How to play Mario Kart 8 online with friends

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not only one of the most popular games on the Nintendo Switch

but also one of the best games to play with friends. This fun racer is appropriate for gamers of all ages and skill levels,

but eventually, playing against the AI will get stale.

That's when playing against your friends comes in to add some much-needed variety and challenge to your races.

Here's how to get set up to play with friends online in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Step 1: Boot up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and select Online play from the main menu.

Step 2: Select Friends.

Step 3: Select Create room and select your character.

Step 4: Any friends will now be able to join your  room. Unfortunately, you cannot directly invite your friends to join  your room in the game itself.

Now How to join friends online

If your friend is the one to set up the room to play online, joining is quite simple.

Step 1: Follow the same steps as before up until you are on the Create Room screen.

Step 2: Under the Friends tab, any friend you have currently in a lobby will have a checkered flag icon next to their name.

Step 3: Select that friend and hit Join.

In addition to regular races and cups, you can also host Tournaments online with your friends as well.