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Crazy 8 (MK8DX Transparent) This article is about the Port of Mario Kart 8 (aka Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) released for the Switch. For the original version released for the Wii U, see Mario Kart 8.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (stylized as MARIOKART 8 DELUXE and abbreviated to MK8DX) is a Mario Kart racing game exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. It's an enhanced reboot of the original Mario Kart 8 game released exclusively for Wii U systems. A few short months after it's announcement on January 13th, 2017, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released worldwide on April 28, 2017. It was released in South Korea on December 15th, due to the Nintendo Switch being released on December 1st there. Additional paid downloadable content going by the name of the Booster Course Pass is available for this game.

Nintendo E-Shop E-Shop Description:
Whether you’re racing your family in your living room, playing in the park, or visiting a friend’s place, Nintendo Switch lets you play Mario Kart any way you like!

Up to eight players can connect for local multiplayer fun and up to four players can enjoy split-screen multiplayer! You can also challenge racers from around the world! Up to 12 players can take part in online races, and two local players can even play online together from the same Nintendo Switch.

Vehicle Parts
Battle Courses
Differences compared to MK8

What's New?[]

Bowser Jr on SNES Bowser Castle 3

New and Returning Characters

This game includes the Inklings (Inkling Boy/Girl, each available in 3 unique color costumes) as new playable characters along with 3 returning characters from previous games: Dry Bones, King Boo, Bowser Jr.
King Boo, Boo Item, Boo Lake

Returning Items

The Boo and Feather items return from Super Mario Kart. The Feather is exclusive to Battle Mode, whereas the Boo will also appear in races. This marks the Feather's first appearance in a 3D Mario Kart game.
Battle Stadium

Better Battles

Battle Mode has been expanded in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! 4 new modes: Shine Thief, Renegade Roundup, Coin Runners, and Bob-omb Blast have been added, as well as 5 new and 3 returning Battle Courses.
Diddy Kong Half Pipe DK Summit


As of Version 2.2.0, Half-Pipes return from Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart Tour in select DLC courses, such as Wii Maple Treeway and GCN DK Mountain. These now take the appearance of Anti-gravity panels.
Item Select (MK8DX)

Custom Items

As of Version 2.2.0, you can now customize exactly which items appear in a VS Race or Battle. Certain item combinations have unique interactions, so experiment with each one!
MK8DX Music Player BG

Music Player

As of Version 3.0.0, you can now play the music from all 96 Courses (even if you don't own the Booster Course Pass DLC) and 8 Battle Tracks straight from the main menu!
BCP Main Artwork

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass DLC

The Booster Course Pass DLC (first released on March 18, 2022) brings a total of 48 returning Tracks and 8 returning characters, all released by November 9, 2023.


ArrowMetal Main Article: Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features similar gameplay to Mario Kart 8, but new features have been added, including new options for starters, such as Auto-Accelerate and Smart Steering, Ultra Mini-Turbos (purple Mini-Turbos which happen after Super Mini-Turbos), two Item slots, as well as the reintroduction of Double Item Boxes, new characters, and a revamped Battle Mode, using the original battle stages whilst adding returning and new game modes.

Game Modes[]

Grand Prix[]

In Grand Prix mode, twelve racers compete for first place in one of 24 cups (comprised of four races each). Racers are awarded with points based on their placements at the end of races, and the racer with the most points at the end wins.

Point System
Finishing Place Points Received
1st 15
2nd 12
3rd 10
4th 9
5th 8
6th 7
7th 6
8th 5
9th 4
10th 3
11th 2
12th 1

Engine Classes[]

There are 5 selectable Engine Classes:

Engine Classes
50cc: Slow, Low-Speed fun for everyone.
100cc: Moderately Fast. Requires some skill level.
150cc: High-Speed thrills. Requires some skill level.*
Mirror: Mirror-Image Courses (150cc).
200cc: Super Fast - Breaking is crucial. Requires Advanced Skill Level.*
*Available in Time Trials

Upon Completing a Grand Prix, you will receive a trophy for that cup if you placed in top 3 overall. You may also receive a star rating, based on how well you did:

Grand Prix Star System
⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
54-55 Points 57 Points 60 Points

Time Trials[]

Time trials allow players to race for the best time possible, either on their own or against a ghost. This mode is exclusive to single player.

For this game's staff ghosts, see Staff Ghosts.

VS Race[]

VS. Race allows racers to race with their own custom rules. It's not restricted to a specific cup, so racers can pick any course (if enabled). VS. Race can be played alone with up to four people locally at one time. It cannot be played online, however, tournaments fill a similar role. (Note: VS. Races will NOT count towards the progression of your cups in Grand Prix).

Vs Race Options
Setting Details Options Default
Engine Class Select the Engine Class for the Vs Race. See Engine Classes 100cc
Teams Choose whether your Vs Race has Teams or not. Teams, No Teams No Teams
Items Set which Items Spawn during your Vs Race. Default, Frantic, [Specific Item only], None. Default
CPU Set the Difficulty of the CPU in your Vs race. Easy, Normal, Hard Normal
CPU Vehicles Select Which Vehicles CPU can use. All, Karts, Bikes All
Courses Choose how Courses are Selected. In Order, Choose, Random Choose
Races Choose how many Races there are in your Vs race. 3, 4, 5 6, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30, 36, 48 4


One of the biggest changes of the game is the revamped Battle Mode (and the consequential scrapping of Mario Kart 8 battle courses as 8dx returns to traditional arena-based battles). A notable new feature in Mk8dx is also an indicator which tells you exactly which character recently hit whom (this appears on the bottom of the screen).

Five different Battle Modes are present in the game and are listed in the following:

Balloon Battle[]

Balloon Battle Trailer Gameplay Screenshot (MK8DX)
The classic mode where players use items to pop opponents' balloons or steal them in order to score points. This time, everyone starts with 5 balloons (2 more than the original 3). Returning from Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 is the ability to respawn after all balloons are popped. After respawning, a player's total score will halve and the player respawns with three balloons instead of five.

Renegade Roundup[]

Renegade Roundup Trailer Gameplay Screenshot (MK8DX)
A new mode inspired by cops and robbers. Racers are divided into 2 teams: The Authorities, which have a permanent Piranha Plant item, with the objective of capturing the opposing team (The Renegades). If The Authorities are able to capture all the Renegades before the time runs out, they win, otherwise the Renegades win. Renegades captured by Authorities will be locked in cells floating around the course, and uncaptured Renegades can free them by hitting the key button below each cell. When released, Renegades will gain a brief period of invincibility.

Bob-Omb Blast[]

Bomb-Omb Blast Trailer Gameplay Screenshot (MK8DX)
A returning mode from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, in which players attack one another using Bob-ombs to score points. In this mode, players can carry up to 10 Bob-ombs. In Bob-Omb Blast, unlike in normal modes, Bob-ombs detonate as soon as you drop them.

Coin Runners[]

Coin Runner Trailer Gameplay Screenshot (MK8DX)
Originating in Mario Kart Wii, players must collect Coins that are scattered across the course; the player with the most at the end wins. Players lose coins when they get hit by items from opposing players. Note: Any coin collected after the 10th in each round will not count towards the progression of Kart Parts.

Shine Thief[]

Shine Thief Trailer Gameplay Screenshot (MK8DX)
Another returning mode from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Players compete to retrieve the Shine Sprite and keep hold of it for about 20 in-game seconds, while opponents have to use items against whoever has the Shine, as you drop the shine when you are hit.

