Percentile Rank

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is ranked in the 99th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 121 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

92

Top Critic Average

99%

Critics Recommend

Based on 121 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameCloud
Yes
Yes
Apr 26, 2017

At the end of the day, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a fantastic port of the original MK8 on the Wii U. Far from just being a simple re-release, Nintendo threw in all the DLC from the first incarnation, then proceeded to add in extra content and a whole pile of improvements on mechanics. That alone makes it worth the full retail price of the game, and shows that Nintendo does care about the thoughts and feedback of its players. My only criticisms are points of personal preference, they’re not deal breakers in any way, and are really just a reflection of my desire for further refinement of what’s already there. If anything, they just make me realise how much I’d love a “Mario Kart Ultimate,” pooling the very best from across the series’ history. Whether you missed MK8 on the Wii U, or have long since been done playing with it, Deluxe has something to offer for all players and is absolutely worth picking up.

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Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Apr 21, 2017

Nintendo fixes one of Mario Kart 8's only shortcomings in a generous port of a modern masterpiece.

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GameOctane
A or higher
A or higher
Apr 29, 2017

If you don't own the WiiU version of this game, now is the time to pounce. Its new battle mode and drive assist features are stellar, boosting Mario Kart's strongest installment straight to the top of games to own on the Switch.

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Nintendojo
A or higher
A or higher
May 8, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the definitive version of it. Everything that made Mario Kart 8 special has returned and been amplified, and the additions (including new characters, plus one secret one that I won't spoil) make for an even richer and varied experience. Along with Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a must-have for Switch owners.

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GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Apr 20, 2017
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Washington Post
Unscored
Unscored
May 4, 2017

"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" feels like the most complete game in the series, with 23 remade tracks from earlier games and 25 originals, yet the racing feels like it's been tamed by the mild courses and gentle drifting system.

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Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
May 4, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe feels like a victory lap, the delightful culmination of decades of refinement.

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Hau5test
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 30, 2017
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Kotaku
Unscored
Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Apr 28, 2017

Mario Kart 8 is an excellent game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is even better.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
May 5, 2017

This Deluxe version retains everything that made the original so spectacular: opulent, verdant visuals; a jazzy, animated soundtrack; and anti-gravity mechanics that provide spatial freedom uncommon to the genre. It's Nintendo's best racer, made better.

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Scored Reviews

WellPlayed
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
May 28, 2017

In the world of digital kart racing, Mario is king

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Hey Poor Player
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
May 8, 2017

Not only are you getting everything that Mario Kart 8 had to offer, you also get a few new characters, a greatly enhanced Battle mode, and the ability to play wherever you go.

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Digiato
100 / 100
100 / 100
May 21, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is exactly the kind of experience that Nintendo Switch needs and switch-buyers want; compact, seamless and neverendingly fun.

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Gert Lush Gaming
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
May 7, 2017

Best Mario Kart game ever made

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Metro GameCentral
10 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

10 / 10
Apr 20, 2017

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.

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God is a Geek
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

Deluxe may be the wrong word for it, but this is the definitive Mario Kart 8 experience, which ultimately makes it one of the best kart-racers ever made.

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Fintendo
May 8, 2017

"Mario Kart has never had this much content."

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USgamer
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a victory lap for an amazing entry in the series. The only place Mario Kart 8 faltered was in its Battle Mode and Nintendo has rectified that here with a full-fledged version. 48 courses, 42 characters, 8 battle arenas, 5 battle modes, extensive multiplayer action, and the ability to take console Mario Kart with you wherever you go. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is absolutely worth the asking price.

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Guardian
Apr 20, 2017

Nintendo's karting franchise is designed to get everyone racing together no matter what their individual ability. This Switch remaster achieves that and more

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TrustedReviews
Apr 20, 2017

After Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the next Nintendo Switch must-buy. It's the best the series has ever been, offering one definitive package.

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IBTimes UK
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes the best game in the series and improves it. It looks better, plays better, the soundtrack remains an utter joy and the inclusion of a fully-featured and fiendishly fun Battle Mode is the cherry on top. This is the best Mario Kart game ever, and it's hard to see exactly how Nintendo will ever be able to improve upon it.

