Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Fastest Kart Combo – How to build the best Kart

Hamish Woodward

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Keep reading to find out how to make the Mario Kart 8 best setup!

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (and it’s Wii U counterpart Mario Kart 8), players are given the opportunity to pick the best character and kart combination, to build the best kart. By choosing your character and kart pieces, you will be able to build the fastest kart whilst also keeping an eye out for the other important stats, like handling, acceleration and weight.

It may seem hard to find out the Mario Kart 8 best setup for getting the fastest kart, but this guide will help you finding the perfect kart combo for you. Whilst Mario Kart 8 Deluxe seems like a simple kids racing game, under the surface it can be an incredibly intricate and complicated game that will test all your skill and ingenuity. Picking the best setup in order to create the fastest kart combo is as important as mastering the power slide and learning the course layouts.

In this guide, we will go through how to create the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fastest kart combo. We will look at which character, kart, wheel and glider to pick to get you the most efficient style of kart combo for you to play as in Mario Kart. This will help you to get the fastest times in either Grand Prix, time trials or multiplayer mode, whether with your friends in local play or online play.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Classes

One of the key factors in choosing the best combination for your kart in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the character classes. Each character is put into one of three classes which impact the way in which they react to being paired with certain karts, wheels and gliders.

There are three weight classes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that every character is sorted into. These are the Light Class (Toad, Toadette, Baby Mario, Etc), Medium Class, (Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, etc) and Heavy Class (Bowser, Metal Mario, King Boo, Etc).

These classes are further split up again, with the Light Class having Very Light and Light classes, Medium having Medium and Heavy Medium, and Heavy having Heavy and Very Heavy classes.

Each of the classes have their own pros and cons to consider when choosing your character. The Light Class characters have excellent control, but will be easily shunted around by the bigger character like Bowser.

In a wheel-to-wheel race, expect the likes of Baby Mario and Bowser Jr to be pushed around by their bigger counterparts. The lighter characters also have a lower top speed in general but are usually fast in acceleration.

Heavy Class characters are slow off the mark but can reach much higher top speeds than the lighter characters. They can easily push around the smaller characters and will be better suited in a tight race, especially in a smaller course like Excite Bike Arena.

However, they usually have poorer handling than the lighter classes which can be an issue in things like time trials, in which handling round the corners can be crucial.

Now, the best Mario Kart 8 setup will be personal to each racer, but we have come up with a general rule for getting the fastest kart for you on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Fastest Kart Combo

There are countless combinations characters, karts, tires and gliders in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. and there is not one single combination that is the best combination to use.

The best combination is subjective, based on the game mode you’re playing, the course your playing, how you are controlling the game (either motion controls or stick controls) and simply how you like to play the game.

You may want to sacrifice speed for handling, or weight for acceleration. You may want acceleration in case you are hit with projectiles mid race, or stick with a higher top speed in case you’re doing a time trial run instead of a Grand Prix.

There are many different ways you can design your kart just for you – and what works for you may not work for the person you are driving against! We’ve all been annoyed seeing someone with a kart that you know isn’t as fast as yours whizzing past you, but that setup might but just right for that person.

However, for a general all-round kart that we think is the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe best kart combination and one that you should consider when choosing your kart, tires, glider and character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

  • A Heavy Character (eg. Bowser, Donkey Kong) – High weight for knocking others off course, with high top speed
  • A Kart with good speed but also with good handling – Pipeframe, Blue Falcon and Streetls are all good examples of fast karts that don’t skimp on the handling
  • Slick Tires – they have a high speed but with a reduction in handling, made up for by the kart frame
  • Glider – Any really, there’s not a lot of difference between the gliders and nothing to really trouble yourself on.

With this setup for your kart, you’ll have a good top speed, with decent acceleration and good weight to not be hit about the track. It also boasts great handling, helping you take corners tightly and getting those all important purple boosts on your power slides.

You could change out the kart for one with more power and less traction, which may help you more when it comes to sliding around during Time Trials, but it would lack the acceleration to get your kart going if hit by a blue shell in time trials.

What is your Mario Kart 8 best setup? Let us know your fastest combo and tell us if our guide helped you in picking your new kart in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. If you want to find out how to unlock the hidden character in Mario Kart 8, click here

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