Reviewed by: Jamaal Ryan
It wasn’t until I realized that it’s been six years since a console Mario Kart game has been released when I then grew to appreciate Mario Kart 8 more. Sitting in front of a large display while playing a slick looking new kart racer has a generational novelty like many of Nintendo’s franchises; and though getting three friends together in a room is still the ideal way to experience Mario Kart, online play yields a special kind of appreciation, similar to how I felt after playing Halo 3 multiplayer for the first time. But Mario Kart 8 isn’t just about drop-dead sexy new graphics and returning as only the second console installment in the series to feature online functionality. Mario Kart 8 has, in equal measure, the strongest and most robust design in the long running franchise. Read more.