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  • Summary: Race and battle your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8. Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-playerRace and battle your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8. Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return. Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. Race your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8, only on Nintendo Switch. Race as every character on every track from the Wii U version, including DLC characters and tracks. Pop some balloons in the revamped Battle mode, complete with Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast. Battle on new courses, like Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, or returning ones, such as GCN Luigi's Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1. Inkling Girl & Inkling Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. join the roster. Players can choose a new Smart Steering feature which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids even at 200cc. Three new vehicles have been added, two are even inspired by Splatoon. Carry two items at the same time. Returning items include Boo, the item stealing ghost, and the Feather, which gives you a high jump in battle mode. Play your friends in local wireless multiplayer with up to 8 players. Drive through in 1080p HD quality in TV mode. Play on the go with handheld mode and play anytime, anywhere. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 95
  2. Negative: 0 out of 95
  1. May 16, 2017
    100
    Much of this will seem like a given to Switch owners, but it's still completely relevant in terms of what validates picking up this version of Mario Kart 8. It's not only the "complete" and current experience, but one transformed by its hardware. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the definitive version as we're likely to know it from now on, and thanks to the nature of the Switch, it's worth every penny.
  2. Apr 20, 2017
    100
    The definitive version of one of the greatest multiplayer games ever, with a vast array of courses, characters, and the best Battle mode since the SNES days.
  3. Games Master UK
    Jun 20, 2017
    95
    The definitive edition of the world's greatest arcade racer. Switch has its second essential game. [June 2017, p.64]
  4. Apr 20, 2017
    90
    It seems that Nintendo Switch was made for a game like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Racing is fun and multiplayer (8 local/12 online) is unbeatable. Nevertheless, the only improvements from the Wii U game are six new characters, new items and some battle modes, and that is not enough.
  5. May 9, 2017
    90
    For a port of an older Wii U title, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe feels like a brand new game that everyone can enjoy. Whether this is your first Mario Kart or your eighth, there's enough here to satisfy your thirst for racing.
  6. Apr 27, 2017
    90
    The greatest game in the Mario Kart series is back, now under the name of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in a Nintendo Switch version that improves the original on several levels. If its large amount of content was not enough, the return of the battle mode as it was before and all the visual improvements bring the game up to today's standards.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 5, 2017
    60
    Funny racing game featuring the most popular tracks from all older sequels and versions. Don’t waste your time with reality – shoot the enemy with the turtle shell! [Issue#275]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 342
  1. Kvr
    Apr 28, 2017
    10
    This is the best Mario Kart game to date! Superb courses, nice characters and super smooth game play with a stable 60 fps.
    Also for
    This is the best Mario Kart game to date! Superb courses, nice characters and super smooth game play with a stable 60 fps.
    Also for time-trial fanatics there is enough to do with a Nintendo ghost to beat in every level and courses that let ypu master them in every detail, This is a no-brain er for every Nintendo Switch owner.
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  2. Jul 17, 2018
    10
    Los juegos de Mario Kart son muy conocidos por ser divertidos y pasar el rato disfrutando unas carreras con tus amigos, o talvez unas partidasLos juegos de Mario Kart son muy conocidos por ser divertidos y pasar el rato disfrutando unas carreras con tus amigos, o talvez unas partidas en línea. Si no lograste disfrutar este juego en WiiU entonces en su versión de Switch es sin duda la mejor opción. Para los propietarios de una Switch debe ser una compra casi obligatoria y ademas de que contiene todo el contenido de DLC y algunos extra.

    - 12 copas (48 pistas), modo batalla y 41 personajes.
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  3. Dec 17, 2019
    10
    Una experiencia inigualable. Si te quejas diciendo que este juego es solo un port de la versión de Wii U, hay dos cosas que debes saber:

    1-
    Una experiencia inigualable. Si te quejas diciendo que este juego es solo un port de la versión de Wii U, hay dos cosas que debes saber:

    1- Esta versión mejora cada aspecto del juego además de incluir un Modo Batalla SUBLIME.
    2- La sola experiencia de poder disfrutar con amigos en cualquier lugar es algo que no vas a entender hasta que no lo vivas por tu cuenta.

    Lo Bueno:

    - Infinitas horas de diversión gracias a la gran cantidad de modos de juego.

    Lo Malo:

    - El 90% del contenido está desbloqueado desde el principio.
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  4. Apr 5, 2018
    9
    Although it may seem like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers very minimal upgrades on its Wii U predecessor, the improved Battle Mode and other neatAlthough it may seem like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers very minimal upgrades on its Wii U predecessor, the improved Battle Mode and other neat additions like Auto-Accelerate and Smart Steering really help refine this often rage-enducing and friendship-breaking experience. Honestly Auto-Accelerate is now just such an integral part of the game for me as it allows me to brake-drift so much easier, which is crucial in 200cc. And this improved Battle Mode, complete with online, would warrant an extra purchase alone, with the original Mario Kart 8's Battle Mode being a blemish on an otherwise perfect game. While the online experience is still a bit lacklustre and could be improved and streamlined, especially after seeing what ARMS did with its online lobbies, there's just so much here that entices old fans back for another race and appeals to new ones. The best Mario Kart to date, undoubtedly. Expand
  5. Dec 22, 2019
    9
    Briefly : the best Mario Kart opus for me. I didn't play it since MK Wii, and well they did pack a solid game here : awesome content, dynamicBriefly : the best Mario Kart opus for me. I didn't play it since MK Wii, and well they did pack a solid game here : awesome content, dynamic gameplay, 200cc mode, everything is here for fun and only for it. Expand
  6. Jan 18, 2019
    8
    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a fast and fun experience, though certainly more with friends and family or online rather than solo. It's a betterMario Kart 8 Deluxe is a fast and fun experience, though certainly more with friends and family or online rather than solo. It's a better party game than Mario Party that provides excellent challenges, multiple modes, and plenty of tracks and circuits from throughout the series' history. The game could have had more characters, or at the least a more diverse list. Instead, there are too many different versions of specific characters (Mario, Baby Mario, Metal Mario, Tanooki Mario, etc.) that could have simply been costume changes like the Miis have. There can't even be arguments for licensing since Smash has so many others.

    I also noticed that unlike all other games on the Switch that I've played so far, only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe seems to have issues with the multi-player joy-con analog sticks shifting slightly left or right depending on the controller. This is the case any controller being used, yet they all work fine on any other game and are not in need of calibration.
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  7. Sep 28, 2018
    0
    This is one of the best racing game I have ever play and it also one of the best in the series.The music is very good and very fit to the track too.

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