When played locally, Battle Mode has customizable options:

Battle Options
Setting Details Options Default
Battle Mode Select the Mode to play. See Above Balloon Battle
Teams Choose whether your Battle has Teams or not (Not Available in Renegade Roundup). Teams, No Teams No Teams
Time Limit Choose how long Battles last for (Not available in Shine Thief). 1 Minute, 2 Minutes, 3 Minutes, 4 Minutes, 5 Minutes 3 Minutes
Items Set which Items Spawn during your Battle (Not Available in Bob-omb Blast). Custom, Default, Frantic, None (Coin Runners only) Custom
CPU Set the Difficulty of the CPU in your Battle. Easy, Normal, Hard, Off (Cannot turn off CPU in single player) Normal
CPU Vehicles Select Which Vehicles CPU can use. All, Karts, Bikes All
Courses Choose how Courses are Selected. In Order, Choose, Random Choose
Rounds Choose how many Rounds there are in your Battle. 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30, 36, 48 4


Players can race and battle online with players around the world as long as they own Nintendo Switch Online. At the end of a race, players earn or lose VR (a continuous ranking/scoring system) based on how well they did the race. DLC Tracks can be played, regardless of whether players in the lobby own the DLC or not.


Players can race and battle with nearby players who also own both a Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. DLC Tracks can be played, regardless of whether all players in the lobby own the DLC or not (however, at least one player in the lobby must own the Booster Course Pass to play those tracks). Nintendo Switch Online is not required for LAN play.



Default Controls when in Handheld or playing with 2 Joy Cons.

Button Action
Joystick* Steer (Left and Right), Launch item forward/backward (Up and Down)
A/Y Accelerate
B Brakes
L Use item
X Look Behind Racer
R Jump/Trick (R + Joystick = Mini-Turbo)
+/Touch screen Pause the Game

Horizontal Controls:[]

The Controls when holding your Joystick horizontally.

Button Action
Joystick* Steer (Left and Right), Launch item forward/backward (Up and Down)
X/A or Left/Right Accelerate
Down/A Brakes
SL Use item
Y/Up Look Behind Racer
SR Jump/Trick (SR + Joystick = Mini-Turbo)
+/- Pause the Game

Toy Con Motorbike:[]

The Controls while using the Toy Con Motorbike.

Button Action
Tilt Steer (Left and Right)
Forward Tilt Accelerate
A Brakes
ZL Use item
Left Arrow Switch View
Tilt+Forward Tilt+R Jump/Trick (This + Joystick = Mini-Turbo)


Pause the Game

Toy Con Car:[]

The Controls while using the Toy Con Car.

Button Action
Tilt Steer (Left and Right)
Pedal Accelerate
R Use item
X Switch View
Tilt+Pedal Full Press Jump/Trick (This + Joystick = Mini-Turbo)


Pause the Game

* - Tilt controls are also available, meaning racers can use the gyro sensor to steer instead.


All the Mario Kart 8 racers have returned, including the DLC racers, and are available from the start. The only unlockable racer in the game is Gold Mario (A Gold style of Metal Mario). Three other racers from the previous games have also returned to the game, along with eight others being added as DLC through the Booster Course Pass. The Inklings also made their debut in Mario Kart with this game.

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MK8 Mario MK8 Luigi MK8 Peach MK8 Daisy MK8 Rosalina MK8 TanookiMario MK8 CatPeach
Mario Luigi Peach Daisy Rosalina Tanooki Mario Cat Peach
Medium Medium Medium Medium Heavy Medium Medium
MK8 Yoshi MK8 Toad MK8 Koopa MK8 ShyGuy MK8 Lakitu MK8 Toadette MK8 King Boo
Yoshi Toad Koopa Troopa Shy Guy Lakitu Toadette King Boo
Medium Light Light Light Light Light Heavy
MK8 BabyMario MK8 BabyLuigi MK8 BabyPeach MK8 BabyDaisy MK8 BabyRosalina MK8 MetalMario MK8 PinkGoldPeach
Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Peach Baby Daisy Baby Rosalina Metal Mario Pink Gold Peach
Light Light Light Light Light Medium Medium
MK8 Bowser MK8 DonkeyKong MK8 Wario MK8 Waluigi MK8 Dry Bones Bowser jr ssbu MK8 DryBowser
Bowser Donkey Kong Wario Waluigi Dry Bones Bowser Jr. Dry Bowser
Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy Light Light Heavy
MK8 Lemmy MK8 Larry MK8 Wendy MK8 Ludwig MK8 Iggy MK8 Roy MK8 Morton
Lemmy Larry Wendy Ludwig Iggy Roy Morton
Light Light Light Medium Medium Heavy Heavy
Inkling (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) MK8 Link MK8 Male Villager MK8 Isabelle MK8 Mii
Inkling Boy/Inking Girl Link Villager (M/F) Isabelle Mii
Medium Heavy Medium Light Any

Booster Course Pass (DLC)[]

Wave 4 Wave 5
MK8 Birdo MK8 Petey Piranha MK8 Wiggler MK8 Kamek
Birdo Petey Piranha Wiggler Kamek
Medium Heavy Medium Medium
Wave 6
MK8 Diddy Kong MK8 Funky Kong MK8 Pauline MK8 Peachette
Diddy Kong Funky Kong Pauline Peachette
Medium Heavy Heavy Medium

Style Options:[]

MK8 Yoshi (Red) MK8 Shy Guy (Blue) MK8 Gold Mario MK8 Link (Champion)
Yoshi Shy Guy Metal Mario Link
8 Extra Colors 8 Extra Colors Gold Champion
MK8 Inkling (Green) MK8 Birdo (Green)
Inkling Birdo
3 Colors Each
9 Colors

Note: CPUs won't use any color variation of Yoshi, Shy Guy, Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl or Birdo, Gold Mario, and Miis.

Vehicle Parts[]

Every Vehicle part returns from Mario Kart 8, and 6 new ones have been added. When compared to Mario Kart 8, the statistics of vehicle parts have also been altered.



StandardKartBodyMK8 PipeFrameBodyMK8 Mach8BodyMK8 Steel Driver CatCruiserBodyMK8 CircuitSpecialBodyMK8
Standard Kart*/** Pipe Frame* Mach 8 Steel Driver** Cat Cruiser Circuit Special*/**
TrispeederBodyMK8 BadwagonBodyMK8 PrancerBodyMK8 BiddybuggyBodyMK8 LandshipBodyMK8 SneakerBodyMK8
Tri-Speeder Badwagon


Biddybuggy* Landship* Sneeker*/**
Buggybud Bounder
SportsCoupeMK8 MK8Gold Standard GLA-MK8 W25SilverArrow-MK8 300SLRoadster-MK8 MK8 BlueFalcon
Sports Coupe Gold Standard GLA* W 25 Silver Arrow 300 SL Roadster Blue Falcon
Gold Kart
MK8 TanookiBuggy MK8 BDasher MK8Streetle MK8PWing MK8DX Koopa Clown
Tanooki Kart




Koopa Clown*
Tanooki Buggy


StandardBikeBodyMK8 CometBodyMK8 SportBikeBodyMK8 TheDukeBodyMK8 FlameRiderBodyMK8 VarmintBodyMK8
Standard Bike*/** Comet**/*** Sport Bike*/*** The Duke Flame Rider Varmint
MrScootyBodyMK8 JetBikeBodyMK8 YoshiBikeBodyMK8 MK8 MasterCycle 150px-MK8D Master Cycle Zero MK8CityTripper
Mr. Scooty Jet Bike*** Yoshi Bike*** Master Cycle*** Master Cycle Zero**/**** City Tripper*/**
Mr Scooty


StandardATVBodyMK8 WildWigglerBodyMK8 TeddyBuggyBodyMK8 MK8BoneRattler MK8DX Splat Buggy MK8DX Inkstriker
Standard ATV*/** Wild Wiggler Teddy Buggy Bone Rattler Splat Buggy*/**




