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.


Starting in June 2018, the game started to receive content updates. In the 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.

In the July 2018 update, the game added new Breath of the Wild content including the Champion's Tunic for Link, with the Master Cycle Zero, Ancient Tires and the Paraglider as the parts.


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. It has sold 3.54 millions copies worldwide as of June 2017 since its launch. In the US, the game has sold 5 million copies, being the best-selling Switch game in the country.

As of the end of April 2018, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 9.22 million copies, surpassing the original game's sales on the Wii U, and has been the second most successful Nintendo Switch game for seven months, behind Super Mario Odyssey. It later sold 10.35 million copies by the end of June 2018, surpassing the 10 million-mark. As of the end of December 2018, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe became the best-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time with 15.02 million sales worldwide, beating out Odyssey.[1] Since March 2019, the game has now sold 16.69 million copies worldwide, maintaining the #1 rank.


  • The best-selling Nintendo Switch game ported from the Wii U, both versions of Mario Kart 8 are the best-selling games for both systems.
    • Combining the sales with the original game and Deluxe, the total worldwide sales is 25.15 million.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe marks the series' return of King Boo, Bowser Jr., and Dry Bones as playable characters.


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