• Damien Lane & Staff

Game Review: 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe'

The new "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is available on the new Nintendo Switch for around $60. The racing game was released on April 28, 2017, and like all Mario games, this new Mario game is family-friendly.

The reviews of the game have been outstanding from IGN, Best Buy, and other trusted websites. The game's current score on Metacritic, which combines the scores from all other critics, is 92 out of 100.

Unlike previous Mario Kart games, all courses and nearly all characters are unlocked from the beginning. The only character that you have to unlock is gold Mario. Extra vehicles, tires, and gliders can be unlocked by collecting coins.

However, after playing the game, it is my opinion that the maps and characters shouldn't have all been unlocked from the beginning. The game would be more fun and would encourage you to keep playing if you had to unlock them.

The "tilt steering" option is difficult to use and does not feel responsive enough; those of us who got a chance to play agreed that the best way to play solo is using both Joy-Con controllers. Some preferred to use them separately, while others preferred to lock them into the Joy-Con Grip. We also tried playing with a third-party wheel accessory, which can be a little tricky to lock the controller into properly but is nice for multiplayer matches.

Like all Switch games, you can either connect the Switch to a television, play in "tabletop mode," or play in "tablet mode." We recommend that you buy a case to prop the screen up for tabletop mode.