Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

By Mélanie Boutin-Chartier

Get revved up for an exhilarating ride because the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 is headed to Nintendo Switch. This latest entry in the fan-favourite Mario Kart franchise brings back the thrilling, gravity-defying racing that defined the original, along with every track and character—including all the DLC!

Mario Kart racing at its finest

Mario Kart has always been the go-to racing games among me and my friends. Nothing beats its exciting multiplayer action that blends iconic characters, power-ups, and locations from across the Mushroom Kingdom into one action-packed racing experience. Mario Kart 8 turns the series upside down with incredible new gravity-defying gameplay that lets you speed along walls and even on the underside of the course!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes the all the racing modes featured in the Wii U version, including the new 200cc engine class DLC. This ultra-high-speed difficulty level is the ultimate test of skill and technique for even the most seasoned Mario Kart players. For novice players and kids, the new Smart Steering feature makes driving and staying on the track easier. More so than ever, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is game everyone can enjoy.

Battle Mode is back

Classic arena-style Battle Mode is back, and I couldn’t be happier. This has always been my preferred mode with friends, and now we can see who is king of the karts on Nintendo Switch. Battle Mode offers new and returning battle courses, including the Splatoon-themed Urchin Underpass, and the timeless Battle Course 1 from the SNES original. Pop your opponents’ balloons in Balloon Battle, blow away the competition in Bob-omb Blast, or collect as many coins as possible in Coin Runners—all that and more is included in Battle Mode.

New characters, vehicles, and items

All-new content is coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, making this incredible racing game even better! Splatoon Inklings are getting behind the wheel for the very first time, and Dry Bones, King Boo, and Bowser Jr. are back to take the checkered flag. You’ll also be able to ride in two new Splatoon-inspired vehicles, or hop in Bowser’s iconic Koopa Clown Car. Finally, classic items you may remember from past games make their triumphant comeback, including the Boo item-stealing ghost, and the Feather high jump.

Play anywhere you go

With Nintendo Switch, the Mario Kart 8 fun goes anywhere you do. You can play the game at home using TV Mode, on a plane with Tabletop Mode, or on the bus by switching to Handheld Mode. I’ve had a chance to try Mario Kart 8 Deluxe using all three modes, and I love the versatility! You’re also able to connect multiple Nintendo Switch consoles together using WiFi, and challenge friends to epic Mario Kart races and battles. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

See you on the track!

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