Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

1st reviewer: Based on the Wii U version of Mario Kart 8, this includes various additional content, making it have the biggest volume in the Mario Kart series up to this point. Other than adding two new types of items, you can now carry up to two items, thus further broadening the breadths of strategy and tactics. Thanks to the inclusion of the Handle Assist feature which prevents going off-course, we can enjoy races with even people who are poor with action games, which I’m also glad of. 9

2nd reviewer: On top of adding new characters, it also includes DLCs made until now, so the content has plenty of volume. Other than renewing courses in Battle Mode, turning on Handle Assist lets you drive without going off course; it’s being worked on to let an even broader range of players to play together, which leaves a good impression. The additions of 200cc class and Ultra Mini Turbo mean including features that make even experts who have replayed 8 feel fresh, which is also good. 9

3rd reviewer: The base parts are unchanged from 8, but the inclusion of Handle Assist that prevents falling, among others, makes it easier to play the more detailed parts. Being able to carry two items also broadens the tactical breadth. The additional 200cc class drastically adds the sense of speed which is impactful enough. Battle Mode is fun with chaotic battles. You cannot win by just being fast, so the fun factor is unleashed by finding a combination of machine and parts that fit the rules. 9

4th reviewer: The game elements are almost unchanged from 8; this is more created like a complete edition with new additions of characters, items, battle modes and more. I’m glad that DLCs from 8 are included inside, but I still felt the pricing is a bit high. It’s a bit unfortunate that there are no new courses for racing, but I’m looking forward to content additions in the future. The biggest advantage here is Nintendo Switch’s peculiarity which makes it more convenient to play it anywhere compared to the Wii U version; that is a good appeal. 8

Total score: 35/40

Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website ( at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.