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28 Great Games Like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. We also offer games selected by matching genre and age rating.
 

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

Unfortunately, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Price: 26% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases

Hand Picked Games Like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

These are our hand-picked games similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @VelanVentures

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, Mario Kart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...

Race with Ryan

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-7 year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/2020

Price: 45% off

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: @Outright_Games

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Race with Ryan is a kart racing game staring Ryan from the Ryan’s World YouTube channel. Along with the racing you need to collect the Mystery Eggs scattered across each track. Each one then gives you a power up to help you win.

Cars 3: Driven to Win

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Racing

Developer: @AvalancheWb

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Cars 3: Driven to Win is a racing adventure game based on the 2017 film. You explore the world of Radiator Springs and other locations from the film. As you do, you meet the other cars, collect items and unlock new areas.

The Crew 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018

Price: 62% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Racing

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @IvoryTowerOffic

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

The Crew is a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played on PlayStation...

Blur
PEGI Rating 12 for Blur

Blur

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 25/05/2010

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Racing

Developer: @Bizarrec

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Blur is a four-player racing game with many Mario Kart-style features but with customisable real-model cars. The combination of such cars as the Dodge Viper, Ford Transit and Lotus Exige (to name a few) with weapons, stunts and power-ups is both unusual...

Nintendo Land

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/11/2012

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Nintendoland is a collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the...

Sonic Racing (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/02/2010

Price: 43% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Racing

Developer: @SumoDigitalLtd

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room and up to 12 players online

Team Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks,...

Car Quest

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 25/10/2018

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Racing

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @EZoneCom

Players: This is a single player game

Car Quest is an exploration puzzle adventure you navigate by driving your car. With no time pressure and a relaxed vibe you can take your time to drive, collect, explore, solve, discover.

Horizon Chase Turbo

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Developer: @AquirisGS

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

This is an arcade racing game with the focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro...

Need for Speed (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Racing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @GhostGamesEA

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 16 players online

Need for Speed: Heat is an open-world racing game. Races during the day are legally sanctioned street competitions where you try to win cash prizes. Races at night are illegal races where you aim to build a reputation. When racing at night, you need to...

Burnout Paradise (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/03/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: GameCube, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Developer: @CriterionGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

The Burnout series is an over-the-top racing game where you’re encouraged to crash, bash and ram other cars. Throughout the series the bravado and crashing increases, but they all have the same novel core gameplay.

KartRider (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/05/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @Nexon_America

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

KartRider is an online kart racing game. You race and customise your kart on a variety of different circuits. Along with the usual fantasy vehicles this includes real cars. It's similar to Mario Kart and has power-ups and drift...

You Suck at Parking

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Racing

Developer: @HVGames

Players: This is a single player game

You Suck At Parking is a tactical racing game where the ultimate goal is to stop in a parking spot. The game features cartoon style parkour racing tracks with loops, sharp bents, bombs and other hazards, on the route to a parking spot.

Asphalt 9: Legends (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @GameLoft

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.

Wreckfest

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/06/2018, updated in 2019

Price: 33% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Developer: @BugBearGames

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Wreckfest is a racing game where you aim to destroy other people's cars. It focuses on demolition modes with classic American muscle cars and other unusual vehicles. Rather than racing, this is a physical challenge with cars crammed onto a small track,...

Drive Buy

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 20/02/2019

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Developer: @Glitchers

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Drive Buy is a vehicle combat game where you race around an arena world to make the most credits. The game is fast paced and strategic with a variety of power-ups, game modes, customisation, maps and the ability to play with others online. In this way...

Forza Street

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/05/2020

Platforms: PC and iOS

Genres: Racing

Developer: @Turn10Studios

Players: This is a single player game

Forza Street is a simpler racing game from the team behind Forza Motorsport. You race other players to earn and purchase a lineup of high powered cars. Races are quick and focus on the cinematic rather than realism.

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SuperMonkeyBall

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

Cel Damage HD

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2019

Platforms: GameCube, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @FinishLineGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Cel Damage is a racing and fighting game where you drive vehicles and use weapons to hit opponents and gain the upper hand. It's a fast and furious competition that's good to play on the sofa, with quick rounds and a simple premise.

REKT! High Octane Stunts

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Racing

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This is a stunt racing game for up to four players on one system. Players compete to chain tricks, to nail landings, drift corners and unlock more cars. The multiplayer game is where things really heats up, as players attack each other and score points...

Trailblazers

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 17/04/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: @SupergonkGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Trailblazers is a racing video game where you paint the track your colour to gain a boost. In multiplayer mode, this creates a uniquely co-operative race. There are 8 different vehicles to choose, each with different stats and capabilities.

Cruis’n Blast

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Switch and Wii

Genres: Racing

Developer: @RawThrills

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Cruis’n Blast is a racing game based on a series of big arcade machines. Competing with games like Ridge Racer, OutRun and Daytona USA. It's whacky racing with big and bombastic visuals and characters.

