Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has brought the nostalgia and intense rage that I remember… and it is incredible! It has been a while since I’ve purchased, or even played, a Nintendo console. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my 3DS, but I didn’t find the WII or WII U something I would frequently use or get my money out of. The Switch changed this. Zelda Breath of the Wild, which is probably the best game I ever played, reopened my mind to Nintendo consoles and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe reinforced the idea that my purchase was worth it.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has dozens of courses to test your skills, and the catalog spans across every generation you love and remember. You’ll also find the inclusion of some new tracks that are sure to become classics. I also loved the idea of racing as characters outside of the Mario Universe and using vehicles inspired by those outside franchises.
I was worried the Switch Joy-cons might make playing the game difficult due to their size and shape, and I’ve never cared for the Wheel accessories, but after one race the Joy-cons felt at home in my hands and I no longer needed to look down and refer to the buttons for guidance. I found Mario Kart also includes a helpful drive assist modes which will keep characters on track and in the right direction, which seems like an amazing way to keep younger racers from becoming too frustrated.
Overall, I believe Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is worth the money and a top spot in your Switch collection. It lends itself to help pass time alone or pull out at a party. I mean, can you think of a better way to test your relationships then Rainbow Road?
I’d give Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch a 9/10.