Review 'Mario Kart 8 De luxe' for the Nintendo Switch

Start the engine and press the accelerator very deep! We're going to race again, because last month a new version of Mario Kart for the Nintendo Switch appeared. With this game you can enjoy your favorite game even more! Of course you can make the race circuit unsafe on your own, but you can also play the game with friends, your parents, your aunt or your grandfather.


In itself I do not like racing games, but Mario Kart is absolutely an exception to that. This is one of the few racing games that I really like. The advantage of this version is that you can play it anywhere and with anyone. You can just play it at home on the couch, but you can also take the game to the playground to challenge your friends for an exciting race.

The game Mario Kart 8 The luxury

As with the previous versions, the race circuits are super fun, challenging and very creative. So you suddenly drive under the water, over walls, through waterfalls or you fly through the air. In Mario Kart 8 The luxury you come across all characters from previous Mario series. You have the opportunity to use special items that can make it difficult for others. But be careful, because if you are in the lead yourself, you are often stuck yourself.

Different skill levels

The game is suitable for all ages, especially because you can choose from multiple skill levels. Are not you so handy? Then you choose a 50cc kart and if you 'The king of the road', of course you choose the fastest kart of 200cc. There are a total of five levels to choose from: 50 cc, 100 cc, 150 cc, mirror and 200 cc. This makes the game fun for all ages. The new optional steering assistance function ensures that novice players can immediately enjoy action, without the worry of driving off the track.

Well-known characters

In Mario Kart 8 The luxury you will encounter all popular characters, such as Luigi, Yoshi, Link and even newcomers from Splatoon! There are no less than 48 different race tracks based on famous Nintendo environments. There is even a circuit inspired by the world of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda. Some circuits will be known to the more experienced players, because there are also custom and extensive classic circuits between games like Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart WII.

Our opinion

Mario Kart 8 De Luxe is a fantastic game for young and old. The circuits are challenging and varied. It's nice that you can choose from different difficulty levels, so that the game is fun for everyone to play.
You can choose to play the game alone, but it is even more fun to take it against your friends or family. It is therefore convenient that you can just take the Switch with you, giving you the opportunity to play the game anywhere.


Besides the local and online multiplayer races you can also entertain yourself with a very extensive combat mode. You can choose from eight special arenas, including popular variants from predecessors such as Mario Kart 7.
New is the 'Boevenjacht' game mode, in which one team chases the other. In the battle mode you can also use two returning objects: the spring and the Boo.


The game gives support to many amiibo. We have not tried this further. There is no need to play the game either, but with an amiibo you can add an extra dimension to the game.

Age advice for the game: From 3 years

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TitleMario Kart 8 De Luxe
PublishingNintendo Switch
price59.99 euros

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