F1 Race Stars

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 13/11/2012, updated in 2014

Platforms: PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: @Codemasters

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online

F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and short-cuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.

Games Like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This includes games from the Action and Racing genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the following lists:

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Blur
PEGI Rating 12 for Blur

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as who to shoot in the head next.
 
Haven
PEGI Rating 12 for Haven

One Button Games

The games here can be played with a single button. Although ranging in difficulty they are a good place to start for those needing simpler controls.

It should be noted that many of these games need to be started with more than one button. Some are played by tapping at a fixed point on a touchscreen.

For those needing alternative access there are many possibilities with an accessibility switch. These "switches" come in many shapes and sizes including jumbo buttons, super-sensitive finger switches and sound sensors. In some cases, the spacebar or a Bluetooth keyboard can work just fine. If the player can activate the control and if it can be connected to the games machine, then one-button play becomes a possibility.

This list was compiled with the help of Barrie Ellis, who runs One Switch. On that site you can find equipment to enable a far wider range of games to be played by accessibility switch users. OneSwitch also supports a range of other accessible gaming solutions.
 

Designed To Be Easier To See

These games, compiled by Christy Smith, have graphics styles or options that make the games easier to see for people with impaired vision. Many of these games include
  • Fonts: Larger, scalable font sizes and bold fonts, like Moving Out.
  • Zoom: Ability to increase the size of all objects on the screen such as in Untitled Goose Game's zoom feature.
  • Contrast: Settings to adjust contrast and brightness, as well as distinct colours with good lighting, like Splatoon.
  • Non-Visual Cues: Sounds and haptic feedback that help direct the player, like Lego games.
  • Colourblind: Modes that invert colours or change colours to accommodate different types of colourblindness, such as in Hue.
  • Screen Readers: Functions that read text and menus as they are highlighted and appear on the screen, such as in Eagle Island.

In addition, there are other ways to make games easier for people with low vision to play. Some offer modes that lower the difficulty, like the Assist Mode in Super Mario Odyssey. Playing with a sighted friend or family member can make things much easier.

Some platforms provide system-wide accessibility features that help. The Nintendo Switch offers a built-in zoom function, while the Xbox offers co-pilot mode that allows two people to play as a single player. Such features create necessary flexibility for players.

There are many different types of visual impairments, and no two people ever see things the exact same way. Because of this, games that are accessible for one person may not be accessible to all low vision gamers. For gamers who find visual games too cumbersome, audio-only games may provide a solution.

Image 164 It may be difficult for parents and caregivers who are fully sighted to understand which games will be easier to see. The best way to learn about what works and what doesn’t is hearing from people with impaired vision themselves. Can I Play That? has a variety of reviews discussing accessibility of games for people with disabilities, by people with disabilities.
 

First Steps Into Online Video Games

One of the most exciting aspects of modern video games is playing with other people online. It's a big step from playing something like Mario Kart with family and friends in the same room to going online to play with people you don't know.

With the benefits and opportunities of online play come the issues and potential dangers of children interacting with people they don't know. We've worked with the Breck Foundation to create this list of games that are great for parents, carers and children to take first steps online together.

The Breck Foundation is a charity founded by Lorin LaFave after the tragic burder of her 14-year old son, Breck Bednar, in 2014, through online grooming. Breck was groomed while enjoying his passions of computing and gaming. The foundation aims to ensure that no child is harmed through grooming and exploitation while enjoying their time on the internet.

After speaking with Lorin on BBC Radio, together, we hatched an idea to offer this resource to help anchor online gaming as a part of family life. By playing online with your child from an early age you create a context where mistakes are made together. This establishes an open conversation where your child is more likely to tell you if something happens online that doesn't feel right, and more likely to listen to your ongoing advice and guidance.

This works with Breck Foundation's, ‘Play virtual, Live real’ motto that reminds children to never meet up alone in a private place with someone they have met only online, to ensure that online play is safe, enjoyable and connected to attentive adults.

The games in this list offer small steps to go from local play to online play. Some games, like Roblox are designed for young players with lots of special safety settings. Other games, like Sky, are designed to lead players into co-operating with each other with in-game purchases you give away, and interactions that start limited and expand as you gain experience. Then there are co-operative games like Ibb and Obb where you work together and communicate with gestures on the screen.

You can use Family Settings and Parental Controls on your system to limit how your child interacts with other players online. As well as finding the right games to get them started, it's also important that you play with them and keep game screens in shared family spaces so you can see what they are doing.
 

Free Multiplayer With Nintendo Download Play

The Nintendo DS and 3DS/2DS offers a feature for some games where you can play on multiple systems with one copy of the game. This is a great way to save money for multiplayer games.

The main player has the game in their DS, the other players go to the Download Play option in the menu of their DS. The game then downloads a small version to each player so everyone can play.

