The airport, the last circle. To the finish line at full speed flying two fancy rider. In the pocket of the red plumber is resting have not eaten the fungus is waiting in the wings. A few meters behind the car in the form of a Teddy bear, the dust swallows the mountain of bones with a green shell in hand. The Stalker waits for the moment. The leader is wondering whether to use the trump or to do, to rely on luck. The account goes on seconds. BOOM! Suddenly both of them ahead of giant bullet — farewell to the gold medal… Hello, shameful silver.
Notes from the madhouse? Oddly, no: the usual Grand Prix in Mario Kart main series of Nintendo. Yes, while Microsoft and Sony compete, producing realistic simulations like Forza and Gran Turismo, the parents of Mario and Luigi prefer to work in their own way. They do not need expensive cars, written beauty and other pleasures of the genre. These give the Japanese theater of the absurd with the gorillas, bipedal turtles and reckless babies.
“And who are interested in such nonsense?” — asks the neophyte. But as the years go by, generations of gamers and console, and the crazy road trip on the cards refuse to grow old and out of fashion — and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that.
Grab superku, sheep
A long time ago “Big N” found the recipe for success is simple, as five cents, but effective, that Mama do not cry. So, foodies, write down: to take the familiar childhood characters, to put them behind the wheel of a colorful machines but to draw several thematic tracks — the twisty, the better. Ready? Well, it remains only to scatter on the highway the most insane weapons that come to mind (from banana peels to plant-killers, anything goes!), scatter a few coins and the tournament of the century can begin. Start — attention — go! Last one out is a fool.
So simple and so elegant. It is strange that the first Mario Kart was released just 25 years ago, and not, say, 30 or 40 it would seem that the idea of lying on the surface. But, obviously, not fate: decades of racing games have tried to conquer us with its verisimilitude and depth, not thinking about comfort and convenience. As a result, all sorts of “Formula 1” and the Test Drive was a lot of hardcore players: those who are not too lazy to spend hours to understand the intricacies of management, to experiment with a physical model and work tirelessly to beat my head against a brick wall.
And then someone knocked on the door, the Japanese and introduced a masterpiece, known to everyone — what five year old kid that his grandfather is well over 70. A real gift for the whole family, a lifeline in the rainy evening — thank you, Shigeru Miyamoto and Konno, Hideki!
The novelty gave rise to a unique sub — genre- and competitors don’t have to wait long. Crash Team Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, M&M Kart Racing, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Diddy Kong Racing, Shrek Smash n’ Crash Racing, Jak X, Sonic All-Star Racing (Transformed) — the developers from all over the world are still trying to repeat the success of “racing” Mario, missing some small details and touches. At best they are adequate clones — more than decent, but not groundbreaking. In the worst — cheap crap without passion and a sense of speed, but with bad graphics and jokes for 300.
But the series-the progenitor also not marking time: on the contrary, it developed and grew, he jumped into 3D, two screens, and, in the end, went against gravity in the original Mario Kart 8. But despite all the throwing, escapades and rare failures, Mario Kart as the Apple of his eye took care of the very thing — their accessibility. The simplicity and charm, which can only oppose stones.
Pick-up and play
Having Deluxe a week or two, it is difficult to escape the thought that this is what Nintendo has put in the forefront — no DLC, no tricky mechanics, not ultra-realistic graphics, and the ability to simply turn on the console to select the first track and disappear for a few hours. And even days there could be as lucky.
There are no blocked tracks. Almost all the characters are open initially. Parts for go-karts extracted basic collection of gold coins. Frustration, headache, grind, you say? No, in the magical world of Mario Kart on did not hear about such troubles. Exactly how had not heard about the brakes and the lag — juicy, bright picture manages to keep 60 FPS in single player, that online, no matter what crazy things didn’t happen during a race. There is even the option to enable simplified management — which, as it turned out, it really helps gamers with disabilities, gives moments of happiness to those who lives are not so lucky.
Simply put, the typical obstacles to obtaining drugs, the ailments suffered by many of her companions (including the original Mario Kart 8), Deluxe not as a class. There is no feeling that you cheated, that route was done in a hurry that a regime hopelessly flawed and required only for a couple of extra lines in the press release. With a smile, watching the best moments of arrival, before my eyes and there is an image instructing their colleagues Horse. “The user should be fun, convenient and comfortable, but everything else is not important!” Amen, brother.
Even exit a game to Switch seems not easy way to acquire quick cash (though without clearly not done), but part of a cunning plan to make it even better, even more attractive for the average man. It’s so convenient — to charge a home/portable console to take with me on business and to kill time on the way to work. And then “break off” Joy-SOP s from the case, handing one of them sitting next to each other and arrange a match, right from the comfort of the metro. Spit that stopping left behind long ago, but the smartphone is heads messages — we’ve got Grand Prix, the world can wait!
Ahead of the rest
It turns out that Deluxe is one of those few games that are simply impossible to seriously criticize. To rebuke for a lack of a single campaign, to find fault with unreasonably high for reprint price? Yes, without question. To write a long tirade, to find fault with the authors for krivorukost and trample cartridges in a fit of righteous anger. And why? Its job (to entertain) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe manages to “perfectly” — so that the competitors in the genre remains only to blush and envy. However, they are not the first time.
- juicy picture on a perfectly stable 60 frames;
- excellent management, perfect fit a physical model;
- new characters and DLC tracks included;
- a variety of modes and alignments of all parts of the series;
- clockwork multiplayer (both local and network);
- the opportunity to play outside with friends;
- almost all of the content opened immediately.
- indecent biting price;
- the lack of complete single player campaign;
- it’s only proper release, not a full sequel.
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Nintendo EAD
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Release date in Russia: April 28, 2017
- Localization: Russian text
- Similar games: Mario Kart series, Crash Team Racing, Sonic All-Star Racing Transformed
- Is it worth buying now? Yes
Lyricist: Igor eryshev