Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Patch 1.2 Details

June 30, 2017

Nintendo has just released the much anticipated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe patch 1.2. Changes in the patch include ‘fairness’ in online play. While some may disagree that those lagging behind deserve more help to catch up, others love the way Mario Kart games can keep the competition going until the last moments of every race.

Players can expect to see less green shells and bananas, and more of the useful items particularly when falling behind from the race leaders. There is also a new compatible Amiibo, as Pikmin-themed amiibo will now unlock a unique Pikmin Suit for the driver.

The complete official Mario Kart 8 Deluxe patch 1.2 details are below:

  • Players can use Pikmin-themed amiibo to unlock a Pikmin Suit for the Mii driver.
  • Race rules and course name are now displayed on loading screens for online and wireless play, as well as Mario Kart TV.
  • Players who are behind in online matches will receive items geared toward catching up more frequently.
  • In online matches, no more than two Piranha Plants will be granted as items at the same time.
  • Controls are no longer unresponsive when the timer runs out when choosing a Mii racing suit for online matches.
  • When a player uses an item right after the Super Horn in online matches, that item will now remain available for other players.
  • Item wheel no longer spins continuously in online matches.
  • Online matches now end as intended 30 seconds after the first place racer finishes.
  • The Boomerang now returns to the first slot, if possible, after a player catches it.
  • Items shown in a player’s item slots now display correctly when holding an item behind them.
  • No longer possible to use an item after it has been used to block an attack.
  • Communication errors no longer occur frequently while spectating or after spectating online matches.

Rocket Chainsaw reviewed Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch giving it 4.5 stars and saying, “The massive amount of content, some new but mostly old, the new inclusive features and the ability to play anywhere make the game a must buy.” For information on how to update Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to the latest patch, head to the official website here.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launched on April 28, 2017 on Nintendo Switch and included all content from the Nintendo Wii U version of the standard Mario Kart 8, including all downloadable content packs.