When I first played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I quickly discovered that you can sound your horn by pressing L or ZL when you have no items available. I thought this was a great feature.

What's more hilarious than tooting your horn at someone as you zip into first place on the home stretch! Also, I loved seeing the annoyed looks of the other racers at I blared my obnoxious instrument right before a race would start.

However, during a match of renegade roundup I discovered that honking your horn when captured would send out a "Help!" message on the map. I observed that even though my teammates in the cage with me were sending out the "Help!" distress signal I could not see them honking their horn.

This leads me to my question. When you honk your horn in an online match (either a race or a battle) can anyone else actually hear it?

Note: In a local multiplayer online match (where two players use the same console), both player 1 and 2 can see, and react to a horn sounding.

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    I cannot answer this for sure, hence just the comment, but my online experience with MK8D is the same, I have never seen someone honk visually nor audibly. I do think this is just a local effect.
    – Crovaxon
    Aug 7, 2017 at 9:49
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    @Crovaxon Exactly, I've never seen anyone ever honk. If someone could run a test to validate this assumption that it's a local effect, I'd accept the answer.
    – Josh B.
    Aug 7, 2017 at 20:26

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The horn appears to be local only. I tested this out a few times last night with no horn sounds coming out.

  • How did you test this?
    – Josh B.
    Aug 8, 2017 at 21:07

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