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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NA)
Developer(s) Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch platform icon
Classification(s) Nintendo-network-icon Mii-icon
Accessory(ies) Accessory icon - amiibo - Green

03ESRB - E  01PEGI 3  01CERO A 

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an expanded version of the Wii U racing game, Mario Kart 8, for the Nintendo Switch, Released on April 28, 2017. It includes all the content of Mario Kart 8 and its DLC along with some new content, including a revised Battle Mode similar to past games, minor gameplay changes, and new racers, like the Inkling.


Changes in Mechanics

The players can now hold two items in a racer either by hitting another Item Box while holding an item or grabbing a Double Item Box. The item Boo returns from last being seen in Mario Kart DS, giving the players an opportunity to steal an item from the players in front. The Cape Feather from Super Mario Kart also returns in the game, allowing players to jump high and pass through wall, but is exclusive to battle mode.

There are now Purple mini-turbo Sparks, which activate after a couple seconds of drifting and give a much larger mini turbo boost. However, since it takes so long to generate them, it is only good on long curves. The Purple Sparks will work only if Smart Steering is off. Also, The Fire Hopping trick no longer works.

During a race, the displayed course maps are now white instead of blue.

Smart Driving

In the menu, there are now options for Smart Steering and Auto-Acceleration. The former helps prevent the player from falling off the edge and the latter keeps the acceleration always on though not very fast. Smart Steering also disables Purple Sparks, which means the player cannot do an Ultra Mini-Turbo.


The game includes all thirty-six racers from Mario Kart 8 including the DLC and the following new ones:


All 48 tracks from Mario Kart 8 return as courses, maintaining their cups and orders.

Battle Modes

The game features 5 modes with 4 returning from earlier Mario Kart games. They are as follows:

Battle Courses

The game features eight battle stages:


The game supports all the amiibo the previous game supported. These unlock Mii Costumes for the game. There is one new costume this time, the Inkling Mii Costume, unlocked by scanning a Splatoon series amiibo.

Nintendo Labo

In a June 2018 update, Nintendo added a Nintendo Labo control option using the Toy-Con Motorbike. The Joy-Cons are inserted when the race starts. The game automatically puts the player in an over-the-shoulder view though the player can change it to the normal view with the down button.


The game has a stronger reception than the original version, most likely due to the full expansion of Battle Mode, which many critics felt negative about in the original. On MetaCritic, the game has a 93, which is about 5 points higher than the Wii U version.


The game has had strong sales in launch with the game debuts at the top spot in UK sales for its launch, being the first Nintendo title to do so since Pokemon White in 2011. As of June 2017, 3.54 millions copies were sold worldwide. As of September 2017, it sold 4,42 million copies worldwide. As of the end of December 2017, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 7.33 million copies which was almost half of the Nintendo Switch install base itself at the time. As of the end of April 2018, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 9.22 million copies making it the second most successful Nintendo Switch game at the time.