Some games limit this to just one other player, but games like Mario Tennis allow for 4 players to compete, and Mario Kart allows for up to 8 players to race against each other with just one copy of the game. Other games, like Luigi's Manion: Dark Moon offers special download multiplayer modes where you can compete against each other.

Here is a list of the top Download Play DS and 3DS games. Or there is our full list of great Download Play games.
 

Designed For Easier Play

These games go above and beyond just adding a few difficulty settings. They consider a wide range of ability and accessibilities by offering customisable difficulty settings as well as special low pressure or assist modes that aid progress.
 
Eloh
PEGI Rating 3 for Eloh
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
PixArk
PEGI Rating 12 for PixArk
Qomp

One Joy-Con Nintendo Switch Multiplayer Games

The Switch console comes with one pair of Joy Cons. These are attached to the Switch in portable mode, and detached when playing on a TV. Some games support multiplayer modes with each player only needing one Joy-Con half to play. This offers a much more affordable way to accommodate more players.
 

Play With Experts And Novices

We all have a different level of experience, ability and connection to video games. Finding a game to play with another person who has less (or more) expertise of playing can be a challenge.

This list is designed to help you find games to solve this. Some of these games, like Super Mario Odyssey or Spiritfarer, let one player help the other. Other games, like Kingdoms or Chariot let you work together to progress with enough time for one player to help the other. Then there are games, like Affordable Space Adventure or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes where each player takes on a different role. Some games like Tick Tock A Tale For Two or Get Together let you play on separate devices and talk to each other to solve collaborative puzzles. Finally, there are single player games, like Detroit Become Human or Return of the Obra Dinn where one player can control things while the other makes suggestions.

Whether you are a parent playing with a gaming expert son or daughter, or a partner of someone who plays less or more games, these are a great place to find common ground.
 

Designed for Autistic Diversity

Autism affects the way people communicate and experience the world around them. It is a spectrum of developmental conditions, including Asperger’s Syndrome. Many autistic people play games to have fun, relax, connect with others and build skills. This is a list of games we have put together with some of Autistica’s Autistica Play Ambassadors, to highlight games that have been enjoyed by autistic people.

Autistica is the UK’s national autism research charity. It focuses on giving autistic people the opportunity to live long, happy, healthy lives. It does this by funding research, shaping policy and working with autistic people to understand their needs.

Cognitive Pressure: Some autistic people may take time to process information and could feel pressured by time limits. Games like A Short Hike or Roki let you progress at your own speed, without being on the clock. Other games, like Townscaper or Stardew Valley, help here by not making game tasks time-limited or requiring quick reactions. Then there are games, including Rocket League, Celeste and Eagle Island, that let you adjust the overall speed of play.

Difficulty Settings: Autistic people may prefer to tailor their experience based on how they are feeling. Some days they may want more of a challenge than others. Adjust how hard the game is. Some games like Subnautica or Bad North let you set the overall difficulty. Others, like Mario Kart or The Last of Us Part II let you adjust specific aspects of difficulty. Then there are games like Marvel’s Spider-Man or Immortals Fenyx Rising, that allow you to adjust the difficulty as you play.

Sense of Control: The real world can be an overwhelming place with constant change and unpredictable situations. Games like Viva Pinata, Civilization or The Sims let you play in a world where you control the variables. Other games, like Mini Metro, Traffix or Mini Motorways offer a chance to work with systems and see how changes impact outcomes. Then there are games that magnify this, like Factorio or Planet Coaster, by letting you create interconnect systems and tweak for the desired result.

As Autistica helpfully highlights, every autistic person is different. While many autistic people are able to learn, live and work independently, some have learning differences or co-occurring health conditions that require specialist support. Finding a game that can be a positive experience can therefore take some time and investigation.
 

Asynchronous Multiplayer

Multiplayer games are fun because you go head to head against another person. Whether they are sat next to you on the couch or miles away over the internet, it's instant intense competition.

Asynchronous multiplayer games, create this sense of simultaneous competition when you can't play at the same time. Perhaps your opponent is in a different time zone, you are playing years after the person you are competing against, or perhaps you have a job or family commitments that the only game time is when the person you are playing against is in bed.

In these asynchronous multiplayer games, you usually see the other player as a ghost representation of how they played the level or circuit. Perhaps it's in Forza where you race against representations of real-world opponents. Perhaps it's in Horizon Chase Turbo where you see the ghosted cars of your Nintendo Switch friends who have raced the circuit you are on Or, perhaps you see the failed attempts of people you don't know in a temple in Phantom Abyss.

However the game provides this, it does so to give you the feel of playing against someone at the same time, although they actually played some time (maybe seconds, maybe hours or maybe years) ago. There have even been stories of teenagers discovering the ghost laps of deceased parents and being able to race them as if they were still alive.
 


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