Mario Kart 8 is a phenomenon that hasn’t stopped being popular since the days of the Wii U. Remember the Wii U? We don’t, how ’bout U? Anyway, this game really hit it off when the Deluxe version came out on the Switch and sold over 50 million units. The popularity is there for a reason since Mario Kart 8 is a dangerously fun and addictive game that never ceases to entertain players around the world.
Even in 2022, we have new tracks that Nintendo is adding via the Switch Online Expansion Pass subscription, so there are more and more new players – and many are still wondering how to put together the best kart in the game. Learn the best Mario Kart 8 build setup in our guide below.
Best Mario Kart 8 Build Setup and Kart Combos
In order to assemble a balanced kart in Mario Kart 8, check out the following recommendations:
- Best Character: You should pick any large level 3 character such as Bowser, Morton, or Wario.
- Kart Type: Select Blue Falcon, Pipeframe, or Streetle for the best speed/grip ratio.
- Tires Type: Always go for Slicks.
- Glider Type: You can select any one you like because it doesn’t impact the performance.
With this setup, you will create a kart that will have an excellent ratio of maximum speed and grip, which others will not be able to push easily (due to heavy drivers). Of course, this kind of build is only recommended for competitive playing against live players or AI while you need to make a slightly lighter and more dynamic build for time trial mode.
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