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TheSixthAxis
10 / 10
10 / 10
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 was already a simply sublime kart racer on Wii U, but Nintendo have managed to make it just that little bit better. From the new and improved Battle Mode to tweaks that add more depth for veterans and more accessibility for novices, a great deal of thought and effort went into Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, beyond simply porting it to Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to be the best in the business, and now you can play it on the train.

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M3
10 / 10
M3

Top Critic

10 / 10
Apr 20, 2017

We had a ton of fun with Mario Kart 8 for Wii U. And even if Mario Kart 8 Deluxe doesn't add that much of news (except for the re-designed battle mode), it's still one of the best racing games ever made.

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Gameblog
10 / 10
10 / 10
Apr 20, 2017

The Nintendo Switch version of Mario Kart is quite possibly the best in the series. Mario Kart 8 was already fantastic on the Wii U and the way the game uses the Switch's features genuinely transcends it.

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Nintendo Life
10 / 10
10 / 10
Apr 20, 2017

When it comes to passing final judgement on a re-release like this it's tricky - do we scale back praise because it's content we've mostly seen before, or simply judge a release on its own merits? We've opted for the latter here, and so we have a definitive version of a fantastic Wii U game that adds its own extras to spruce up the experience.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe delivers a huge amount of racing goodness right out of the box, and it's a polished version of a Wii U entry that was a proper Battle Mode away from being top of class. Now that issue has been addressed, what we have is arguably the best Mario Kart release we've seen. Some will argue about where this entry stands in the pantheon of the franchise, but for our money it's competing for top spot.It's the definitive Mario Kart 8 experience, content-rich and a delightful feast of comedic, cartoonish karting action. It's a game that continually raises a smile and, occasionally, induces that trademark Mario Kart rage as shells strike and positions are lost. It's addictive and unifying, unfiltered fun that draws in anyone daring enough to take up the wheel. If you're a Switch owner, it's an easy choice.

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Cheat Code Central
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a game that rekindles a fire you may not have even realized was fading. This racing game is absolutely incredible. It takes Mario Kart 8, an absolutely fantastic game, then improves upon it by offering the sort of Battle arenas and experiences we adored in previous games, the ability to play it anywhere in any way, and various quality of life adjustments. Everything has been tightened, fine tuned and is firing on all cylinders. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn't just here to help you coast through the launch window, it is a game that will offer comfortable cruising for years to come.

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Forbes
10 / 10.0
Erik Kain

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

This is the best Mario Kart game ever made, expanding an already great Wii U title into a near-perfect racing game. Even so, players who have the original on Wii U may want to wait for a sale.

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Digital Spy
Apr 15, 2017

At its heart, playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a completely different experience to playing Mario Kart 8 precisely because of how, and where, you play it. The feel and fun of the thing is an intrinsic part of gaming and there's just so much fun to be had when you throw portability and local multiplayer into the fray.

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Nintendo Insider
10 / 10
10 / 10
Apr 19, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe captures that rare magic, an unbeatable experience with friends and family that perfectly demonstrates how the concept that has driven Nintendo Switch is a complete game changer. Thundering over the finish line, that helps this to effortlessly rank as the best Mario Kart game ever made.

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Impulsegamer
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Apr 25, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is another must have title for the Nintendo Switch and is a racer that is accessible by everyone, whether a veteran gamer, casual gamer or even someone who has never played before. So if you're looking for some great racing fun on the Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on all levels… it's a me, Mario Kart!

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Telegraph
Apr 26, 2017

Mario Kart 8 is as deliriously entertaining as it was when it was released three years ago.

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Common Sense Gaming
10 / 10
10 / 10
May 1, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an excellent game that every Nintendo Switch owner should consider purchasing. Mario Kart 8 was a 9/10 experience, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a vast improvement over the original. There’s really nowhere to go with the score but up.

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ThisGenGaming
10 / 10.0
ThisGenGaming
ThisGenGaming Reviews

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

I'm just going to say it right now, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is a 10/10 game. Does it have its issues? Of course but I don't believe any game is issue free but if a game can keep you entertained for this long, and will continue to do so for many more years to come then it's a 10/10 game in my opinion. If you have never played Mario Kart 8 before then please go out and buy a Switch if you don't own one already, and enjoy playing one of the best games of the last decade.

