Review: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe explained to parents

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What parents need to know

Control Mario, his friends or enemies and take on everyone in many frenzied karting races in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe BoxartRelease date: April 28, 2017

Developed by: Nintendo
Published by: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

Type of game: Race game
Average game time: 10 minutes
Estimate of the total duration of the game: Infinite

Topics: Kart racing, competition
Business model: Need to buy the game only once

Number of players:
1 to 4 players locally.
1 or 2 players can join opponents to compose races with up to 12 players simultaneously online.

Available in physical (cartridge) or digital (download) format

To buy digitally, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, click here.
This supports Shared Screen. Thank you!

Possible configurations of the Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo Switch Handheld modeNintendo Switch Tabletop modeNintendo Switch TV Mode

Players3+ 7+ 12+16+18+
Very easy to drive, accelerate, brake, left and right. It is possible to activate modes that avoid pressing on the accelerator constantly. Or that avoids falling off the track. Several difficulty modes are present.

Infinite game, as long as you want to improve or compete against opponents.


Several difficulty modes are present. They are represented by the speed of the karts: 50 cc, 100 cc, 150 cc, 150 cc (with races whose route is reversed), 200cc.

Violence, fear, nudity?

No problem.

Level of language used

baby talk

Positive message

Just racing, there is no story mode, and not much text.

Minimum reading level required

The child can be guided in very simple menus. Most of them are icons that help you navigate.

Additional costs ?

No microtransactions

Minimum level of execution on the controller required

Very easy to drive, accelerate, brake, left and right. Acceleration can be switched to automatic mode to make it easier to drive (Smart Steering). Another help can be activated to avoid getting off the track.

Principle of the game

The player chooses his character (among 42 characters from the universe of Mario, Zelda, Animal Crossing), the components of his Kart and his circuit (among 48). He then faces human or console-controlled opponents in order to finish first in the race.

He can also perform battles in which he must use bonuses to break the balloons that float over the opponents. More details below.

Local game modes

Grand Prix:

Doing 4 races in a row with opponents, the winner is the one who has accumulated the best places on the 4 circuits.

Fashion against the clock:

Race alone on the circuit to try to make the best time

Versus Local:

Either races or battles.

There are 5 battle modes that all take place in arenas (8 arenas available):

  • Ball battle: Balloons that float over opponents with bonuses such as shells or bananas must be popped
  • Bob-Omb explosion (time bomb with eyes and feet, cartoon style): you have to pop the balloons of others with bonuses of bomb types only.
  • Track track hunt: A game of polices and thieves in which one team tries to catch the other team using the piranha plant
  • Battle of coins: Grab as many coins as you run in the allotted time
  • Sun Capture: Reach the sun and keep it as long as you can to earn points and win the game when the point threshold is crossed.

Online gaming modes

Requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play on the Internet with friends or others.

Online, as well as locally, players can take on strangers or friends in randomly selected circuits. Game modes are Race or Battle in the Arena.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an excellent game, a must-have for the console. It can be recommended to everyone without a problem. It has sold more than 20 million units. Driving aids can be activated at will and help newcomers get by.

More information about the game: Official page of the game on the Nintendo website

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