There's something different about Mario Kart 8. I can't explain it. Maybe it's like the end result of decades of fine tuning, maybe we were all just desperate for something to play on our Wii Us. Whatever it is — people are really excited about Mario Kart again, and it all feels very justified.
It feels justified because Mario Kart 8 is good. It's might be my favourite version of the game since the original. At the very least it matches up with Mario Kart DS, my previous favourite.
It's all about the track design. Simply put, there are no duffers. Every track feels inspired. With the level of creativity and sheer invention, you'd expect at least a couple of tracks to misfire but they don't. They're all interesting and, above all, unique. They're memorable. In a lot of ways I feel as though Mario Kart 8 does for Mario Kart what Super Mario Galaxy did for 3D Mario games. That sentence is almost impossible to read, but I think you'll understand where I'm coming from.
So, in short: I love Mario Kart 8. I think it's great.
How are you all finding it?