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pressakey.com
May 8, 2017

Auch auf der Nintendo Switch ist Mario Kart 8 ein Garant für monatelangen Spielspaß sowohl offline als auch online - und dank einiger neuer Inhalte und Features wie dem Battle Mode auch für Wii-U-Besitzer einen zweiten Blick wert.

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Rice Digital
Rice Digital
Kitsumeda

Top Critic

May 28, 2017

If you own a Nintendo Switch there is absolutely no excuse to not go and pick up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe right now. Even if you put an insane amount of time into the game when it came out on the Wii U, just the fact that you can jump into a race wherever, whenever and with whoever you want makes this a no-brainer. The smart steering and auto acceleration mean everyone will be able to enjoy. If you are still deciding whether or not the Switch is for you, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe might very well be the system seller you are looking for.

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The Games Machine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2017

This is undoubtedly the biggest, funniest and best Mario Kart ever. If you already have the new Nintendo console, well, it's a no-brainer, really. If you don't, well, it could be the right time to Switch.

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is straight-up a better version of the game without compromise. It looks crisper, there's more to do, it's portable, and it might even outsell the Wii U version to ensure a healthier long-term community. With battle mode firmly in place, it's one of the best kart racers ever made.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2017

"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is so complete that it made me wonder how the original Wii U release even made it to shelves in its original state. This is everything kart fans could want from the series: fast action that can be enjoyed by beginners and seasoned veterans, plenty of unlockables, an assortment of tracks and fun modes for parties. This is the new pinnacle for the "Mario Kart" series. Nintendo was smart to take us on another lap around the track.

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KnowTechie
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a lot more than just the “complete edition” – it’s the only edition that exists from this point forward.

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Atomix
95 / 100
95 / 100
Apr 24, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the definitive edition of one of the best games ever created by Nintendo. You must play this title no matter what.

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Digital Chumps
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is absolutely the best game currently available for the Nintendo Switch apart from Zelda: Breath of the Wild. For players who have never had the pleasure of experiencing the original Wii U title, this is a must-own and could be qualified as yet another killer app (even though it technically is a port). On the other hand, even if you own the original, this is the definitive Mario Kart 8 experience; in fact, it is the best Mario Kart game to date period.

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GameZone
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 28, 2017

There's enough content here even if you've already played Mario Kart 8, thanks to its impressive and addicting new Battle Mode, or even the four additional Cups in case you've never bothered to buy the DLC for the Wii U game.

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SA Gamer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe might be a port, but thanks to the improvements and upgrades it is by far the best kart racer to date and should powerslide straight into your Switch library.

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IGN Italy
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

The best Mario Kart game ever is back... even better, with a Battle Mode that has finally been fixed. Playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe anywhere, anytime is (almost) priceless.

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PowerUp!
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, not Breath of the Wild, is the absolute best reason to own the Switch.

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Marooners' Rock
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
May 17, 2017

Mario Kart 8 is a hallmark title and should be added to your Switch without a second thought.

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Geeks Under Grace
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2017

Nintendo has hit a home run with their re-release, knowing exactly which elements to fix and which to keep. This game is a must-have for your library.

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Play Some Video Games
94 / 100
94 / 100
May 12, 2017

If you think of the Nintendo Switch as a portable, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an incredible leap for the series compared to Mario Kart 7 on 3DS. If the Nintendo Switch is your home console, then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers the same great experience as it did on Wii U with some added perks of battle mode and a resolution uptick. The art of racing is nearly perfect making Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a must buy for any Switch owner, but we still feel the game lacks balance at the higher competitive levels as some characters simply outperform others.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

We loved Mario Kart 8 when it released. We scored it a nine out of ten and felt that was the start of the Wii U's strongest run. With so few titles released for the Switch so far, I admit I was a bit wary about one of Nintendo's biggest early games being a rehash. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is more than just some graphic tweaks and a couple of pieces of DLC however, and fans of Nintendo's premier racing franchise will find plenty to like about this new iteration.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

With multiple new additions and important improvements, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the definitive version of one of the Wii U's best games

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IGN
9.3 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9.3 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an amazing game for all the same reasons I mentioned in our original review. It's still a gorgeous kart racer and every bit as addictive as it was in 2014. This is the best entry in the series so far, and it has all the content you'll need. Returning players have seen a lot of this game before, but the overhauled Battle mode and its five additional ways to play are a great reason to pick it up. Nintendo didn't do enough to make the online experience better, but the rest of this game holds up well.

