall, i personally think the best additions are the enhanced battle mode and the portability aspect as I can now play during my break period and commute to work. I already sunk in over 300+ hours on the Wii U version and the upgrade is totally worth it for me as I got more than my money's worth in the original game on Wii U and plan to sync 300+ on the Switch version especially with the ease of use due to it's portability, and 100+ more hours of play in battle mode play with housemates. Well that is my personal perspective, so if you are in a similar situation it's a very good buy. If not, I hope the list of changes helped you in your purchasing decision
Great Party game!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Chao Chao on June 21, 2017
Great game in the Mario Kart series. This is a deluxe version of Mario Kart 8 that was released for the Wii U. This game has all the great things that make Mario Kart fun. The tracks are great and varied with some popular tracks from older Mario Kart games. Controlling the game works great too. You can use the Joy-Cons, split the Joy-Cons for 2 player, and use the pro controller. They all work great and controlling the kart is responsive and tight. They also include a Smart controller mode which basically helps steer and accelerate, great for younger kids. They will feel they are actually racing and not have to worry about falling off the track. There a lot of content in this game: tracks, racers, different kart mods, and the online play is fun too. This is a must have for the Nintendo Switch!
Nintendo is not messing around, this is a must own

5.0 out of 5.0 by Jen on October 15, 2017
Mario Kart 8 deluxe is an update of the wii u game. So what do you get new?
Battle mode that is alot of fun
New characters
Double item slots
Increase to 1080p
An assist mode for small children
So before I start grab the mario and luigi steering wheels for the Switch if you have kids. This is the best way to play if you have one joycon and is really fun to boot. Remember the joy cons are split up for two player use. They are the best wheels for this and motion controls work like magic. My kids won't play without them, and it's easy enough a 3 yo can be competitive. And he is.
As for the game itself. It's simply the best Mario Kart ever. Better than double dash or 64. Some of the courses feel much lower quality than others, but with some classic courses in here it can hit you with nostalgia. Well you are bound to have a good time. Splatoon characters fit surprisingly well, and battle mode is s no brainer.
But let's not play down this is a full scale Mario Kart that can go to grandmas, and can be played while you drive there.
If you have a Switch, the choice is simple. Buy it.
Much improved from WiiU.

5.0 out of 5.0 by M. Kennedy on June 21, 2017
Mario Kart 8 deluxe has the same racing courses as on the WiiU, but they made a few changes that greatly improved the game.

This was the biggest, best change they made. Instead of driving aimlessly through regular courses hoping you pass someone, they have created battle-specific courses, making battle more intense. There are 5 different modes in battle: balloon battle, coin runner, renegade roundup, ba-bomb blast, and shine thief. All are great. Our family favorite is Renegade Roundup.

Beginner mode
They have added two new features that make this game more bearable while playing with small children. You can turn on your rc (at least that's what we call it. It gives you an antenna that makes your kart look like an RC car). This will make it so you cannot fall off the track. If you have this on, the game doesn't allows you to take some of the secret shortcuts.

They also have an auto accelerator. This makes it so you do not have to push the gas the entire race.

We were hesitant to buy this because it's basically the same as the WiiU version, but their improvements made it worth the money.
Makes Me Feel Like a Kid at Christmas!!!

5.0 out of 5.0 by K. Jones on November 23, 2017
Really great gaming experience. Smooth as butter, great music, fun sound effects, very immersive. We've come a long way from Kart 64. I haven't really played much video games since the N64 (skipped both the Wii and WiiU, so I kinda feel like an old man jumping back into the World of Nintendo). It's made me feel like a kid again, and with how much stress I've been under these last few years with my health... that's a pretty big deal to me. Thank you, Nintendo. You guys are still making quality gaming experiences, and now I get to share it with my niece and nephews, which makes it 100x better. Take care. -Ken Jones, OKC, OK
Great for Adults and Children!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Martwal on May 16, 2017
Have been enjoying Mario Kart since I first played it on the N64 back in the late 90's. I did not own a WiiU for varying reasons, therefore could not own Mario Kart 8. One of the most enticing parts about purchasing this game is that is already comes with some new content, as well as the DLC from the WiiU version of Mario Kart 8. This is a great game to enjoy by yourself, with friends, with family, and will definitely keep children busy. The Joy-Cons that come with the switch act as two controllers, so you are already guaranteed to be able to have two people enjoy this game at the same time. I would recommend also investing in a Pro-Controller or second pair of Joy-Cons if you find playing the game with just one Joy Con difficult. Overall the game's graphics are nice, keeping that cartoon feel Nintendo has done so well with for so long.
Excellent version, challenging and full of things to try

