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Nintendo has started distribution of another update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Players with access to the game can download version 1.2.1.

Today’s update specifically addresses one particular problem. The single patch note from Nintendo states, “Corrected an issue that prolonged the time to return to the lobby after races near the start and end times of online tournaments.”

And that’s it. Nothing too huge, but it’s always good to see issues being addressed.

Thanks to Cameron for the tip.

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Update: Patch notes added below. Pikmin racing suit added for Pikmin-themed amiibo, several changes and improvements.


OriginalNintendo just started to distribute a new update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. If you have the game, version 1.2.0 is now available.

Nintendo has not yet published the patch notes for today’s update. We’ll add them in here when we have them.

NPD will be announcing the official results for U.S. sales for the month of May in about a week. However, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime offered up an early key stat.

During his appearance on YouTube Live at E3, Reggie revealed that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the best-selling single SKU. We should have more information about the game’s sales and Nintendo’s overall performance on June 19.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was updated to version 1.1 tonight. In the official patch notes, Nintendo said that it adjusted the animation for Inkling Girl. So what was that about?

Above is a gesture that Inkling Girl originally. But with version 1.1, the updated animation is below. This was likely changed as some may consider it to be offensive. The change may seem subtle to some, though you can now see that Inkling Girl no longer puts her hand on her other arm.

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Today, Nintendo issued a new update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Players can now download version 1.1.

Surprisingly, there are actual patch notes to go along with today’s update. Nintendo highlights the following:

Nintendo has shared some preliminary information about the latest NPD report. During the month of April, Switch hardware and one game in particular stood out.

Switch was the best-selling piece of gaming hardware in the U.S. last month at over 280,000 units. It’s the second month in a row that Switch has come out on top in gaming hardware sales. In Nintendo’s announcement today, the company said that “April sales of Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems (more than 68,000 units sold) combined to make up almost half of all hardware sales across all dedicated video game systems.”

Three new My Nintendo rewards are now up for grabs in North America. All of them tie in to the recently-released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

For 50 Platinum Points each, you can nab a wallpaper or June calendar in eight different resolutions for PC, smart phone, or tablet. There’s also a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Starter Guide from Prima for 10 Gold Points. The first two can be redeemed until June 2 while the guide will remain on the site until the start of October.

These rewards are located on My Nintendo under the smart device / PC category here.

Now that the Japanese holidays are over (specifically Golden Week), sales trackers aside from Famitsu have delivered sales numbers for the week of April 24. Both share more information about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s big launch.

According to Media Create, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 285,000 copies up through April 30. That is down slightly from the original game on Wii U (released May 2014 at 326,000 copies first week). However, considering Wii U sold a total of 1,765,000 units as of the game’s release, when compared to Switch’s 777,000 units, there’s a difference of one million in the spread. Considering Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a port of the Wii U version with added features, Media Create feels that the initial results are favorable.

Nintendo will be starting a maintenance process for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch that will affect all online play, so all network services related to this game will be unavailable during these hours tonight:

  • 7 PM PT – 8 PM PT
  • 10 PM ET – 11 PM ET
  • 3 AM in the UK – 4 AM in the UK
  • 4 AM in Europe – 5 AM in Europe

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Not everyone has been having a smooth experience playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online. About a week after launch, players are reporting a smattering of issues – in particular with disconnects and lag.

On Wii U, Mario Kart 8 required that users see an item hit them on screen in order for it to register. Nintendo changed things up with Deluxe though, causing players to be hit by items that they didn’t anticipate. Once again, being disconnected during the middle of a race is something that has been encountered as well as problems with hit detection. Kotaku speculates that these situations could be arising potentially due to a large influx of new players with poor connections, which can be hurdle with the peer-to-peer connection Mario Kart 8 Deluxe uses.

We should stress that online issues with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe aren’t universal. Some players haven’t come across anything at all. What’s your experience been like so far?

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