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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
マリオカート8 デラックス
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe NA box.jpg
North American box art.
Developer(s): Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Racing
Players: Offline: 1-8[1]
Online: 1-12[1]
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
Release dates
Worldwide: April 28, 2017[3][4][5]
S. Korea: December 15, 2017[2]
USK: 0
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an enhanced port of the Wii U title Mario Kart 8, released for the Nintendo Switch in April 2017. This version of the game features all of the base and add-on content of Wii U release while adding its own brand new content and changes.


Box (NA)

Jump into the driver's seat
with more tracks, modes, and features than ever before!

New faces to race with!

Duke it out in a new-and-improved battle mode!

New players welcome!
Smart Steering Now you can play without driving off course!

Hold two items at once for double the firepower!

Box (PAL)

Race without limits!
48 tracks of deluxe Mario Kart action!

Introducing new racers!

Battles are BACK!
New courses. Fan favorites. Brand new rules.

Double items let you dominate the competition!

Beginners welcome!
Smart Steering keeps you on track.

Nintendo website

Race and battle your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8.

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.!


  • Race your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8, only on Nintendo Switch!
  • Race as every character on every track from the Wii U version, including DLC characters and tracks.
  • Pop some balloons in the revamped Battle mode, complete with Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast.
  • Battle on new courses, like Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, or returning ones, such as GCN Luigi's Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1.
  • Inkling Girl & Inkling Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. join the roster!
  • Players can choose a new Smart Steering feature which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids even at 200cc
  • Three new vehicles have been added, two are even inspired by Splatoon
  • Carry two items at the same time
  • Returning items include Boo, the item stealing ghost, and the Feather, which gives you a high jump in battle mode.
  • Play your friends in local wireless multiplayer with up to 8 players.
  • Drive through in 1080p HD quality in TV mode
  • Play on the go with handheld mode and play anytime, anywhere
Nintendo eShop

Race and battle your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8.

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.!


In addition to new vehicle parts and characters, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also features two additional items: the returning Boo and, exclusive to battle mode[6], the Feather from Super Mario Kart.[3] Like in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, players are now able to carry up to two items at once.[1] A third level of drift boost has been added, indicated by pink sparks.[7] The game also features a new "Smart Steering" function for younger and novice players, allowing players to more easily stay on the track[1], as well as "Auto-accelerate", which automatically drives the kart forward without needing to push the accelerate button; both of these features can be enabled and disabled at any point during a race from the pause menu, as well as tilt controls and the on-screen map.[8] All of the characters and tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are available from the start; only kart parts are unlockable.[9]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features a revamped Battle Mode, allowing players to play a variety of modes and battle on a set of eight new and returning battle stadiums.[1][10] In addition to Balloon Battle in the standard game, Battle Mode features returning game modes such as Coin Runners, Shine Theif, and Bob-omb Blast, and a new game mode titled Renegade Roundup, in which one team must capture every member of the other in order to win.[10] A new time trial mode for 200CC has also been included.[7]

Like the original game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe runs at 60FPS with one or two players and 30FPS with three or four, regardless of whether the system is docked or not. The game renders at 1080p in TV Mode, and at 720p in handheld mode.[11]


With the nature of the Nintendo Switch as both a home console and a portable device, director Kosuka Yubaki thought that Mario Kart would be perfect for the device, and because he also wanted to release a Mario Kart game as soon as possible, the team began work on a port of Mario Kart 8. According to Yubaki, the development process was "very smooth". Using the Wii U game as a base allowed the team to better understand the Nintendo Switch hardware by being able to directly compare the capabilities of the two systems. The superior CPU and memory of the Nintendo Switch allowed the developers to implement features such as additional items and allowing every racer to hold two items.[6][12]


Aggregate scores
Metacritic 93
GameRankings 93.41%
Famitsu 35/40[13]
IGN 9.3/10
Game Informer 9.25/10
Destructoid 9.5/10
GameSpot 9/10

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe received critical praise, with review scores generally around the same as if not better than the Wii U release. Many reviewers praised the expanded battle mode, calling the game the definitive version of Mario Kart 8. However, many reviews have been divided on whether or not the game would be appealing to fans who already own the original Wii U release.

The game was given a total 35/40 score by Famitsu (9/9/9/8)[13], one point less than their score for Wii U version. Jose Otero of IGN rated the game a 9.3 out of 10, comparing it favorable to the original by calling it, "a souped-up version of the Wii U’s Mario Kart 8" and praising the amount of content present within the game, but criticizing the lack of changes to the online mode. Chris Carter of Destructoid rated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a 9.5 out of 10, calling it, "straight-up a better version of the game without compromise."

