There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned Mario Karty to cleanse the soul! The first Switch game not called Breath of the Wild is finally out and boy ain’t she a dandy. Mario Kart 8 was excellent on the WiiU, and Deluxe improves upon it in almost every way.
Everything you loved about the original Mario Kart 8 is still intact, but there’s a lot of new stuff in Deluxe. There’s a few extra tracks and a few extra characters, including those lovable scamps from Splatoon. That stupid fire-hopping shit has been fixed now you can hold two items at once; ala Double Dash. The biggest addition however is the new battle modes! Yes, now there are new ways to pop balloons and ruin friendships! These improvements make the game feel like a decent step up from Mario kart 8.
Deluxe runs insanely well on the Switch, it’s an incredible port job. I’ve had the chance to partake in some split screen action as well and it is just flippin’ excellent in every regard. The only negative things I can really come up with is that there’s still some kinks that need to be worked out in Nintendo’s online infrastructure, and the replay editing function could be improved a little. That’s about it. This game is oodles of fun and an absolute perfect title to own on the Switch. I know this is a really short review, but come on, I shouldn’t have to justify Mario Kart being fun. I highly recommend picking this up, if only to give yourself some variety from Breath of the Wild. Let me know what you thought of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the comments.