Nintendo explains how ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ speed boosts work
Longtime Mario Kart fans know all about the drift-boost.
It works like this: do a little hop as you move into a turn and your kart will start to drift, releasing a burst of colored sparks behind it. During longer drifts, the sparks even change colors.
Once you come out of the turn and stop drifting, you get a momentary speed boost. It’s no more than a second or two, but those extra bursts of speed add up.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is freshly released for Switch, and the drift-boost isn’t just alive and well; it’s improved. There’s now a third level of speed boost to take advantage of. This video from Nintendo explains how to do it and demonstrates the difference between each boost.