Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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This article is about the Nintendo Switch port of the Mario Kart 8 game. For information about the game's original version, see here.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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Developer(s) Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release date USA April 28, 2017[1]
Japan April 28, 2017[2]
Europe April 28, 2017[3]
Australia April 28, 2017[4]
Genre Racing
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an upcoming racing game for the Nintendo Switch.[5] It is the first enhanced port of the Mario Kart series, being a port of Mario Kart 8 from the Wii U. It has additional features such as several new characters and features more options for Battle Mode. First hinted in the Switch's announcement video in October 2016, the game was formally announced as part of the Nintendo Switch presentation on January 13, 2017.[5] Characters can now carry up to two items at once, even if they don't drag the first item, and the game features the return of the Double Item Box from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. The game also introduces "Smart Steering" and "Auto-accelerate" for beginners, the former makes driving and staying on the track easier, the latter makes the vehicle automatically accelerate.[6][7] The statistics of the vehicle parts and drivers have also been changed,[7] Time Trials in the 200cc engine class have been added,[8] and there is also a 3rd level of Mini-Turbo, denoted by purple sparks that appear after the orange sparks.[9]

The game will feature all of the base and DLC content of Mario Kart 8 (excluding the battle mode in the Wii U game),[5] with the same 48 courses.[10]

Battle Mode

One of the biggest changes made between the port and the original release of Mario Kart 8 is the revamped Battle Mode. Unlike Mario Kart games before this, each player starts with 5 balloons, as opposed to the normal amount of 3. Another addition to Battle Mode is that the character in the lead now wears a crown, unlike Mario Kart 8 where the crown is displayed only on the HUD map. Additionally, players now start out with 0 points instead of Mario Kart 8's default 3 points, and their balloons do not serve as the remainder 3 points. Returning from Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 is the ability to respawn after all balloons are popped; this causes the player's total score to halve. A new addition to this mode is the feature to tell exactly which character hit whom, which appears on the bottom of the screen.[11] Furthermore, after getting hit, players now have about 1.5 seconds of invincibility frames, unlike in Mario Kart 8.

There will be five different Battle Mode types[8]:

  • Balloon Battle: The classic mode where players use items to pop opponents' balloons or steal them in order to score and win.
  • Bob-omb Blast: A returning mode from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, in which players use Bob-ombs to score points and can carry up to 10 Bob-ombs.
  • Shine Thief: Another returning mode from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, players must retrieve a Shine Sprite and keep hold of it until the time runs out, while other shineless players use items against whoever has the Shine to force them to drop it.
  • Coin Runners: This mode was last seen in Mario Kart 7. Players must collect Coins scattered across the course in order to have the most by the end of the match.
  • Renegade Roundup: A new mode in which there are two teams on the battle course. One team has to use Potted Piranha Plants in order to capture players from the other team. The other team tries to stay away until the time runs out, and can free eliminated members of their team.

Battle courses

Eight battle courses will be present in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, replacing the repurposed racetracks used for Battle Mode in the Wii U version.[8] New Battle Courses include Urchin Underpass,[12][5] a Splatoon-themed Battle Course, Battle Stadium,[5] Sweet Sweet Kingdom, Dragon Palace, and Lunar Colony. Returning Battle Courses include SNES Battle Course 1, GCN Luigi's Mansion, and 3DS Wuhu Town.

Battle Stadium Sweet Sweet Kingdom Dragon Palace Lunar Colony
3DS Wuhu Town GCN Luigi's Mansion SNES Battle Course 1 Urchin Underpass


Character select screen of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

All base and DLC characters from Mario Kart 8 are present in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Additionally, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features new characters not present in Mario Kart 8, some of which are veterans that did not make the cut in Mario Kart 8. New characters include additional non-Mario characters with the inclusion of the Inklings from Splatoon. Players can choose either the boy or girl Inkling, and they include three selectable colors each. Excluding character variants, there are a total of 42 playable characters currently confirmed for this game, the largest number of playable characters thus far in the series.

The two Villagers have also been separated, after being present in the same character slot (with the female villager being considered a variant of the male one) in Mario Kart 8.

Unlocking criteria

Unlocking criteria for these participants
Gold Mario Win all 200cc Grand Prix cups[9]

New vehicles

Three new vehicle body parts are confirmed. One of which is the Koopa Clown, returning from Mario Kart 7. The other two new vehicles which are Splatoon-themed ATVs are the Splat Buggy and Inkstriker.[13]. Computer characters now also choose from a wider variety of kart parts than the vanilla version, such as the Flame Rider and the Sports Coupe.[14] However, they are still restricted to a set amount of body parts, like in Mario Kart 7.

New items

The Feather and Boo items make a return in this game, functioning as they had previously. All other items from the Wii U version return as well.

New amiibo compatibility

Some of the Mii Racing Suits and amiibo that can be used to unlock them in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

In addition to all of the compatible amiibo in Mario Kart 8 with their respective Mii Racing Suits, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe adds compatibility with amiibo from the Splatoon line, which unlock a Mii Racing Suit based on Splatoon. In addition, more amiibo can be used to unlock the returning Mii Racing Suits, such as all Animal Crossing related amiibo being compatible and unlocking the Animal Crossing Mii Racing Suit.

Graphical differences

  • Motion blur when boosting is present in LAN mode and split-screen mutiplayer (with reduced quality).[15]
  • The game now renders in native 1080p on TV mode, instead of the 720p in the original Wii U version; however, it will still render in 720p on Tabletop or Handheld mode.
  • The shadows present are of higher quality in multiplayer.
  • If a Blooper is about to ink the player as they cross the finish line, the player will still get inked.[16] This is unlike the Wii U version, where the Blooper disappears instead.
  • 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.
  • The course map is white instead of blue, including the maps of the Rainbow Roads and GCN Baby Park, which have multiple colors in the Wii U version.

References to other games


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


  • Unlike past installments in the series, all characters are unlocked from the beginning. It is also the first since Mario Kart 64 to have all the courses unlocked.[7]
  • This is the only game to feature characters on a Rainbow Road track instead of a regular circuit on the box art, as well as any retro track in general.

External links


  1. ^ Nintendo's Official Website Nintendo. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Nintendo's Official Website (Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Nintendo Europe. (January 13, 2017). European release date announcement. Twitter. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Nintendo AU. (January 13, 2017). Nintendo Switch launches on 3rd March 2017!. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Julia Alexander (January 13, 2017). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch confirmed. Polygon
  6. ^ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch. Nintendo
  7. ^ a b c Twitch (March 11, 2017). PAX East 2017 - LIVE from the Twitch booth 3/10-3/12 - schedules & more @ Twitch. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d Nintendo (March 10, 2017). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Overview Trailer - Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c GameXplain. (March 11, 2017). Unlockable Gold Mario & New Purple Sparks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!. YouTube. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  10. ^ Brian (January 15, 2017). No new race tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Nintendo Everything. retrieved January 15, 2017.
  11. ^ Nintendo Treehouse Event (January 13, 2017). Nintendo Treehouse Live with Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer (January 13, 2017). Nintendo
  13. ^ NinEverything. (January 13, 2017). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Treehouse Live with Nintendo Switch YouTube. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  14. ^ Nintendo World Report, (January 14, 2017). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Bob-omb Blast - Nintendo Switch Off-Screen Footage Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  15. ^ Screenshot of the starting boost in a four-player split-screen VS raceMedia:MK8D Image28.png.
  16. ^ Nintendo World Report (January 14, 2017). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Wario's Gold Mine - Nintendo Switch Off-Screen Footage. YouTube. Retrieved February 19, 2017.