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NZGamer
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Everything the Wii U version was, plus a lot of what was missing.

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Gaming Masters
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2017

Online multiplayer is a lot of fun again in Mario Kart 8 but does not offer enough for people that already had the WiiU release

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VGN
9.2 / 10.0
VGN

Top Critic

9.2 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most complete and rich version ever made by Nintendo for its racing game, thanks to the new Battle Mode and the graphic upgrade from the Wii U edition. The new characters and the endless online multiplayer capabilities make it a must-buy for any owner of the brand new Nintendo Switch console.

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GamePro
92 / 100
92 / 100
Apr 20, 2017

Thanks to small but fine adjustments, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best version of a great fun racer.

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MMOGames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

Even for those who own the original Mario Kart 8, after re-evaluating my score, I'd still give the game an 8 overall, and I think that says a lot about what's actually in the game. Plus, we have the Splatoon inklings, Zelda's Link, and Animal Crossing characters available altogether now, without being in a Smash Bros game. Really, what more do you want?

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GameNationSA
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

The original Mario Kart 8 on Wii U has most of the content that can be found on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with over 10 new characters and karts and you’ll also gain 16 brand new tracks, previously was only on DLC. What you receive are 48 tracks that will give you plenty of hours of entertainment. A total of 24 tracks is upgraded tracks from previous Mario Kart games. As with the original, there are various classes and Nintendo has added an even faster and craze filled 200cc class. The game also now features a reworked and polished Battle mode which Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U forced you to play on normal tracks instead of the arenas everybody wanted to play, well now there are eight arenas and five are brand new levels while the other arenas are based on previous 3DS, GameCube and SNES.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes the franchise to a new level, and makes further argument that the Switch is a fantastic portable console.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe puts the pedal to the metal by creating the most accessible racer in the series, or any racing game for that matter, to date. Smart steering and auto-acceleration lets little kids join in on the fun without being too overpowered. The return of a full-fledged battle mode also makes it a more complete Mario Kart experience. It might not have enough new features to entice folks who still own the Wii U version. Overall, though, this is arguably the best Mario Kart game to date.

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Real Game Media
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 5, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is almost a "Mario Kart: Greatest Hits" with an absolute tonne of content in terms of tracks, characters and modes, you will be playing Mario Kart by yourself or with others for months to come. A must-buy for your Nintendo Switch!

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

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.

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Easy Allies
May 22, 2017
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Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 4, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is about getting the most out of an already stellar game. Whether it be faster loading times, more convenient online lobby and gameplay, or a handful of new characters. The Souped Up Battle Mode is now far more compelling and content driven than before.

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Respawning
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2017

Nintendo have succeeded again at creating an addicting gameplay experience that is just a blast to do with friends. I’ve invited my brother around to just chill and play this game with and it always puts a smile on our faces. Thanks to this being on the Switch I’ve had a lot of opportunity to use the handheld mode (yes one of those places being the toilet). It’s just so exciting to play a HD game like Mario Kart on the train without any sacrifices made towards performance or visuals. Overall this game brings forward the existing formula onto a platform that’s begging for it. I’ve put a ton of use into it and there’s never really anything negative to say towards the actual game itself. It’s always just been the online that Nintendo struggles to improve.

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Saudi Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 3, 2017

It might not enhance or add much to the Wii U version, but this is certainly the definitive version of the best game of its kind, and especially the best handheld racer.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 27, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe improves on everything that made the original an excellent game and reinforces its status as the greatest game in the Mario Kart series. Increasing on its content and bringing back the battle mode as it once was, this edition also adds technical improvements to make it fit with the Nintendo Switch. This all adds up to a magnificent entry that no player should overlook.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 20, 2017

An excellent game that's still as good as it was 3 years ago... And now with every DLC and some subtle changes on its gameplay. If you haven't played Mario Kart 8 before this Deluxe version is a must buy.

