There is something special about Mario Kart that resonates with fanboys of Nintendo, and while I was not a hardcore fanboy of the series, things have changed now. I remember playing Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U and having a blast, so when the Switch's library of games dwindled, all hope in the console relied on a port. I have never been so happy to play a
This experience awakened my Nintendo fanboy inside me, as there was just nothing I could say to ruin the day. To be in the only Nintendo Store in the world, on the day one of your favorite games launched, was a once in a lifetime experience. The only issue I had, was that my game was all the way in SA, but I did get a few hours hands on in the store to curb my appetite. When I got back to SA however, jet lagged and all, I was determined to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The Deluxe version of Mario Kart 8 is much more than just a
While these new additions are all good, the most questionable new feature is the Smart Steering, which is just a hot mess. I think Nintendo wanted new users to be able to play the game with some sort of autopilot, but in turn added a feature that does not do well with anyone. A friend of mine was over who has never played Mario Kart before, and even they were interrupted by the awkward control takeover that comes into play when using this mode. You cannot turn corners and drift properly to activate turbo, and shortcuts are often missed due to the steering pushing in the “correct” path. If you have ever played a racing game before, then please turn this off.
What makes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe so epically awesome (yes bad journalism there), is the fact that it makes use of the Switch's hardware so darn well. In a world where PS4 Pro ports are still at 1080p, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a gorgeous example of how to make use of your hardware. The Joy-Con acts as two separate controllers for multiplayer, and the game is just gorgeous from top to bottom. Playing on a TV in docked mode resulted in a crisp 1080p 60FPS, with details and
From the TV to the airport, I am sure Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the next reason to invest in a Nintendo Switch. Most of all the new additional features make it feel like more than just a port. The Battle Mode, in particular, has seen quite the new set of additions with five new
Whatever you do in this lifetime, you have to make sure you grab a Joy-Con and race in Mario Kart 8. Be it