Mario Kart 8 Excellently Reviewed by The Independent
Few franchises can evoke such wondrous feelings of nostalgic sentiment as Mario Kart.
It’s a series that will never die and while we always applaud freshness and innovation in the industry, there are some franchises that have earned an eternal pass. Good ol’ MK is one of them.
But how did the popular IP’s first foray into high-def gaming fare?
Well, just ask The Independent’s Laura Davis, who penned a stellar review for Nintendo’s latest, Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. While the company’s next-gen console isn’t doing so well on the sales charts, it still has some wonderfully addictive titles. Obviously, this game qualifies…as well it should. It’s a Mario Kart!
We’ve selected Davis’ analysis because the structure and style reflects the game’s lighthearted, straightforward tone. She captures the legendary mystique of the franchise while still remaining objective and informative, and that’s not as easy as it sounds.
Why We Like It:
— First and foremost, it pays appropriate homage to an iconic IP. Of course, a review shouldn’t be influenced by past accomplishments, but it’s still important to give a legendary franchise due respect.
— It tells the fans what’s new (in terms of content and improvements), and doesn’t gloss over the flaws. For instance, the reviewer isn’t afraid to mention the lackluster Battle Mode.
— It offers one of the best intro paragraphs we’ve seen in some time:
“There are few gaming frustrations greater than mentally celebrating first place as you spot the finish line in sight, only to be hit by a shell, leaving just enough time for a friend to overtake. And yet the flash of anger in the face of virtual injustice always manages to dissipate in time for the next race, making way for the fresh hope of victory.”