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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

62 critics
9.04
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Alexander ThomasApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the greatest multiplayer experiences Nintendo has produced in a long time. With enhanced graphics, all previous DLC included as well as bonus characters, and the return of the Battle mode, this is a party game for any occasion. It is fantastic family fun for all ages, especially with Nintendo including drive-assist features for those new to gaming.
Jenni LadaApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn’t just here to help you coast through the launch window, it is a game that will offer comfortable cruising for years to come.
9.30
Jose OteroApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an amazing game for all the same reasons I mentioned in our original review. It’s still a gorgeous kart racer and every bit as addictive as it was in 2014. This is the best entry in the series so far, and it has all the content you’ll need. Returning players have seen a lot of this game before, but the overhauled Battle mode and its five additional ways to play are a great reason to pick it up. Nintendo didn’t do enough to make the online experience better, but the rest of this game holds up well.
Louis ContaldiApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a Mario Kart game and (predictably) fantastic. With a fully upgraded Battle Mode and all the portability that comes with Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is undoubtedly the definitive version of the game — maybe even the series. However, with limited offerings for Mario Kart veterans who shelled out nearly $100 on the last experience, the title will be significantly less rewarding.
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.
Alex SeedhouseApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe captures that rare magic, an unbeatable experience with friends and family that perfectly demonstrates how the concept that has driven Nintendo Switch is a complete game changer. Thundering over the finish line, that helps this to effortlessly rank as the best Mario Kart game ever made.
Chris SchillingApr 20, 2017
Three years on: still a classic, and with its biggest weakness fixed. If you own a Switch it’s a no-brainer – especially if it’s your first time.
Neal RonaghanApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe makes for a great representation of the multiplayer potential of the Switch, but it still doesn’t add too much content to be a simple, slam-dunk purchase for owners of the Wii U version. The content it adds is strong, especially the revamped Battle Mode, though. And even aside from the new, the old stuff is abundant. 48 tracks are available right from the start, and with few exceptions, all are excellent. I might still carry a torch for quality single-player content and progression in Mario Kart, but there’s no denying that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a step in the right direction for just about every other element.
Emma SchaeferMay 01, 2017
With a fresh coat of paint and a couple of tune-ups, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe makes itself a great definitive edition of an already pretty-good game. Smart Steering, though awkwardly on by default, is a godsend for those who play with younger and less-skilled racers, and the revised Battle Mode fills a hole in the game’s heart. A lack of additional race courses and content may deter those who already own the original Wii U version of the game, however.
Griffin VacheronApr 19, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the definitive edition of a franchise-defining kart racer, no longer constrained by Wii U’s teensy install base and poised to dish out hours of enjoyment from its new hybrid home. Not everyone will be tempted, but if you missed the original Mario Kart 8, it’s an absolute must-buy.
Chris CarterApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is straight-up a better version of the game without compromise. It looks crisper, there's more to do, it's portable, and it might even outsell the Wii U version to ensure a healthier long-term community. With battle mode firmly in place, it's one of the best kart racers ever made.
Mike WilliamsApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a victory lap for an amazing entry in the series. The only place Mario Kart 8 faltered was in its Battle Mode and Nintendo has rectified that here with a full-fledged version. 48 courses, 42 characters, 8 battle arenas, 5 battle modes, extensive multiplayer action, and the ability to take console Mario Kart with you wherever you go. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is absolutely worth the asking price.
Dave AubreyApr 20, 2017
Ultimately, this might just be the best version of the very best Kart racer there is. If you're a Mario Kart 8 veteran then I'm not sure how much here will draw you in, but new players and multiplayer fanatics will find dozens of hours of fun.
Kaelyn DaughertyMay 05, 2017
Mario Kart 8 is a great addition to the Nintendo Switch library. While it may be a port of an older game it’s been updated and improved immensely. There are more ways to play than ever before, and being able to play Mario Kart anywhere in portable mode is a major plus!
Andrew StretchMay 25, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gives players the full package right from the starting line. With an enormous roster of both characters and raceways to select from MK8 Deluxe brings over all of the content from the Wii U edition of the game and then goes and adds more content. While those wanting the single player experience might not find too much to race for, as a multiplayer title this is a great one to challenge your friends to.
