Summary: Mario Kart 8 stands as the next great hope to reverse the Wii U's fortunes, in the same way Mario Kart 7 and a price drop brought the 3DS back to life. Nintendo's banking on the magic of Mario Kart; even if consumers don't buy enough Wii Us to push the system ahead, they can help keep Nintendo...
Excerpt: Mario Kart 8 is here. The game that should have launched with Wii U – old faithful itself – is back. It’s is not the first online version, or the first to offer co-op, but with anti-gravity karts, gliding carts, new items, HD graphics, and new course types, Mario Kart 8 isn’t resting on its laurels...
Pros: Spectacular new tracks, Awesome new kart types, Superior competitive balancing to recent entries, Absolutely gorgeous, Best online play of any Nintendo game
Cons: Kart races can still end in unfair circumstances, Poor tools for communicating with friends online, Some legacy tracks don’t hold up to new ones
Summary: The game feels more competitive, the new courses are mostly excellent, and online play is often a blast. Those three things should be enough to convince series fans and Wii U owners to play Mario Kart 8.
Pros: Feels more competitive, New tracks are great, Mario Kart in HD
Cons: Familiar mechanics, Battle mode feels like an afterthought
Excerpt: In April 2008 I purchased Mario Kart Wii as a birthday present for who is now my eldest step son. I was 35 at the time and the whole Mario Kart thing was pretty foreign to me, so I had no idea what I was getting into when I bought the game.
Excerpt: What do you get when you cross a turtle shell with a banana? If you happen to know, then odds are you have some seriously awkward life experiences, or you haven’t given Nintendo’s iconic racing series a chance yet.
Summary: Mario Kart 8 manages to combine the best aspects of both Mario Kart and F-Zero into one cohesive package that’s guaranteed to be a big hit among friendly gatherings. It’s well presented, the course design is fantastic, and the online modes are more stable than they were previously.