I don't currently have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, only the Wii U version. I'm trying to assess whether the deluxe version has some functionality I've been really wanting.

On the Wii U, my friends and I would all run time trials on the same machine, under different profiles. However accessing each other's ghosts was very problematic. We'd all friend/follow each other, change our private/public settings, post to miiverse and wait, ext, ext and it just wouldn't work consistently.

We tried everything, but in the end we only had access to a fraction of each other's ghosts, sporadically. This was a very simple task on the Wii, you could just access all the local ghosts.

Is sharing local ghosts something that can be done more easily on the switch, or is it using the same system as the Wii U?

Bonus question: when downloading "Online Ghosts", do you have different options besides the top 10 of all time and a few other people within milliseconds of you?

Update: I've purchased the game and my experience is in an answer below.

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It IS possible to race against other "local ghosts" (ghosts from other player profiles on your Switch), but the procedure is a bit convoluted:

  1. You need to add the other local player as a friend on the Switch's main menu.
    1. Both players need to have their Switch player profiles linked to My Nintendo accounts. (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will prompt to you do this if you haven't done it already when you try to upload a ghost after finishing a time trial.)
    2. Then, from the Switch's main system menu, one player can add the other local player via their Friend Code. (As of the time of this writing, you actually do need to write down or photograph the other local player profile's friend code; the Switch won't "look it up" for you!)
    3. The friend then needs to accept that friend invite. (Since both player profiles are on your local Switch, you can just do this for them.)
  2. Then, your local friend's ghosts will show up with an orange background (as in @Batophobia's answer) when looking at the lists of "Online ghosts" for a course, provided the ghost was uploaded (as MK8D prompts you to do after finishing a time trial).
  • One problem I used to run into would happen when one user had uploaded many ghosts for many courses. We'd have problems at around more than 7. After that we could find the most recent uploads, but not older ones. Do you have a way to test that? Commented May 11, 2017 at 6:07
  • So, this means the other local account requires online registration, even though the ghost data is not actually uploaded?
    – Jontia
    Commented Feb 20 at 23:09

Since my wife and I both have a switch, I decided to do some science. I linked my account as a secondary on her system, did some races, and uploaded the ghosts online. When looking to race and scrolling through online ghosts, friends seem to have orange backgrounds on their picture while your profile is yellow.

same system, online ghosts

Note: The yellow bar is the selected option, it has no significance to your profile. It's how you choose which ghost you want to race against.

Continuing the science, I got on my switch and checked the ghosts available.

different system, online ghosts

Note: Again, highlight is the cursor for selecting a ghost.

You'll note that in each, the friend user "Chrissy" is orange. However, only the same-system version of my account "Starkey" is visible. My system did not have my ghost data from her switch, even though my system had no other ghost data for me.

Just to test more options, I decided to do another track but not upload the ghosts. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a way to race against local ghosts. However, you can upload your ghost after the race or using the "Upload Ghost Data" option at the bottom.


New ghost

It seems like only your fastest ghost is kept. If you complete a faster time trial but want your friends to race your previous ghost, do not upload. You can still upload your faster ghost data later. Note that you can have 2 ghosts per track by switching between 150cc and 200cc during track selection.

  • One problem I used to run into would happen when one user had uploaded many ghosts for many courses. We'd have problems at around more than 7. After that we could find the most recent uploads, but not older ones. Do you have a way to test that? Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:08
  • @DamienBlack answer updated.
    – Batophobia
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 2:05

Ok, so I did end up getting Mario Kart Deluxe, and I wanted to share my experience.

I could now easily find all my friends' ghosts. They upload them and I find them, no random issues like I had on the Wii U. Everything is a working as expected error free. The experience still isn't that great however. Nothing else was fixed.

They still have to 'upload' the ghost, and I have to 'download' it. That means that sharing still requires an internet connection even when on the same machine. This limits my options when using the switch as a handheld.

There is still a restriction in place concerning having no more than 16 ghost downloaded. That is a silly small amount. I constantly have to go back and delete ghosts I've previously downloaded to get a ghost for a new course. It also means I can't download a whole bunch to race while offline.

Concerning what other non-friend ghosts you can download, the selection is still horrible. You can only download the top 10 in the world and the 10 people that are immediately above you. The people immediately above you pretty much have the exact same time as you. I can't get someone a second or two ahead of me the way I could in Mario Kart Wii.

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