Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Reviews

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games™ Team
Top Critic
9 / 10
Jan 19, 2018

the definitive edition of the definitive karting game

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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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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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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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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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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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10 / 10.0
May 28, 2017

In the world of digital kart racing, Mario is king

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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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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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May 23, 2017
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Shayan Ziaei
Top Critic
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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9.5 / 10.0
May 20, 2017

Nintendo provides Switch owners the opportunity to play one of the best games on the Wii U with several new enhancements, characters, and modes that makes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe arguably the best entry in the franchise since Mario Kart 64. This updated version of the fun Wii U title only improves the experience and is well worth every Switch owners time and money.

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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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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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9.2 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

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

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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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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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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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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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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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