Nintendo isn’t exactly known for its stellar online modes, but Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U was surprisingly solid. Sure, the game lacked some standard features like voice chat, but the online racing experience was smooth, and we did get some neat features like online tournaments.
Flash forward three years, and Nintendo has released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. You’d expect this new, improved version of the game to deliver an online experience as good, if not better, than the original game, right? Unfortunately, it seems that's not the case.
As reported by Kotaku, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe players are suffering from laggy play and frequent disconnects. Even when the game seems to be running relatively smoothly, poor connectivity can wreak other kinds of havoc. For instance, Redditor NicholasNSane describes common issues with items not working properly…
“Far too often I will land a hit on an opponent, usually with a visual cue that it landed, like my character cheering, only for the player to continue on like nothing happened and, in battle mode, no points being given to me. In races I will see coins fly out of a character alongside my cheer, but the driver will continue ahead and win a race that should be secured for me, yet it seems like everything always hits me with no issues. I don’t know what my hits look like on their end, but I doubt they have any idea that I’m even attacking them.”
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is selling at a record-setting pace, so it perhaps isn’t surprising Nintendo’s servers are overloaded, and yet, the fact that a game that worked fine three years ago on older hardware now isn’t working is a bit galling. Of course, you can also argue you get what you pay for, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s online modes are currently free. Hopefully, this kind of thing comes to an end once Nintendo launches their paid online service later this year, although I wouldn’t hold out too much hope.
You can check out WWG’s full Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review, right here.