Belfast Telegraph

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: Crowning glory of Nintendo's Switch hardware

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an experience only Nintendo could assemble.

It may appear to be the same Mario Kart that suffered a low-key outing on Wii U, but this refuelled Switch edition benefits from new feature after new feature, that make it as engrossing, challenging and exciting for serious fans as it is for family members filling gaps in multiplayer parties.

Smart Steering and Auto-Accelerate may upset sensitive purists, but they open the door for anyone (even toddlers) to enjoy Mario Kart's bright and scintillating action.

Battle Mode is bolstered by eight dedicated tracks (five brand new) and five match types, with Renegade Roundup the freshly minted highlight offering frenetic cops-n-robbers chases.

There's 200cc time trials, 48 tracks, new weapons, vehicles and characters, an extra slide speed boost, gorgeous 1080p visuals, and the ability to carry two items at once.

Nintendo is the undisputed king of party gaming and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the crowning glory of its new Switch hardware.

Skip to the end: Entirely marvellous and wholeheartedly deserving of the Deluxe title

Score: 10/10

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