From mastering drifts to holding onto lớn first place, we"ve sầu got some essential tips & tricks for winning more of your Mario Kart 8races.

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Mario Kart 8 is one of the Wii U"s best games, và it"s been given a new lease of life on the Nintenbởi vì Switch, compiling all previous DLC & adding new features - including a fully-fledged Battle Mode - in one definite package.

Whether you"re digging into lớn the game for the first time, want an refresher on the essentials or are still playing on Wii U, this Mario Kart 8 guide, tips and tricks page will explain anything you need to lớn place better in any race, from online to Time Trial và beyond.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe pháo - everything we know on what"s new

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a Switch exclusive sầu game that comes three years after the Wii U"s 2014 outing, & offers the following features and additions:

Characters and courses:

The previous 32 courses & 30 characters from the original Mario Kart 8DLC updates, including 16 extra tracks (a mixture of old & original courses, some inspired by Animal Crossing, Legkết thúc of Zeldomain authority and other Nintenbởi vì franchises), six DLC racers (Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager (boy & girl), Isabelle and Dry Bowser), & new themed vehiclesFive sầu Deluxe-only characters - Inkling Boy và Inkling Girl from Splatoon (each with three palette swaps), King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.Palette swaps for Yoshi và Shy Guy for those who bought both DLC packs on Wii UThree Deluxe-only vehicles; the Koopage authority Clown and two inspired by SplatoonNew amiibo costumes for the Mii racer based on Splatoon figures
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Features and mechanics:

New Battle Mode returns with five modes và eight arenasAbility lớn carry two items at onceTwo new items - the item-stealing Boo (during races) & jumping Feather (in Battle Mode)A third, pink-coloured "tier" when corner drifting for an extra màn chơi of boost200cc race class (including in Time Trial) from Wii U"s DLC updateSmart Steering feature for novice playersImproved visuals - 1080p60 on TV, 720p60 on handheld - up from 720p only on Wii UUp lớn 8 friends local multiplayer, 12 players online, with the added ability to change carts và characters in online lobbies
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Maintain first place in a race

To keep things either balanced - or outrageously unfair, depending on your current perspective sầu - you"ll receive sầu weaker power-ups the further ahead in the race you are. That doesn"t mean the tools you receive for being first are useless though - far from it.

Don"t be tempted khổng lồ throw that green shell away too quickly if you"re leading the paông xã. If you spot a red homing shell coming your way, keep the L trigger held down. This will place your green shell to lớn the rear of your kart, and it"ll take the full brunt of the homing missile headed your way.

Switch"s new double cửa nhà set-up allows you lớn have sầu two sets of defences on you too, giving you an extra wave of protection.

Use the slipstream system khổng lồ get ahead

Align yourself just-so with a kart up ahead of you, và after a few seconds you"ll start benefiting from a speed-boosting slipstream. As long as you can see little wisps billowing around your kart, you"ll remain under the influence of this handy boost.

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Use all of the game"s ghost data

If you"re struggling to make a dent in one of your Time Trials, select More Ghosts after you"ve selected a trachồng, then tải về a high-performing player ghost from the leaderboard. Now select Race Against Ghost from the thực đơn, navigate to lớn the one you just downloaded, then hit the + button.

You can now view the character and kart type, as well as the wheels & glider options that helped the player get that super-slick time. Select View Ghost lớn see their clever shortcuts in action, then vì chưng your best to lớn emulate them.

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Use the boost start trick to lớn get off the grid quickly

As with previous Mario Kart games, there"s a way khổng lồ get off the starting grid with a super-fast start, but timing is everything. When the countdown begins, hold down the accelerator a fraction of a second after the number 2 has appeared. Keep it held down throughout the remainder of the countdown và you"ll shoot off like a rocket.

There"s a risk associated with this starting boost though. If your timing"s either a little too early or a little too late, your racer will spin his or her wheels instead for a short amount of time before pulling away. Despite this risk, with even a little practice you should find yourself able to pull off this essential technique every single time.

Gain tốc độ using stunt boosts

If you shake your controller or tap the R trigger the very instant you leave sầu a ramp, you"ll perform a snazzy stunt & receive another very welcome speed-boost immediately afterwards. Just be careful that you don"t hop too early, otherwise you"ll just flub your take-off. The only penalty for hitting the button late is to miss out on the boost itself.

Don"t restrict your stunt performances to lớn the most obvious ramps và ledges in the game either. Plenty of environmental objects will provide the opportunity to initiate a stunt, so play around with tree roots, fallen pillars và anything else that comes inlớn play during the course of a race.

Use the gravity-defying xanh zones

Another way of picking up a little tốc độ is to smash inkhổng lồ other players while you both have sầu your xanh anti-gravity wheels out in use. The gentlest of touches will give both of you a little boost, but try not lớn hit the other player on one side as you"re overtaking or you"ll simply shunt them forwards.

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As well as hitting other players in the anti-gravity sections, keep an eye out for any neon-blue-tinged objects. Tapping these will likewise put you into a spin và sover you racing ahead just a little faster.

The Switch version has a new Battle mode

After the divisive sầu take on Battle mode in vanilla Mario Kart 8, the Deluxe pháo edition takes things bachồng to lớn the franchise"s roots with dedicated enclosed arenas và modes. These are:

Modes:

Balloon Battle (burst opponents" balloons)Bob-omb Blast (burst opponents" ballons only using Bob-ombs)Renegade Roundup (one team attempts to capture the other using Piranha Plants)Coin Runners (collect as many coins as possible)Shine Thief (attempt to lớn hold the Shine Sprite for 20 seconds khổng lồ win)

Eight courses:

Battle StadiumDragon PalaceLuigi"s Mansion (GCN)Lunar ColonySweet Sweet KingdomUrchin UnderpassWuhu Town (3DS)Battle Course 1 (SNES)

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