GAME REVIEW: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Wii U racing game zooms onto the Nintendo Switch, with a few tweaks
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Welcome to the Rainbow Road, a notoriously difficult map you can find in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. (Courtesy of Nintendo)


When it first came out for the Wii U in 2014, Mario Kart 8 was a total blast. Speeding around a colourful track with your favourite Mario character, tossing bananas and bob-ombs at your fellow racers? So much fun! It was the ultimate party game. And gamers everywhere loved it!

Now that same high-speed experience is available for Nintendo Switch owners in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. All the cool downloadable extras from the first game are already bundled into this version, alongside a few extra extras, like improved battle modes and some all-new characters.

Mario Kart? More like Nintendo-Everything Kart

Mario isn't Nintendo's only beloved franchise. If you're a fan of other games, like The Legend of Zelda or Splatoon, you'll be pleased to see some of your favourite characters make the jump into the Mario Kart universe. Imagine racing an Inkling around Hyrule while Mario music plays in the background—the sheer silliness is sure to make you smile.

Mario Kart Inkling Boy Inkling Girl
The Inklings are an awesome addition to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. (Courtesy of Nintendo)

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Bottom line? If you already have the Wii U version of this game, there's probably not enough new stuff here to buy it again. But if you missed this game the first time around, there's never been a better time to pick up this modern classic.

Check out the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe trailer below:


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  1. I like the Mario cart. I like race cars. The car goes zoom. The race cars go too fast. l like that Link is in the game.

  2. Why would they put link, animal crossing villagers, inklings and Isabelle in mariokart? Its called mariokart. Not animalcrossingsplatoonhyrulelinkkart. They should cancel mario kart and call it Nintendo Race. That would be a more fitting title for MarioKart 8 Deluxe.

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