Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Best Kart, Best Character Build Combo

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Best Kart, Best Character Build Combo

The character, kart frame, tires and glider needed to build the best kart/character combos in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

In Mario Kart 8 (and in turn Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) you have to make a series of choices to determine your character and kart. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe might look cute but there’s a whole lot of depth lying beneath this cuddy exterior. In this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Kart Combo guide we’ll explain how to pick a great setup and what your choices mean to kart performance and handling. No longer will you simply pick kart parts at random and hope for the best. You'll be able to make the best kart in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and easily beat you friends who are still just picking parts at random.

If you’re happy with your current kart and character combo and want other Mario Kart 8 Deluxe guides, head on over to our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Guides Hub. We’ve got loads more content to help you get better at the game.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Character Classes

Character Classes are one of the key factors in your racing performance. Characters are split into Light (Toad and the like), Medium (Mario, Peach, and similar), and Heavy (Bowser, DK, and the like). Things are slightly more complicated than that, with Light and Medium having two classes each while Heavy has three.

Light characters have excellent acceleration but a fairly poor top speed and are easily knocked around. Heavy characters are slow off the mark but can reach high top speeds and are bosses on the track. Medium characters, as you might expect, are a mixture of both and end up falling in the middle. The sub class each character falls into will determine exactly how the stats are arranged, but the general make up is the same.

When you’re first starting out in Mario Kart 8 experiment to see which type you prefer. If you’re just playing for fun you’ll likely just want to pick your favourite Nintendo character, but if you want to set top times in Time Trial or compete with the best in GP events you’ll need to put together the best kart and character combos.

Best Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Character Kart Combo - How to Build the Best Kart

The perfect combination of character, kart, tires and glider is quite a subjective choice, with the performance you get out of it depending on how much you like the feel of the setup. You might like a kart that has quick acceleration so you don’t feel you’re losing too much time after taking a hit, while others might prefer to go for higher top speeds and bank on evasive maneuvers to avoid being slowed down. We reckon we’ve found an excellent option that is worth trying out. This could well be the best Kart in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

  • Character: Any Level 3 Heavy, such as Bowser, Wario, or Morton
  • Kart: Pipeframe, Blue Falcon and Streetle are ideal as it gives good speed but doesn’t skimp on friction
  • Tires: Slick
  • Glider: Any - We didn’t find that glider choice made a big difference to overall performance

With this kart setup you’ll have something that can reach high speeds, isn’t easily pushed around, and can still maintain a good grip of the track. You could go for a build with less traction, making for a slippery feel, allowing for faster times but less robustness on track. We wouldn’t recommend doing this unless you’re sticking to Time Trial events.

If you’re looking for more help with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, check out our guide to boosting, our look at the items in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and how to get Gold Mario in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

With this guide hopefully you’ll be well on your way to Mario Kart 8 dominance.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Tom Orry

Managing Editor

Tom started life on a circus in Australia before his family moved to the UK. His love of gaming started soon after, which essentially meant he bought every video game magazine available and worked numerous part-time jobs as a child in order to afford costly N64 games. He created UK site VideoGamer.com, of which he was the Editor for over a decade. He now doesn't like circuses.

Read this next

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Unlockables, Characters and Tracks - Gold Mario and Gold Kart

Gold Mario is brand new to Mario Kart 8 in the Switch version of the game. Here’s how to unlock Gold Mario, the gold kart parts, and avoid those pesky blue shells.

Buy a Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Only $299 With This Black Friday Deal

Best Buy has the best Nintendo Switch bundle we've seen so far over Black Friday week.

Nintendo Promises More Updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Surprisingly, Nintendo does seem to be done with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Heavy-Duty Paper Mario as Mario Kart 8 Becomes Mario Kard Thanks to Labo

You Can Now Play Mario Kart 8 With Your Labo Motorbike Toy-Con.

More Guides

Remnant From The Ashes Classes Guide: Which Class Should You Choose?

There are three classes to choose from in Remnant From the Ashes. Here’s all the info you need to make your choice on which one to play.

Remnant From The Ashes Trait Unlock Guide

There’s a wide selection of Traits to unlock in Remnant From The Ashes. Here’s details on how to unlock each one.

Remnant From The Ashes Forged Iron Locations

You’ll need Forged Iron to upgrade your weapons and armor in Remnant From The Ashes. Here’s where to find it.

Remnant From The Ashes: How to Get the Strange Coin

If you want the Magnum Revolver in Remnant From The Ashes, you’ll need to find the Strange Coin.

More on Switch

Trials of Mana Interview: The Developers on Topping the Fan Translation and the Possibility of New Mana Games

"[T]he localization team took a look at the translation and the first thing they said was, 'We're going to show them up.'"

Oninaki Review

Oh now feel it, comin' back again.

Where Nintendo Switch Online Has Gone Wrong

The reasons Nintendo's online service is flaccid, and what it can do to pump things up.

New Trials of Mana Footage Shows Cleaner, More Accessible Fights

Let's have a good clean fight, Mana fans.