Same old, same old. Mario Kart 8 is back just repackaged for Switch with a few newer characters and unlockables.
I love Nintendo – and I love what they did putting Mario Kart 8 in the portable form factor that ultimately wipes away the Wii U version. But at the same time, $59.99 for a game where they barely did anything just doesn’t feel right to me. $39.99 seems like the sweet spot. Not much has changed. It’s the same Mario Kart 8 we all know and love – but as a reviewer I have to review not just the game but also the game in relation to consumer affordability and whether the ends justify the means. Here – I don’t think so.
While networking is probably differently encoded for the Switch version – I doubt it would have warranted such a high MSRP for the game. It’s the same Mario Kart 8 from Wii U – same levels entirely and even the same car parts. All that was added were a few Splatoon characters, some stages, and fixes all incorporated as they should be for any new game repackaged at least.
I may be in the minority here – but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe seems a bit like a cash-grab.