Nintendo is hosting a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe AU/NZ tournament for Easter

A brand new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe grand prix is set to begin from 16 April.
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Fans of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in Australia and New Zealand are in for a massive treat this Easter long weekend as Nintendo has announced a major online grand prix for all players in the region. From 16 April to 18 April, players can jump into the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: AU/NZ Autumn Grand Prix tournament to claim the regional Mario Kart crown and earn Gold and Platinum Nintendo Points.

Those participating will have a chance to win 1,000 My Nintendo Gold Points at random, with winners selected each day, and will also gain 100 My Nintendo Platinum Points per day of participation. These points can be spent on the My Nintendo Store, which currently stocks a range of unique merchandise – including adorable Kirby tote bags.

If you’d like to get more competitive, you can also go for the grand prize: each day, the top 10 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe winners will be given 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points, which can be used to purchase game on the digital Nintendo eShop. Keep in mind these players will represent the elite of the Australian and New Zealand Mario Kart scenes, and may prove to be a difficult challenge.

Whatever way you play, there’s rewards waiting right around the corner.

How to enter the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: AU/NZ Autumn Grand Prix

To enter the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: AU/NZ Autumn Grand Prix, you’ll first need to have an active subscription to Nintendo Switch Online, the service that allows online multiplayer functionality.

Once that’s sorted, you can access all three days of the tournament from 12 pm to 6 pm AEST by selecting Online Play from the in-game menu, then Tournaments, then Search by Code.

Here’s the codes for every day of the Grand Prix – they’ll need to be entered manually:

  • 16 April: 2221-6922-5771
  • 17 April: 0562-7611-3963
  • 18 April: 3463-2062-4171

Scores will apparently reset each day, meaning you’re very welcome to return for more ranked action as the days go on. You can find out more about the upcoming tournament via the Nintendo website.

Good luck, and happy racing!

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.