Starting in September, Nintendo Australia is hosting a series of online qualifying events for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe AU/NZ Championship. These open qualifiers will determine the top players who will compete in the finals on Sunday, 8th October at PAX Australia 2023. There are multiple ways to play and participate, and players of all experience levels are welcome.

Eligible players of the Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe game from across Australia and New Zealand will have a chance to compete in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: AU/NZ Championship tournament on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 11th of September.

There’s also My Nintendo goodies up for grabs for playing:

The top two players across each qualifier (12 players total) will be awarded 1,000 My Nintendo Gold Points.

20 randomly selected players will be awarded 1,000 My Nintendo Gold Points.

All participants will also receive 50 Platinum Points per day just for playing.

Players can get discounts on their next Nintendo eShop purchase with their Gold Points and use their Platinum Points for physical and digital rewards.

Want to learn more about My Nintendo Gold Points and Platinum Points? Check it out here!

Qualifier Details

Join any of the tournaments below by selecting ‘Online Play’, picking ‘Tournaments’, and then clicking on ‘Search by Code’. Once there, you can enter the day’s tournament code during the specified times:

  • Online Qualifier #1

    • Date: Friday 1st September

    • Time: 4:00pm – 10:00pm AEST / 6:00pm – 12:00am NZST

    • Tournament Code: 2557-5372-6507

  • Online Qualifier #2

    • Date: Saturday 2nd September

    • Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm AEST / 2:00pm – 8:00pm NZST

    • Tournament Code: 4739-9175-2235

  • Online Qualifier #3

    • Date: Sunday 3rd September

    • Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm AEST / 2:00pm – 8:00pm NZST

    • Tournament Code: 3633-9634-4363

  • Online Qualifier #4

    • Date: Saturday 9th September

    • Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm AEST / 2:00pm – 8:00pm NZST

    • Tournament Code: 4424-5058-6155

  • Online Qualifier #5

    • Date: Sunday 10th September

    • Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm AEST / 2:00pm – 8:00pm NZST

    • Tournament Code: 4980-1672-5547

  • Online Qualifier #6

    • Date: Monday 11th September

    • Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm AEST / 12:00pm – 6:00pm NZST

    • Tournament Code: 1012-6912-1579

Voilà! You’re ready for the starting line!


  • Mode: 150cc Race

  • Teams: No Teams

  • Items: Normal Items

  • COM: Normal COM

  • Vehicles: All Vehicles

  • Smart Steering: No Smart Steering

  • Frequency: Fixed Period

  • Race Count: 24 Races

  • Group Shuffling: Every 4th Match

  • Player Rating: Any Rating

  • Public/Private: Code Required

Scores reset at the end of each day, so if you don’t win the first day, try again! But please remember, a single player may only claim one prize. For example, if a player finishes in the top two on the first day, and if that same player happens to land in the top two during the remainder of the event, they will only be eligible for the top two prize once. Instead, the next eligible player on the leader board will be declared a winner for that tournament day. This way, everyone has a shot!

Expand the racing fun with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass!

Remastered courses from across the Mario Kart series are coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as paid DLC! Available as a separate purchase or included at no additional cost with a paid Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership, you can get access to five waves right now, with the final wave releasing by end of 2023.

Courses from the Booster Course Pass will appear in the Random Selection when playing Global or Regional races with anyone online.

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