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Review: Mario Kart 8 Turns the Kart-Racing World Upside Down

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Mario Kart is the king of the kart racer. My problem is, it’s held that throne for a long, long time, and kings can get lazy. Between generations, the series does little to distinguish one entry from another. The gimmicks may change, but you’re still hugging the turns and avoiding the nefarious, homing blue shells and dozens of banana peels littering the Bowser’s Castles and Rainbow Roads as Mario, Luigi, and the gang. The pressure is never on to innovate because when other kart-racing games do emerge, they usually try to mimic Mario Kart and fail (with one modern exception: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed—trust me).

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