“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” captures essence of timeless fun

With the entire country on lockdown, families have been closer–and more bored than ever. Thankfully, we have video games to keep us occupied. Now, more than ever, there’s an overwhelming demand for games to serve as fun, family-friendly and casual experiences. By far, the Nintendo Switch has proven to be the best console to enjoy these types of games, with evergreen titles such as Super Mario Party, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons perfectly capturing the essence of local multiplayer fun for all ages.

The game that captures this essence the best is none other than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Out of every game out right now, it has proven itself to be the most immediately satisfying purchase for any Switch owner. At this point, explaining what Mario Kart actually is is hardly even necessary, after all, the 8th entry alone has sold well over 30 million copies across the Wii U and the Switch. But, for those who have never even heard of a Mario Kart, it’s a game where you choose your favorite Nintendo characters from the Mario, Platoon, Zelda, and Animal Crossing series, customize a kart, and race across the finish line all while jumping off ramps, defying gravity, and picking up items to sabotage your opponents. It’s pure, diabolical fun.

As someone with over 25 hours spent bulletin through the whopping 48 tracks while lobbing shells and banana peels at opponents, I can say for certain that this is a game that never gets old. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a massive game that’s filled to the brim with so much content that even after months of playing, you’ll still find yourself unlocking new things and finding shortcuts that you never noticed before. If you’re unsure of how to pass the time at home, just grab your joy-cons and plop in a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Race to your heart’s content and this nightmare will be over before you know it.