Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most popular game on Nintendo Switch, no doubt partly due to the fact that it caters to players of all levels. Pro players with Jedi reflexes can compete in 200cc, while there are various speed classes and assists to help all racers have fun.

One of these is auto-steering, though it's not particularly obvious how to turn this on and off in the game. Fear not, it's easy once you know how.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Smart Steering Guide

The Basics Of Smart Steering In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

So, what is the auto-steer function in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

To be clear about what this feature does, it isn't a Tesla-style auto-pilot. The emphasis on racing well, turning into corners and so on is still with you as the player; it's more fun that way! You'll still want to turn into corners as tightly as possible, swerve around opponents and race as best you can.

What this function does is keep you on the track if you're in danger of going off course, gently redirecting your kart to keep it on the tarmac. It's designed in a way to help struggling players while not making it a 'cheat' mode. It's entirely possible that if you have a great race you won't even trigger it.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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How Do I Setup Smart Steering In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

Nintendo has made the selection of assists a little obscure in the game, but this is how you enable auto-steer.

The game doesn't have a traditional 'options' or 'settings' menu. Instead, you make changes when choosing your character and kart for a race. After the character select screen you'll come to the vehicle select area, and this is where you make the change.

See that little -/+ at the bottom right? You press either of those buttons and a sub-screen appears. Auto-steer is the icon on the left; press L to enable and disable the feature. You know it's active if there's a little signal icon behind the kart.

Choose your kart and parts, press A and you're now good to go!

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Can I see it in races?

You sure can! When you start your race you'll see an antenna on the back of your car. When you're on track it won't do anything, but when the auto-steer activates to help you the light will flash yellow; it's a great way to learn tracks and see when the game is helping you out.

That's it, pretty simple! Keep an eye out for our other Mario Kart 8 Deluxe guides, and be sure to share your own pearls of wisdom in the comments.

This article is part of our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe guide series, featuring tips, hints, tricks and unlocks for the best kart racing game on Switch. You can find the Full Character Roster, every course in the game, including the DLC tracks, and How To Download And Access the DLC itself.

We also explain How To Build The Best Kart, How To Unlock All Gold Mario And All Gold Kart Parts, How To Avoid Blue Shells, How To Farm Infinite Coins, How To Drift, Slipstream, And Boost, and How To Get A Rocket Start, as well as Explain And Rank Every Item, list every every compatible amiibo and unlockable Mii Costumes, explore The Difference Between 'All Items' And 'Frantic Items', plus give an in-depth explanation of All Control Options And Assists and How To Turn Automatic Steering On And Off.