Kirstin SwalleyMay 02, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has taken all the best parts from the Wii U version and improves quite a bit upon where it needed some adjustments. From the entirely revamped battle mode to all the brand new characters and features, Deluxe is far more than just a port. Those who have never played Mario kart 8 and have a Switch should consider this a need to play title, and those who had it on Wii U should know that this is still worth picking up as it is the definitive version by far. Whether racing on the track or taking down opponents in battle mode, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a perfect addition to the Switch library and remains the best Mario Kart title to date.
Steve WattsApr 20, 2017
In broad terms, I can understand why Mario Kart 8 might be hard to justify for some players. It's a re-release of a game Nintendo put out three years ago, and that Nintendo fans (who make up a large portion of the Switch audience) probably already played. That said, this is a fantastic addition to the Switch library, not just as a great game but as one that benefits from the system's core features. It adds the requisite new content and fixes the one large oversight of the original. Mario Kart 8 was already one of the best in the series. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is even better.
9.00
Ken McKownApr 28, 2017
The tracks, modes, and sheer amount of content found in the game are unmatched. On the other hand, hardly any of it is new for those of us who bought the game on Wii U. Another factor in the mix is that the Switch simply is lacking another big blockbuster to purchase after Zelda, so MK8 Deluxe is certainly tempting. Either way the game is still just as fun as it was on Wii U, and that is the most important bullet point.
Dean JamesApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 was without a doubt one of the best games to release on the Wii U and now it has been improved on even further on Nintendo Switch. The game performs better than it ever has, this time with a crisper look that really shines both in docked and handheld forms. While it is disappointing that no new race tracks were added, the completely overhauled Battle Mode complete with eight arenas makes up for that easily, making Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the definitive Mario Kart experience to date.
Riley LittleApr 28, 2017
All in all, Nintendo could have just thrown Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Switch as was, but it didn’t. The company instead opted to help justify the purchase to those that have already experienced the original by adding a slew of new features. Meanwhile, those that own a Switch and missed out on this game’s initial debut have absolutely nothing holding them back now.
Jim SterlingMay 03, 2017
I say this without hyperbole and not as a stealth insult to anything else – I quite genuinely believe this to be the finest addition to the Switch’s library so far. I can’t argue with how much I’ve been playing it and how much I want to keep playing it, even as I type this. It’s exactly this kind of compulsive experience the Switch needed, and if that had to be the result of a remaster, so be it.
William MurphyMay 06, 2017
Overall though, there’s not a lot I can fault Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for. It’s a remake, sure, but it’s also the best the series has ever been and now a family favorite in my house. Oh, and I barely even mentioned the return of the excellent Battle Mode and all its arena-based kart combat fun. This one is highly recommended, and I only hopes Nintendo releases more content in the future.
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.
Pramath ParijatMay 04, 2017
If you are just jumping in for the very first time, prepare to have your mind blown away. A true modern multiplayer classic, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe stands as one of the greatest games that Nintendo has ever made.
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.
Mike SplechtaApr 28, 2017
There's enough content here even if you've already played Mario Kart 8, thanks to its impressive and addicting new Battle Mode, or even the four additional Cups in case you've never bothered to buy the DLC for the Wii U game.
Thomas WhiteheadApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe delivers a huge amount of racing goodness right out of the box, and it's a polished version of a Wii U entry that was a proper Battle Mode away from being top of class. Now that issue has been addressed, what we have is arguably the best Mario Kart release we've seen.
GameCentralApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 was already arguably the best in the series, but what few flaws it did have are all left in the dust by the Deluxe version. If you own a Switch and have never played the Wii U version then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is without question a must-have purchase. Whether you’re playing online or with everyone in the same room, there are few pleasures in gaming more enjoyable than a good game of Mario Kart. And this is as good as Mario Kart has ever been.
Jon MundyApr 24, 2017
It's not Mario Kart 9, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best game in the series and a considerable leap forward for portable and multiplayer gaming.
KitsumedaMay 28, 2017
If you own a Nintendo Switch there is absolutely no excuse to not go and pick up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe right now. Even if you put an insane amount of time into the game when it came out on the Wii U, just the fact that you can jump into a race wherever, whenever and with whoever you want makes this a no-brainer. The smart steering and auto acceleration mean everyone will be able to enjoy. If you are still deciding whether or not the Switch is for you, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe might very well be the system seller you are looking for.