StandardTiresMK8 MonsterTiresMK8 RollerTiresMK8 SlimTiresMK8 SlickTiresMK8 MetalTiresMK8
Standard** Monster** Roller** Slim** Slick Metal
ButtonTiresMK8 Off-Road SpongeTiresMK8 WoodTiresMK8 CushionTiresMK8 Blue Standard
Button Off-Road** Sponge** Wood Cushion Blue Standard
Wooden Normal Blue
HotMonsterTiresMK8 AzureRollerTiresMK8 CrimsonSlimTiresMK8 CyberSlickTiresMK8 Retro Off-Road Gold Tires MK8
Hot Monster Azure Roller Crimson Slim Cyber Slick Retro Off-Road Gold Tires
Funky Monster Gold Wheels
GLATires-MK8 MK8 TriforceTires MK8D Ancient Tires Leaf Tires MK8
GLA Tires Triforce Tires Ancient Tires**/**** Leaf Tires
GLA Wheels Triforce Tyres Ancient Tyres Leaf Tyres


SuperGliderMK8 Cloud Glider WarioWingMK8 WaddleWingMK8 PeachParasolGliderMK8 ParachuteGliderMK8
Super Glider*/** Cloud Glider Wario Wing Waddle Wing Peach Parasol* Parachute**
ParafoilGliderMK8 FlowerGliderMK8 BowserKiteMK8 PlaneGliderMK8 MKTVParafoilGliderMK8 GoldGliderMK8
Parafoil** Flower Glider Bowser Kite Plane Glider** MKTV Parafoil Gold Glider
MK8 HylianKite MK8D Paraglider PaperGliderIcon-MK8
Hylian Kite Paraglider**/**** Paper Glider

  • - changes color depending on the racer.
    ** - Available from the start.
    *** - An inside-drifting bike.
    ****Available as of July 19, 2018.

Unlocking Criteria[]


The only unlockable racer in this game is Gold Mario. Once unlocked, his icon appears on the character select screen instead of Metal Mario. Metal Mario can still be selected, but there is now a variant of Gold Mario too. To unlock him, one must get gold in all cups in 200cc Grand Prix.

Vehicle Parts:[]

At first, a random vehicle part is unlocked every 30 Coins. Once the total reaches 450 Coins, this changes to every 50 Coins. Once a total of 1,500 Coins is reached, this changes to every 100 Coins.

3,100 Coins are required to unlock all standard (non-Gold) vehicle parts. In multiplayer split-screen games, only Coins collected by the first player count towards the total, unlike in Mario Kart 8. This limits the maximum number of collectable Coins per race to 10.

Coins Required
30 270 600 1000 1400
60 300 650 1050 1450
90 330 700 1100 1500
120 360 750 1150 1600
150 390 800 1200 1700
180 450 850 1250 1800
210 500 900 1300 ...
240 550 950 1350 3100

Special Parts:[]

Alternate Title Screens:[]

Upon completing all cups in 200/150cc and Mirror Grand Prix, you will unlock the Alternate Title Screens. Instead of the N64 Rainbow Road image or Excitebike Arena, the game will cycle through several screens randomly.


Similar to Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, racers in a specific class have their own stats. However, there are more divisions in weight classes than in Mario Kart 8.

  • Speed: the top speed of the vehicle on land with normal gravity.
  • Acceleration: the rate of the vehicle it takes to reach its top speed from a standing position.
  • Weight: the weight of the vehicle.
    • Vehicles with higher weight can knock other vehicles more easily with lower weight.
  • Handling: the turning ability of the vehicle on land with normal gravity.
  • Traction: the grasp of the vehicle.
    • Vehicles with higher traction can stay stable on the road better than vehicles with lower traction.
  • Mini-Turbo: the length of the vehicle's mini-turbo speed boosts.
  • Invincibility: How long the caracter cannot get hit after he got hit (invincibility frames)
  • Air-speed: How fast the caracter is when it is not touching solid ground

Below are the current Vehicle Part and Character statistics in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe:


Character Statistics
Class Speed Water Speed Air Speed Anti-Gravity Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Water Handling Air Handling Anti-Gravity Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
L MK8 BabyPeach IconMK8 BabyDaisy Icon +2.5 +2.75 +3 +2.25 +4 +2 +5 +4.5 +5 +5 +4.25 +4
MK8 BabyRosalina IconMK8 Lemmy Icon +2.5 +2.75 +3 +2.25 +4.25 +2 +4.75 +4.25 +4.75 +4.75 +3.75 +4
MK8 BabyMario IconMK8 BabyLuigi IconMK8DX Dry Bones IconMK8+MK8D Mii Icon +2.75 +3 +3.25 +2.5 +4.25 +2.25 +4.5 +4 +4.5 +4.5 +4 +4
MK8 Koopa IconMK8 Lakitu IconMK8 Bowser Jr Icon +3 +3.25 +3.5 +2.75 +4 +2.5 +4.5 +4 +4.5 +4.5 +4.25 +3.75
MK8 Toadette IconMK8 Wendy IconMK8 Isabelle Icon +3 +3.25 +3.5 +2.75 +4.25 +2.5 +4.25 +3.75 +4.25 +4.25 +3.5 +3.75
MK8 Toad IconMK8 ShyGuy IconMK8 Larry Icon +3.25 +3.5 +3.75 +3 +4 +2.75 +4.25 +3.75 +4.25 +4.25 +4 +3.75
M MK8 Cat Peach IconInkling GirlVillagerFemale-Icon-MK8MK8DX Diddy Kong Icon +3.5 +3.75 +4 +3.25 +4 +2.75 +4 +3.5 +4 +4 +3.75 +3.5
PeachDaisyMK8 Yoshi IconMK8D Birdo IconMK8DX Peachette Icon +3.75 +4 +4.25 +3.5 +3.75 +3 +3.75 +3.35 +3.75 +3.75 +3.75 +3.75
MK8 Tanooki Mario IconInkling BoyVillagerMale-Icon-MK8 +3.75 +4 +4.25 +3.5 +3.75 +3.25 +3.75 +3.25 +3.75 +3.75 +3.25 +3.5
MK8 Luigi IconMK8 Iggy IconMK8D Kamek Icon +4 +4.25 +4.5 +3.75 +3.5 +3.5 +3.75 +3.25 +3.75 +3.75 +3.25 +3.5
MK8 Mario IconMK8 Ludwig IconMK8+MK8D Mii Icon +4 +4.25 +4.5 +3.75 +3.5 +3.5 +3.5 +3 +3.5 +3.5 +3.5 +3.5
H MK8 Rosalina IconMK8DX King Boo IconMK8 Link IconMK8DX Pauline Icon +4.25 +4.5 +4.75 +4 +3.25 +3.75 +3.25 +2.75 +3.25 +3.25 +3.75 +3.25
MK8 DKong IconMK8 Waluigi IconMK8 Roy IconMK8D Wiggler Icon +4.5 +4.75 +5 +4.25 +3.25 +4 +3 +2.5 +3 +3 +3 +3
MK8 Wario IconMK8 Dry Bowser IconMK8DX Funky Kong IconMK8+MK8D Mii Icon +4.75 +5 +5.25 +4.5 +3 +4.25 +2.75 +2.25 +2.75 +2.75 +3.25 +2.75
MK8 MMario IconMK8 PGPeach IconMK8D Petey Piranha Icon +4.25 +4.5 +4.75 +4 +3.25 +4.5 +3.25 +2.75 +3.25 +3.25 +3.25 +3
MK8 Bowser IconMK8 Morton Icon +4.75 +5 +5.25 +4.5 +3 +4.5 +2.5 +2 +2.5 +2.5 +3 +2.75


