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Gensou Skydrift

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Available on:PCDec 11, 2019
Nintendo SwitchDec 12, 2019

Developer: illuCalab

Publisher: UNTIES

Genre: Racing

A Touhou Project racing game is here! In the mystical land of Gensokyo somewhere in Japan, humans and yokai live together in strange harmony. One day, some girls notice that their spirit energy is weak. Yokai specialist Reimu Hakurei and her friend Marisa Kirisame spot someone running off on a racetrack... CHARACTERS: - 20 challengers from the Touhou Project! - One girl acts as a board and one acts as a rider. - Swap between characters! - Use spell cards for interference, acceleration, and defense, - or use devastating Last Words! COURSES: 16 courses set across Gensokyo, including the Human Village, a flying ship, the spooky Scarlet Devil Manor, and the cherry blossom-lined Hakugyokuro! Race on walls, ceilings, cliffs, the air—The sky's the limit! SYSTEM: Features online multiplayer VS mode. Race against anyone, anywhere, anytime! Also features a campaign mode where the game's story plays out—And a post-game secret episode. Fun for Touhou veterans and newcomers alike!

Gensou Skydrift Reviews

Gensou Skydrift is one of the few karting games on Switch to come even slightly close to Mario Kart in terms of its racing mechanics, and when it all comes together it's a fun time. Unfortunately, the lack of meaningful single-player content and the fact that the online is dead on arrival means this should be strictly considered a local multiplayer game if you want to get your money's worth.

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Gensou Skydrift feels more like the fan game it actually is than I hoped. The references to Mario Kart: Double Dash are warranted, but it lacks the polish and finesse of that GameCube classic. If anything, Gensou Skydrift shows how far Mario Kart has come, because this might as well be a port of a game from 2003.

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Gensou Skydrift is one of the best kart racers released in recent years.

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Despite all of those couple-thousand-words up there, I think on some level that I kind of hit this one right when I started out. It’s a Touhou kart racer. For the people who dearly want a Touhou kart racer, this provides exactly that, and the reality is that the only really big criticism that’s actually crippling is the game’s length. Everything else winds up landing at the point that this is a game without Mario Kart money or polish trying to be Mario Kart.

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