Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - GR Review

Added: 20.04.2017 6:56 | 15 views | 0 comments

The Wii U was no fiscal success, but without Mario Kart 8 it would have been a money-bleeding liability. The game that brought us Luigi’s Death Stare, MKTV, and single-handedly revitalized its host console (sporting crazy high attach rates) was a reinvention for Mario Kart, and despite its success deserved to be played and owned by at least twice as many people as it actually was.

Mario Kart 8 has returned on Nintendo Switch as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, awarded the second chance it rightfully earned and sporting a fancy new Battle Mode among a smattering of other frills, enhancements, and a boatload of included DLC. The package is compelling on paper, but is it really worth revisiting for a full $60? Read on to find out.

The Best Mario Kart, Now Better

An immediate perk of porting a game just three years after its release is that the game itself ages quite well. At its core, Mario Kart 8 is still a cutting-edge kart racer, the best and prettiest Mario Kart, and a monster of a party game, just like it was on Wii U. What’s changed this time around (beyond Battle, which I’ll get to later) is essentially a visual upgrade and extras, the former delivering subtle but appreciated aesthetic gains and the latter appeasing stickler, detail-oriented fans, particularly those of the Double Dash!!-adoring persuasion. There are also optional features designed to make Mario Kart more accessible, including smart steering and auto-acceleration.

Regarding graphics, the upgrades are simple - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe runs at a full, native 1080p, a substantial upgrade from the original’s 720p, and retains the 60fps found on Wii U as well. In short, the end result is ...

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