Kart Statistics
Class Speed Water Speed Air Speed Anti-Gravity Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Water Handling Air Handling Anti-Gravity Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
Standard Kart*
Pipe Frame*
-0.5 0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.25 +0.5 -0.25 +0.25 +0.25 +0.5
Mach 8
0 0 +0.25 +0.5 -0.25 +0.25 -0.25 0 -0.25 +0.25 0
Steel Driver
Steel Driver
+0.25 +0.5 -0.75 -0.25 -0.75 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 0 -0.5
Cat Cruiser
0 +0.25 0 +0.25 0 +0.25
Circuit Special*
+0.5 -0.5 - +0.25 -0.75 +0.25 -0.5 -0.25 -0.75 -0.25 -0.5 -0.75
+0.25 +0.5 -0.75 -0.25 -0.75 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5 +0.5 -0.5
+0.5 -0.25 -0.5 0 -1 +0.5 -0.75 -0.25 -0.75 -0.5 +0.5 -1
+0.25 -0.5 -0.25 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
-0.75 +0.75 -0.5 +0.5 -0.25 +0.75
-0.5 +0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25 +0.75 +0.5
+0.25 -0.5 0 -0.75 -0.25
Sports Coupe
Sports Coupé
0 -0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25 0
MK8Gold Standard
Gold Standard
Gold Kart
+0.25 -0.5 0 -0.75 -0.25
+0.5 -1 +0.5 -0.75 +0.5 -1
W 25 Silver Arrow
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25 +0.5 +0.25
300 SL Roadster
MK8 BlueFalcon
Blue Falcon
+0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.25 -0.5 -0.25 +0.25 -0.5 +0.5 0 -0.25
MK8 TanookiBuggy
Tanooki Kart
-0.25 +0.25 -0.5 +0.25 +0.25 +1 -0.25
MK8 BDasher
B Dasher
+0.5 -0.75 +0.25 -0.5 -0.5 -0.75
-0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25 +0.75 +0.5
-0.75 +0.25 -0.5 -0.5 -0.75
MK8DX Koopa Clown
Koopa Clown*
0 0 -0.5 +0.25 +0.25
+1 -0.25
* - changes color depending on the racer.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.


Bike Statistics
Class Speed Water Speed Air Speed Anti-Gravity Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Water Handling Air Handling Anti-Gravity Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
Standard Bike*
-0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25 +0.5 +0.25
-0.25 -0.25 +0.25 0 +0.25 0 +0.25 0 +0.25
Sport Bike+ *
+0.25 0 -0.5 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.25 -0.25
The Duke
Flame Rider
-0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25 +0.5 +0.25
-0.5 0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.25 +0.5 +0.25 +0.5
Mr. Scooty
Mr Scooty
-0.75 -0.5 -0.5 +0.75 -0.5 +0.5 +0.25 +0.75
Jet Bike+
+0.25 0 -0.5 -0.25 0 +0.25 0 -0.25 -0.25 -0.25
Yoshi Bike+
-0.25 +0.25 0 +0.25 0 +0.25
MK8 MasterCycle
Master Cycle+
+0.25 -0.25 0 0 -0.5 0 -0.75
150px-MK8D Master Cycle Zero
Master Cycle Zero
-0.25 +0.25 -0.50 +0.25 +0.25 +1
City Tripper*
-0.5 0 +0.5 -0.25 +0.5 +0.25 +0.5
* - changes color depending on the racer.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.
+ - denotes an ability to perform inside drifts.


ATV Statistics
Class Speed Water Speed Air Speed Anti-Gravity Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Water Handling Air Handling Anti-Gravity Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
Standard ATV*
Standard Quad
+0.5 -0.25 -0.5 0 -1 +0.5 -0.75 -0.25 +0.5 -1
Wild Wiggler
-0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25 +0.5 +0.25
Teddy Buggy
-0.25 -0.25 0 0 +0.25 0 +0.25 0 +0.25
Bone Rattler
+0.25 +0.5 -0.75 -0.25 -0.75 +0.5 -0.5 0 -0.5
MK8DX Splat Buggy
Splat Buggy*
+0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.25 -0.5 -0.25 +0.25 -0.5 0 -0.25
MK8DX Inkstriker
0 0 +0.25 +0.5 -0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25 0
* - changes color depending on the racer.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.


Wheel Statistics
Class Speed Water Speed Air Speed Anti-Gravity Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Water Handling Air Handling Anti-Gravity Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75 +0.5 -0.25
-0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 +0.75
+0.25 -0.5 0 +0.25 -1 -0.25
+0.5 -0.75 +0.25 -0.25 -1.25 -0.75
+0.5 -1 +0.5 -0.25 -0.75 -0.75
-0.25 +0.25 -0.5 0 -0.5 +0.5
+0.25 -0.25 +0.25 -0.5 +0.25 -0.5
-0.25 0 -0.25 -0.25 +0.25 +0.25
+0.25 -0.5 0 +0.25 -1 -0.25
-0.25 0 -0.25 -0.25 +0.25 +0.25
Blue Standard
Blue Standard
Normal Blue
Hot Monster
Funky Monster
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75 +0.5 -0.25
Azure Roller
-0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 +0.75
Crimson Slim
+0.25 -0.5 0 +0.25 -1 -0.25
Cyber Slick
+0.5 -0.75 +0.25 -0.25 -1.25 -0.75
Retro Off-Road
Retro Off-Road
+0.25 -0.25 +0.25 -0.5 +0.25 -0.5
Gold Tires MK8
Gold Tires
Gold Wheels
+0.5 -1 +0.5 -0.25 -0.75 -0.75
GLA Tires
GLA Wheels
MK8 TriforceTires
Triforce Tires
Triforce Tyres
+0.25 -0.25 +0.25 -0.5 +0.25 -0.5
MK8D Ancient Tires
Ancient Tires
Ancient Tyres
0 -0.50 +0.50 -0.75 +0.50
Leaf Tires MK8
Leaf Tires
Leaf Tyres
-0.25 +0.25 -0.5 0 -0.5 +0.5
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.


Glider Statistics
Glider Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
Super Glider*
Cloud Glider
Cloud Glider
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
Wario Wing
0 +0.25 0 -0.25 0
Waddle Wing
Peach Parasol*
-0.25 +0.25 0 -0.25 +0.25
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
-0.25 +0.25 0 -0.25 +0.25
Flower Glider
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
Bowser Kite
-0.25 +0.25 0 -0.25 +0.25
Plane Glider
0 +0.25 0 -0.25 0
MKTV Parafoil
-0.25 +0.25 0 -0.25 +0.25
Gold Glider
0 +0.25 0 -0.25 0
MK8 HylianKite
Hylian Kite
MK8D Paraglider
0 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
Paper Glider
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
* - changes color depending on the racer.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.


Course Select (MK8DX)

Course Select Interface.

Courses are one of the main parts in any Mario Kart Game. They allow racers to play on a variety of different maps, including: Jungles, Grasslands, Snow, Mountains, and a Giant Ice Cream. Each course has its own unique route, with some courses having 3 laps and some having more. Some courses change between laps, while others remain the same.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, all cups are available from the start, unlike most other games where you have to unlock most cups. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has 48 Tracks in the Base Game and 48 Tracks in the Booster Course Pass DLC, totaling to 96 Courses.

