Mario Kart 8 Deluxe changes & improves upon the original Wii U version in many ways–including, as it turns out, load times. But we wanted exactly how much faster it really is–and beyond that, how much of a difference it makes as to whether you buy the game digitally, or physically for both versions. Now since we only have the digital version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe here at GameXplain, YouTuber NomsComs was nice enough to help us out and grab footage of the physical version as well, allowing us to make a 4 way comparison. With the Digital version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being on the far left, followed by the physical version, then the digital Wii U version, and then the physical Wii U version on the far right So let’s get things rolling off by testing how long it takes the game to start from a cold boot, via the main menu, up until the point that the option to Press Start appears.

On your marks, get set. Go! And the Digiital version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe finishes first at 14 and a half seconds, followed by the physical version just under 4 seconds later at the 18 second mark…and as for the Wii U…well…the digital version finally finishes in 3rds place at 29 seconds, which is over double the time it took for the Digitial Version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. And the Physical version finished yet aother 4 and a half seconds after that. Ouch! But hey, it’s just the startup time, so let’s see how the actual racetracks fare. And first up is Mario Kart Stadium. And the Digitial version of MK8D finishes again first at 10 seconds, followed by the Physical version about 3 seconds later this time, with the Digital Wii U version right behind it.

But the Phyiscal Wii U version again lags behind, finishing up nearly 5 seconds later Next, let’s try Yoshi Circuit. And once again, the digital version of MK8D finishes 1st once at a nearly identical 10 seconds, followed by the physical one–but only behind by 2 seconds this time, and then the Digital Wii U finishes 3rd nearly 3 seconds after that at the 15 second mark. Followed again by the Physical Wii U version 4 seconds later Finally, let’s head on over to Sunshine Airport. And this time, the digital Switch version sets a new record and finishes just under 10 seconds, followed by the Physical version about 3 and a half seconds later, followed by the Digital Wii U version predictably coming in 3rd a couple of seconds later, with the Physical Wii U version once again bringing up the rear a couple more seconds after that.

Poor Wii U. So as you can see, the results seem to be consistent across the board, with both Switch versions consistently loading faster than either of the Wii U ones–especially from a cold boot. So this is ceetainly a nice upgrade for Mario Kart 8 fans moving over either version on the Switch. But if you’re wondering whether to get the physical or digital version, keep in mind that the load time differences for racetracks only really matter when playing offline–because as soon as you go online, everyone’s stuck waiting for the slowest player, mitigating any load time advantage.

Anyways, thanks for watching and make sure to stay tuned to GameXplain for more on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and all things Nintendo Switch too. .

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