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Within the last month, some amazing racing games have released. It’s been something of a micro-renaissance. These games — Wreckfest, Danger Zone 2 and Onrush — succeed because they avoid more serious-minded gear-grinding in favour of going fast and crashing loud.

While there’s joy to be had in examining a 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 up close in Forza Motorsport 7, these recent games aim for the platonic idea of cars many of us had as children. Fast, smashy and bright.

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Every single time you do a drift in Mario Kart, you charge up a speed boost that unleashes when you exit the drift. But there's a lot more happening under the hood when it comes to this speed boost: How fast it charges, how long it lasts, and whether or not it's actually going to shave any seconds off your final time. That all depends on what kart you choose and which track you're on.

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In my search for the best kart in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I paid almost no attention to the bikes. Neither did any of the build recommendation websites that I cited. That's because a lot of the bikes in Mario Kart 8 didn't used to be viable in competitive play. Turns out, I shouldn't have been so quick to write them off. As of MK8 Deluxe, bikes -- specifically, inside drifting bikes -- have become contenders once more.

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"It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile," Dominic Toretto famously said at the beginning of The Fast and the Furious, "Winning's winning." Well let me ask you this, Dom: have you ever played Mario Kart?