Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review | Gamereactor

GR writes: "It's a near-perfect package that offers something for all ages to enjoy, with lashings of content to keep players coming back again and again."

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moldybread183d ago

nintendo are one of the few who are able to redo a game and then get it to sell very well while still charging full price for

Neonridr183d ago

still totally worth it though. And a fair bit of enhancements to make it justifiable.

Can't wait.

BigTrain182d ago

Its only worth it for those who have not experienced it yet, otherwise it should half the price of a brand new game at best.

Neonridr182d ago

@BigTrain - pretty sure Sony did the same with TLOU and charged full price again. Was that ok though?

MVGeneral182d ago

Sony also released 3 games for the price of one. The Nathan drake collection.
And tlou released with the dlc's

NapalmSanctuary182d ago

"tlou released with the dlc's"
So does MK8 Deluxe.

Sono421182d ago

the only reason i'm getting this is to have a reason to pick up my switch again.. already own it on my Wii U. Although I am very concerned about how well this will run in docked mode.. Zelda still has terrible frame rate issues while docked so how will this fast paced racer hold up?

Neonridr182d ago

@Sono421 - Zelda patch improved many of the areas where there was slow down.

Digital Foundry did a work up on MK8 on the Switch. It runs at 1080p/60fps locked, so not sure what you are worried about performance wise.

Sono421181d ago

@ Neonridr

Tired of hearing this, the frame rate issues and full on freezes are NOT fixed for Breath of the Wild while docked. My system software is up to date and so is Breath of the WIld. Still experience many frame rate drops and full on freezes. Did their patch make them less frequent? Maybe but I can't tell. Anyone saying this is fixed with the patch doesn't even play the game, or is just flat out lying because they feel the need to defend Nintendo.

Neonridr181d ago (Edited 181d ago )

@Sono421 - don't know what to tell you my friend, but I do not experience crashes or freezes. Wish I could help you out with that, but that sounds like a problem more severe than just a game stuttering.

I come across an area here or there in the game where it may stutter or slow down for a second. But I definitely don't experience whatever it is you are having troubles with. And it certainly doesn't make the game any less fun or playable for me.

Then again my Switch didn't have the joy con issues, dock issues, cracking issues, bending issues, or whatever other problems people seem to be coming up with. So who knows.

BigTrain180d ago (Edited 180d ago )

You are correct Sony did do the same thing with the TLOU and I say the same thing to them too. "Its only worth it for those who have not experienced it yet, otherwise it should be half the price of a brand new game at best."

Utalkin2me179d ago (Edited 179d ago )


Again TLOU also doubled the framerate and increased resolution and not in just one particular instance. Also used some AA, and wasnt full price.

The switch version is still 60 fps and still is 720p in portable mode and didn't add an AA.

So while they are both not worth it unless you have never played them before. But its obvious more work went into TLOU.

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-Foxtrot182d ago

When Battle Mode should have been a free update to the previous game since you can tell it was obviously unfinished and slapped-dashed together. Sorry but it's true and if you want to defend that then it's clear denial

Most of this could have been another DLC pack or free updates.

Nintendo-or-Nothing182d ago


With you being a middle aged man you would think you would appreciate the greatest Mario Kart ever.

Mario Kart 8 is one of those games that was so good, that it was a shame that more didnt get to play it. Now we have a true system link console in 2017 and now we get one of the best multiplayer games ever.
I'm curious, why do you flock to Nintendo articles when you have no interest besides to bash it?

EddieNX 182d ago

The 1080p , battle mode and being able to play splitscreen and 8 player LAN make this a must own for anyone who is even remotely interested in Mario Kart.

Its the best Mario kart game ever and fully portable as well!

-Foxtrot182d ago

"With you being a middle aged man you..."

Started with a ass-like comment...not even going to bother

indyman77182d ago

Moldybread everyone makes remakes full price. Most of the time. To look at it correctly, Nintendo is one of the few companies that can remake a game and make it way better instead of screwing it up. That is what I take from it. They are not perfect (star fox). But they are good and making things better. So Way to make a positive into a negative.

Nintendo-or-Nothing182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

@ foxtrot

Lol, Im only kidding. My first system was an Magnavox Odyssey if that gives you a clue how old I am. But us old timers will always be young at heart. But seriously, what system were you gaming on in the 80's? Nintendo to me is the last resemblance of the golden age of Gaming. I personally want Nintendo to thrive and keep family-oriented gaming alive.

moldybread182d ago

IndyMan, wasn't the Last of us remaster only$50? That was a nice upgrade too.

Dan_scruggs182d ago

All DLC could be free. But I live in the real world and so do you.

xPhearR3dx182d ago

Oh look, Foxtrot in yet ANOTHER Switch game article whining like you usually do. Honest to god question, do you actually ever play anything?

