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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Target has some interesting items up for sale relating to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The retailer is offering cups, keychains, and the puzzle cube we previously mentioned.

Perhaps the strangest one of all are the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe air fresheners. These are “Vanilla Scented Mario” and “Vanilla Scented Item Box”. What might those smell like?

You can look at all of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe merchandise on Target here.

With more players getting their hands on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe now that the racer has officially released, people are beginning to notice more changes made from the original Wii U version. We aren’t talking about anything substantial, but there are some interesting things here and there.

One of these changes concerns Mii. Most players are in agreement that they just aren’t as expressive as they were originally on Wii U. As players on Reddit and USGamer point out, Miis don’t really emote anymore.

Below are a few comparisons:

Again, we’re not talking about something truly substantial here. This is something that some players may not even notice. It’s an interesting change though, and one that could either be intentional or not.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is impacted by a bit of an odd bug. If you have more than 100 friends on Switch, you won’t be able to create a private room with friends online. A message will pop up stating that you don’t have any friends, and you should add some by going to the Home Menu.

We’re hearing that deleting some people from the list solves the problem. The bug might be popping up due to Nintendo not optimizing the code from Mario Kart 8 for Wii U. On that system, there was a limit of 100 friends.

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This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta have some fun with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in a LAN party. Watch the full episode below.

Target is promoting Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe once again with a new commercial. Have a look at the brief advert below.

My Nintendo members located close to Nintendo NY have a chance to nab unique merchandise. If you check in with your My Nintendo QR Code when you visit the store, you’ll be provided with a unique Mario Kart 8 Deluxe poster. The offer is valid through April 30.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has arrived, featuring Inklings from the Splatoon series as playable racers. To celebrate the official launch, a special piece of art was shared on the Japanese Twitter account. Have a look at it above.

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Update: Added in the North American version.


Original: With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shipping today, Nintendo made one last trailer for the game to highlight the accolades it has received. You can view it below.

Aside from the new Battle Mode, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is similar to the original game on Wii U in many ways. However, Nintendo did implement some subtler changes that you may not have been aware about – including new Time Trials, additional tournament icons, and more. GameXplain takes a look at these and more changes below.

Update: GameXplain has replaced its original video with a new one that includes physical and digital on both platforms. We’ve added that in below.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is known to feature faster load times over its Wii U predecessor. We previously shared a video showing that the Switch release is in fact faster than the older version. However, GameXplain has now taken it a step further by showing both the physical and digital versions of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Like most Switch games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will load the fastest digitally. The physical version is no slouch though, only falling a couple of seconds behind. Both options also beat out Mario Kart 8 on Wii U – especially when it comes to the initial boot.

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