How to win 200cc races in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart has never been faster! 200cc sets the power of the engines to their maximum and offers some of the most challenging gameplay in the series. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes just one unlockable character – Gold Mario – and to unlock him, you’re going to have to clear each cup on 200cc difficulty with at least one star.

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Character Selection

Selecting the right character is crucial to winning 200cc races. First up, don’t choose a heavyweight racer, as their top speed might be too fast to handle. The most important stat in 200cc is Handling, as it helps you round tight corners. Your best bet is selecting a lightweight like Toad or Toadette. Personally, I found the most success as Toadette with the Mr. Scooty main, the Roller Tires, and the Parachute Glider.

General Tips & Tricks

Some stages are more difficult than others. Tracks like Wario’s Gold Mine can be tricky with all of their twists and turns, so it’s important to remember your brakes. When coming to a bend or corner, hold the B button as you accelerate to only slightly slow down. You can do so while drifting to receive a small boost afterward. It’s a simple trick, but holding the B button for just a bit will help tough corners become smooth sailing! Another idea is smart steering. There’s no drawback to switching it on, and it won’t let you fall off-course. That being said, it will slow you down if you get too close to a wall, so be careful.

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