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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series) Review
Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.
Mario Kart tries to balance things between different ability players. At the back you go a little faster and get better power ups. This results in good races for a range of players. Even so, experience players can stay ahead by slipstreaming other karts, skidding around corners to get a boost and learning shortcuts.
- Super Mario Kart (1992) on SNES with two players.
- Mario Kart 64 (1996) on N64 with four players split screen.
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001) GBA
- Mario Kart: Double Dash (2003) Gamecube with two players on one kart
- Mario Kart DS (2005) DS with online multiplayer
- Mario Kart Wii (2008) Wii with motion controls
- Mario Kart 7 3DS (2011) with 3D visuals and flight
- Mario Kart 8 (2014) Wii U with anti-grav racing and flight
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) Switch
- Mario Kart Tour (2019) iOS
View our choice of games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This game is good if you want to:
- Play someone with a different schedule
- Compete on the couch
- Set your own difficulty
- Play games with visual impairment
- Play games good for autistic diversity
- Dip your toe into online games
- Play games not needing fine motor control
- Use motion controls rather than sticks
- Play with one button
- Play together with one Joy-Con
- Connect and challenge friends
- Team up experts and beginners
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online. On most Mario Kart games you can play 4 player split screen on one system. On Mario Kart 8 you can play online with up to 16 other people.
You can race again ghost laps of other players. These appear on the course when you race and represent the route the best recorded lap took. From Mario Kart 64, you can race the best times of the developers via the Staff Ghosts.
You have to unlock this in Mario Kart 64, with a fast lap time. Mario Kart DS offers one unlockable Staff Ghost per track. Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 offer two Staff Ghosts per track. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there are two Staff Ghosts, one for 150cc, and one for 200cc.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U offered in-game purchases, packs and a season pass for additional characters, tracks and vehicles. These are all included in the Switch version of the game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This game on Wii U and Switch supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items.
Mario Kart Tour on iOS enables you to start for free if you link your Nintendo account, it then offers in-game purchases to advance and upgrade in the game.
Skill RatingThis game is enjoyed by 3-10 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. One family told us, "My niece (5-years-old) loved playing Mario Kart 8 with her dad using the acceleration and steering assists." This keeps you on track and makes the other karts easier to steer.
You can opt for steering via D-Pad, Left Stick or Tilt. Smart steering assistance ensures you don't end up stuck banging into the barrier, and can even remove the need to manually steer altogether. Tilt to steer enables you to just tilt the controller to race. The game can be played with one stick, for steering, and one button, for triggering items. These options combine to enable this to be playable by quite young gamers and gamers with motor disabilities. You can take this further by setting the game up to be played with one button to trigger collected items.
Our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Accessibility Report documents 27 accessibility features:
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