On topic. It's pretty simple. You either buy it and enjoy it, or don't. That's it. Life goes on. Support what you like, don't support what you don't like. Remember The Last of Us Remastered? Which could have easily been a digital only title and cost $20-30. Hell, they didn't even add anything. Just a resolution bump, option for 60 FPS with DLC and called it a day. Boom $60 bucks. Where was you complaining then? Oh you weren't, because I forgot Sony did it so it's amazing. You know, like you claim for Nintendo. They seem to get a free pass because everyone in the press is bias and thinks they're amazing right? You only apply logic when it works in your favor.

But you know what? I bought The Last of Us Remastered and I bought Mario Kart 8, both for full retail price. Because they're good games and the developers (In my opinion) deserve the extra cash from me and everyone else buying it twice.

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Istolla182d ago

Many people haven't played this game so it will be new to them.

ninsigma182d ago

Many people didn't play Skyrim. Should they have paid full price for the remaster??

blawren4182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

ninsigma. Yes, it would be justifiable to pay full price for skyrim remaster, if it included dlc, update graphics, and new multiplayer mode, as does Mario Kart 8.

itBourne182d ago

Nintendo are also one of the few who gets significantly more praise simply for nostalgia sake..

Mario Kart is the epitome of give every kid a trophy... It is a shame Modnation Racers died, it was and is a much better cart racer.

Istolla182d ago

If it was much better, why did it die?

Highlife182d ago

Mod nation racers could have been good but loading times, lag terrible frame rate killed it. I like Mario kart but this should not be full price I have the wiiu version and this doesn't seem worth it. Also does any other game reuse it's maps more than Mario kart?

Erik7357182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

Well there's nostalgia because Nintendo games were actually good I guess

Loadedklip182d ago

How much was Last of Us remastered when it launched? Honest question.

ShottyatLaw182d ago

It was going to be $60.00, but they lowered it to $50.00 before launch.

Erik7357182d ago

50 with no new added content

2pacalypsenow182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

Some stores gave you discounts if you had the original game, I got mine for 19.99 with a PS3 version trade in

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starrman1985182d ago

Naive I know, but is Mario Kart actually good fun solo? I have a Switch and I am tempted but I just don't know how much depth it has from a singleplayer point of view?

Gemmol182d ago

a lot and you can play online

The 10th Rider182d ago

Yeah, it's pretty good fun. With the added DLC there's a ton of tracks and it's a blast. There's also the time trials and 200cc to master as well. If you're up for playing online it's definitely worth it. If you're not big on online and aren't going to play couch co-op, I'd wait for a price drop unless you really like racers or are looking for something to scratch that itch.

deafdani182d ago

Yes, it's fun solo if you try to get all gold stars on all cups on all racing speeds (50, 100, 150, 200 and mirror). That will take you a good while.

Then you have online multiplayer, which is a blast. Not as good as local multiplayer, obviously, but still a lot of fun.

starrman1985182d ago

In terms of unlocks (I am a bit of a collector in games and this would encourage me) what sort of unlocks are there? cosmetically, well and performance based?

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Bruh182d ago

Ehh so is Sony and Microsoft or are we going to conveniently forget about the plethora of Remasters that came out in the first few years

Erik7357182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

And also apparantly able to get it to review better as well

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Mr Marvel183d ago

This was the only game I played regularly on my Wii U before I traded my system in, therefore MK8 Deluxe is a must buy for me.

I haven't played any game other than Zelda on my Switch, so it should be a nice to try something else.

Neonridr183d ago

Might I suggest Shovel Knight (if you didn't play that on your Wii U) or Fast RMX.

I also just picked up that new Wonder Boy game which looks awesome.

CocoaBrother182d ago

Graceful Explosion Machine is a lot of fun, especially if you're a fan of games like Resogun.

Neonridr182d ago

@Cocoa - I will have a look at that myself, thanks for the suggestion.

Istolla182d ago

I second Graceful Explosion Machine. The game is so good. After I beat it I'll pick up Resogun on PS4 (unless it's on PC as well).

EddieNX 182d ago

I got shovel Knight few days ago. I've basically played £22 for an aneurism!!! Its great but it gets me so mad!!!!!

Loadedklip182d ago

@Mr Marvel and Neponridr, Shovel Knight is amazing. Specter of Torment DLC is basically a new game in the series.

If you didn't play the origina Mr Marvel ... then I suggest getting the entire package that brings the original, the first DLC and the second DLC which is truly a new game.

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Woolly_182d ago

They said Zelda got a pass just because of its name.

What is the excuse for Mario Kart? It's doing high ratings.

