How To Win In Mario Kart 8

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Michael Fassbender

How To Win In Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an enhanced version of the Wii U game, has arrived on Switch. The Wii U version was great, but as so few people owned Nintendo’s last console, there will be plenty of people who are experiencing the plumber’s ace racer for the first time. If you fit into that category, these tips will help you get off to a good start. Even if you owned the original, there are a few new features to learn such as the purple boost and the ability to carry two items. We cover it all in this handy guide that’ll help you beat your rivals to the finish line. We’ve even got some tips for the new Battle Mode.

Learn the boost start

The boost start is the first thing that you need to learn every time you play a new Mario Kart game because the timing’s different every time. In this one it’s a little trickier because there are different levels of boost, and if you don’t time it perfectly you’ll get a much weaker one. The trick is to hold down the accelerator the second the ‘2’ stops moving down. An easier way to time it is by looking at Lakitu’s hands – when he makes the ‘2’ gesture, that’s when to hold it down. Do it right on the ‘2’ and you’ll get the fastest boost.

Give auto steering a go, but don’t rely on it

If you’re completely new to Mario Kart, you might want to try out auto steering (which is turned on by default). This puts a little antenna on the back of your kart, and any time it looks like you’re going to hit a barrier or drive over an edge, the antenna will light up and guide you back on track. It’s a really useful way of getting used to the game without getting too frustrated, but once you get the hang of it you should probably go into the options and turn it off – it also applies the brakes a little when it kicks in, so if you don’t use it you’ll take corners faster.

Use the new purple boost

In the Switch version, there are new purple sparks which appear if you hold it even longer and give you a hefty boost. It’s not often that you’ll find a corner long enough to make it to purple sparks but if you can, go for it. It’ll only go as far as orange if you’re using auto steering.

Manage your items carefully

This time you can carry two items (though you can’t switch between them). This lets you see whether you should risk using the one you have active. Always pay attention to your second item before deciding whether to use your active one.

Pick a kart that suits your style

Mess around with these combinations to find the kart that best suits your playing style. For example, if you’re an aggressive driver who bumps into opponents a lot, use a heavier character and bigger wheels so that you can increase the kart’s weight. If you’re just starting and you’re in the habit of crashing a lot, focus on increasing your acceleration so you can get back up to full speed quickly. If you think you’re a pro, increase your top speed instead.

Practise Battle Mode offline

The new Battle Mode is a fantastic addition to the Deluxe version, offering five different modes set over eight brand new battle arenas. Instead, play single-player battle modes offline first. You can set the CPU difficulty to Easy to get used to the rules of each mode, then raise it to Normal, then Hard as you adapt.

Learn the 180 turn

If you hold the brake (the B button on the default controls) and quickly turn to the left or right, you’ll perform a really sharp 180-degree turn which swings your kart around a lot sharper than a normal turn or a drift does. This is fairly useless in races but it’s a great trick to learn in Battle Mode.

Collect loads of coins

When you first play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, all the tracks, characters and speed classes will already be unlocked from the start (except for Gold Mario, who you get for winning all GPs at 200cc). The only major things that are locked are the vehicle parts, which you unlock by collecting coins. You’ll need to collect thousands of coins to unlock everything, so even when you’re winning a race and you already have the maximum 10 coins, do go out of your way to keep collecting them, at least until every part has been unlocked.

FAQs

What are the new features in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes new features such as the ability to carry two items at once, new purple sparks for a speed boost, and the addition of the Battle Mode with five different modes set over eight brand new battle arenas.

How can I improve my performance in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

To improve your performance in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you can learn the boost start, manage your items carefully, pick a kart that suits your style, and practice Battle Mode offline to get used to the rules of each mode.

What is the significance of collecting coins in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

Collecting coins in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is significant as it helps in unlocking vehicle parts. You’ll need to collect thousands of coins to unlock everything, so it’s essential to keep collecting them, at least until every part has been unlocked.

How can I make the most of the drifting system in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

To make the most of the drifting system in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you should aim to trigger the speed-boost effect by sustaining a drift for a certain amount of time. There are three different types of boost available on Switch, and mastering these boosts can significantly improve your performance.

What are some tips for maintaining first place in a race in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

To maintain first place in a race in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you can use the slipstream system to get ahead, use all of the game’s ghost data to learn from high-performing players, and pick up plenty of coins to give your engine a little bit of a tune-up and a little extra maximum speed.

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