Mario Kart 8

2014 racing video game
(Redirected from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)

Mario Kart 8 (stylized as MARIOKART8) is a racing video game released on May 30, 2014 for the Wii U game console. It is part of the Mario Kart series.[3]

Mario Kart 8
Developer(s)Nintendo EAD Group No. 1
Producer(s)Hideki Konno[1]
SeriesMario Kart
Platform(s)Wii U
ReleaseWii U:
  • JP: May 29, 2014
  • NA: May 30, 2014
  • EU: May 30, 2014
  • BRA: May 30, 2014
  • AU: May 31, 2014
Nintendo Switch:
  • WW: April 28, 2017
  • KOR: December 15, 2017
  • ROC: December 15, 2017
  • CHN: March 16, 2020
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

The game is like the other Mario Kart games, where characters from the Mario series race each other in go-karts. Players are able to use items from item boxes to keep their opponents from winning. Along with go-karts, the game also has motorcycles. There are 12 players in a race. Like in Mario Kart 7, karts have hang-gliding attachments, and players are able to drive underwater. For the first time in the series, players are able to drive on walls and ceilings.[4] There is one new types of vehicles: and four-wheel buggies.[5] There is local and online multiplayer for up to 12 players. Players include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, etc. The first DLC track pack was revealed in October 2014.[6]

A port remake titled Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released on the Nintendo Switch in 2017, having pre-installed and changed some in-game mechanics such as the battle mode. All characters are unlocked from the start except Gold Mario. The port received widespread critical acclaim due to big improvements over the original game.

Mario Kart 8 sold 8.45 million copies and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 33.41 million copies.[7]


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  6. Phillips, Tom (October 22, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 DLC trailer reveals a familiar retro track". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  7. Life, Nintendo (2021-02-01). "Mario Kart 8 Overtakes Mario Kart Wii As Best-Selling Series Entry". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on 2021-06-13. Retrieved 2021-07-15.