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: Let’s say that one day you eat a psychedelic mushroom and for a few hours only, you get to relive your childhood. You relish the memories of times with friends and experience harmless fun without a care in the world. If you are a Millennial, Mario Kart probably feels a lot like that.
Excerpt: Something, something, something, Nintendo financials. There’s your obligatory state of Nintendo for this review. Seriously though, it would seem that we can’t discuss how exciting it is to be getting another console Mario Kart game without discussing the sales (or lack thereof) of the Wii U.
Excerpt: It's fitting in more ways than one that the bright blue number eight in Mario Kart 8 's logo suggests a Möbius strip. Not only is it indicative of the game's introduction of anti-gravity segments that send players speeding across inverted routes, but it's also representative of the boundless...