MARIO KART 8
live a plumber’s life.
What a bludge! You get to play tennis,
golf and get Olympic, rescue princesses and party the rest of the
time. Except when you’re fanging a vehicle around tracks of varying
shades of insane. Plus you wear funky plumber’s crack-proof
dungarees. It’s all win!
As was the most perfect videogame
ever, the original Super Mario Kart was way back when on
the SNES. Since then, of course, Nintendo have elaborated upon that
winning formula – numerous times, as is their tendency. So, all
manner of vehicle customisations, new weapons, AI tweaks, wussier
scoring and vehicles other than karts are added. This really should
be called Mario Kart Bike ATV Hang Glider 8. But that’d be
A criticism that, mostly, we can’t level against
this latest recipe fiddle. It looks rather natty, the soundtrack
sometimes borders on phenomenal, and between 16 new ones and 16
remixed classics there’re 32 tracks to get your hoon on, erm, on.
The staple three strengths of GP return, as do time trials. There’s
also battle mode, but not the good battle mode that we used to have.
Then there’s online racing, which works really well – except that
you have to race scunge from all over the planet who’d rather play
dirty than try to win.
Probably the biggest new thing is the
introduction of antigravity in certain sections of certain tracks.
Your wheels fold up, and you just keep on racing. Roads? Where we’re
going we don’t need roads. Well, until the antigrav bits end.
Ultimately, as we’ve come to expect after so many evolutions,
this latest Mario Kart’s slick-as despite lots of
unnecessary stuff, but is still one of the best multiplayer couch
games ever (make sure to nab the Pro Controller).
bit though? The only bends in sight aren’t jammed with poo.