Driving around the gloriously revamped SNES version of Rainbow Road as Link from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in a Mercedes GLA with monster truck wheels and a rainbow coloured parachute could be one of the weirdest gaming experiences I had in 2014… or perhaps the greatest. Mario Kart 8 is the latest iteration of the popular series and arguably the most impressive.
Taking the classic Mario Kart formula and combining it with the innovative physics-defying level design from Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart 8 is a well-oiled pandemonium machine that drips with Nintendo styled panache. The new tracks are fresh and exciting and the overhauled retro tracks look magnificent in HD.
With more unlockable customisation options than a Subway sandwich (including characters, vehicles, tires and gliders) Mario Kart 8 has tremendous replay value and will keep you coming back for more.
Sam Spettigue – follow Sam on Twitter at @ninjaspag.