My wife and I spent the past couple weekends playing through all of the courses in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and I might as well just cut to the chase... it rocks. Mario Kart 8 (I'll drop the "Deluxe" subtitle for the remainder of this piece because you get the idea) is such a massive refinement of something that has always felt damn-near perfect to begin with.
But let's rewind a bit. Yes, it's true that I've mostly been a Sega dude growing up, but I always had Nintendo consoles in my house as well. The original Mario Kart was in my Top 5 SNES games back in the day. I remember getting it soon after launch, and it was a staple of my after school gaming days into the late 90's. Eventually a friend of mine got a Nintendo 64 - a console that I hated - but Mario Kart 64 was the ONE game on that system that I adored. I remember one summer I'd sleep over his house and beg him to play Mario Kart 64 instead of Super Mario 64. And if he'd sleep over my house I'd urge him to bring the console and nothing but Mario Kart 64 over for the night.
Once I got to college it was all about Double Dash. Gamecube was my jam back then and Double Dash was one of the necessities. And much like the original Mario Kart, Double Dash became a staple for a long time. Like... over a decade. Like... me and my wife continued to play Double Dash religiously into the mid-2010's. And in that time I also picked up the GBA and DS editions. So my point is that I've been a constant fan. I don't think I picked up the 3DS game because eventually my wife took over the 3DS, and I KNOW I never played the Wii game because I got bored of Wii pretty quickly. But Double Dash remained incredible.
My wife and I talked about getting a Wii U pretty seriously in the summer of 2016. It sounded novel and all. And Mario Kart 8 looked fantastic (we demoed it at Target). But we just couldn't pull the trigger. The library was never quite there. But the Switch did sell me fairly early on. Which makes it weird that it took us so long to get to Mario Kart 8. It's been out for a year on Switch, y'all!
But it is AWESOME! The number of courses is incredible first of all. It's not only a new game but also a greatest hits. There's awesome shit like the Excitebike course or the Hyrule one. There's throwbacks to EVERY other game (unless you count the arcade one, which we did play in Disney!). It plays flawlessly, much like every other game in the series. It causes frustrations thanks to blue shells and near constant lightning. But dammit, I/we love Mario Kart.
If history is any indication then we are far from done here. We ran through the 50CC courses breezily in two weekends. We started 100CC tonight. I know us and I know Mario Kart and I promise that we'll be going through each CC and there's a good chance that we'll still be playing Mario Kart 8 when Mario Kart 9 comes out.