Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tier List: Ranking All Characters

We have ranked all the characters and tracks in our ultimate Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tier List to help you do the best in the game.

Without a Mario Kart game, in my opinion, your library on a Nintendo gaming console is lacking. In addition, Mario Kart 8 follows that pattern, so your Nintendo Switch collection should ideally feature it. In my Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tier List, I’ll rate some of the most crucial elements of the game’s various features.

However, before you start, you should understand what makes Mario Kart 8 a decent game and whether investing your hard-earned money in it is a good idea.

Key Highlights
  • Not including Variations, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers up to 41 playable characters along with more than 30 new and old kart tracks. 
  • While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe characters are ranked based on their effectiveness and base skills, the ranking of Tracks is closely linked to the challenges and excitement that each option packs. 
  • The best characters of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are Wario, Bowser, Dry Bowser, Donkey Kong, King Boo, Gold Mario, Koopa Jr., and Link. At the same time, those that contest as the worst in the game include Baby Rosalina, Baby Peach, and Dry Bones.
  • As far as racing courses/kart tracks are concerned, Waluigi Pinball, Baby Park – GCN, Electrodrome, Sunshine Airport, and Mount Wario stand as the most exciting choices for every player type.
  • To enjoy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to its fullest, pair the best characters with the most challenging tracks and see your experience boom like never before.

Here’s a summary of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tier List ranking all the characters and tracks in the game:

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tier List Characters and Tracks Ranking Table
Tiers Characters  Tracks
S-Tier Wario, Koopa Jr., Dry Bowser, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Gold Mario, King Boo, and Link  Waluigi Pinball, Electrodrome, Baby Park – GCN, Sunshine Airport, Mount Wario, Mushroom Gorge, Golden Dash Cup: Coconut Mall – Wii, Bowser’s Castle, Super Bell Subway, Big Blue, Sydney Sprint, Dolphin Shoals, Ribbon Road – GBA, Rainbow Road, Mute City, Melody Motorway – 3DS, and Lucky Cat Cup: Ninja Hideaway
A-Tier Rosalina, Roy, Waluigi, Metal Mario, Pink Gold Peach, Iggy, and Luigi  Piranha Plant Pipeway – 3DS, Wild Woods, Koopa City – 3DS, Lucky Cat Cup: Sky Garden – GBA, Dragon Driftway, Golden Dash Cup: Paris Promenade, New York Minute, Hyrule Circuit, Snow Land, Royal Raceway – N64, Yoshi Valley – N64, Lucky Cat Cup: Shroom Ridge – 3DS, Cheep Cheep Beach – DS, Animal Crossing, Wario’s Gold Mine – Wii, Toad Harbour, Cloudtop Cruise, Sky-High Sundae, Shy Guy Falls, and Grumble Volcano – Wii
B-Tier Ludwig, Mario, Cat Peach, Princess Peach, Tanooki Mario, Yoshi, Koopa, and Bowser Jr  Ice Ice Outpost, Kalamari Desert – MK64, Golden Dash Cup: Toad Circuit – 3DS, Rainbow Road – N64, Cheese Land – GBA, Excitebike Arena, Golden Dash Cup: Coco Mountain – N64, Lucky Cat Cup: Tokyo Blu, Bone-Dry Dunes, Yoshi Circuit – GCN, Sweet Sweet Canyon, Thwomp Ruins, Wario Stadium – DS, Tick-Tock Clock – DS, Twisted Mansion, and Rainbow Road – SNES
C-Tier Villager, Isabelle, Lakitu, and Larry  Sherbet Land – GCN, Mario Circuit, Water Park, Mario Circuit 3 – SMK, and DK Jungle – 3DS
D-Tier Toad, Wendy, Toadette, Baby Daisy, Baby Luigi, Baby Mario, Lemmy, and Shy Guy  Moo Moo Meadows – Wii, Dry Dry Desert – GCN, Donut Plains 3 – SNES, Mario Kart Stadium, Toad’s Turnpike – N64, and Mario Circuit – GBA
F-Tier Baby Peach, Baby Rosalina, and Dry Bones

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tier List Breakdown

My Tier List would consist of 4 tiers, and I will have two different tier lists. In the first tier list, I will rank all the characters in the game; similarly, in the Tier List, following that, I will rank all the tracks.

My Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tier List will consist of four tiers:

  1. S-Tier: I will rank the finest characters and tracks in the game.
  2. A-Tier: In this tier, I will rank the outstanding tracks and characters in the game that fall short of making the S Tier.
  3. B-Tier: In the B Tier, I will have the average characters and tracks from the game.
  4. C-Tier: I will put the below-average characters and tracks from the game in the C Tier.
  5. D-Tier: I will have the bad characters and tracks from the game in this tier.
  6. F-Tier: I will rank the worst characters and tracks in the game here.

Mario Kart 8 Complete Roster

Before jumping onto the character’s tier list, it is good to know about the Roster in the game.

CharacterWeight Class
Mario Medium-Heavy
Luigi Medium-Heavy
Peach Medium
Daisy Medium
Rosalina Heavy
Tanooki MarioMedium
Cat PeachMedium
Yoshi Medium
Koopa TroopaLight
Shy GuyLight
Lakitu Light
King BooHeavy
Baby Mario Very Light
Baby LuigiVery Light
Baby PeachVery Light
Baby DaisyVery Light
Baby RosalinaVery Light
Gold MarioHeavy
Pink Gold PeachHeavy
Wario Very Heavy
Donkey KongHeavy
Bowser Very Heavy
Dry BonesVery Light
Bowser Jr.Light
Dry BowserVery Heavy
Wendy Light
LudwigMedium Heavy
Iggy Medium Heavy
Lemmy Very Light
Inkling BoyMedium
Morton Very Heavy
Link Heavy
Inkling GirlMedium
Villager femaleMedium
Villager maleMedium
Mii Any Weight Category
Metal Mario Heavy


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tier List
S Tier

These characters are the greatest in the game, so choosing them to race with will be simple in all of the game’s racing modes.

Name of the Character
Koopa Jr.
Dry Bowser
Donkey Kong
Gold Mario
King Boo


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tier List
A Tier

The characters in the A tier of my Mario Kart Deluxe Tier List will make it easy for you to race in the game, but they are not as good as the characters in the S Tier.

Name of the Character
Metal Mario
Pink Gold Peach


Average Characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
B Tier

The characters here are good but will be a challenge to race with, considering they have shortcomings that the characters in the A Tier might not have, while certainly, the ones in S Tier are perfect.

Name of the Character
Cat Peach
Princess Peach
Tanooki Mario
Bowser Jr


Below Average Mario Kart 8 Characters
C Tier

The characters in this tier of my tier list are weak but can be fun to play with if you want to take on a challenge after playing with the stronger characters.

Name of the Character


Bad Characters from Mario Kart
D Tier

I wouldn’t recommend characters from the D Tier, but they have fun powers that make me play with them periodically. 

Name of the Character
Baby Daisy
Baby Luigi
Baby Mario
Shy Guy


Worst Characters in Mario Kart
F Tier

The characters in the F Tier of my Mario Kart Deluxe Tier List are the worst characters I would not recommend you to play with.

Name of the Character
Baby Peach
Baby Rosalina
Dry Bones

Mario Kart Tier List Criteria

My criteria to rank the characters and tracks in the game were very simple. I looked at all the characters in the game and compared their abilities over 50 tracks. It took us a very long, and it was a hard judgment to make, but I took the ones who gave the best average in performance over all tracks and ranked them from best to worst.

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Muhammad Sanan Khan is a Tier List expert on eXputer who loves to talk and write about everything related to video games. He has half a decade's worth of experience writing for video games and is also the founder of TopTierList, a website dedicated to Tier Lists and rankings only. For some reason, Sanan is obsessed with ranking things, and researching what's best. Learn some more about Sanan's gaming journey on his Steam profile.

Experience: 5+ Years || Founder at TopTierList || Mainly Covers Tier Lists on eXputer

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