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How to Update Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Instructions on installing the update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

On 23 January 2019 a new software update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Additional Information:

  • This update must be applied in order to use the game’s online features.
  • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
  • If the console is connected to the internet, the update will download and install automatically.
  • Updating to the latest version will disable wireless matchmaking for local multiplayer with players using an earlier version.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Update Details:

Click the version number below for information about the update. Each update also includes all previous updates.


Version 1.7.1

  • Fixed an issue that caused the game to become unresponsive to any input except for the HOME Button.

Version 1.7.0

  • Now compatible with the Toy-Con Car from Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit.
    • You can select which Toy-Con to use from Toy-Con settings in the main menu.
  • Now compatible with the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.
    • If the application is running on your device when you enter an online match, you will automatically receive a prompt on your smartphone asking if you would like to join a voice chat with your opponent.
    • The global, regional, Friends and Rivals, and tournament options allow you to use this function.

Version 1.6.0

  • New character added: Link (Champion's Tunic)
  • New vehicle added: Master Cycle Zero
  • New tyres added: Ancient Tyres
  • New glider added: Paraglider
  • Update includes revisions to improve gameplay, as well as some content not listed here.

Version 1.5.0

  • Now supports the use of the Toy-Con Motorbike from Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit.
    • You can now set whether or not to use the Toy-Con Motorbike from the Toy-Con settings in the main menu.
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    • On the screen right before the game begins, please set the Joy-Con controllers inside the Toy-Con Motorbike.
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    • When using the Toy-Con Motorbike, the camera will look over the character’s shoulder, increasing immersion.
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    • Press the downward directional button to play with normal view again.
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  • Addressed an issue where, after setting up a tournament, the “Search Using a Code” feature would stop functioning.
  • Addressed an issue that made it impossible for a player to proceed after colliding with a Star Thwomp.
  • The latest update data is needed to play matches online.
  • Once you have downloaded the latest update data, you will no longer be able to play “Wireless Play” and “LAN Play” matches with other players who have not downloaded this data.

Version 1.4.0

  • Language support for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean has now been implemented.
    • You can change the language via System Settings on your console.
  • An issue has been resolved that prevented background music from playing after you reach the finish line.
  • When you download update data (Ver.1.4.0), you will no longer be able to engage in wireless play or LAN play with those still using Version 1.2.1 or earlier.