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Click Click Play
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 28, 2017

When it comes to the crunch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe delivers with aplomb. Its already stunning visuals from the Wii U version are given a jaw-dropping upgrade and the revamped battle mode alongside the ingeniously crafted race tracks and the ability to play Mario Kart in 720p on the go or 1080p docked makes it an even more compelling reason for all Switch owners to buy a copy. The karts run as smooth as ever and with hundreds of thousands of people to play against online, you’ll never be short of a real challenge.

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games(TM)
9 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

9 / 10
Jan 19, 2018

the definitive edition of the definitive karting game

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viewport
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 14, 2017

At its core, not much has changed in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe; it's still the same hectic, rage-inducing karting experience from four years ago. The new additions make the game easier to access to those on the casual side of the spectrum while keeping things fresh for experts.

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Game Rant
Apr 20, 2017

The blockbuster Mario Kart series makes its debut on the Nintendo Switch with an upgraded port, albeit one filled with a bunch of new and noteworthy content for fans.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe performs better than it ever has, this time with a crisper look that really shines both in docked and handheld forms. While it is disappointing that no new race tracks were added, the completely overhauled Battle Mode complete with eight arenas makes up for that easily, making Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the definitive Mario Kart experience to date.

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GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 20, 2017

This is how you spiff up an older game. What could have been a cynical attempt to double-dip into Nintendo fans' wallets actually turns out to be the Mario Kart series' definitive entry. The racing looks and feels just as great as it did on the Wii U, but the addition of battle modes finally makes it feel like a complete package. Add in the new characters and the Wii U DLC content, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a fantastic addition to the Switch's early library.

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Digitally Downloaded
Apr 20, 2017

As Nintendo's second big release on the Switch following on from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I have no trouble believing that this will solidify the console's rapidly-growing reputation of offering far more than people thought it would prior to launch. It might be a flawed experience, but that's almost irrelevant when you consider just how much of it there really is on offer. This is how you do a "HD remaster".

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 remains one of the highlights of the franchise and while it would have been nice for The Switch to get a new title rather than a Deluxe repackage, this thing plays like a dream and is overflowing with content.

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Hobby Consolas
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 20, 2017

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 6 new characters, new items and some batte modes, and that is not enough.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe makes significant updates to the original that make its racing chaos the definitive version.

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We Got This Covered
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's improved Battle Mode is bound to bring out some people's inner child in the best way (this author very much included). As for the rest of the racing action, the tight and polished multiplayer action is as good as it's ever been - and the ability to take it on-the-go is like a dream come true.

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Stevivor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is solid and enjoyable, with small tweaks that mean it easily surpasses the Wii U's original release. Should you get a Switch for it? Yes. Yes you should — especially if you've got friends who're up for a race themselves.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 20, 2017

In broad terms, I can understand why Mario Kart 8 might be hard to justify for some players. It's a re-release of a game Nintendo put out three years ago, and that Nintendo fans (who make up a large portion of the Switch audience) probably already played. That said, this is a fantastic addition to the Switch library, not just as a great game but as one that benefits from the system's core features. It adds the requisite new content and fixes the one large oversight of the original. Mario Kart 8 was already one of the best in the series. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is even better.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Mario Kart 8 arrives to Switch in the Deluxe version: bigger, funnier and more beautiful than ever.

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Luis Alamilla
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 21, 2017
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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 23, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe plays exceptionally well and its pick-up-and-play nature feels right at home on Nintendo Switch. There may not be any game-changing additions, but new items and characters, as well as an insanely fun Battle mode, help round out an already-impressive package.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

9 / 10
Apr 21, 2017

Online play for up to 12 people, local multiplayer for up to eight players - this alone will make Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a must for many. Throw in how it does not drop in quality in the slightest when in portable mode, and suddenly the old Mario Kart 8 from Wii U becomes even more enticing. With extra polish, all DLC content included, plus various tweaks to improve the experience, Nintendo has delivered the ultimate Mario Kart experience for all comers, new and old, alike.

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PCMag
Apr 21, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the second must-buy game on the Nintendo Switch (after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild), and it's the most comprehensive Mario Kart game to date.

