Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Tips, Tricks, and Cheats for Victory!

Mario Kart 8
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One of the greatest Wii U titles, Mario Kart 8, has been given a fresh start on the Nintendo Switch, combining all of the previous DLC with new features, such as a fully functional Battle Mode, in a single, cohesive package. This Mario Kart 8 guide, tips, and tricks page will explain everything you need to place better in every race, from online to Time Trial and beyond, whether you’re new to the game, want a refresher on the fundamentals, or are still playing on the Wii U. This is our collection of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe cheats.

Mario Kart Tips And Tricks

There are a few key fundamentals that need to be mastered before delving into the specifics of each course and discovering how to navigate the hidden passageways strewn throughout the collection of tracks. We’ve compiled a list of about twelve ideas that will help you quickly outpace the competition, including everything from Mario Kart 8’s (now three-tier) drifting system to making sure you hit the starting grid quickly.

Master the Drifting System

A speed-boost effect will apply as soon as you remove your finger from the drift button if you can maintain a drift for a predetermined period. You can start the first stage boost when you’ve drifted far enough that you notice little blue sparks shooting out from underneath your car. When you finally release the drift, you’ll experience an even greater speed boost if you can manage to hold onto it long enough to cause orange flames to appear beneath your kart. If you keep going, you’ll earn a longer boost by reaching the third pink layer.

Use All of the Game’s Ghost Data

Once you’ve chosen a track and are having trouble finishing a Time Trial, click More Ghosts and download a top-performing player ghost from the leaderboard. Click the Plus button after selecting Race Against Ghost from the menu and navigating to the file you just downloaded. The character and kart type, together with the wheel and glider options that enabled the player to achieve that incredibly smooth time, are now visible. To witness their shrewd shortcuts in action, select View Ghost, then try to imitate them as best you can.

Pick Up Plenty of Coins

In the early phases of a race, try to collect as many coins as you can. Your engine receives a small tune-up and a modest boost in maximum speed with each coin you pick up. However, you can only make use of the additional engine power that ten coins altogether supply. Anything you pick up after this just gives you a small boost for a short while before being added to your total. A few extra coins will be taken away from you if an opponent brings you to a complete stop at any time. However, you can usually catch one or more of them as you pick up speed, so try to squeeze one back as you back away.

Find Out Where the Shortcuts Are

Mario Kart 8 has a few shortcuts on each course for players who are ready to attempt and figure out novel methods to cut a few seconds off their lap times. Take your time exploring each course in the single-player mode to discover where all the mysteries are hidden. You’ll need to compensate for some of the unpaved regions they pass through with a speed boost. Our shortcuts page can help you if you are having trouble with any of them or if you just need some ideas. In the Time Trial mode, it’s easy when you have an excess of mushrooms at your disposal, but in competitive races, you never know when you’ll find one.

Use the Boost Start Trick to Get Off the Grid Quickly

Similar to earlier Mario Kart games, there’s a method to launch off the starting grid quickly, but timing is crucial. Hold down the accelerator for a brief moment after the number 2 appears when the countdown starts. You’ll take off like a rocket if you hold it down for the duration of the countdown.

However, there’s a risk involved with this initial increase. Your racer will spin his or her wheels for a brief period before pulling away if your timing is a bit too early or too late. Even with this risk, you should be able to master this crucial technique every time with a little practice.

Gain Speed Using Stunt Boosts

You can do a cool trick and get another speed boost right away if you shake your controller or press the R button as soon as you step off a ramp. Just watch out that you don’t jump too soon or else your takeoff will be disastrous. The boost itself will be lost if the button is pressed after the deadline. Additionally, don’t limit your stunts to the game‘s most obvious ledges and ramps. Play with tree roots, fallen pillars, and everything else that comes into play during a race; there are plenty of ambient elements that will present the chance to start a stunt.

Use the Gravity-Defying Blue Zones

You can also gain some extra speed by colliding with other players when your blue anti-gravity wheels are activated. The slightest touches can help you both a little bit, but avoid hitting the other player on one side when you’re passing them because that will just push them forward. Look out for anything that has a neon blue tint, in addition to colliding with other players in the anti-gravity areas. You’ll also go into a frenzy and accelerate a little bit more if you tap these.

The Switch Version Has A New Battle Mode

After the controversial Battle mode in the original game, the Deluxe edition of Mario Kart 8 takes players back to the franchise’s roots with exclusive limited settings and modes. They are as follows:


  • Balloon Battle (burst opponents’ balloons)
  • Bob-omb Blast (burst opponents’ ballons only using Bob-bombs)
  • Renegade Roundup (one team attempts to capture the other using Piranha Plants)
  • Coin Runners (collect as many coins as possible)
  • Shine Thief (attempt to hold the Shine Sprite for 20 seconds to win)

Eight courses:

  • Battle Stadium
  • Dragon Palace
  • Luigi’s Mansion (GCN)
  • Lunar Colony
  • Sweet Sweet Kingdom
  • Urchin Underpass
  • Wuhu Town (3DS)
  • Battle Course 1 (SNES)

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