Beware The Worst Kart In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Beware The Worst Kart In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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The Standard ATV with Cyber Slick wheels used to be my favourite kart combination in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. In my quest to find the game’s best kart, I learned that my build is not ideal. Thanks to further data analysis via the gaming blog SNSG, I now know that it’s one of the worst builds in the game.

It isn’t the absolute worst. According to SNSG, the weakest combination is Baby Rosalina driving the Badwagon with Slick wheels and the Peach Parasol glider.

Here are the stats on one of the game’s strongest karts (left) compared to the supposed worst kart (right), using the fan-made MK8DXBuilder tool.

SNSG)" loading="lazy" > Left: A good kart. Right: A bad kart. (Screenshot: SNSG)

If you load up the game and play these two builds one after another, the difference in speed and acceleration will be obvious. It will also be obvious which kart looks more adorable. Sigh.

Even if you don’t pick the absolute worst kart, the slowest karts are apparently the ones with Baby Rosalina or Lemmy in the driver seat of the Badwagon, the GLA or the Standard ATV, with either Slick or Cyber Slick wheels.

If you can’t resist them, go ahead and select them. Just know that your cuteness will slow you way down.


  • Well shit. I’ve never really considered the the intricasies of this until now. Which seems odd.

    Off to discover if my goto configurations actually suck.

  • Replacing the Wild Wiggler with the Landship and the Cloud Glider with the Plane Glider produces an almost strictly better result for the “best build”.

    It’s strange that they didn’t really allow for really significant speed contributions by the kart customisation parts. If you want speed, you have to choose a speedy character (i.e. heavy). Acceleration, on the other hand, can be produced in similar quantities by characters and parts. The result is that with a speedy character you can get as good acceleration as you could get with an acceleration (i.e. light) character with a speed kart build, while getting way higher speed (not to mention, weight). Light characters are only great for the absolute beginners due to their immense handling value.

    Of course, that’s only relevant for the super competitive. Everybody else can just have fun with the favourite characters and karts, whatever they are.

  • Oh shit. So Cyber Slick wheels can steer you off track.
    Well there is nothing wrong with the Mercedes Benz GLA in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe though.
    But you should know Kotaku that the standard quad bike cannot withstand slick tires.
    You’re doing great Nintendo giving the Nintendo Labo Vehicle-Con mode an update be sure to keep us updated when you will be adding some racing characters because Mario Kart 8 Deluxe free software update support is not over yet.

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