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Parallax Live
90%
90%
Apr 24, 2017
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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 26, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the perfect follow up to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It's fun regardless of whether you're playing alone, with friends on the couch or taking the race online. It lends itself perfectly to the portability of the Nintendo Switch and there's just enough new content to warrant a purchase for those that owned the original game on the Nintendo Wii U.

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LevelUp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2017

Unless you're the ultimate fan of Mario Kart, there's no reason to get the Switch version if you have the original for Wii U. That's because even if Battle Mode was the missing piece in this puzzle, you're paying full price for an extra mode and the access to play additional characters. ¿You never had a Wii U and Switch is you're first Nintendo console since a long time? Don't hesitate to get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, altogether with Breath of the Wild is the best that the console has to offer and it will give you tons of entertainment.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still that same gorgeous game filled with great courses, characters, and karts. There are a few new game elements that augment the game slightly, and an awesome battle mode that is instantly addicting, but on the whole, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is almost too similar to the game we fell in love with on the Wii U.

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TrueGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes with massive amount of fun, content and premium visual fidelity. It is, no doubt, an essential purchase for Switch owners at the moment and it is the best Mario Kart Nintendo had released to date.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
Emma Schaefer

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 1, 2017

With a fresh coat of paint and a couple of tune-ups, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe makes itself a great definitive edition of an already pretty-good game. Smart Steering, though awkwardly on by default, is a godsend for those who play with younger and less-skilled racers, and the revised Battle Mode fills a hole in the game's heart. A lack of additional race courses and content may deter those who already own the original Wii U version of the game, however.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Apr 28, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a hard game to review. On one hand, the value is insane. The tracks, modes, and sheer amount of content found in the game are unmatched. On the other hand, hardly any of it is new for those of us who bought the game on Wii U. Another factor in the mix is that the Switch simply is lacking another big blockbuster to purchase after Zelda, so MK8 Deluxe is certainly tempting. Either way the game is still just as fun as it was on Wii U, and that is the most important bullet point.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 1, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may be based off of a three year old game, but it feels fresh on Nintendo's hybrid console. Being able to take the excellent experience on the go is a huge draw, and there's a decent amount of new content at the same time.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 28, 2017

Original Mario Kart 8 made gameplay almost perfect, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe goes even further and improves the game to the masterpiece, offering a full set of arcade fun and allowing you to play at home and on the road, enjoying deep mechanics, bright graphics and phenomenally thoughtful and really interestingly designed tracks. It's hard to imagine what Nintendo should do in order to make the next game even better. Without a doubt, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best installment in the series and just an ideal arcade racing that will brighten up the expectation of a full new ninth game.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 2, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has taken all the best parts from the Wii U version and improves quite a bit upon where it needed some adjustments.

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The Jimquisition
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 2, 2017

It's a damn fine remaster of a truly magnificent game.

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GameCrate
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 3, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the definitive Mario Kart experience. It's got the most complete roster of characters, tons of tracks, a litany of game modes, and an ultra-polished presentation mixed with pitch-perfect gameplay. A must play for all Switch owners.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 4, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch is a no-brainer for fans and/or Switch owners - easily the best version of Mario Kart released to date on any platform and yet another killer app for Nintendo's fledgling hardware.

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Goomba Stomp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 4, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can hardly be called a mere re-release. The substantial amount of additional content coupled with the obvious superiority of the Switch creates a brand new experience almost worthy of being called its own game. With a versatility that’s unmatched by any other entry in the series, this game is a must-buy for newcomers and veterans alike.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 4, 2017

If you are just jumping in for the very first time, prepare to have your mind blown away. A true modern multiplayer classic, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe stands as one of the greatest games that Nintendo has ever made.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 3, 2017

Online mode aside, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is yet another fantastic first-party title from Nintendo. It adds several refinements, new modes, characters, and racetracks to an already awesome game.

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The Outerhaven Productions
May 7, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe makes the small changes needed to differentiate itself from its inferior Wii U version. It's a worthy purchase regardless of the time you've spent playing the same tracks on the Wii U, as the battle mode will keep you entertained for years to come. For any fan of local Mario Kart multiplayer, this is a no brainer. Still, I can't fully recommend buying it for online play until Nintendo resolves poor connectivity issues.

