Justin Ludwig of Entertainment Buddha writes: "After playing Mario Kart 8 for a while, I tried to digest everything about the game and figure out where this installment stacks up in the Mario Kart series. Graphically, there is no competition as this is the only game that outputs high-def graphics and it obliterates the rest, naturally. I think that this game is a great candidate for the second best game in the series, which is still a pretty good ranking considering the other games, but I feel that Mario Kart: Double Dash!! had a few more nuances, like character specific items, that make it a more strategic game compared to MK8. There isn’t a lot of incentive to get all of the kart parts outside of just the achievement that you’ve unlocked all of them, and most players will probably simply choose a heavy character."