Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has introduced two new mechanisms in order to aid newcomers. These are smart steering and auto-accelerate. Smart steering makes the car steer itself while auto-accelerate makes the kart accelerate without having to push the a button. I only use auto-accelerate. I think it's a pretty cool option for the lower difficulties since I never let go of the a button there. It also prolongs the life of my a button. I had to buy a New 3DS last year cause my b button stopped working correctly and I don't want my Switch to suffer the same fate (it was out of warranty, too). When I reach 150cc, I'll likely stop using auto-accelerate.
No way. It took me a while to figure out how to turn them off.
The track lines I take forced the 'steering assist' to try and push me back towards the middle of the track. Very annoying. Like any good race car driver, you know your track lines and don't want any interference!
I thought about maybe turning on auto accelerate to make it less annoying to brake in 200cc when taking those tight turns. Especially with the joycon's tiny buttons, I find that pressing 2 face buttons at the same time is a bit uncomfortable at times.
Auto-acceleration, natch. But I don't think of it as an assist.
By the way, my Mazda has adaptive cruise control, which automatically matches the speed of the car in front of you while you're on the highway. That is kind of an assist. And it's awesome! It might even surpass heated seats and the auxiliary audio jack as my favorite feature ever.
Pretty sure I forgot that auto-acceleration was an option and I might try it out in the future, but I answered no. Like Ploot I didn't realize that ON was the default, and even though I could tell something was off I thought I just had to get used to steering with the joycon or something until we played Toad's Turnpike. Every time I tried to use the boost truck things it would steer me away from the vehicle. That was annoying!
I've used auto accelerate to give my thumb a rest for a race or two since Nintendo won't let us just use the trigger for it like every other racing game. Unless I'm trying to play with a broken hand or something, I'll never use smart steering.