Review: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)

All your favourite tracks and characters return from the Wii U version, plus all DLC tracks and characters, and new characters join the roster, too. Plus, Battle Mode has been revamped.


  • Gorgeous graphics, Some of the best yet on Nintendo Switch.
  • 6.7GB Download size.
  • Contains all previous DLC from the Wii U version.
  • New characters specially for this version including King Boo, Dry Bones and more.
  • Four player split screen support.
  • Two local players can go online and race with others.
  • 12 Player online races.
  • Wireless mode allows two Switches to connect together making 8 player local races a thing.
  • Amiibo support- Scan Amibo to unlock special outfits for your Mii racer. The Amiibo section has a checklist so you know who is scanned in, Also you only need to scan the Amiibo once.
  • Mii creator within the game.
  • Supports big screen and handheld mode.
  • Controller- Supports both Joycons, Single Joycons and Pro controller.
  • Driving aids- Smart steer and Auto accelerate.
  • Motion control support.
  • Full stats breakdown, Split into online/solo/wireless.
  • MKTV is back and allows you to watch the community replays of gamers.
  • Classic bright cheery soundtrack.
  • Tutorial/help section.
  • You can now carry two items at once.
  • Grand Prix has 12 cups with four races in each.
  • Five game speeds- 50, 100, 150, 200cc and Mirror.
  • 41 Characters to play as well as your Mii so actually its 42.
  • Earn 1-3 stars in races and they in turn unlock new kart parts.
  • Full kart customisation. Choose your frame, Wheels and glider. Each one will change your stats and you can bring the stats screen up to check.
  • Time trials with ghost management.
  • Vs and battle mode races you can choose speed,tracks,rounds,AI,difficulty etc.
  • Battle mode has 6 modes- ¬†Balloon battle (hit each other to lose balloons), Renegade round up (Like cops and robbers), Bob omb blast (Bombs only), Coin runners (Collect the most coins), Shine thief (hold the crown for the longest time) and random.
  • New purple ultra mini turbo drift.
  • New items for battle mode.
  • Can set up online tournaments for people to join.
  • Can host or join online races.
  • Addictive gameplay.
  • Controls are as tight and fluid as ever before.
  • Fun to play.
  • Easy to pick up and play.
  • New tracks added from classic games like F-Zero and Excitebike.


  • Playing with friends online with other is still a pain in the ass, With no friend invite system.
  • Driving assists start n as default and the game doesn’t tell you or that they exist.
  • Split screen can be hard to see around the track and this is especially evident in battle mode.
  • No friend ghost download option.
  • AI can still be cheap at times.
  • No control layout options.
  • Online has a few connection issues from time to time.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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