Nintendo E3 Spotlight Impressions for Every Game

Nintendo E3 Spotlight Impressions for Every Game

Hats Off to Nintendo!

The annual gamer’s hype holiday week is finally here! The big gaming expo E3 is in full swing, and the major companies have all given their press conferences. In Nintendo’s case, as in previous years, the presentation came in the form of the web broadcast titled the “Nintendo Spotlight.” Although I still miss the live press conferences with cheering, the Spotlight was an exciting event. My wife and I did cheering of our own and recorded our impressions directly after the event, which you can see below.

Here is the Video Version, with fresh reactions directly after the show!

Nintendo had an important job ahead of itself. Having just released the Nintendo Switch, the company had to convince the public that there were great games on the horizon. Based on the showing, Nintendo went all out with the message that it was worth it to have the new console. Here are my impressions of each game trailer and reveal.

Here’s the Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017, if you missed it.

Super Mario Odyssey – Mario’s New Ghost Trick!

I’ve put Super Mario Odyssey on the top of my Switch wish list before, so there’s no doubt I was hyped for this game. But with the possibility of brand new announcements, this game wasn’t on the top of my mind. I was initially disappointed when SMO ended up being the Spotlight’s final trailer.

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Just look at that box art!

But boy, am I glad that Nintendo ended with this. Somehow, SMO’s trailer exceeded my expectations, introducing a new mechanic where Mario can possess other creatures by throwing his googly-eyed hat at them. The first creature we saw him possess was a frog, and that instantly got me excited for the classic Super Mario Bros. 3 power-up, Frog Mario. But he didn’t stop there. Mario then possessed many more creatures and inanimate objects, including a Goomba, Bullet Bill, and even a T-rex! He even possesses a regular-sized human!

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Return of Frog Mario

I was already excited about SMO’s Super Mario 64-style sandbox platforming and hat-throwing shenanigans, but Mario’s new possession ability blows my mind away. There’s so much that can now be done with the gameplay. We saw elements of it when Mario possessed an electric charge going through a wire to travel from building to building (similarly to how Inklings get around) and when he took control of a pole and propelled himself upwards like a catapult. I can imagine that Mario possessing a car would let him drive around New Donk City and becoming a Cheep-Cheep would help him swim.

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I’ve always wanted to play as a Goomba with a mustache.

It seems every possessable creature has its own controls and abilities, which means the gameplay will be ever-changing. It reminds me of several games: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask mask powers, Banjo-Kazooie/Tooie’s magical transformations (including a T-rex!), and Space Station Silicon Valley – an underrated N64 game in which you played as an electronic chip that inhabited and controlled robotic animals. I can’t believe how much this single mechanic elevates my excitement and curiosity about what wonders this game will hold. I now wait with more bated breath than ever before for Super Mario Odyssey to arrive, which will be sooner than expected, thanks to its October 27 release date!

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The trailer started with a T-rex, no joke. I had no idea what to expect.

Metroid Prime 4 Announced!

Nintendo finally did it. In one of the Spotlight’s biggest announcements, Nintendo revealed that Metroid Prime 4 was coming to the Switch, finally bringing bounty hunter Samus Aran back into the limelight. Fans have been clamoring for a new Prime game ever since the poorly received Metroid Other M. Metroid Prime Federation Force for the 3DS was met with backlash as the public demanded Samus. Hopefully, this announcement will quell and warm the hearts of many, showing us that Nintendo still respects one of its most well-known franchises. Although we don’t know much about this game, besides the fact that it seems Retro Studios is not behind it, I look forward to this legendary IP getting a Switch release.

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What does the logo tell us about the game? Hmm…

As a bonus, Nintendo also revealed Metroid: Samus Returns for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s a remake of Metroid II, a Game Boy game that could really use an upgrade. The original was difficult to play due to a lack of color, meaning all pathways looked very similar. The 3DS revamp looks wonderful, with upgraded graphics and plenty of color, making the Metroids’ home planet of SR388 come to life. I’m actually more excited for this game, as I have been wishing for a 2D Metroid for a long time. Although it’s a remake, I have hope for this leading to future 2D titles.

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Triumphant Return

And hey, somehow my predictions for both a 2D and 3D Metroid were fulfilled this year! How were your predictions for Nintendo’s event?

Core Pokémon Game Announced for Switch!