9.00
Adam RileyApr 20, 2017
Online play for up to 12 people, local multiplayer for up to eight players - this alone will make Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a must for many. Throw in how it does not drop in quality in the slightest when in portable mode, and suddenly the old Mario Kart 8 from Wii U becomes even more enticing. With extra polish, all DLC content included, plus various tweaks to improve the experience, Nintendo has delivered the ultimate Mario Kart experience for all comers, new and old alike.
Daan KoopmanApr 25, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a decent upgrade for anyone in the need of one. It has a very solid Battle Mode that made me more happy than I thought. Next to that, it has all of the content you adored from the original plus the downloadable content baked into it. Sadly, I can't shake off the feeling that the single player is becoming less and less of a priority. That isn't exactly the end of the world, but when Mario Kart 9 comes out, I do hope that they will think it through. The game's new bells and whistles may not blow you away, but this will be one of the easiest games to get going in multiplayer for a long time. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first to deliver on this promise and we hope that many more will follow.
Olly SmithMay 09, 2017
For a port of an older Wii U title, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe feels like a brand new game that everyone can enjoy. Whether this is your first Mario Kart or your eighth, there's enough here to satisfy your thirst for racing.
gamesTMJan 19, 2018
This is really a greatest hits of Mario Kart in one package, offering some of the most memorable tracks and a bundle of new ones, a crazy number of customisation options, and some smart enhancements to gameplay. But the bottom line is that the Switch feels built for this kind of multiplayer and mobile experience, and for that reason it is an essential purchase.
Adam CookApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a beautiful game that just works for all ages and abilities, this time it even includes smart steering to aid newer players. When we came time to pick our Game of the Year for 2014, I said I had to read my original review to remind myself why I hadn’t given it full marks. I wrote that “the battle mode is truly lazy”, and thus felt it wasn’t quite deserving of that ten out of ten. Now, three years on, Nintendo has listened, and acted accordingly. I’m a man of my word, folks.
Stefan LApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 was already a simply sublime kart racer on Wii U, but Nintendo have managed to make it just that little bit better. From the new and improved Battle Mode to tweaks that add more depth for veterans and more accessibility for novices, a great deal of thought and effort went into Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, beyond simply porting it to Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to be the best in the business, and now you can play it on the train.
Paul MurphyMay 04, 2017
Absolutely essential for Switch owners who love fun, racing, and didn’t buy it on the Wii U. Packed with content, this is the definitive Mario Kart experience – and it’s hard to see how it will be topped.
Elia PalesApr 25, 2017
Nevertheless, as a standalone title, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe stands out as an exemplary buy for your new Nintendo Switch console. Deluxe’s gorgeous visuals, a variety of modes, and excellent kart racing gameplay will make it a title you continue to come back to for months.
Baz MacdonaldMay 12, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is proof that Nintendo wasn't just blowing smoke when it proposed the Switch as a portable console experience. I got a profound sense of satisfaction and enjoyment by having this game with me on the go and getting to play it whenever the opportunity arose. It is, in many ways, a dream come true.
9.40
Alfonso ArribasApr 20, 2017
Bajo su apariencia sencilla y accesible se esconde un título tan exigente como nosotros seamos capaces de profundizar, en lo que es uno de los diseños más sofisticados y pulidos que hemos visto hasta la fecha. Esta fantástica jugabilidad ofrece una enorme variedad de partidas y experiencias divertidísimas que, sobre todo en los modos online, hacen que cada carrera sea diferente.
9.50
DefaMay 24, 2017
Si no le diste la oportunidad a este maravilloso juego cuando salió en Wii U hace un par de años y ahora tienes un Switch, debes de poner entre tus prioridades hacerte de Mario Kart 8 Deluxe en cuanto esté disponible. En el caso contrario, las coas se vuelven un poco más complejas. Creo que la idea de tener algo como Mario Kart 8 para llevar a cualquier lado es sumamente atractiva para cualquier persona con un Switch, no obstante, si eres de los que no saca del dock a dicha consola, tal vez tengas que considerar de mejor manera hacer el gasto, sobre todo si te molesta que ahora la experiencia se haya vuelto más casual gracias al tema de los ítems y premios que ya te expuse.