New Cups

MK8 MushroomCup
Mushroom Cup
MK8 FlowerCup
Flower Cup
MK8 StarCup
Star Cup
MK8 SpecialCup
Special Cup
MK8- Mario Kart Stadium Mario Circuit MK8- Sunshine Airport MK8- Cloudtop Cruise
MK8- Water Park MK8- Toad Harbor
(Toad Harbour)
MK8- Dolphin Shoals MK8- Bone-Dry Dunes
(Bone Dry Dunes)
MK8- Sweet Sweet Canyon MK8- Twisted Mansion MK8- Electrodrome Bowser's Castle
MK8- Thwomp Ruins MK8- Shy Guy Falls MK8- Mount Wario Rainbow Road

Retro Cups

MK8 ShellCup
Shell Cup
MK8 BananaCup
Banana Cup
Leaf Cup
Leaf Cup
MK8 LightningCup
Lightning Cup
Wii Moo Moo Meadows GCN Dry Dry Desert DS Wario Stadium DS Tick Tock Clock
GBA Mario Circuit SNES Donut Plains GCN Sherbet Land 3DS Piranha Plant Slide
(3DS Piranha Plant Pipeway)
DS Cheep Cheep Beach N64 Royal Raceway 3DS Music Park
(3DS Melody Motorway)
Wii Grumble Volcano
N64 Toad's Turnpike 3DS DK Jungle N64 Yoshi Valley N64 Rainbow Road

Bonus Cups

MK8 EggCup
Egg Cup
MK8 TriforceCup
Triforce Cup
MK8 CrossingCup
Crossing Cup
MK8 BellCup
Bell Cup
GCN Yoshi Circuit Wii Wario's Gold Mine GCN Baby Park 3DS Neo Bowser City
(3DS Koopa City)
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-ExcitebikeArena SNES Rainbow Road GBA Cheese Land GBA Ribbon Road
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-DragonDriftway MK8-DLC-Course-icon-IceIceOutpost MK8-DLC-Course-icon-WildWoods MK8-DLC-Course-icon-SuperBellSubway
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-MuteCity MK8-DLC-Course-icon-HyruleCircuit MK8-DLC-Course-icon-AnimalCrossing MK8-DLC-Course-icon-BigBlue

Mk8dx bcp logo

Wave 1 Wave 2
Golden Dash Cup Icon
Golden Dash Cup
Lucky Cat Cup Icon
Lucky Cat Cup
Turnip Cup Emblem
Turnip Cup
Propeller Cup Emblem
Propeller Cup
Tour Paris Promenade Tour Tokyo Blur Tour New York Minute Tour Sydney Sprint
3DS Toad Circuit DS Shroom Ridge SNES Mario Circuit 3 GBA Snow Land
N64 Choco Mountain GBA Sky Garden N64 Kalimari Desert Wii Mushroom Gorge
Wii Coconut Mall Ninja Hideaway Icon (8 Deluxe) DS Waluigi Pinball MK8D Sky-High Sundae Course Icon

Wave 3 Wave 4
Rock Cup Emblem
Rock Cup
Moon Cup Emblem
Moon Cup
Fruit Cup Emblem
Fruit Cup
Boomerang Cup Emblem
Boomerang Cup
Tour London Loop Tour Berlin Byways
Tour Amsterdam Drift
Tour Bangkok Rush
GBA Boo Lake DS Peach Gardens
GBA Riverside Park
DS Mario Circuit
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
(3DS Alpine Pass)
Merry Mountain Icon (8 Deluxe)
Wii DK Summit
(Wii DK's Snowboard Cross)
GCN Waluigi Stadium
Wii Maple Treeway 3DS Rainbow Road
Yoshi's Island
Tour Singapore Speedway

Wave 5 Wave 6
Feather Cup Emblem img2
Feather Cup
Cherry Cup Emblem img2
Cherry Cup
Acorn Cup Emblem
Acorn Cup
Spiny Cup Emblem
Spiny Cup
Tour Athens Dash Tour Los Angeles Laps Tour Rome Avanti Tour Madrid Drive
GCN Daisy Cruiser GBA Sunset Wilds GCN DK Mountain 3DS Rosalina's Ice World
Wii Moonview Highway Wii Koopa Cape Wii Daisy Circuit SNES Bowser Castle 3
Squeaky Clean Sprint Icon (8 Deluxe) Tour Vancouver Velocity Piranha Plant Cove Wii Rainbow Road

As of March 18th 2022, the game includes the Booster Course Pass DLC which players can purchase through the Nintendo eShop. Alternatively, Players can purchase the Switch Online Expansion Pass to get the DLC for free. This DLC adds 48 additional courses and 8 additional characters over 6 waves. Anyone who purchases the DLC will receive all waves of courses and characters.

Battle Courses[]

There are 8 unique Battle Tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, used for Battle Mode. These replace the repurposed tracks in the original Mario Kart 8. There are 5 new Battle Courses and 3 retro courses. Surprisingly, only 2 of the Battle Courses feature Anti-Gravity (Battle Stadium and Lunar Colony).

MK8D-BattleStadium-icon MK8D-SweetSweetKingdom-icon MK8D-DragonPalace-icon MK8D-LunarColony-icon
3DS Wuhu Town GCN Luigi's Mansion SNES Battle Course 1 MK8D-UrchinUnderpass-icon


All the items from Mario Kart 8 have returned, as well as 2 "new" items from past Mario Kart games (the Boo and the Feather). Racers can now hold two items, similar to Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, but these must now be used in sequential order as the ability to swap between items has been omitted.

BananaMK8 TripleBananaMK8 GreenShellMK8 TripleGreenShellsMK8
Banana Triple Banana Green Shell Triple Green Shell
Throw it onto the floor to send anyone who hits it into a spin.
Three Bananas rotate around your kart, press L to use them one by one. Throw a Green Shell at your
Opponent to spin them out.
Three Green Shells rotate around your kart, press L to use them one by one.
RedShellMK8 TripleRedShellsMK8 SpinyShellMK8 Bob-ombMK8
Red Shell Triple Red Shell Spiny Blue Shell Bob-Omb
A Green Shell that locks on to
the opponent ahead of you.
Three Red Shells rotate around your kart. Pursues the leading vehicle,
knocking out any others in its path.
Bob-Ombs explode after a short time once thrown.
MushroomMarioKart8 TripleMushroomMK8 GoldenMushroomMK8 BulletBillMK8
Mushroom Triple Mushroom Golden Mushroom Bullet Bill
Use for a temporary speed boost. Three Mushrooms rotate around your kart. Unlimited Dash mushrooms for a short time. Gain a large temporary speed boost and invincibility.
BlooperMK8 LightningBoltMK8 StarMK8 FireFlowerMK8
Blooper Lightning Super Star Fire Flower
Squirts ink on vehicles ahead of you, obscuring drivers' views. Strikes all opponents with lightning, causing them to lose their items and shrink. Gain a small temporary speed boost and invincibility. Throw fireballs for a short period to spin out opponents' vehicles.
BoomerangFlowerMK8 PiranhaPlantPotMK8 SuperHornMK8 Crazy 8 (MK8DX Transparent)
Boomerang Flower Piranha Plant Super Horn Crazy Eight
Can be thrown 3 up to times, spinning out any driver it hits. Attaches to your vehicle and bites, propelling you forward. Destroy incoming opponents and items with a high-volume honk. Eight items rotate around your kart.
CoinMK8 CapeFeatherMK8 603px-BooNSMBWii
Coin Feather Boo
Gives you 2 extra coins. The more coins you have, the faster you will be. Allows you to do a high jump, which will cause any nearby opponents to spin out. Makes you temporarily invisible; Boo will try to steal an opponent's item for you too.
Tip: Items marked as defence can be held behind your kart to block some incoming items.



Mii Racing Suits - Wave 1
Mii Racing Suits - Wave 2
Some of the amiibo that can be used to unlock Mii Racing Suits in the game.
Main Article: Mario Kart 8#amiibo

All Amiibo compatible with Mario Kart 8 are compatible once again in the game, with some new features. Tapping any Animal Crossing Series Amiibo will give the Animal Crossing Mii Racing Suit, and tapping the Boy or Girl Inkling Amiibo will give the Boy and Girl Inkling Mii Racing Suits, respectively.


Toy con allows for a new immersive racing experience. You can now drive a kart or motorbike to steer in Mario Kart. Toy-con features can be enabled through the main menu in the Toy-con section.

