Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review Roundup

What do critics think of the Nintendo Switch's next big game?


After a successful launch, the Nintendo Switch is about to get its next big exclusive in the form of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a port of the 2014 Wii U game. This Switch version of the arcade racer includes all the original game's DLC, as well as some new characters and a completely revamped Battle Mode.

Ahead of its launch today, reviews have made their way online. In our review, critic Kallie Plagge awarded the game a 9/10, stating that the changes made "refine an already great racing game." Read more in our full Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review, or check out some more of our recent coverage below.

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For a wider view on critics' opinions, check out our roundup below. Alternatively, you can take a look at GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Release: Available now
  • Price: US $60 / £50 / AU $80

GameSpot -- 9/10

"Even if you didn't really care about Battle Mode, the smallest changes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe refine an already great racing game. But the huge overhaul to the original's afterthought of a Battle Mode is a chaotic, varied opportunity to play very differently than in Grand Prix mode and well worth reinvesting yourself in Mario Kart 8 on Switch." -- Kallie Plagge [Full review]

IGN -- 9.3/10

"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an amazing game for all the same reasons I mentioned in our original review. It's still a gorgeous kart racer and every bit as addictive as it was in 2014. This is the best entry in the series so far, and it has all the content you'll need. Returning players have seen a lot of this game before, but the overhauled Battle Mode and its five additional ways to play are a great reason to pick it up. Nintendo didn't do enough to make the online experience better, but the rest of this game holds up well." -- Jose Otero [Full review]

Destructoid -- 9.5/10

"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is straight-up a better version of the game without compromise. It looks crisper, there's more to do, it's portable, and it might even outsell the Wii U version to ensure a healthier long-term community. With Battle Mode firmly in place, it's one of the best kart racers ever made." -- Chris Carter [Full review]

Game Informer -- 9.25/10

"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is primarily a re-release of an acclaimed game from three years ago, but by adding new content and addressing the biggest complaint of the original, this version is unquestionably the best way to experience Nintendo's great racer. Battle Mode is back to its original glory, and when combined with the rest of the robust Mario Kart 8 package, it creates a great addition to the fledgling Switch library." -- Brian Shea [Full review]

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