First Impressions of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Double Jump Kris MiiAnother week, another Monday. Rachel and I got our copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch, and we spent a good chunk of Sunday night just playing it.
We really enjoyed it, even though the courses that we played were just the same as Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U.

Everyone seems to be playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe this past weekend, unless you were one of those folks who already has Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U with all the DLC. Considering Rachel and I only have the bare bones of the Wii U version of the game, we didn’t mind splurging for the Switch version. We pre-ordered it on Amazon, it didn’t come on Friday, Amazon apologized for the delay and credited our account about ten bucks, and it got delivered Sunday.

We both played a few of the Grand Prix mode, just on 50cc to get warmed up (and, of course, to collect the trophies and everything) and to test the few different modes of controllers. We first each used one half of the Joy-Con, finding it to be not too bad of a way to drive the karts, before both of us used a pair of the Joy-Con.

Rachel seems to prefer the one half of the Joy-Con method while I didn’t mind the paired Joy-Con. We do plan on getting the wheel attachment to see how well they work as well, but for now, we’re okay with each having the Joy-Con.

We did seem to have a bit of an odd time with the motion control and the manual steering at first, but we eventually got the hang of it. We both had a great time picking out different characters and karts to race with, especially the ones that had been DLC like Link (who looks like he’s having the best time of his life during the races and jumps) and Isabelle (who is just downright adorable).

We’re eager to explore all of the DLC courses — hopefully we’ll be able to play again tonight!

Do you have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? What do you think of it?

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. Enjoyed reading your impressions! I haven’t tried the motion control, but I do like the Smart Steering. I mostly use it for 200cc because that mode is actually very hard without it! Outside 200cc, I find it a little hard to use since because you can’t use shortcuts and can get stuck (as opposed to just out of bounds) during a race. I love the DLC tracks! Although I had them for the Wii U version, I didn’t play with them much, so this is a great way to breathe life into those excellent courses. By the way, I’d love to play with you two online sometime! 🙂

    • We haven’t tried the 200cc mode on the Switch version just yet — we’re sure that’ll be crazy! We turned off the Smart Steering, but we’re sure we’re going to be turning that back on for the 200cc races. And we’ll definitely have to figure out a time to race you! That’ll be fun!

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