5.0 out of 5.0 by J. Hallahan on August 24, 2017
While it is pretty much the same as the version that came out for the Wii U, it does have a few extra features. While I had played the game on the WU, I never purchased the system or the game and therefore was excited to be able to play it on my own system. This game is really fun to play at parties, especially since you can just pull out the kickstand on the Switch and not have to worry about plugging it in to the TV. I also like how you can turn on different "handicaps" such as assisted turning and acceleration to help new players be able to participate.

I also found this to be more smooth and overall better made than the regular Wii version. While I did love the Wii version and think that one's awesome as well, I love all the different modes, ways to customize your car, and different tweaks you can do for new challenges. It seemed in the Wii version you pretty much found a character/kart setup and never used anything else ever again.

Overall, I've already played it a ton and love the game. Nothing negative to say about it!

5.0 out of 5.0 by CaptainK on December 9, 2017
Mario Kart is always a classic that I love. Fell in love with the original Wii version and this one is much better. Some of the maps you'll recognize but many have new twists and there are new maps to race. I love the battle games as well. (Balloon Battle is my personal favorite) Switching to two or more player mode is easy. (When you first try two player, for some reason the settings will be all turned on such as the safer driving mode, so drifts don't work as well, and the players kart will always be hitting the gas, and in battle mode that's not convenient so make sure you turn those settings off). And online playing is a welcome addition. You can choose between regional and world. There isn't a 'Grand Prix' in the online racing, just one race at a time. And playing Battle online, there's just one round at a time, no 4 rounds and then a winner is decided. Also there's no picking which battle game you want to play, it just cycles through the five. At first I didn't like it but it forced me to get better at games I didn't really play often. In the online playing there is a personal point system. You start out with 1,000 points and depending how you rank each round, you can either earn or lose points. (Got down to 988 and back up to 1250). While the console comes with two controllers, I find myself considering buying another set because I don't like the feel of playing with one controller, as it's so small. Also I keep tilt controls off cause I find it makes me lose control. All in all, a main staple to my gaming life.
Best Mario Kart. Great for All!

5.0 out of 5.0 by specialk42day on September 9, 2017
All Mario Kart games have always been a great game for friends and family of all ages. I had the Wii U version and already knew this is an amazing game. The fact that it has all the DLC included makes it an incredible deal. So many courses and if Nintendo made more DLC courses available for purchase I would buy them all in a heartbeat.

The added steering assist option is great for kids and non-serious gamers. It helps them stay in the race and keeps then from feeling bad about their performance. Don't worry if you are a serious Mario Kart racer rest assure that the steering assist disable the purple drift boost and forces the kart to stay on the main path, which makes it hard to take advantage of shortcuts.

My only very minor complaint is you cannot choose the battle mode to play; they cycle through the battle modes. Probably cause everyone only only play the balloon battle mode. My girlfriend and I only play the course races online now and that is more than enough fun.

This is the best Mario Kart to date and should be in every Switch owners game library.
Another great Mario game.

5.0 out of 5.0 by Petey on June 5, 2017
I've been playing Mario Kart since the first one was released for the Nintendo 64 many years ago. Although the game has changed throughout the years, it's still so much fun. You can play with family and friends, and it makes for a great party game for everyone to enjoy. If there are no little kids around, you can even make up tons of drinking games around Mario Kart as well!

If you prefer for the more serious route there are tons of challenges that you can take on, either through solo player or online against people all around the world which will really test your skills. I should warn you though that nothing is more frustrating than having Baby Mario from China hit you with a shell on the final lap which causes you to lose haha. Definitely happy I bought this game!