Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Cover Art
System: Switch
Dev: Nintendo
Pub: Nintendo
Release: April 28, 2017
Players: 1-4 Player
Screen Resolution: 720p-1080p Comic Mischief

The item system helps greatly enhance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s formula. It is present in the Grand Prix, VS Race, and some Battle challenges. Instead of being able to carry one item at a time, you have two. This allows a greater element of strategy to races. You don’t have to hoard an item away; you’ll have plenty. There are 23 items available in all, though the feather only appears in Battle matches. The Boo is back again, allowing you to temporarily become a ghost and pass through opponents. The only flaw is I could find no means of switching between the two to determine which one I used. The game does nothing to explain how to take advantage of dual items, even in the Driving Techniques section.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Screenshot

You may consider the ability to carry two items a quality of life feature. It’s one of many present in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Some are designed to make the game more accommodating to people who aren’t as skilled or use motion controls. Smart Steering is one, since it keeps you on track barring unforeseen circumstances. (Be advised, it is automatically on in settings at the start.) Auto-Accelerate is another. When you’re online, you can change your racer and kart or bike setup by pressing Y instead of leaving a lobby. I noticed barely any loading screens. New techniques, like a U-turn has been added for Battle and Ultra Mini-Turbo speed boost for any mode when Smart Steering is off, give skilled players a chance to really push themselves and take advantage of situations. It’s all about feeling like the tightest and best version of something we already love.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a game that rekindles a fire you may not have even realized was fading. This racing game is absolutely incredible. It takes Mario Kart 8, an absolutely fantastic game, then improves upon it by offering the sort of Battle arenas and experiences we adored in previous games, the ability to play it anywhere in any way, and various quality of life adjustments. Everything has been tightened, fine tuned and is firing on all cylinders. 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.

Jenni Lada
Site Editor
Date: 04/20/2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is at its best when you’re playing alone in TV mode, since it can run at 1080p and 60 FPS, but it looks just as wonderful in Handheld mode.
Every possible control scheme feels comfortable in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and the Smart Steering function makes the motion controls even feel viable.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has an amazing soundtrack to accompany its tracks.
Play Value
There is just so much to do here. Whether you’re alone or with friends, offline or online, you’re going to have tons of characters, vehicles, tracks, and modes to enjoy and master.
Overall Rating - The Best
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Race as every character on every track from the Wii U version, including DLC characters and tracks.
  • Pop some balloons in the revamped Battle mode, complete with Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast.
  • Players can choose a new Smart Steering feature which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids even at 200cc.
  • Play your friends in local wireless multiplayer with up to 8 players.

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