If you think of the Nintendo Switch as a portable, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an incredible leap for the series compared to Mario Kart 7 on 3DS. If the Nintendo Switch is your home console, then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers the same great experience as it did on Wii U with some added perks of battle mode and a resolution uptick. The art of racing is nearly perfect making Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a must buy for any Switch owner, but we still feel the game lacks balance at the higher competitive levels as some characters simply outperform others.
This is very much a game for friends to play, as you can play with up to 3 other people. Yes, you can play solo, and I have spent time roaming Manhattan by myself, but the best experiences I have in this game are those that I can share with my friends via Xbox Live. When you play solo, you feel very much alone. When you play with friends, even just one, you realize how much you rely on each other to complete a mission, whether it be reviving one another, or just having each other’s back.