Best amiibo for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 2022

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Amiibo Mario In Front
Super Smash Bros Ultimate Amiibo Mario In Front (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

Instead of unlocking secret items to give you an advantage like you do in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, amiibo unlock cosmetic upgrades in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. You use amiibo to unlock special themed outfits your Mii can wear while racing. It's a nice way to stand out in a multiplayer race if you don't feel like using one of the infamous Nintendo characters, and great for showing off in local matches with other Switch users.

Editor's Note — Some of the amiibo you see in this list are no longer in circulation, and will be both more difficult to track down and more expensive than the standard retail pricing.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe amiibo rewards: Suit up your Mii!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe amiibo uniforms (Image credit: Nintendo)

These outfits add a special flare, allowing you to race as your customized Mii with a hint of a favorite character. The good news is you only need to tap your amiibo to the Switch once in order to unlock the Mii race outfit associated with that figure, so no carrying your amiibo around like you would for other games. You also don't need to pick up multiple amiibo of the same character unless you'd like to as they will all give you the same racing suit of that character.

As you can see, the big differences here are in the helmets. This makes sense since that's what you're going to see most when cruising past someone after a mushroom boost. Some of the helmets cover your Mii face almost entirely, like the Splatoon and Samus Aran designs, while others let your Mii shine through with some clever accents.

Best amiibo for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe