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What are these three options on the kart selection screen?

Looking at this screenshot for reference: Source From left to right they are: Smart Steering Tilt Controls Auto-acceleration They toggle these options either on or off. What is smart steering ...
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How do driver choices and kart customizations affect actual play in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

As the other answers have stated kart information is available in the game itself. Press +/- to bring up an info panel while selecting your kart parts to see these stats. As you switch kart parts ...
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Is it possible to remove CPU controlled drivers from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

Yes it is, but not in the Grand Prix mode. If you select VS race mode you can customize if you want CPUs or not.
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Is drifting boost strong enough that I should maximize drifting whenever possible in Mario Kart 8?

Each level of drift beyond the first gives you roughly an extra second of drift turbo time, as seen in this official video: For whether or not it's worth it, you can ...
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What are the specific mechanics / rules for smart steering and auto acceleration in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

Based on this article written about these two features, it looks like this is how they work: The auto-accelerate feature seems made for newcomers only, or for those with serious conditions ...
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Same CPU players are always winning at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Finallly I discovered the solution here. The fastest CPU players are not selected at random. They depend on the player you choose. If I choose always Yoshi, then I will always face Toad and DK. So the ...
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What is the "HORI Deluxe Wheel Attachment Mario" product for?

The steering wheel can be rotated, but the rotation is not recognized. It seems like you haven't turned on tilt controls. How to Activate/Deactivate Tilt Controls (from Nintendo's support): From the ...
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Is there a real advantage using bikes over karts in time trials?

Looking at the current world records there doesn't seem to be a clear evidence that would indicate that bikes are considered better all around. I assume that any trend you are noticing among your ...
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How do I unlock Gold Mario in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

To get Gold Mario, you need to drive all 200cc cups in Gold. I am sure that you do not need to get any stars. Get all gold trophies, and that's it. But you will have a hard time trying to get them. ...
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What is the best character considering the control in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

After consulting the Mario Kart Wiki, it seems that by default, Baby Mario's Traction and Handling are actually very high. The smaller characters generally have the best steering abilities, but the ...
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What are these three options on the kart selection screen?

Short answer: (From left to right) Smart Steering, Pretty much you can't fall off the edge or run into some obstacles. You can although jump off the edge, like with a ramp. Tilt Controls, steer your ...
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How do driver choices and kart customizations affect actual play in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

The combination of driver, kart, wheels and glider all affect your race stats individually. Multiple parts give similar stats, but you can get unique combinations between the choices. The easiest ...
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Is it possible to swap the items you're holding?

I would look at your controls menu to see if there is a specific button because I haven't found anything that labels what exactly could swap two items, but there was this info from Polygon. In the ...
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What are the specific mechanics / rules for smart steering and auto acceleration in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

I sort of touched this topic over in this answer for a similar question. The auto acceleration is pretty straightforward. All that does is keep the button for accelerating pressed constantly. ...
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Can you easily find friends' ghosts?

It IS possible to race against other "local ghosts" (ghosts from other player profiles on your Switch), but the procedure is a bit convoluted: You need to add the other local player as a friend on ...
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Same CPU players are always winning at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

I play Mario Kart 8 but not the Deluxe version, but I can say that every time I start a Grand Prix, or any VS Race with multiple tracks, that always two or three CPUs are always better than the rest, ...
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How do I unlock Gold Mario in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

To get Gold Mario, you need to get a gold trophy in every 200cc cup. No stars, and no need to get first in every single race, as long as you get a gold trophy.
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How are CPU rankings determined in Mario Kart 8?

When the last human player finishes, the remainder of the CPUs are placed based on their current position. No simulation or situational calculation is done; the game only pays attention to the CPUs' ...
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How do you modify your Mii?

From Switch main menu: System Settings Scroll down to Mii menu Create/Edit a Mii Choose a Mii and press Edit From Mario Kart 8 main menu: Play Stats (the bottom left icon) Press X to change your ...
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Can you easily find friends' ghosts?

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 ...
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Do jump stunts benefit you?

In short: Direction does not impact it, these are just new animations and it is just a boost when you land still. As seen here (and my own experience with Mario Kart games that implemented this): "...
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What does "starring" a race do?

The star after completing the track is for the race, not the map. When you star the race, it's highlights are saved in the Mario Kart TV (MKTV) section. Your 12 most recent races are stored, along ...
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Can I choose which kind of items are in the boxes?

On Mario Kart 8 Deluxe you can choose between six settings for items. They are Shells only, Bananas only, Mushrooms only and Bob - ombs only. Then there is All items, No items and Frantic items.
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Is there a downside to driving underwater versus driving on land?

In general, your kart will be slower under water than on land, so it's preferred to take the dry road if you're given the option. Specifically, you have a higher max speed on land and when you ...
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Is it better to take a hit, or fall off the course to save time?

I suspect that this is the type of question that can only be answered by experience, so I will attempt to do so. In my experience, it entirely depends (sorry, I know this is likely not the clear yes/...
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Is there any way to save defaults for auto/tilt steering, and auto acceleration in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

You can deactivate the tilt commands and auto-drive from the kart selection screen (in it, press + then you should be able to see the commands to deactivate them, Y and R if I remember correctly)
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How to perform a quick turn in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

According to this video: You can perform a quick turn in Battle Mode by initiating a drift, then letting go of the gas button mid-drift. But that's if you're ...
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Can you easily find friends' ghosts?

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 ...
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Does hopping have an advantage?

Hopping helps in multiple ways: It's the only way to drift, which allows for sharper turns without losing (too much) speed. Drifting is done by jumping and keeping the jump button pressed while ...
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