Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Essential Tips To Winning Races

Whether player are using the Joy-Cons or have a steering wheel attached, the game’s control can take some time to get used to especially if players are looking to be the best racer out there and secure every win. The following Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Essential Tips should help players achieve their goals and win races with ease, irrespective of the controller they are using.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will undoubtedly be the go to racing game for Nintendo Switch for quite a while. Given the hybrid nature of the console, the racing game can be played in both docked and handheld mode with both methods giving players full control of the game’s driving features.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Essential Tips

As mentioned above, players have the freedom of using both Joy-Cons, the racing wheel or even the Pro Controller, players will have full access to the game’s driving functionality. Different methods of controlling might require some extra work but it is all doable with a bit of extra practice.

While the standard driving technique of always accelerating and steering when necessary works in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it isn’t always the best or the only method to secure a win and there are some advanced techniques which can make racing a lot more easier and fun.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Essential Tips

Rocket Start
This move requires a bit of finesse and timing as a perfect Rocket Start can give players a pretty decent headstart which is essential in gaining ground especially in the first lap. A rocket start is also quite useful when players need to brag about their best time on the leaderboards.

To ensure a perfect start, players need to pay attention to the countdown timer and start accelerating as soon as the timer reaches “2” and players hear the sound. Timing is everything here so players will need a bit of practice to nail this down but if done right, they will start off the race with a massive speed boost.

One might wonder, why apply brakes in a racer and slow down when the goal is to reach the finish line as fast as possible? In reality, braking in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an extremely valuable move that can prevent players from losing control and hitting a wall or an obstacle which would in turn end up completely stopping them instead of just slowing them down. Drift braking is also really useful during 200cc races as players lightly apply brakes by just tapping the brake key on their controller to slow the lateral movement of the drift while keeping the car on track.

Similar to Drift braking, drifting can be really useful when turning the car without losing too much or any speed at all. To start off a drift, players need to point their car towards the turn and then hold R causing the car to turn and lose traction resulting in it sliding on the road.

The sharper the drift, the more sparks the players will generate with purple sparks allowing players to use Ultra Mini Turbo to come out of a drift and gain a speed boost. The moment the players release R button, their vehicle will surge forward in the direction the car is pointing at with the speed boost that depends on their sparks. Blue sparks result in a Mini Boost, Orange in Super Mini Turbo and as mentioned above, Purple in an Ultra Mini Turbo boost. However, players can only gain purple sparks if they are driving with Steering Assistance turned off from the options.

Jump Boost
While jumping in itself isn’t really as useful and can be risky when trying to jump over small gaps, pressing the jump button has players hit a ramp can provide a great boost to give them just the right amount of edge over other players. Jumping just as players hit a ramp results in them performing a Jump Boost which gives a short burst of speed. While in the air, players can also perform various tricks by pressing different keys on their control pad.

Drafting allows players to gain a slight amount of speed by staying behind another player and riding their slipstream, basically reducing the air resistance players will have to encounter if they were in front. However, it can be difficult to pull off as most racers just zig zag around and make it difficult for others to draft behind them. Because of this, players shouldn’t actively try to Draft but should take up the opportunity if it presents itself just to get that slight speed boost.

This can be considered a bit of a dirty play but players with heavy cars can ram lighter ones off the track and thus take over their spot in the race. Even lightweight cars can push off the heavy ones if they have a decent speed boost going on but it is not always recommended as the opponent can juke and result in the player trying to ram to instead hit a wall or something.

Spin Boost
During anti-gravity sections of a race track, players can ram other racers to gain a Spin Boost. While this does provide a decent speed boost, controlling the car in this situation also becomes a bit difficult so it is only recommended for expert racers.

A variation of the Spin Boost, Spin Turn can be quite useful in Battle Mode. If players come to a complete stop and then hold brake and accelerate, they will be able to quickly turn around while staying in place. This is really useful to change direction and ambush other players in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.