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Shine Thief in action!

Shine Thief is a Battle Mode originally exclusive to Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, but reintroduced in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The goal of this mode is to keep a Shine Sprite in possession until time runs out. This means that unlike Balloon Battle, which is focused on offense, winning Shine Thief requires a great defense and good evasion skills. Other racers can use items to knock the Shine Sprite out of a player's possession and steal it. When hit with an item, it takes a few seconds to be able to pick the Sprite back up. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, holding the Shine causes whoever's holding it to slow down a tad bit also, the winner of a round (or the winning team for the round) will receive 30 points (with each teammate receiving 5 Points each). During free for all rounds, you only need to hold the Shine for 20 seconds to win while in teams, players need to hold it for 30 seconds to win, they had to make it harder somehow.