This week, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe got online voice chat as part of Nintendo Switch Online. Before now, I didn’t think I would want to hear from any of my competitors in Mario Kart. Turns out, it rules.
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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.
Every single time you do a drift in Mario Kart, you charge up a speed boost that unleashes when you exit the drift. But there's a lot more happening under the hood when it comes to this speed boost: How fast it charges, how long it lasts, and whether or not it's actually going to shave any seconds off your final time. That all depends on what kart you choose and which track you're on.
Now that Nintendo has removed the fire hopping advantage from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there's a different high-level technique players need to master: soft drifting. The only problem? Soft drifting is much harder to pull off in Deluxe than it was in Mario Kart 8.
The Mario Kart World Cup kicks off today, featuring teams from 10 nations competing in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, as well as Mario Kart Wii, a 2008 classic that remains a touchstone for the Mario Kart competitive scene. Both games feature 12-player races, so each nation will put forward its six best players to compete for the highest score.
Yesterday's Mario Kart 8 Deluxe update fixes a lot of bugs for online matches, as well as making the game a bit more fair for players that are losing.
In my search for the best kart in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I paid almost no attention to the bikes. Neither did any of the build recommendation websites that I cited. That's because a lot of the bikes in Mario Kart 8 didn't used to be viable in competitive play. Turns out, I shouldn't have been so quick to write them off. As of MK8 Deluxe, bikes -- specifically, inside drifting bikes -- have become contenders once more.
There's no question that the Mario Kart's AI is a big cheater. Anyone who plays the game has probably noticed how the computer-controlled racers tend to catch up to you no matter what and always have an item in hand during the race's final moments. But what advantages, exactly, do the robot racers get in comparison to their human opponents? The question has become relevant once more with the new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch, in which the artificial intelligence appears to have snapped the rules of fair play in two. Or it could all be a matter of psychology, as some experts have argued.