9.00
Juan GarciaApr 20, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe es un juego excelente, con la gran pega de ser demasiado continuista respecto al juego original de Wii U. Aquellos que disfrutaron del título en la anterior consola de Nintendo no encontrarán excesivos motivos para volver a revisitarlo. Sin embargo, si no es tu caso, tienes ante ti uno de los mejores juegos de conducción arcade de todos los tiempos, que ahora se ve aún mejor, tiene (pequeñas) novedades jugables y algún añadido más que interesante, como el esperado cambio del modo batalla.
Sergio C. GonzálezApr 20, 2017
Seas o no de los que vienen de la escuela de Wii U, seas o no nuevo en el kartocho, tras estas cinco mil palabras puedes tomar algo en claro: sí, merece la pena volver a caer, ser reincidente y tropezar de nuevo con esta maravillosa piedra llamada Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Jesús BellaApr 20, 2017
A Mario Kart 8 le ha favorecido correr en Nintendo Switch, una plataforma ideal para ver este título desde una perspectiva más portátil, lo cual supone una auténtica gozada a todos los niveles: desde el jugable al visual. Además, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe aporta las novedades necesarias para justificar volver a jugarlo y convertirse en el juego de Mario Kart más completo, pero también en uno de los mejores.
chiconuclearApr 20, 2017
Es un juego fácil de disfrutar y que se beneficia de los poquísimos cambios de la reedición (ni siquiera visuales: se ve lo suficientemente mejor como para que se pueda notar en las distancias cortas, pero me creo que haya quien ni vea mejoras ni las eche en falta), pero un repaso a las doce copas del Grand Prix hace pensar en qué habría pasado si también hubieran ampliado la colección de circuitos, quizá el punto individual que mejor define, como definía al original, a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Daniel DehesaApr 25, 2017
¿Nunca tuviste Wii U y acabas de comprar un Switch? Entonces no lo dudes, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe es una gran adquisición que, junto con Breath of the Wild, te dará incontables horas de diversión. Es más, la experiencia de juego es una de las más memorables de los últimos años.
9.00
Alexander SchneiderApr 26, 2017
Die farbenfrohe Optik und die abwechslungsreichen Strecken führen quer durch die virtuelle Welt des Mario-Franchise. Die Deluxe-Edition bietet nicht nur Spaß für schnelle Solorunden, sondern auch Gelegenheit für ausufernde Multiplayer-Gefechte. Vor allem die kompetitiven Modi garantieren stundenlangen Spaß. Bis Nintendo ein vollwertiges „Mario Kart Switch“ veröffentlicht, ist die Deluxe Edition von Mario Kart 8 mehr als ein adäquater Ersatz.
Jan WöbbekingApr 27, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ist das bisher beste Argument für die Möglichkeiten der Switch: Lokal sind die hektischen Rennen das ideale Party-Material! Sobald man sich mit auf der Piste mit Panzern, Banenschalen und anderen albernen Extras bombardiert, werden aus Freunden erstaunlich schnell erbitterte Feinde, die bis zu den letzten Zentimetern nicht locker lassen. Dank mannigfaltiger Controller-Optionen kann man fast überall mit einigen Teilnehmern loslegen.
Thomas PillonApr 20, 2017
A l'heure de compter les morts, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe toise l'assemblée d'un air de défi. Revenu d'un funeste destin et boudé par les joueurs, il défonce la porte les bras chargés de cadeaux. Merveilleusement beau, fluide, généreux, bien calibré et pour ainsi dire infini, cet épisode aux allures de Maxi Best-Of se paye le luxe d'embarquer de délicieux modes Battle aussi sadiques que jouissifs.
AnagundApr 20, 2017
C'est sans surprise que ce Mario Kart 8 Deluxe s'inscrit d'emblée comme un indispensable de la Nintendo Switch. Avec un contenu complet contenant tous les DLC, un mode bataille retravaillé et quelques ajouts sympathiques comme le Mini-Turbo mauve et le mode conduite auto pour les néophythes, cet opus est une réussite, sous toutes les coutures.