Arguably the biggest Wii U game of 2014, Mario Kart 8‘s arrival was eagerly awaited, generating the kind of hype and anticipation one usually reserves for visiting royalty or reincarnated deities. Despite the almost unreasonable degree of excitement, the game delivered on every count. It takes the tried-and-tested gameplay which has made the series so popular over the past two decades and adds a new spin – anti-gravity.
Tracks twist and turn upside down, and during these moments contact with other racers actually rewards both parties with a speed boost, dramatically changing the way you race.
Online play is also supported, and the recent DLC pack – which brings Zelda’s Link and F-Zero’s Blue Falcon into the fold, as well as new tracks – shows that Nintendo is keen to build on the commercial success the title has enjoyed thus far. If you own a Wii U then you need to own this game, it really is that simple.