In the United States, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold over 459,000 copies (including both physical and digital sales) on launch day, making it the fastest selling Mario Kart game (surpassing Mario Kart Wii).[14][15] Selling over 550,000 copies (460,000 physical units), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was also the best-selling game in the month of April.[16] In the UK, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the top best-selling game on its first weekend of sales, the first Nintendo-published game to receive the top position since Pokémon White Version in 2011 and the first Mario game since Mario Kart Wii.[17] In Japan, the game sold 280,229 copies during its first week, the best-selling game that week.[18] Finally, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the best-selling game for the week of its release in both Australia and New Zealand.[19]

Technical details[edit]

Technical Details

Nintendo Switch Game Card
Digital download

Download size

6.7 GB

Supported features

Nintendo Switch Online (Online Play, Save Data Cloud), Local Play, amiibo (Read Only)

Input / compatible controllers

Joy-Con (Joy-Con Wheel), Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, Nintendo Labo (Toy-Con Motorbike, Toy-Con Car)

Additional content[edit]


Version no. Release date(s) Description
1.1.0 May 17, 2017 Displays opponent names in rear view in online matches, increases invincibility time upon being hit by an item in online matches, allows up to two players to spectate friend matches while waiting to join, decreases the chances of adding players to 200cc or Mirror matches in "Worldwide" and "Regional" online modes, allows players to create friend lobbies when they have 100 or more friends, changes to Inkling Girl's animation, starting positions in online races reflect the order in which players join a room, gives Mii racers facial expressions, adjusts tournament clocks to reflect real-world time.[20]
1.2.0 June 28, 2017 Adds a Pikmin Mii costume unlocked by using Pikmin-based amiibo, displays race rules and course names on loading screens for online, local play, and Mario Kart TV; adjusts item distribution to allow players farther back to more likely receive items to catch up, limits the Piranha Plant to two at a time in online matches, fixes an issue that causes the controls to be unresponsive when the timer runs out in online when choosing a Mii racing suit, leaves items on the track if a Super Horn is used, fixes the item roulette so that it no longer spins continuously in online matches, the Boomerang now returns to the first item slot if possible after being thrown, the items shown in the item slot display correctly when holding an item behind the kart, it is no longer possible to use an item if it is used to block an item, fixes communication error issues.
1.2.1 August 9, 2017 Fixes an issue that prolongs the time to return to the lobby after races near the start and end times of tournaments.[21]
1.3.0 October 18, 2017 Adds video capture compatibility, makes it more difficult to float down while gliders are deployed with Smart Steering, fixes an issue in which Spiny Shells hit the player in second place when the player in first place has not yet crossed the finish line, increased the invulnerability period after being hit or spinning out, applies Online Play changes from update 1.2.1 to Wireless Play and LAN Play (only one Piranha Plant will appear at a time during races, adjusted item distribution).
1.4.0 December 12, 2017 Adds Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean language support; fixes an issue in which background music will not play after finishing a race.
1.5.0 June 25, 2018 Adds compatibility with the Toy-Con Motorbike from the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit, fixes an issue in which the "Search by code" feature stops working after creating an online tournament, fixes an issue in which players cannot move forward after colliding with a Star Thwomp.
1.6.0 July 19, 2018 Adds Champion's Tunic Link as a playable character, adds the Master Cycle Zero, Ancient Tires, and Paraglider as kart parts; gameplay adjustments.
1.7.0 September 19, 2018 Adds compatibility with the Toy-Con Car from the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit, adds compatibility with the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.
1.7.1 January 23, 2019 Fixes an issue causing the game to become unresponsive to any input except the Home button.
1.7.2 May 25, 2021 Fixes an issue in which tournament scores would be reset, fixes an issue in which match history with friends would be reset.
2.0.0 March 17, 2022 Adds support for the first wave of Booster Course Pass tracks, shortens the time for an Item Box to reappear after being collected, fixes an issue causing communication errors during 12-player matches, gameplay adjustments.

Downloadable content[edit]

Super Mario Wiki logo.png  Main article: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass 

Announced during the Nintendo Direct on February 9, 2022, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass is a paid downloadable expansion for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, made available for purchase following the presentation. The pack is set to include 48 additional courses from previous Mario Kart titles, which will be released in six waves consisting of two four-course cups each until the end of 2023. The Booster Course Pass is also available to active Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass subscribers for free.[22]

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  8. Watch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Play By Itself! (Self Driving Car!) GameXplain (YouTube; April 18, 2017). Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - New Pink Sparks, 200cc Trial Mode, & All Characters Unlocked!. GameXplain (YouTube; April 10, 2017). Retrieved April 10, 2017.
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  11. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe always runs at 60 FPS with 1-2 players, 30 FPS with 3-4 players. Nintendo Everything (January 13, 2017). Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  12. Nintendo Switchにぴったり! 『スプラトゥーン』キャラ&コースも入った全部入り、『マリオカート8 デラックス』開発者インタビュー【Nintendo Switchインタビュー特集】. Famitsu (February 9, 2017). Retrieved April 16, 2017.
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  18. Media Create Sales: Week 17, 2017 (Apr 24 - Apr 30). NeoGAF (May 3, 2017). Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  19. Top 10 games charts for the week ended 30 April 2017. IGEA (May 4, 2017). Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  20. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Version 1.1 Is Now Available for Download. Nintendo Life (May 17, 2017). Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  21. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Version 1.2.1 available. GoNintendo (August 9, 2017). Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass DLC - Nintendo Switch. Nintendo (YouTube; February 9, 2022). Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 "you can't play them yet but we have all cup names #MK8D #NintendoSwitch". Gigi on Twitter (March 17, 2022). Retrieved March 18, 2022.

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