Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a controller restriction with wireless split-screen play
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe lets you mess around with many different control schemes. In most cases, you can play with a Switch Pro Controller or a single Joy-Con. You can also use a pair of Joy-Con controllers that are either attached, detached or in a grip.
When it comes to the Wireless Play mode, things become a bit more limited. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s split-screen grays out the option for each player to use a full pair of Joy-Con controllers. Because of this, it’s only possible to use a single Joy-Con per player or two Pro Controllers.
To make it clearer: if you have two Switch units and four players, each player needs Pro Controllers or must use a single Joy-Con.
It’s not immediately clear why the restriction is in place. It could come down to the limitations of Bluetooth technology, though that’s somewhat of a guess.
Polygon reached out to Nintendo for a comment. The company has not yet replied, but we’ll let you know if that changes.