Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Brings out the Best in the Switch
On Thursday night I impulse bought Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as I tend to do more often than not with new releases.
The buyers remorse hit me while the six gigabyte download took the better half of a decade, urging me to reflect on the abusive and somewhat poetic love triangle I'm in the middle of with Nintendo and my wallet.
To my surprise, however, I was pleased with how much fun I had once I began playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (or as I like to call it, Mario K8. It'll catch on). Grand Prix is a bore to me at this point. 50cc and 100cc are too easy for me. 150cc is challenging but the opponents feel so fake compared to players online, and I can't even finish a race of Mirror or 200cc. All the content is already unlocked from the start (minus additional karts and accessories) and noting else offline really says "play me again." So why even bother with the game at all?
Well for starters, MK 8 Deluxe is addicting online. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but I tend to take Mario Kart online about as serious as competitive CS: GO players take their precious little nerdy eSports tournaments. It's insanely addicting, and challenging too, and God forbid you end up in a lobby full of Japanese players. They're impossible to beat.
Like Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 does another great job of showing off why the Switch is such a special piece of hardware. I can be playing online at home, then take the system with me on the train and play some offline. When I get to work, I can rip off the two Joy-Cons and play split screen with a coworker. It's these moments that make gaming on the Switch something so special and unlike anything I've done before on a video game platform. It's easy, fun, simplistic, and beautiful.
Not to mention the new Battle Mode is freaking great. Unlike the half assed Wii U Battle Mode, I actually feel compelled to play this one. And the new maps are super cool. Playing on the Splatoon stage is oddly familiar and new at the same time. And that seems to be the reoccurring story with this game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is both a game I've played before, and a new game at the same time. All thanks to the power of the Switch (and a couple of added features).
And one more thing: I play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with the Switch Pro Controller, not motion controls, but that doesn't stop my Mii from being a little liar.
It's funny, trust me.