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COGconnected
89 / 100
89 / 100
Apr 20, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the greatest multiplayer experiences Nintendo has produced in a long time.

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Wccftech
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

Ultimately, this might just be the best version of the very best Kart racer there is. If you're a Mario Kart 8 veteran then I'm not sure how much here will draw you in, but new players and multiplayer fanatics will find dozens of hours of fun.

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Red Value Gaming
87 / 100
87 / 100
Apr 28, 2017
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GBAtemp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

Nearly impossible to put down, chock full of content yet hindered by an archaic online system. Mario kart 8 Deluxe is another phenomenal game in the growing switch library, yet an ominous precedent for the future of Switch online games.

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Zoomg
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a fun, exciting and high quality game which can entertain you for a long itme. Although compared to Wii U version the graphic of the game hasn't changed a lot but in terms of gameplay, the game is extremely smooth and engaging. The tracks are beautiful and colorful and addition of new characters makes the game a great experience. If you are looking for a pure fun and entertainment, you have to try Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

I might still carry a torch for quality single-player content and progression in Mario Kart, but there's no denying that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a step in the right direction for just about every other element.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

A better Battle mode and new ways to play with friends are great perks, but perhaps not enough to make some fans buy the same game twice

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Cerealkillerz
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the next must have for Nintendo Switch Owners, if you haven't played the Wii U Version. The amount of new characters and race tracks is great and also the new battle modes are finally delivering some variety. If this isn't enough for you, the new multiplayer possibilities with the Switch will surely convince you.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a decent upgrade for anyone in the need of one. It has a very solid Battle Mode that made me more happy than I thought. Next to that, it has all of the content you adored from the original plus the downloadable content baked into it.

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Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 3, 2017

Mario Kart 8 returns with a ‘Deluxe' that comes with new features for this entertaining game. With better graphics and gameplay thanks to the Nintendo Switch, this is one of the best Mario Kart games ever made.

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Paste Magazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 2, 2017

But that's the thing with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch. On Wii U, the game was over when you stepped away from your television. As the saying goes: You can't take it with you. But now you can. Now, the game is only over when you—or the baby—says so.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 2, 2017

With improved visuals, accessibility, more content and a newly invigorated Battle Mode, Nintendo has demonstrated a masterclass in spiffing up an older game - giving us Mario Kart at its very best.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 6, 2017

Overall though, there’s not a lot I can fault Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for. It’s a remake, sure, but it’s also the best the series has ever been and now a family favorite in my house. Oh, and I barely even mentioned the return of the excellent Battle Mode and all its arena-based kart combat fun. This one is highly recommended, and I only hopes Nintendo releases more content in the future.

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Game Revolution
Apr 19, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the definitive edition of a franchise-defining kart racer, no longer constrained by Wii U's teensy install base and poised to dish out hours of enjoyment from its new hybrid home. Not everyone will be tempted, but if you missed the original Mario Kart 8, it's an absolute must-buy.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

At the end of the day, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a Mario Kart game and (predictably) fantastic. With a fully upgraded Battle Mode and all the portability that comes with Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is undoubtedly the definitive version of the game — maybe even the series. However, with limited offerings for Mario Kart veterans who shelled out nearly $100 on the last experience, the title will be significantly less rewarding.

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Digital Trends
Apr 27, 2017

'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' bring racing chaos, and great multiplayer to the Switch.

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SmashPad
May 8, 2017

...if we’re comparing Mario Kart from the 90’s to Mario Kart now, you honestly can’t have it any better. Switch owners finally have a definitive library piece other than Zelda, and the game definitely will hold its place as a leader in couch co-op for years to come.

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DigitalCentralMedia
79%
79%
May 1, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a great game and a solid port. Recommended to everyone who hasn’t played Mario Kart 8.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 25, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gives players the full package right from the starting line. With an enormous roster of both characters and raceways to select from MK8 Deluxe brings over all of the content from the Wii U edition of the game and then goes and adds more content. While those wanting the single player experience might not find too much to race for, as a multiplayer title this is a great one to challenge your friends to.

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