Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a go-kart racing game where you race against Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power-ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic but still requires skills to do well.



Mild Violence


Nintendo Switch


Parent-Child Co-Play
Popular Choice
Simple Fun
Social Play
5-10 min Rounds


Competitive Local
Competitive Online
Multiplayer With Portable Devices In The Same Room
Asynchronous Play

Mario Kart tries to balance things between the different abilities of players. At the back, you go a little faster and get better power-ups. This results in good races for a range of players. Even so, experienced players can stay ahead by slipstreaming other karts, skidding around corners to get a boost and learning shortcuts.

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Insights to ensure your child's gaming experience remains safe and enjoyable

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Competitive nature

Racing encourages competition. This can frustrate some younger players when they play against older siblings or adults. Encourage regular breaks and provide tools to help manage their emotional responses.

Talk about real-life driving

Some racing games encourage dangerous driving or unrealistic speed. Talk about the difference between reality and fiction to help them understand what is expected offline.

Multiplayer Features

Some racing games offer multiplayer modes. Manage your child's interactions with other players by using parental controls and talking to them about positive behaviour to ensure a safe and respectful gaming environment.

Skill level age

Suggested by Family Gaming Database


One family , "My niece (5 years old) loved playing Mario Kart 8 with her dad using the acceleration and steering assists." This keeps you on track and makes the other karts easier to steer.

Content rating

Mild Violence

Rated PEGI 3 for Mild Violence. There is some violence in the game, but this is all very mild. Characters can be hit with turtle shells, which makes their karts spin out of control.


There are 27 accessibility features for
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Balance Audio Levels
Play Without Hearing
Visual Cues for Audio Events

No Online Chat (Or Preset Phrases Only)

1 Button
1 Button & Single Stick
Holding Down Buttons Optional
Informative Vibration
Motion Tilting
Multiple Buttons & Single Stick
Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional
Select Preset Controller Mappings
Vibration Optional

Adjustable Between Levels
Customise Difficulty

Adjust Speed
Assistance With Controls
Assisted Progress With Boosts
Assisted Progress With Hints
Practice Area
View Control Mapping

Large Clear Navigation
Menu Audio Cues

Simple Minimal Reading
Some Dialogue is Voice Acted

Audio Cues for Visual Events
Medium Contrast

Data by Family Gaming Database

Game details


Nintendo Switch

Release date

April 28, 2017, updated in 2022

No. of players

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 12-player online game.


Action | Race | Traversal

In-game purchases


More information: Family Gaming Database


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