On the surface, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a fun party game you can whip out when you have a bunch of friends over and have fun smacking each other silly with virtual items. However, if you dig beneath the surface of the veneer of a party game, what’s actually here is a highly competitive online scene that will require patience and fortitude to dominate.

If you’re ready to move beyond racing with who you like and you’re ready to move on to racing to try and beat everyone, you need to know about weight classes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Not all characters are created equal when it comes to how they handle on the track and even among characters in the same weight class, there will be some variation.

This is because each individual character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has its own tweaked stats, even if it belongs to the same weight class as another character. Both Bowser and Wario are part of the Heavy weight class, but Bowser is .5 heavier than Wario so you’ll definitely feel that on the track.

Each customizable part also alters your stats, so once you’ve found a racer with a weight and speed ratio that you like, you can start playing around with the parts to find the best kart assembly for you. Here are a few combinations for you to try based on how you like to play the track.

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While any kart choice in Mario Kart 8 is subjective, I want to point out the karts that offer the best speed for the speed demons among us. They are the Sport Coupe, Mach 8, Super Glide, and the Gold Kart. The Standard kart and the Pipeframe kart aren’t bad choices, either.

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When it comes to selecting wheels, we recommend the Slick, Cyber Slick, and the Slim wheels. These wheels offer the best traction for making the most of your drifts and they’re all three pretty identical, so pick the one you like aesthetically the best.

Prefer to race bikes instead of karts? The Comet and the Sports Bike are both pretty speedy, but you have to be careful on bikes since they can be knocked around a lot easier than karts can.

As for gliders, the difference between the stats here is negligible since only a handful of courses have flying portions. If you really want to make the most of this slot, use the Cloud glider to help with acceleration.

Do you have some tips for picking the best racer and parts to complement your racing style? Let us know in the comments!

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