Differences compared to Mario Kart 8[]

New Features[]

  • 6 new Characters and 2 new Mii suits have been added to the base game.
  • The game introduces smart-steering and auto-accelerate for beginners; smart-steering makes driving and staying on the track easier by adding invisible walls onto the sides of the track that only those who activate it can collide with, and auto-accelerate makes the vehicle automatically accelerate, making it impossible to stand still for a long time.
    • If smart steering mode is toggled on, there will be an antenna sticking out the rear of their kart.
  • 200cc engine class for Time Trials has been added.
  • The game also features an in-game guide, directly accessible from the game's menu. It features item info, driving techniques, and battle mode information.
  • All of Mario Kart 8's battle courses have been replaced with battle maps in the style of the battle maps from the first 7 games.
  • Ultra Mini-Turbo (purple sparks) are available after orange sparks. This feature is only enabled when Smart Steering is off.
  • Confetti appears at the starting line of several races like Mount Wario.
  • When playing with teams, the flags of the corresponding colors are added behind the vehicle. These flags do not appear in Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast, as the balloons show the teams in these modes.
  • During online race lobbies, the engine class for the upcoming race is shown as the course is selected, via "100", "150", a mirrored "150" (for Mirror) or "200" icons in the bottom right of the selected course icon. This extends to online battle lobbies, as it will display a yellow balloon (Balloon Battle), a potted Piranha Plant (Renegade Roundup), a Coin (Coin Runners), a Shine Sprite (Shine Thief), or a Bob-omb (Bob-omb Blast) to denote which battle mode is about to be played.
  • Players can now see the lap count or timer when spectating an online race or battle.
  • The resolution has been improved up to 1980p x 1080p in docked mode.
  • The overall quality and colors have been improved.
  • The main menu has some major changes:
    • All of the Toad icons are now aligned to the left.
    • The mode buttons appear larger and shorter.
  • The "Online Play" button is now singular and has the two Toads wear spacesuits.
  • The "Wireless Play" mode has been added for portable play if undocked.
    • The "Mario Kart TV" mode is now located at the bottom section, with its own logo.
    • The game features an in-game guide, this guide explains various techniques, Battle Mode, and the functions of each item.
    • For each selection, there's now a sub-menu to choose the amount of players to participate with.
    • In-game messages and pop-ups now use a different font.
    • Most artwork form the Wii U version are modified to use colorized backgrounds to match the new artwork in 8 Deluxe.
    • The Amibo icon has been made notably more square.
    • The pause menu has been redesigned to unify the stick and tilt control options.
    • The button inputs have been changed to match the Switch controls.
    • The buttons to choose "OK" or "Back" have form elements on the buttons, and have been slightly adjusted.
    • The map is now a transparent white color instead of a blue gradient.
    • The lap and coin counter have been moved more towards the corner.
    • All scrollbars have been removed.
    • Since all DLC content is included in-game, the "Shop" option has been removed.
    • The Crazy 8's icon is now a red/pink and blue gradient, rather than a flat blue icon. This reflects the new design of the 8 in the game's logo to signify that the game is deluxe.
    • The VS Race Option screen's User Interface has been redesigned, and less so resembles Mario Kart Wiis.
    • Due to a lack of a second screen on the Nintendo Switch, Item Spy has been removed.
    • Similarly pressing minus no longer turn's on the minimap (which is now turned on by default) instead this is done through the pause menu, at witch point it can be toggled by pressing X.
    • Players can no longer see the lap count when crossing the finish line and full results in multiplayer (including online lobbies) at the end of the race while watching replay videos via Mario Kart TV.
    • When playing with the map enabled in local splitscreen multiplayer, there will only be one map in the center of the screen, rather than each player having their own copy of the map like in the Wii U version and Mario Kart 64.

Changed in a Post-Release Update:[]

  • In the course selection menu, "L" and "R" buttons in the top corners are present. Pressing either button will swap to the other set of 48 courses. The bottom set is filled with all the courses from the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC, such as Wii Coconut Mall, while also having a different background then the top set.
  • There are now 48 additional DLC Courses and 8 additional DLC Characters, available in the Booster Course Pass.

Returning Features[]

Changed in a Post-Release Update:[]

Changed Features[]

  • The statistics of the vehicle parts and drivers have been changed.
  • Some of the vehicle parts that are exclusive to DLC are now randomly unlocked by collecting Coins during gameplay.
  • Weight classes are now split into 16 weight classes instead of 9 weight classes.
  • Red Shells and Spiny Shells are now slower when they lock onto their target, meaning players are able to outrun them in 200cc when they have any kind of speed boost.
  • If a Blooper is about to ink the player as they cross the finish line, the player will still get inked. This is unlike the Wii U version, where the Blooper or the ink disappear instead. This is an aesthetic effect.
  • The character icons on the course map are now slightly larger, more detailed, and are of a higher resolution, akin to Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7.
  • The four DLC cups from the Wii U release of Mario Kart 8 (Egg, Crossing, Triforce, and Bell) are no longer DLC and are now included with the game for free.

Changed in a Post-Release Update:[]

  • Item Boxes respawn faster than in Mario Kart 8.
  • You can now download 32 Time Trial Ghosts, instead of 16 in Mario Kart 8.
  • In online mode, players are no longer forcibly partitioned into lobbies including and excluding DLC tracks.
    • So as long as a single player within a lobby owns the Booster Course Pack (BCP), BCP tracks are unlocked for all players to vote for during track select - including those who do not own the BCP.

Removed Features[]

  • Fire Hopping, a technique in which a player could "hop" repeatedly to get extra speed from a boost, has been removed, or fixed if you look at it as a glitch.
  • All of Mario Kart 8s "battle courses" are now inaccessible.
  • Stamps are absent due to Miiverse not present on the Nintendo Switch, and also due to the service being discontinued six months after the game's release.
  • The original deathmatch Balloon Battle from Mario Kart 8 can no longer be played, being replaced with 5 other battle modes. Balloon Battle is still present but, once you lose all of your balloons, instead of turning invisible and immune to attacks, you respawn and lose half of your points.
  • You can no longer upload Mario Kart TV footage directly to YouTube.

Changed in a Post-Release Update:[]

  • Item Bagging, a technique in which a player could reverse through an item box in order to get better items, has been removed, or fixed if you look at it as a glitch. However, it's not completly fixed, when you are in last place, you still get the same items, but driving backa to an item set will give you worse items.


Title Screens:[]

MK8DX Title Screen (Default) MK8DX Title Screen (Mario) MK8DX Title Screen (Luigi)
MK8DX Title Screen (Bowser) MK8DX Title Screen (Rosalina) MK8DX Title Screen (Link)

These aren't all title screens. Peach, Animal Crossing and Cloudtop Cruise are missing.

User Interface:[]

Course Select (MK8DX) BCP Course Select (MK8DX) BCP Not Unlocked Screen
VS Race Options (MK8DX) Kart Select (MK8DX) Item Select (MK8DX)
Help Menu (MK8DX) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Amiibo Screen Toy Con Menu (MK8DX)


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Lakitu if the player fails to
get a trophy

Booster Course Pass Promotional Material:[]

Booster Pass Reveal Trailer
Wave 1
Wave 2 Trailer
Wave 2
BCP Wave 3 Trailer
Wave 3
BCP Wave 4 Trailer (Updated Image)
Wave 4
BCP Wave 5 Trailer
Wave 5
BCP Wave 6 Trailer
Wave 6
MK8DX BCP Price MK8DX BCP Course Overview Final MK8DX BCP Racers Final

Booster Course Pass Launch Trailers:[]

Wave 1
Wave 2
Wave 3
Wave 4
Wave 5
Wave 6

Gameplay Videos:[]

MK8DX Longplay
MK8DX+DLC Longplay


Current Version: v3.0.1


An update was released on May 7, 2017, which changed the following:

  • Opponents' names are displayed in the rear view mirror view in online matches.
  • Invincibility period after a spin-out or crash is longer in online matches.
  • Up to two players can spectate a friend group while they wait to join.
  • “Worldwide” and “Regional” modes add players to Mirror and 200cc matches less often.
  • Players can now properly create a friend lobby when having 100 or more friends.
  • The starting positions in online races now properly reflect the order in which the players join.
  • Miis now properly show facial expressions during matches.
  • The Tournament clock now properly reflects real-world time.
  • Inkling Girl's pose resembling a gesture, which may have been considered as offensive, has been changed.


