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How to Use the LAN Play Feature of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Instructions on how to set up local LAN play with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Information:

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe supports LAN play, allowing players to connect multiple Nintendo Switch consoles together over a wired connection for the ultimate Mario Kart competition with up to 12 players.

Important:

The following items are required for each Nintendo Switch console:

  • Mario Mart 8 Deluxe (physical or download)
  • Nintendo Switch dock
  • LAN Adapter
  • Ethernet cable
  • Television

You will also need a wired router to connect the consoles via a wired connection. Depending on the number of consoles connected, a networking switch may also be Depending on the number of consoles connected, a networking switch may also be needed to connect all players together.

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Additional Information:

If two players are playing on the same Nintendo Switch console, each player will use either one Joy-Con controller (left or right) or one Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

Complete These Steps:

Step 1. Connect each Nintendo Switch console to a shared router.

  1. Connect a LAN adapter to a USB port on each Nintendo Switch dock
  2. Connect one end of an Ethernet cable to each LAN adapter, and connect the other end of the cable to a LAN port on the router.
  3. Ensure the router is plugged in and powered on. hac-art-lanadapter_connect.jpg

Important:

If your router does not have enough LAN ports for every console you wish to connect, a networking switch can be connected to the router to provide additional LAN ports.

Step 2. Create a wired internet connection on each Nintendo Switch console.

  1. With the Nintendo Switch console placed in the Nintendo Switch dock, power on the console.
  2. Select "System Settings" on the HOME Menu. hac-screenshot-homemenu-systemsettings.jpg
  3. Select “Internet”, and then “Internet Settings”. hac-screenshot-systemsettings-internet.jpg
  4. Once the option is available, select "Wired Connection".
  5. Select "Connect to the Internet via Wired Connection".
  6. The Nintendo Switch console will test the internet connection.

    Important:

    Once the test is complete, you will receive an error code if the router you are using is not connected to the internet. This is OK as an internet connection is not required for LAN play.

Step 3. Have a player create a room and act as a lobby host.

  1. Start Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  2. From the menu, hold the L Button and R Button, and then press the Left Stick in.
    • If done correctly, the "Wireless Play" option will change to "LAN Play".
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  3. Select "LAN Play".
  4. Select "Create Room"

Step 4. Have the other players join the room.

  1. Start Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  2. From the menu, hold the L Button and R Button, and and then press the Left Stick in.
    • If done correctly, the "Wireless Play" option will change to "LAN Play".
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  3. Select "LAN Play".
  4. Select the name of the host player, displayed under "Lobby".

Step 5. Have the host select the game type and settings, and then start the match.

  1. After selecting their character and kart and while viewing the garage, have the host player press the A Button to bring up the game settings. switch-ss-mk8-menu-gametype.jpg
  2. Use the first option to select the race or battle type (e.g. 150cc, Balloon Battle, etc.)
  3. Use the following options to select the race settings, such as the Team, Item, and Race Count settings.
  4. Once the appropriate settings have been selected, and all the players have joined the lobby, press the A Button again to confirm the settings.
  5. After the players in the room have selected their characters and karts, players will be asked the select their preferred track, and then the match will start.