Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Ruleset

Tournament Rules

  1. Tournament Length

    This tournament is single-elimination.

  2. Set Length

    All tournament matches will be in sets of four tracks with exception of the finals which are a set of six tracks. Two players will advance each set until the final four players are determined.

  3. Set Procedure

    1. All players will simultaneously have 99 seconds to select their characters, karts, kart pieces and driving options. Driving options include smart steering, tilt controls, and auto-accelerate. Characters, karts, kart pieces, and driving options are locked after confirmation and may not change during the set.
    2. The players will play the first track in the set.
    3. After a track is finished, all players may rest up to 30 seconds before continuing to the next track. Players who choose to not take this rest break may do so only if all other players agree to continue.
    4. Repeat steps two and three for all remaining tracks on the round.
  4. Pausing

    Pausing, through the pause button or home button, is only legal for the purpose of summoning a Tournament Official, or in the case of a controller malfunction. All other pauses will incur a track loss to the player who pauses the game. If a pause occurs, a Tournament official must be called during the pause to issue a resume countdown. This rule also applies to controllers which cause the game to revert to the Switch home screen.

  5. Color Request Clause

    Players may request that their opponent change colors to accommodate color blindness, or if their color is indistinguishable from the other team color or the stage background. The request must be made before the game starts. For example, requesting that a player use Red Yoshi to reduce confusion and distinguish from another player using Blue Yoshi.

  6. Coaching Violations

    Coaching is defined as an attempt to give advice to any player during a tournament set. Coaching is only permitted when the Grand Finals reset occurs. In this instance, players are given a two-minute break in which coaching may occur. In all other instances, coaching is prohibited during the duration of a tournament set, whether during a game, or in between games in a set. Tournament Officials reserve the right to discern what qualifies as “coaching” and the severity of the violation. If coaching occurs, the coaching party will receive penalties as outlined below:

    • First offense (minor): A verbal warning is given to the player and the coach. This warning persists for the entire event.
    • Second offense (major): The player receives a game loss and/or the coach is removed from the tournament station.
    • Third offense (severe): The coach(es) and player will receive complete disqualification and removal from the event.
    Cheering vs. coaching

    Cheering is recognized as such when using nondescript statements — for example, “let’s go,” “you got this,” or “mess them up!” These are not seen as coaching violations as they do not qualify as advice that can be applied to gameplay.

    Coaching violations are typically highly specific statements that may point out habits, specific options, or timings — for example, “watch out for the green shell,” “he’s got bananas” or “blue shell coming!”

  7. Tardiness

    Anyone who is not present for their set 10 minutes past the scheduled start time of the round is subject to a total disqualification from the event.

Game Rules

  1. Game Settings

    • Number of Players: four – Local Splitscreen (unless as determined by Tournament Official)
    • Mode: VS Race
    • Speed Class: 150cc Race
    • Teams: No Teams
    • Items: Frantic Items
    • COM: No COM
    • COM Vehicles: All Vehicles
    • Courses: Random
    • Race Count: four races, Finals are six races
  2. Additional Rules

    1. Patch

      FanimeCon 2022 will use whichever patch is currently live at 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday May 25th, 2022.