Best Controller Settings for Mario Kart 8 

Best Controller Settings for Mario Kart 8 
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 Mario Kart is a franchise that has been the cause of many friendships breaking over the years, and the eighth numbered installment to this franchise, Mario Kart 8, is no different. The years have gone by, but Mario Kart has retained its charm.

However, in a game like this, it’s important for players to get any advantage possible, and that means applying the best controller settings for Mario Kart 8. That’s exactly what we’re here to help you with. is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API / Last updated on 2024-03-01 

Now, we understand that whether you like the more modern motion controls, or if you’re more of a fan of the old school analog sticks also determines what controller settings you like more, and because of that, we’ll be going through the best controller settings for both motion and analog controls.

Best Motion Control Settings in Mario Kart 8

There are multiple ways to use motion controls in Mario Kart 8 thanks to all Nintendo’s first party controllers supporting it. However, nothing beats playing with two joy-con + grip while the Switch is in docked mode.

The reason for this is that by using two joy-con, all other inputs remain the same, with the obvious inclusion of motion controls. As such, the only difference is that the steering becomes much more responsive and fun, as you turn your controller as you would an actual steering wheel.

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Turning the motion control on is very easy, and is done after you’ve selected your character. When on the screen where you choose your kart, wheels, and glider, press either the – or + button on your joy cons which will make a sub menu appear

From here, simply maneuver to the middle motion controls icon and press Y to enable or disable the feature. You can tell it’s activated with the two way arrow above that same icon.

In addition to playing with two joy-con, you can also play motion control with the following controls

  • Joy-Con in portable mode (The motion controls are used by tilting the entire system)
  • Pro Controller (Also usable in both docked and portable, turn the controller to use the motion controls)
  • Single joy-con in wheel accessory (It’s possible to set a single joy-con as your controller, although it isn’t recommended due to it being tough to control)

Best Analog Settings in Mario Kart 8

The best analog settings in Mario Kart 8 are by far playing with the pro controller on docked or portable mode because of how easy to use it is. While it is rather expensive, the pro controller gives players the grip and steering advantage that is to be expected of an accessory of that price.

In addition to the pro controller, it’s possible to use:

  • Sideways joy-con (with or without a wheel)
  • Two joy con and a grip

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Out of these two options, using two joy-con with a grip is definitely more recommended, as it gives easy access to the shoulder buttons as well as gives a better grip when compared to the sideways joy-con.

Final Thoughts

While these were the best controller settings for Mario Kart 8, one unorthodox controller we didn’t mention was the wheel, which, while not being too good for competitive play, is definitely the most fun way to play the game.