An update was released on June 28, 2017, which changed the following:

  • Players can use Pikmin-themed Amiibo to unlock a Pikmin Suit for the Mii driver.
  • Race rules and course name are now displayed on loading screens for online and wireless play, as well as Mario Kart TV.
  • In online matches, no more than two Piranha Plants will be granted as items at the same time.
  • Controls are no longer unresponsive when the timer runs out when choosing a Mii racing suit for online matches.
  • The item wheel no longer spins continuously in online matches.
  • Online matches now end 30 seconds after the first place racer finishes, just like it does in Mario Kart Wii.
  • Items shown in a player's item slots now display correctly when holding an item behind them.
  • Items are now destroyed after blocking an attack.


An update was released on August 9, 2017, which changed the following:

  • Corrected an issue that prolonged the time to return to the lobby after races near the start and end times of online tournaments.


An update was released on October 18, 2017, which changed the following:

  • Video capture compatibility was added. Hold the Capture Button to capture up to 30 seconds of the previous footage.
    • Your Nintendo Switch must be updated to Ver. 4.0.0 or higher to use this feature.
  • Now more difficult to float down using the glider when Smart Steering is ON.
  • Blue Shells no longer hit the second place player when the first place player hasn't yet crossed the finish line.
  • Extended the invulnerability period after spinning out or crashing.
  • Changes made to Online Play prior to Ver. 1.2.1 now apply to Wireless Play and LAN Play as well:
  • When further back in a race, will receive better items to help catch up to other players.
  • No more than one Piranha Plant will appear at a time.
  • Updating to Ver 1.3.0 will prevent users from Wireless Play or LAN Play with users on Ver. 1.2.1 or lower.


An update was released on December 12, 2017, which changed the following:

  • Language support for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean has now been implemented.
  • Players can change languages in Settings on the console.
  • An issue has been resolved that prevented background music from playing after players reach the finish line.
  • Updating to Ver 1.4.0 will prevent users from Wireless Play or LAN Play with users on Ver. 1.2.1 or lower.


An update was released on June 25, 2018, which changed the following:

  • Now supports the use of the Toy-Con Motorbike from the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit.
  • Players can now set whether or not use the Toy-Con Motorbike from the Toy-Con settings in the main menu.
  • At the screen right before the game begins, the Joy-Con needs to be set inside the Toy-Con Motorbike.
  • When using the Toy-Con Motorbike, the camera will look over the character's shoulder.
  • Pressing the downward directional button will allow the player to play with normal view again.
  • Addressed an issue where, after setting up a tournament, the "Search by code" feature would stop functioning.
  • Addressed an issue that made it impossible for a player to proceed after colliding with a Super Thwomp.
  • Updating to Ver 1.5.0 will prevent users from Wireless Play or LAN Play with users on prior versions


An update was released on July 19, 2018, which changed the following:

  • New character skin for Link and new vehicle parts dedicated to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


An update was released on September 19, 2018, which changed the following:

  • Now compatible with Toy-Con Car in Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03 Vehicle Kit.
  • Now compatible with Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.
  • Nintendo Switch Online subscription required to play online.


An update was released on March 18, 2022, which changed the following:


An update was released on August 4, 2022, which changed the following:


An update was released on December 7, 2022, which changed the following:


An update was released on December 21st, 2022, which changed the following:

  • Addressed an issue where, during online play, the image would get choppy when playing in Tour Berlin Byways.
  • Addressed an issue where, when playing in Tour London Loop, Lakitu does not return the player to the appropriate location.


An update was released on March 8th, 2023, which changed the following:


An update was released on July 11th, 2023, which changed the following:

  • Added 8 Courses to the Booster Course Pass DLC: Tour Athens Dash, GCN Daisy Cruiser, Wii Moonview Highway, Squeaky Clean Sprint, Tour Los Angeles Laps, GBA Sunset Wilds, Wii Koopa Cape, and Tour Vancouver Velocity.
  • Added 3 Characters to the Booster Course Pass DLC: Petey Piranha, Wiggler, and Kamek.
  • Improved the performance of some characters and vehicles.
  • Adjusted the invincibility frames of some characters.
  • Adjusted random item selection method in races where Custom Items is enabled and there are four players or less.
  • Expanded the range for when a warning displays when a Red Shell or Spiny Shell approaches from behind.
  • Warnings about a Red Shell or Spiny Shell will now be displayed with priority over other warnings.
  • Made it so that a warning is not displayed when a Red Shell is targeting opponents.
  • Made it so that L/R button operation on the class selection screen and course selection screen in the Grand Prix can be conducted on touchscreen as well.
  • Lowered the appearance rate of Mirror and 200cc races in Worldwide and Regional settings.


An update was released on November 8th, 2023, which changed the following:

  • Added 8 Courses to the Booster Course Pass DLC: Tour Rome Avanti, GCN DK Mountain, Wii Daisy Circuit, Piranha Plant Cove, Tour Madrid Drive, 3DS Rosalina's Ice World, SNES Bowser Castle 3, and Wii Rainbow Road.
  • Added 4 Characters to the Booster Course Pass DLC: Diddy Kong, Funky Kong, Pauline, and Peachette.
  • Added 18 New Mii Suits to the game, 17 of them are available through the Booster Course Pass.
  • Added “Music” button to the main menu.
    • This is allows you to listen to the background music that plays while racing.
    • Even players who don’t own the Booster Course Pass can listen to the background music of the DLC courses.
  • Non-Friends can now join a room.
    • You can now create a Room even if you have 0 friends registered.
  • Added staff credits for the Booster Course Pass.
  • Increased the invincibility time of a portion of characters and vehicle customizations.
  • You can no longer acquire strong items when taking an Item Box by stopping or driving in reverse, or taking an Item Box that is in same location multiple times during a race.
  • Shortened the time between when an Item Box is acquired by someone until it is restored.
  • When selecting a costume in the Character select screen, the icon of the character on the roster now updates to reflect its costume.
  • You can now unlock the Daisy Mii Suit using the Daisy Amiibo.
  • Further lowered the appearance rate of Mirror and 200cc races in Worldwide and Regional settings.


An update was released on November 28th, 2023, which changed the following:

  • Fixed an issue where the player was unable to acquire a strong item even though they did not take an Item Box by stopping or going in reverse during a race, or take an item countless times from an Item Box in same location, when the communication is unstable during an online match.
  • Fixed an issue where the glider did not open when getting on a glide ramp that is past the suspension bridge in Tour Vancouver Velocity.
  • Fixed an issue where the player might fall into a crevice in the cliff and not be able to move in Tour Rome Avanti.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would be floating in mid-air after driving out of the course without being carried back in by Lakitu in GC|*GCN DK Mountain.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would sometimes not be able to move when riding on the statues in Wii Daisy Circuit.
  • Fixed an issue where actions and expressions did not match for some characters that were added in the Booster Course Pass.
  • Fixed an issue where a Mii’s head would get extremely large or small when playing the highlight reel.


