Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: comparison video for the three Mini-Turbos, JP commercials

In Mario Kart 8 (just like in previous Mario Kart games), players can use Mini-Turbos: a technique that allows them to get a small speed boosts following successful drifts. Naturally, that technique is still there in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but it has been modified. To be more precise, there’s now a third “stage” that is triggered if you keep the drift button pressed:

  • Mini-Turbo: blue flames
  • Super Mini-Turbo: orange flames
  • Ultra Mini-Turbo: pink flames

Today, Nintendo uploaded a comparison video, that shows how long the boost for each stage of the Mini-Turbo lasts:

For those who cannot watch the video, here’s the duration for all three stages:


  • Mini-Turbo: 0.621 seconds
  • Super Mini-Turbo: 1.674 seconds
  • Ultra Mini-Turbo: 2.633 seconds

As you can see, the Ultra Mini-Turbo offers the longest speed boost of the three by a long shot, which does make sense since it takes longer to trigger. However, if you use a light-weight character, triggering an Ultra Mini-Turbo will take less time than with other characters.

The Ultra Mini-Turbo is going to be tricky to pull off on some tracks (especially on 200cc), but it’s definitely going to be worth it (especially in Time Trials)! A quick note: you cannot use it while Smart-Steering is activated.

Next, here’s a couple of TV commercials from Japan:

Finally, during the Nintendo Direct, it was announced that Nintendo would hold two in-game tournaments online: more details about those will be shared at a later date.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) comes out on April 28th worldwide.

Source: Nintendo



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