CraveOnline: "About six days ago, after a five-hour session of frenetic online multiplayer in Mario Kart 8, a thought occurred to me — a thought about importance. “What are the traits that define important games?” I echoed to myself. I’m not precisely sure why I began this internal line of questioning. But with my hair unkempt and my eyes just the tiniest bit bloodshot, I began to think. The spark igniting my armchair gaming philosophy, it seemed, was fear. The fear that the sheer weight of Mario Kart 8, its singular, rock-like ubiety as both a Wii U mega-release and a Nintendo milestone, would somehow be lost in translation. The game has a “high eight” on aggregators like GameRankings, and in my own review I refrained from awarding it a perfect score. On one hand I suspect Mario Kart 8 has already built a standing legacy for itself, and yet, its GameRankings composite rests a mere single percentage point above the likes of GameCube’s arguably lackluster Double Dash!! I felt uneasy, to say the least."