-Foxtrot182d ago

The exact same. It's Mario Kart

Smash Bros, Mario Kart, 3D Mario Game, Zelda

I mean this pretty much shows Mario Kart 9 could do bare upgrades compared to the last game and it would still do well

Woolly_182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

or could it be possible that the games are really that damn good in their respective genres?

Neonridr182d ago

pretty sure it's more or less down to the fact that MK8 on the Wii U was a fantastic game. And the Switch version only makes a great game even that much better.

No surprise it would be getting very high scores.

Imalwaysright182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

@ Neonridr

Just like the PS4 version of TloU. Good games don't become worse just because they're ported to a more capable console. They get better and the scores should reflect that.

Erik7357182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

Well if sony games were good there would be something to be nostalgic about.

For example, look at modnation racers. This shows the talent sony has when they try to make the same game Nintendo makes.

Erik7357182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

Well lets say theres a reason they have fans, you dont make them with killzone shadow fall, the order 1886, knack, or a crappy mario kart rip off or crappy super smash bros rip off :) ! (modnation racers and playstation all stars)

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Utalkin2me182d ago

Well considering its almost exactly the same. Other then just added all the DLC and improved the battled mode and i believe added double items. And the graphics are almost identical. It's a great game and one of the ones i still play from time to time on the WiiU.

WeAreLegion182d ago

It got a free pass without a real battle mode last time. Why wouldn't this version get a free pass, too?

The 10th Rider182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

But it didn't . . . It was a major step up for Mario Kart and an all around amazing game, except for the fact that it was missing battle mode. Most reviews brought that up and docked it because of it, hence why it only has an 88/100 on Metacritic despite being the best entry in the series by far in every area except battle mode.

Ironically that all disproves Foxtrot's claim about the series getting a free pass as well, since it didn't get a pass for butchering a series staple when it came out on Wii U.

chrisoadamson182d ago

both Zelda and Mario kart are not available for wii u . if the switch has no exclusives what's the point of it ?!

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corroios182d ago

Really only nintendo gets away with stuff like this. I bet every wii u nintendo will go the same path. Easy and fast money with almost no work, compared to do a new game.

Neonridr182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

lol, yeah it's not like they have new modes, new racers, all the DLC, enhanced resolution and framerates added into this version.

I mean it's just the same game in a different box right?


Utalkin2me182d ago

Its basically the same game. The graphics are almost identical. They just added the DLC and improved battlemode and have dual items now. Thats pretty much it.


Neonridr182d ago (Edited 182d ago )

@Utalkin2me - graphics are 1080p/60fps for 1-2 players (on the TV) and 1080p/30fps for 3-4 (on the TV)

On the Wii U it was 720p/60fps for 1-2 players and 720p/30fps for 3-4.

That's quite the significant increase in pixel count. I wouldn't call it almost identical at all.

Especially when there were so many articles around here that claimed there was a huge difference between PS4 games @ 1080p vs XB1 games @ 900p.

corroios182d ago

Up, with dlc repacked and on sale. Still waiting for new game from nintendo . Another deluxed version

Utalkin2me182d ago


Again, almost identical. The extra pixel count will not add more detail it will just have a sharper image. I dont care about all those articles your claiming about. As i stated before its basically the exact same game with very little added benefits. MarioKart 8 on the WiiU was a great game.

Utalkin2me182d ago


Didnt think you would reply after i proved facts and you still are spouting opinions. Funny how now you're trying to use TV mode argument, but for the last 3 months have been saying nothing but portable this and portable that, which runs at 720p on the switch. So in portable mode its the exact same resolution as the with WiiU.

First quote i look at.....SMFH

"natively it's going from 720p to 1080p. However most consoles will still upscale the game afterwards so the difference isn't super pronounced. Everything will be a little sharper as a result especially at further away distances. But it's not going to set the world on fire or anything just look more polished in the end. "

It's funny cause you are arguing the complete opposite to me. Some of you people on here a pieces of work let me tell you.

Neonridr182d ago

@Utalkin2me - I am flattered that you are basically stalking me on N4G.

I never once said that the graphics are going to be leaps and bounds different. I just said that the Switch version is pumping out a hell of a lot more pixels. Of course the end result is going to be similar, it's still the same assets and textures for the most part (Switch uses a bit better texture filtering). But everything at much farther distances will be sharper as a result from the 1080p native resolution vs 720p.

It's the entire package that sells this though, you get a lot for what you are paying for.

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Erik7357182d ago

When you respect your developers and almost every exclusive you have is rated like a Uncharted game. You have the luxury to do that and get away with it.

-Foxtrot182d ago

Or maybe it's because they know fans like you will blindly defend them...maybe that's their luxury.