From plumber, to multi-sport athlete, to doctor, Mario has done much more throughout his illustrious career than save the Mushroom Kingdom from the clutches of Bowser. These side hustles of his are documented in dozens – if not hundreds – of spin-off games. Some of these are best left forgotten, but many of them are great and some are arguably more popular than the mainline series of Super Mario games.
With me to discuss some of our favourite Mario spin-off games are Kris and Rachel from Double Jump!
Having just built the Motorbike Toy-Con, of course I had to try it out in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! Take a wild guess at how well I performed. Or just watch the video!
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With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe out now on the Nintendo Switch, players are zipping through the Mushroom Kingdom yet again for a chance at asserting themselves as the best behind a kart or motorcycle. Now that the series is decades old with over 10 titles in its lineup, let’s rank them worst to best!
Note: Mario Kart GP and GP 2 are not here. I have played both, but not nearly enough to rank them fairly.
Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U almost became the definitive title in the franchise. While it stunned players with gorgeous visuals and racing that has been fine-tuned over the course of decades of innovation, its half-hearted battle mode that didn’t feature battle-mode-specific tracks was the worst in the series.
Years later, Nintendo addresses this flaw in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch with an all-new battle mode. For good measure, the game also features all of the DLC from the Wii U, a handful of new characters and a few minor gameplay updates as well. Better late than never, as this is the new pinnacle for the franchise and the genre.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is about as sure of a thing as any. Take a hot new Nintendo console and pair it with an updated port of quite possibly the best Mario Kart of all-time and everyone wins. Despite that, I’m having a hard time getting jazzed for this one.