After eight years, Mario Kart 8 is finally getting the feature fans have always wanted

An artwork from the game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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Of: Daniel Neubert

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe got a surprise update in addition to the new tracks. The update provides completely new game options online and offline.

Tokyo, Japan – That was unexpected: Nintendo Switch has given Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a long overdue update. Since the beginning of the year, Nintendo has started adding new racetracks to Mario Kart 8. A total of 48 new courses will come into play by the end of 2023. The third wave of the booster route pass went online today, December 7th, 2022. But Nintendo had another surprise in store for fans that really packs a punch and brings a feature that fans have been asking for for years.

name of the game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
release April 29, 2017
Publishers Nintendo
developer Nintendo EAD
platform Nintendo switch
genre arcade racing game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gets individual item settings

What does the new update bring? With the new free update, you can decide for yourself in the versus races against other games which items should appear in the race and which should not. This function is also available in online mode from today. That means in plain language: From now on you can play the races according to your own rules.

For example, you can ensure that all players only get red or blue tanks, always. So the chaos that you can now wreak on the racetracks with the new update will be more than spectacular. You can now also turn off your hate items to make the races more to your liking.

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Team Races and Team Battles: In addition, you can now assign different items to specific groups. For example, one group only gets green tanks, while the other group only gets red ones. Here, too, there are no longer any limits to your imagination and the anarchy on the racing slopes. With the freely selectable items, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe finally gets a feature that fans have always wanted.

After eight years, Mario Kart 8 finally gets the feature that fans have always wanted © Nintendo / (Montage)

Why is the update only coming now? This question can probably only be answered by Nintendo itself. It is also very atypical how the manufacturer announces the new functions. There weren’t more than two tweets on the subject, although the update adds an important function and brings major changes. We have included the tweet from Nintendo for you here.

But in addition to the surprise update, there are some new tracks with the new DLC update from 2:00 p.m. today. In our related article, we give you an overview of all the routes from wave 3 of the booster route pass in Mario Kart 8.