Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Game review on Switch
Kris Godwin / Thu 11th May 2017
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Originally released for the Wii U in 2014, Mario Kart 8 was a worthy continuation of Nintendo's legendary franchise.
Selling 8 million units, it became the system's highest-selling title; so it's no surprise that Nintendo has seen fit to re-release it for their new console - the Switch.
Now enhanced with all original DLC and more content, there has never been a better time to take this game for a spin!
Mario Kart 8 was a brilliant game in 2014, and it still is in 2017.
The tight playability of Nintendo's long-running racing series hasn't lost a step, with perfect controls, a massive wealth of customisation options, and tremendous course variety. New to the eighth installment are anti-gravity segments, which create thrilling roller coaster moments that have a direct impact on the race, as bumping into other players creates speed boosts, which has a subtle (yet large) influence on how races pan-out. Combine this with bikes and tricking (from MK Wii), and the underwater and paragliding (from MK 7), and its clear that MK 8 is the penultimate sequel.
Content-wise, this is also the biggest Mario Kart yet, with all the DLC packed-in from the original version. There are 41 characters, including new arrivals like Inkling Boy and Girl, King Boo, Bowser Jr., Dry Bones and Gold Mario.
That's not all - new to this version is the revamped Battle Mode (with the Wii U's disappointing offering being erased), with eight new levels, and game types including the classic balloon and bomb battles, and the new 'cops and robbers' inspired mode.
Additionally, racers can now carry two items (from MK Double Dash), with two new weapons - the Boo and the Feather (finally!). Another welcome thing is the new Smart Steering setting, which allows less-experienced gamers to avoid falling from edges whilst driving - and it's definitely handy for 200cc mode!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe looks absolutely stunning.
Running at 1080p on TV, and 60 fps (30 fps for 3 - 4 players), it is an utter marvel to witness, especially combined with the gorgeous characters, environments and effects.
Though a Wii U port, it's still an impressive showing for the Switch - and I still can't believe such a small device can produce something so pretty!
The audio for MK8 Deluxe is about what you'd expect for a Mario Kart game.
Lots of "wahoos" and "waaaaahhhs" punctuated by saxophone-charged tunes. It's frenetic and cheery, and adds to the stress of losing first place.
That blue shell beeping still gives me chills...
In all, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a superb package.
It's positively jam-packed with content, looks gorgeous, is super-tight - and with the extensive couch multiplayer modes and online community, will last you forever.
Go and get it, and face the wrath of my pink scooter-riding Link!