Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Apr 28, 2017
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About this game

Developer: Nintendo EAD
Content Rating: Everyone


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.!

Gamer Reviews

21155 Reviews
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May 7, 2021

The most fun you can have in a kart game. Yet, almost the ultimate Mario Kart game.

Nintendo should've put more time and effort to make an actual MK9. MK8D feels a lot like the version for the Wii U. Yes, the improvements Deluxe has compared to the original are very much needed, and it is clearly the superior version. But I think it could use a new approach from the scratch.

Could have a more robust stage selection for online mode. It would also be much better if it had a better built single-player mode — or at least not give you every unlockable character and cup from the start, which is really dumb.

Yet, it's more fun than you could ever get from a Mario Kart game. Also, the gameplay is on point, the graphics and visual effects are incredible. The soundtrack and sound effects are fantastic as well. Even though it isn't perfect, it's still absolutely worth it. It's just pure fun.

Mar 31, 2021

The quintessence of the Mario Kart series, since Mario Kart Wii


  • Great racing mechanics
  • Very low-level learning curve
  • The character roster is huge and amazing.
  • The stage selection is large and appeals to all fans of the series. (and others too!) Some stages even appear from other franchises!
  • Customization is easy and provides players with the feel of designing a race-car to win. It offers players the choice to cut-down some aspects of the car to improve on others.
  • The battle mode and online parts are decent (as compared to other Nintendo online services)


  • The game feels very bland and repetitive after a while. Especially for the players who do not have a paid subscription to Nintendo Switch Online and for players who do not play with anyone else locally.
  • Aside from a few quality of life improvements, the game doesn't feel too different from Mario Kart 8.
  • The roster is largely the same as the previous game and doesn't have any new characters added to it.
  • The game largely feels like a port rather than a sequel which, technically that is what it is supposed to be, but it upsets many fans, especially the ones who already own Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U

Nonetheless, this game is one of, if not the best Mario Kart game to date and should be there on every switch.

Mar 27, 2021

It’s a little bit hard and it is a Mario game

Critic Reviews

62 Reviews
Mike MinottiApr 20, 2017
This is how you spiff up an older game. What could have been a cynical attempt to double-dip into Nintendo fans’ wallets actually turns out to be the Mario Kart series’ definitive entry. The racing looks and feels just as great as it did on the Wii U, but the addition of battle modes finally makes it feel like a complete package.
Brian SheaApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is primarily a re-release of an acclaimed game from three years ago, but by adding new content and addressing the biggest complaint of the original, this version is unquestionably the best way to experience Nintendo's great racer. Battle mode is back to its original glory, and when combined with the rest of the robust Mario Kart 8 package, it creates a great addition to the fledgling Switch library.
Kallie PlaggeApr 20, 2017
Even if you didn't really care about Battle Mode, the smallest changes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe refine an already great racing game. But the huge overhaul to the original's afterthought of a Battle Mode is a chaotic, varied opportunity to play very differently than in Grand Prix mode and well worth reinvesting yourself in Mario Kart 8 on Switch.