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Mario Kart 8 coin farming made easy

Unlock all of your kart parts by doing (almost) nothing

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One of the best parts of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch is that almost everything is unlocked from the beginning. All of the characters, courses and downloadable content from the Wii U version are available for first-time players.

That’s everything except your kart parts, which you still have to unlock the old-fashioned way. To unlock the couple dozen karts, wheels and gliders, you need to collect coins while you play. You can unlock these coins in any mode with any number of players. For every 50 coins you get, you’ll unlock a new piece. But once you hit 550 coins, unlocks happen every 100 coins. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of time.

But what if you could farm coins in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe without lifting a finger? This video from Nintendo Life (which you can also watch below) explains a mostly hands-off process that we’ve tested and detail in this guide.


The more Luigis you have, the better
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Farming coins in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is pretty easy. To start, go to a multiplayer match, select as many players as you can, and choose VS. Race mode.

Many of us will be doing it with two players, since our Nintendo Switch comes with two controllers. But you can also do this with up to four racers.

Pick a medium weight character like Luigi. This is the most important part: Press the + or - button and make sure auto-acceleration and auto-steering is on. Now your Luigis will passively race across the track collecting coins without your intervention!

Another important thing to note: When selecting your Luigis, don’t give them the same setup. Let them have varying speeds, so they are nowhere near each other during the race. This way, they have more opportunities to pick up coins and won’t run the risk of racing past the same coin spawn point around the same time. For safety, use our sample setups above.


Here’s how you need to set up your VS. race
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After you select your karts, use the race settings above. Matches should take about three to four minutes to complete, so set up as many races as you can (up to 48) depending on the time you want to spend.

Each race should net you around 3-6 coins per racer, per race — sometimes more! And don’t worry: If you exit out of the races before the race count ends, you’ll still be credited for collecting coins.


Moo Moo Meadows is great for a few reasons
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Next you have to pick the right course to race on. Moo Moo Meadows is the perfect course for coin farming.

While you won’t need to do anything to grab coins, you still have to exit the match once it ends and select a new course each time. You’re farming coins because you want to do the least amount of work, and choosing Moo Moo Meadows works great for this. After the first race, once you are pushed back to the race selection screen, your selection will be already locked on Moo Moo Meadows. All you need to do is press A once to select it and A again to confirm.

Moo Moo Meadows is also a great course because many of its coins are located near the edge of the track. Since your Luigis will be on autopilot, they will ride close to the edge the entire race. And while your Luigis won’t be going fast enough to hit hazards hard enough to drop coins, they will occasionally hit a cow fast enough to drop their coins. But in our testing, even when this happens, you still end up netting the average 3-6 coins per racer.

This technique is really easy to manage, and it only becomes easier if you can get more than two racers. Even with the default two, you can get all the coins you need in a short amount of time.

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