The End of the Waluigi Era – You’ll be better with these 3 combos

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Waluigi was the best driver in Mario Kart for years.But now there are three combinations that are better.


Hamburg – In the course of the new route DLC from Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Switch, something has now also been done to the values ​​of the drivers.For years, Waluigi was at the top here with different vehicles.This has changed now.3 other characters have taken the top spots and are now considered the best drivers in the game.We present these combinations to you here.

name of the gameMario Kart 8 Deluxe
Release29. April 2017
developerNintendo EAD
platformNintendo Switch
Genrearcade racing game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Changes Best Combo – These are now the 3 best drivers

What has changed? The update of the drivers came with the 4th wave of the track DLC for Mario Kart 8. All drivers and also their vehicles and tires were adjusted.The light and medium-weight riders in particular benefited from this.The tempo stats have been increased here.It gets particularly interesting with the mini-turbo stats, which have only been slightly improved for some drivers.These values ​​are particularly important when it comes to finding the best drivers.

These 3 drivers now dominate: The new meta of Mario Kart 8 now primarily lists 3 drivers at the top: Link, Rosalina and King Buu Huu.These 3 drivers now have an improved speed stat, still slightly below Waluigi, but offset by the higher mini-turbo stat.Especially the latter is particularly strong and the reason why you should now prefer these 3 drivers to the previous king Waluigi.

You should choose these vehicles: So far, the Wild Wiggler in combination with Waluigi has been particularly strong.The Wiggler has not been weakened, but other vehicles have been significantly improved.This applies above all to the cat convertible and the bear car.


There were also interesting adjustments to the tires, but here the small tires remain at the top due to the mini-turbo stat.Gliders haven’t received major adjustments.

Yoshis Island and Birdo in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch
Yoshis Island and Birdo in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch © Nintendo (montage)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: This is the New Best Combo – Use this setup

Now use this combination: It still has to be determined in detail which combination is really the best.However, it can be said that several combinations are stronger than any Waluigi combo.You should choose this combination:

  • Driver: Link, Rosalina or King Buu Huu
  • Vehicle: Cat convertible or bear bolide
  • Tires: Small (Blue) or Small (Red)
  • glider: paper gliders

Of course, Waluigi is not a bad driver either.He wasn’t weakened either.It just made other characters stronger.Apart from that, five more drivers for Mario Kart 8 are to follow.We have summarized the best combinations so far for you here: Mario Kart 8: Best Setup 2023 – The fastest cars and combinations