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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: 37 out of 483
  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. Aug 19, 2018
    10
    I don't need to make a long review here just to say how that game is fantastic! Is guess Nintendo just miss make new stages for this version..
  3. Jan 22, 2021
    10
    The perfect culmination of all things Mario Kart. There is a LOT of content in this game and all the tracks are beautifully crafted. Game-playThe perfect culmination of all things Mario Kart. There is a LOT of content in this game and all the tracks are beautifully crafted. Game-play is flawless. It's a good example of easy to learn, hard to master. My children play 50cc with steering assistance. Personally I'm trying to conquer the golden items and that is a tough challenge even after 75 hours of play. Yes, some luck is involved to finish a cup with 3 stars, although with enough skill you can get ahead far enough to make it to 1st place even if several hits slow you down. The web is full of tips and tricks to improve your driving and tactics.

    The performance is good. A stable 60fps. The only problem here is 3 or more players. The screen will split in 4 then and frame-rate will be capped at 30fps. It's doable but the difference with 60fps is huge.

    On-line play is plain and simple and a lot of fun. I haven't spend a lot of time doing battles though.

    One side note: this is an updated version of the Wii U game + DLC. If you already own that there is not much to gain here, although playing this in handheld mode is perfectly doable.

    I've spent many, many hours with this game. It's the game I advise everyone who buys a Switch. It's a good showcase what the Switch can do and it's a blast to play for any age.
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  4. Jan 25, 2018
    9
    Hacía tiempo que no jugaba al MK (desde la Wii), y tengo que admitir que este es mucho mejor. Muchísimos circuitos, aunque como siempreHacía tiempo que no jugaba al MK (desde la Wii), y tengo que admitir que este es mucho mejor. Muchísimos circuitos, aunque como siempre bastantes son reciclados, muchísimos personajes y gran variedad de karts. El juego es MUY divertido. Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2020
    9
    El juego está muy bien para jugar con amigos, pero le hacen falta mas modos de juego.
  6. Mar 19, 2020
    8
    Extremely fun way to spend an evening, alone or with friends! A must own for the switch!
  7. Dec 26, 2019
    0
    The computer racers cheat in this game. Big time, cheat. The AI racers team up against all human players in order to make sure that it'sThe computer racers cheat in this game. Big time, cheat. The AI racers team up against all human players in order to make sure that it's really hard to win. My brother and I were playing 100cc Grand Prix, and I can point out a few instances where the AI racers cheated. They had faster speed than my brother and I, and we had to rely on mini turbos and mushrooms to pass them. Even when I shook the controller, the game still wouldn't let me do tricks, and the AI racers were smart enough to drive almost perfectly on the tracks. They also always weigh more than human racers no matter what character or vehicle combo you pick, so AI racers almost always knock you off the track when they bump you. Ai racers also always get better items. I've had instances where I was last place and all I get is triple mushrooms, and even when I'm near the front, all I get is a mushroom when I need a banana or a shell the most for defense against red, green, and blue shells, which AI racers always get, and then they wait till I'm the one in front of them when they all aim for me. Ai racers never hit each other with their items. They always target my brother and I, and it's totally unfair. If you love clear graphics and don't mind playing an unfair game, then go for Mario Kart 8. If you want to play a game where the computer doesn't cheat, then don't play this game because it's very unfair and favors computer racers over actual human players. Expand

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