  • Unlike every other Mario Kart Game, 8 and 8 Deluxe are the only mainline Mario Kart game to not have an Award Ceremony after a Grand Prix, instead just showing a Highlight Reel, then your placement and a cup if you earned one.
  • Mario Kart 8 and 8 Deluxe are the only games whose cups contain both Retro and New courses in the same cup (excluding Tour), and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the only Mario Kart game to feature tracks that released after it as Retro Tracks.
  • This is the only console Mario Kart game where multiple balancing changes have been made since its release, and the only one (alongside 8) where major new features (such as double item slots and custom item selection) have been added after release.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, including DLC, has 3 times the amount of courses than in DS, Wii, and 7; and 6 times the amount of courses than in Double Dash!! and 64.
  • Almost every full version of the main Circuit music themes from past games have been rearranged in this game, the Circuit theme from Wii is the only exception. However, a portion of the Circuit theme from Wii can be heard in the arrangement for 3DS Neo Bowser City.
    • If including any and all Circuit music themes, however, then technically one from each game has been rearranged, with Wii Daisy Circuit's theme meeting these requirements.
  • This is the only game since Double Dash!! where every Character (minus one costume) is unlocked from the start.
  • This (and 8) is the only game to feature non-Mario collaboration tracks.
  • When selecting the Animal Crossing track in VS Race, you can hold down one of the trigger buttons to select a specific season, instead of relying on the default random selection (L for Spring, R for Summer, ZL for Autumn, and ZR for Winter).
  • In VS Race, if you disable every item except the Crazy 8 and an item found in it (such as the Dash Mushroom, triple variants also work) and you pull a Crazy 8, 8 of the other item will circle your kart.
  • You can ride on the Wild Wiggler kart as Wiggler on Wii Maple Treeway; so many Wigglers in one!
  • As of version 3.0.0:
    • This game is no longer the only one to not have a retro Bowser's Castle, with SNES Bowser Castle 3 being included in Wave 6 of the Booster Course Pass DLC.
      • However the Wii U version still lacks a retro Bowser's Castle.
      • It is, however, the only game thus far to not feature a Bowser Castle originating from Super Circuit.
    • Every character included in Mario Kart Wii's roster is now in this game.
      • The only exception being Mii Outfit B, however the Mii costumes fill a similar role.
  • This game contains the highest amount of retro courses from a single game (not counting Tour courses), with a total of 11 courses from Mario Kart Wii!
  • Because Daisy Circuit, Koopa Cape, Maple Treeway and Grumble Volcano are all in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you can play the Mario Kart Wii Star Cup in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


The game has been received with universal acclaim, garnering higher aggregate scores than its original version. The game has been praised for being well-suited to the Switch's portability, the increased performance, and particularly the redesigned Battle Mode. On Metacritic, Mario Kart 8 receives "generally favorable" reviews on Wii U holding a metascore of 88/100 based on 82 critic reviews.[1] Its Switch version, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe received "universal acclaim" reviews and was tagged as a "must-play" game holding a metascore of 92/100 based on 95 critic reviews.[2]


  1. Metascore for Mario Kart 8 on Wii U | Metacritic, Retrieved April 13, 2020
  2. Metascore for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch | Metacritic, Retrieved April 13, 2020

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Mario Kart games
Main Titles Super Mario Kart (1992, SNES) • Mario Kart 64 (1996, N64) • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001, GBA) • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003, GameCube) • Mario Kart DS (2005, DS) • Mario Kart Wii (2008, Wii) • Mario Kart 7 (2011, 3DS) • Mario Kart 8 (2014, Wii U) • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017, Switch)
Arcade Titles Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005) • Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (2007) • Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013) • Mario Kart Arcade GP VR (2017)
Spin-off Titles Mario Kart Tour (2019, Mobile) • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (2020, Switch)
Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe)
Light Baby MarioBaby LuigiBaby PeachBaby DaisyBaby RosalinaToadToadetteKoopa TroopaShy GuyLakituLarry KoopaWendy O. KoopaLemmy KoopaIsabelle + • Villager + • Dry Bones * * • Bowser Jr. * *
Medium MarioLuigiPeachDaisyYoshiLudwig von KoopaIggy KoopaTanooki Mario + • Cat Peach + • Inklings * *
Heavy WarioWaluigiDonkey KongRosalinaBowserRoy KoopaMorton Koopa Jr.Metal MarioPink Gold PeachLink + • Dry Bowser + • King Boo * * • Gold Mario * *
Vehicle parts
Bodies Karts Standard KartPipe FrameMach 8Steel DriverCat CruiserCircuit SpecialTri-SpeederBadwagonPrancerBiddybuggyLandshipSneekerSports CoupeGold StandardGLA + • W 25 Silver Arrow + • 300 SL Roadster + • Blue Falcon + • Tanooki Kart + • B Dasher + • Streetle + • P-Wing + • Koopa Clown * *
Bikes Standard BikeCometSport BikeThe DukeFlame RiderVarmintMr. ScootyJet BikeYoshi BikeMaster Cycle + • City Tripper +
ATVs Standard ATVWild WigglerTeddy BuggyBone Rattler + • Splat Buggy * * • Inkstriker * *
Wheels StandardMonsterRollerSlimSlickMetalButtonOff-RoadSpongeWoodCushionBlue StandardHot MonsterAzure RollerCrimson SlimCyber SlickRetro Off-RoadGold TiresGLA Tires + • Triforce Tires + • Leaf Tires +
Gliders Super GliderCloud GliderWario WingWaddle WingPeach ParasolParachuteParafoilFlower GliderBowser KitePlane GliderMKTV ParafoilGold GliderHylian Kite + • Paper Glider +
New cups Mushroom Cup Mario Kart StadiumWater ParkSweet Sweet CanyonThwomp Ruins
Flower Cup Mario CircuitToad HarborTwisted MansionShy Guy Falls
Star Cup Sunshine AirportDolphin ShoalsElectrodromeMount Wario
Special Cup Cloudtop CruiseBone-Dry DunesBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup Wii Moo Moo MeadowsGBA Mario CircuitDS Cheep Cheep BeachN64 Toad's Turnpike
Banana Cup GCN Dry Dry DesertSNES Donut Plains 3N64 Royal Raceway3DS DK Jungle
Leaf Cup DS Wario StadiumGCN Sherbet Land3DS Music ParkN64 Yoshi Valley
Lightning Cup DS Tick-Tock Clock3DS Piranha Plant SlideWii Grumble VolcanoN64 Rainbow Road
DLC cups Egg Cup + GCN Yoshi CircuitExcitebike ArenaDragon DriftwayMute City
Triforce Cup + Wii Wario's Gold MineSNES Rainbow RoadIce Ice OutpostHyrule Circuit
Crossing Cup + GCN Baby ParkGBA Cheese LandWild WoodsAnimal Crossing
Bell Cup + 3DS Neo Bowser CityGBA Ribbon RoadSuper Bell SubwayBig Blue
Battle Courses Wii U * Mario CircuitToad HarborWii Moo Moo MeadowsGCN Dry Dry DesertSNES Donut Plains 3N64 Toad's TurnpikeGCN Sherbet LandN64 Yoshi Valley
Switch * * Battle StadiumSweet Sweet KingdomDragon PalaceLunar Colony3DS Wuhu TownSNES Battle Course 1GCN Luigi's MansionUrchin Underpass
Hardware NunchukWii RemoteWii UWii U GamePadWii Wheel
Software Mario Kart TVMiiverseNintendo Network
Objects Item Box Items BananaBoo * * • Boomerang FlowerBullet BillCrazy 8Feather * * • Fire FlowerGolden MushroomGreen ShellItem BoxLightningMushroomPiranha PlantRed ShellSpiny ShellSuper Horn
Other Dash PanelDouble Item Box * *
Hazards Ball 'n' ChainBone Piranha PlantBooBouncing NoteBowser MonumentBrolderChain ChompCheep CheepChompDeku BabaDolphinFire SnakeFish BoneFishin' LakituFreezieFrogoonGhostGiant GoombaGiant PillarGoombaGoomba TowerHammer KnightKeeseLavaLava PlumeLittle BirdMecha-CheepMechakoopaMini ToadMonty MoleMoo MooMr. ResettiNokiPiantaPiranha PlantPodoboo CogPokeyRaving Piranha PlantSidestepperSkating Shy GuySnowmanSuper ThwompSwooperThwompTiki GoonUnagi
Techniques Anti-gravityDriftHighlight ReelHopMini-TurboRocket StartSlipstreamingSpin BoostTrick
Other EmblemFinish LineGalleryHighlight ReelMario Kart BandSoundtrackStampsStarting GridTrophy
+ - denotes DLC. • * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8. • * * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.