The new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been released for the Switch, and it is. There are more ways to play with your friends (and lose them afterwards) than ever before. Some of these options are a bit confusing, so we’ll walk you through how to play with your friends no matter where you are or how many switches you have.

Multiple people can play on a console with a split screen. Up to eight people can play on their own switches with wireless gaming. You can also play with up to twelve friends over the Internet with the online game. The switch also supports multiple controller configurations. Let’s see how to do each of these one by one.

Note: Switch controllers work a little differently from most consoles. Each switch comes with a pair of Joy-Con controllers that can be used as a single large controller for one person or as smaller individual controllers for two people. So if you want to play with four people, you only need two pairs of Joy-Con Controllers. You can also use Pro Controllers, although these are obviously limited to one per player.

Play local split screen with up to four players on a single switch

The easiest (and cheapest) way to play Mario Kart with your friends is with local multiplayer. This mode only requires one switch and a copy of Mario Kart (plus controllers for everyone). It will also be familiar to anyone who hurls blue shells at their friends and relatives from Super Nintendo.

To use this mode, choose Multiplayer from the main menu. Here you can select the number of people you want to play with, up to four players.

Then choose your game mode. If you choose Grand Prix, you will have to choose your difficulty (50cc, 100cc, etc.) before moving on to the next step.

You will see a screen like the one below where you can assign controllers to players. Press and hold the L and R (or SL and SR) buttons on your controller in the configuration you want to use. At the top of the screen, you will see the three different configuration options in which you can use your controllers.

For example, if you want to use the left and right parts of a Joy-Con controller separately, you would need to turn the controllers sideways and hold the SL and SR buttons on each controller. Your screen should look like this.

If you want to use both Joy-Con’s to create a full-size controller, press L and R on both halves of the Joy-Con on this screen. Your controller setup should look like this.

You can add up to four players using any combination of controllers. For example, if you have two pairs of Joy-Con, each half can be a stand-alone controller, allowing four people to play. In this case, your screen would look like this.

During this phase, you can easily pair controllers from other consoles to your Switch. To pair a Joy-Con controller with your Switch, hold the small, round button along the flat edge of the controller until the green row of lights begins to flash.

Joy-Con controllers will also automatically pair with any switch they are physically connected to. So if you want to share controllers between consoles, it’s as easy as sliding them on the Switch.

Once you’ve paired up and configured all of your controllers, you can choose your characters, customize your vehicles, and choose your track to start racing as usual.

Play with up to eight friends using wireless play

Split-screen multiplayer is cool, but it’s an old trick. If you really want to get the most out of your Switch, Wireless Playback Mode is where it is. In this mode, up to eight players can use up to eight switches to play a game in the same room, each with their own screen (or shared). Up to two players can play on a single Switch at a time in split-screen, which means you only need four or more switches for every eight people in the race. Likewise, you can do a four-way race with just two switches.

Wireless reading is slightly more complicated than split screen, but it’s still pretty easy. To get started, choose Wireless Play from the main Mario Kart screen. Choose the number of players who will play on the Switch console. So if you are going to play a two player race, but each person has their own Switch, you will choose “1P” from the main menu.

The first person to start Wireless Play will need to create a room that everyone can play in. This allows the switches to connect directly to each other without an internet connection. Select Create Room and press A.

After that, each switch that chooses wireless play near the first switch will see a screen like the one below. The room you just created should appear in the list of rooms under Lobby, with a counter showing the number of players in that room. Choose the room you want to join and press A.

Once everyone has joined the room, you can choose your character and customize your vehicle. In wireless play mode, each player can vote on the next map they want to run on and the game will randomly choose the next track from each player’s selections.

Play with your friends all over the world with the online game

While it’s nice to be in the same room with your friends while playing, so that you can hear their cries of rage, it’s not necessary. Mario Kart also allows you to play with your friends on the Internet. Up to twelve people can play in a single race using an online match, although only two people can share a single Switch. For a full Grand Prix of twelve people, you will need at least six switches.

To get started, choose Online Play from the main menu. As with wireless play, choose how many players will play on Switch, not how many will play in total.

From the Online Game menu, choose Friends. Global and Regional modes will match you with Mario Kart players from around the world, even if you’re not friends. For this guide, however, we’ll assume that you only want to piss off people who know where you live.

Just like in Wireless Play, you will need to create a room for you and your friends. You’ll also see a list of the people you’ve added as friends. You can select them from the menu to see if they are already in a room. Otherwise, you will need to create one. Select Create Room and press A.

When your friends log into the online game, they will see a checkered flag next to your name in their friends list. To join your room, they must select your name and press A.

Your friend will see your name as well as some statistics of the games you have played against each other. With Join highlighted, they must press A to start the game.

Currently, online play is free for everyone, but Nintendo will start charging for it sometime in the fall of 2017. While Nintendo has yet to commit to a price for this service, it will be less than $ 30 per. year. Enjoy the free race while it lasts!

How to add friends on Nintendo Switch

Like the PS4 and Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch allows you to add “friends” to play online and exchange information.

To add friends on Nintendo Switch

To be able to add Friends on Nintendo Switch, you must have an Internet connection. Then all you have to do is click on the user icon on the Home menu, then click on Add Friend, without forgetting of course to read your Friend Code beforehand. Explanations.

1. Send / Receive a Friend code

When you create an account online, you have a number assigned automatically by Nintendo: the Friend Code. The latter is accessible from the Profile screen.

To add a friend, you can either: request a friend’s code from a relative and send him a request via “Search with a Friend Code”, or give him your friend code.

2. Find a player with whom we have played

To send a friend request with a player you’ve just played online, select “Find a user you’ve played with”, then select a user to send them a friend request.

3. Suggestions from Friends

The “Friend Suggestions” section is also responsible for suggesting people you may know, for example based on mobile applications like Super Mario Run.

You can also search for friends via your Twitter and Facebook contacts, not to mention the 3DS and the Wii U.

4. Local friend request

Finally, it is possible to send a friend request locally. For this, the two players must be located nearby. On the console, all you have to do is select the “Find Locally” option, and follow the information on the screen.

Despite the “local” side of the maneuver, an Internet connection is necessary to validate the friend request. Note that each player can add a total of 300 friends.