Friday Favorites: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

While I’m not the best racer out there, I’m still having fun playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Rachel did a Top Tuesday of her favorite tracks a couple of weeks ago, and today I’ll be sharing mine.

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Holy sugar, the sheer speed of this course is amazing! It gets insane the higher the CC level you pick, and it’s just tons of fun trying to ram into the other racers. The music itself just keeps you pumped up throughout the race.

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Baby Park was originally in Double Dash, one of my favorite installments of the Mario Kart franchise. The course itself my look like a simple oval, but it showcases the pure chaos that is the Mario Kart series with everyone lapping or being lapped on the course. It’s always hysterical and crazy with all the items flying everywhere, so much so that it often gets difficult to tell what place you’re in until you cross the finish line.

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This course brought a real sense of adventure, soaring among clouds and sky ships, dodging lightning bolts while trying to reach the speed boosts, and carefully maneuvering around the giant vine-like road. It always reminded me of the battleships from the original Mario games as well as the Rainbow Ride level of Super Mario 64.

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Being such a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda franchise, I was so excited to hear that Link and a track of his own would be joining the Mario Kart scene. While we never bought the DLC for the original Mario Kart 8 game, he’s quickly become one of my favorite racers in the Deluxe version, as has his track. The music, the backgrounds, the use of keese and deku babas in place of bats and pirahna plants, rupees instead of coins — the course is chock-full of indulgent Zelda references.

 

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This track is just pure adventure and adrenaline rush. Immediately you start at the top of a snowy mountain and traverse through ice, woodlands, and downward hills. It combines speed and technique, allowing every racer to bring their best strategies to the course.

What are your favorite or least favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

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Friday (Least) Favorites: Mario Kart Items

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch has become the best selling Mario Kart game to date, and it broke that record after only its third day! Rachel and I are really enjoying it, but there are definitely some items that I could do without flying around the tracks…

Lightning

I get so annoyed at this item. No warnings, lose your items, always spinning out… Although the tiny versions of your kart going zoom and the squeakier character voices are definitely amusing!

 

Blooper

I admit that the challenge of not being able to see with the Blooper clouding up your screen with ink is an interesting idea, I feel as if it falls flat. Half of the time, the ink doesn’t hinder your sight enough and it’s just more annoying than a challenge.

Fire Flower

While the Fire Flower is fairly creative when it comes to being added to the Mario Kart games, it’s not my favorite item. I feel as if it’s only useful if an opponent is right in front of you. Otherwise, I just fire them all off as soon as possible to free up an item slot.

Coin

These things are all over the tracks… Why waste an item slot with them? Even if they omitted them and all the players in the first couple of places in the race got banana peels instead, at least that would be another challenge and amusing to see everyone slipping everywhere.

What do you think of the Mario Kart items? Any favorites or least favorites?

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Rainway App

According to Nintendo News, there’s talk about this new app called Rainway for the Switch console. With this app, players will be able to stream their PC games directly onto the Switch console. There’s not much information regarding the app, but I thought it was an interesting find nonetheless. We’ve been getting into PC gaming a bit more lately, having a nice desktop and an almost-never used laptop for our PC games, but the thought of playing something like Stardew Valley on the Switch’s portable screen sounds like an interesting development.

Considering how heavy most gaming laptops are — as beautiful as they can be with their lovely graphics and sound systems — creating an app for the Switch that’ll showcase it’s portability seems like a good move by Nintendo. Rainway definitely seems like something we should keep our eye on. Not only that, but being able to dock the Switch and play the games on a larger television? That sounds good to us.

What do you all think of this idea? Are you excited about the prospect of playing PC games directly on the Switch, or are you good with your beloved gaming PC? If you don’t play PC games, does this kind of news think maybe you’ll start?

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11 Things to do When You Don’t have the Nintendo Switch

Considering we don’t have the Nintendo Switch just yet, we’re trying to figure out ways to keep ourselves occupied until we are able to get one. Here’s a silly little list we complied as a way to cope. If you’re in the same boat as us, let us know what you’re doing to pass the time until you can get a Switch console in the comments below!

1. Wallow in self-pity.

2. Do a puzzle, preferably one of your favorite video game franchise.

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3. Create an Amazon wishlist of all the Switch games you’re going to get once you have the console.

4. Count your money and don’t let go.

5. Cry.

super-mario-bros-movie-poster6. Watch old video game TV shows (Mario Bros or Legend of Zelda) or movies (Super Mario Bros or Professor Layton).

7. Constantly refresh the Amazon and Gamestop homepages.

8. Buy some Switch accessories that you’ll need for when you get the console.

9. Play games you already have and forgot about already.

10. Go for a walk (the sun can’t hurt that badly, right?).

11. Buck up and realize it’s just a video game console — you’ll get one eventually!

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Switch Week: Presentation and Console

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The Internet is abuzz with Nintendo’s Switch presentation from this past Thursday. Rachel and I watched the hour-long presentation, listening eagerly to the translators and watching the presenters showcase the Switch with its controls, expected games for the console, and the pricing, just to name a few. Overall, we felt that it hadn’t been too bad.

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I felt as though the presentation itself was entertaining to watch. Each transition to the next topic, whether it was a new game or the controllers or whatever, was smooth. Some of the presenters seemed a little “blah” while others were eager to share this wonderful piece of art. But, overall, I think everyone did a great job.

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I agree. It wasn’t too flashy, but it showcased what the presenters felt were important aspects of the Switch. They showed off the different play modes and how well the controllers worked with a few of the games. There was quite a bit that I wished was covered in the presentation, such as more regarding the online subscription and storage capacity of the console, but considering all we’ve been getting for so long was mere rumors of the Switch, the presentation was fine.

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Overall, I think they did a great job showcasing some of the new games for us to eagerly await. They did a nice overview of the details of the console and definitely talked up the Joy-Con. The presentation was well done, in my book.

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It was informative enough and kept moving along. There weren’t really any times during the presentation that lost my attention, except for perhaps a couple of game trailers that I wasn’t too interested in. Of course, what I was really waiting for throughout the hour was the trailer for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!

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Yes, I agree. The console itself looks amazing. It’s small and compact, easy to carry (which is the point, I know), and I love how the console, controllers, and dock are all one. Allowing the console to take pictures and videos of game footage is an awesome feature, too.

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I was really surprised by the feature to take pictures and videos! Nintendo is usually a bit harsh when it comes to fan-games or let’s plays and the like. With the popularity of YouTube, of course, I suppose they’ve become a bit more lenient in that aspect, and seem to want people to share the love of gaming. Sharing the fun of gaming and celebrating the community that surrounds it was always a very positive aspect from the Nintendo company, and they seem to be continuing that tradition with the Switch.

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The whole Switch experience is going to be so much fun! I can’t wait!

How excited are you for the Switch? Did you enjoy the presentation? Let us know in the comments below!

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