Nintendo's online infrastructure still leaves a lot to be desired—just look at the extremely staggered release schedule for NES/SNES games on the Nintendo Switch Online service for an example—but that doesn't mean the company doesn't know how to offer occasional online fun. Online events are keeping players engaged with older games, including the recently announced Mario Kart North American Open. From January 17 through 19, players in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico can compete to win 2500 My Nintendo Gold Points.
Nintendo announced the competition on its Twitter feed yesterday. All you need to do is play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the appointed days between 12 p.m. PT and 6 p.m. PT and make your way up the leaderboard within 24 races. At the end of the allotted time, the top eight scores will receive 2500 My Nintendo Gold Points. That's approximately $25 of store credit that can go toward your next game purchase. Maybe you can use that to get some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC. Ha ha, that's a little joke. There hasn't been new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC in ages; Nintendo isn't great at supporting its most successful games.
Rev your engines and grab your Red Shells, the #MarioKart8Deluxe North American Online Open begins on 1/17! Alongside bragging rights, the top 8 players will be eligible to win 2500 My Nintendo Gold Points.Learn More, including how to join on 1/17: https://t.co/qlGAqj3ePn pic.twitter.com/CUlKq8GwJf— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 6, 2020
In all seriousness, hosting online tournaments for prizes isn't a bad way to get something more out of perpetually flawed Nintendo Switch Online service. Even if Nintendo doesn't update its online games with content on a regular basis, most of them remain highly polished experiences that offer a good time for multiple age groups. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn't the only Nintendo game getting the tournament treatment, in fact. A Splatoon 2 open is happening from January 11 through 12, and a Super Smash Bros Ultimate open is taking place on February 1 through 2. (Nintendo's event page has more details.) Nintendo's ongoing support for Tetris 99 hasn't gone amiss, either.
In the meantime, if you're thinking of racing for guts, glory, and gold (points), you're going to want to brush up on your driver's ed with our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe guides.