We actually had a Pokémon Direct the week prior to Nintendo’s Spotlight, and it was disappointing. Pokkén Tournament DX, an upgrade to the Wii U’s Tekken-esque Pokémon fighter was announced for Switch. While I’m excited for that, I was hoping for a mainline Pokémon game to come to Switch, whether a third version of Pokémon Sun and Moon or the next generation. During the Pokémon Direct, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon was announced for 3DS. I didn’t find the news compelling, mostly because I just played Sun and Moon half a year ago, and also because it wasn’t coming to Switch. Don’t get me wrong. The 3DS can still use more games, but why did Sun and Moon need an upgrade so soon? I’m getting horrible Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 flashbacks.

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If the next Pokemon Switch game can look as great as Pokken Tournament DX…

Thankfully, the Spotlight revealed that Switch owners were also getting a piece of the Pokémon pie, with a new core entry in the series coming to Switch. We know absolutely nothing about it, though since we’re already getting Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, I’m assuming this upcoming game will be the next generation. Regardless of what it ends up being, the Switch is going to be perfect for the series. We still have portability thanks to the Switch’s handheld mode, and we’ll finally get a mainline entry playable on the big screen!

Two New Switch Platformers: Kirby and Yoshi!

The cutest Nintendo mascots are getting new entries on the Nintendo Switch, and from what little we’ve seen, they look fun! The currently untitled Kirby looks like the Wii game Kirby’s Return to Dreamland at first glance, offering up to 4-player cooperative play. Upon closer inspection, elements from other games also seem to return including the animal buddies from Kirby’s Dream Land 2 and 3, as well as the possibility of mixing two powers a la Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. The latter is a favorite of mine, and I would be ecstatic if we could have all those unique power-ups back, particularly that dual light saber. Also, the broom power-up is back. Yay?

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Gives me a Kirby Super Star vibe too, now that I think about it.

Yoshi’s new untitled game looks impressive too, taking a page from Yoshi’s Woolly World, and sticking the green dino into a cardboard world. As plain as cardboard may sound, it looks stunning in the trailer, like arts-and-crafts popping out of the screen. And speaking of popping out, there seems to be some kind of depth mechanic where Yoshi can shoot eggs at enemies in the background and foreground. It suspiciously sounds like a 3DS mechanic, as if this game were originally planned for that system. The game looks so beautiful though, and I appreciate the higher fidelity that the Switch will provide.

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Not to be confused with the NES puzzle game of the same name.

Fire Emblem Warriors – New Characters Revealed!

I loved Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends, investing many hours into both. The Fire Emblem version of this Dynasty Warriors form of gameplay is coming to the Switch soon, and I’m thrilled thinking about what characters and places will be in the final game. We finally got some character reveals: Corrin (female), Ryoma, and Xander from Fire Emblem Fates will be joining the original hero Marth and Awakening’s Chrom. We’ll also be getting original characters – royal twins Rowan and Lianna. The gameplay Nintendo showed off during its Treehouse Live segment seemed pretty par for course, with FE aesthetics and level-up mechanics being primary differences. Additionally, there will be a Coliseum mode so you can pit Ryoma and Xander in a battle to the death, once and for all. The Fates characters look great, though I’m wondering 1) if we’ll see any more Fates characters and 2) what happened to male Corrin? I hope more characters are revealed in the weeks leading up to its release!

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The Fire Emblem Heroes – I mean Warriors

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Ok, I kind of like Rabbid Peach taking a selfie.

The rumored crossover is happening! Mario is teaming up with the Raving Rabbids in an original tactical RPG developed by Ubisoft. At first, upon hearing the rumors, I wasn’t thrilled about the game, especially since I’m not a big fan of the silly Minions, I mean Rabbids. I quickly changed my mind once I saw the reveal trailer at Ubisoft’s conference. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle looks like nothing we’ve seen for Mario. I’ve heard it’s like X-COM, but having never played that, this would certainly a new experience for me. It looks more fun than Paper Mario has been recently, at least! I like the idea of hiding behind cover, and throwing allies in the air (which actually also happens in Disgaea 5). The idea of Mario and friends using customizable guns sounds awesome. While I still don’t like the Rabbids, I’d be willing to give this game a try. Plus, how can you not want a game, for which the series’ creators presented it like this?

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Probably the best moment of E3 – Shigeru Miyamoto & Yves Guillemot: Locked ‘n’ Loaded

Everything Else – Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Rocket League, Mario & Luigi

There were a handful of other games during both the Spotlight event and the subsequent Treehouse Live segments. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is shaping up to be a huge game, as its predecessors. I didn’t see much of its Treehouse Live presentation, but based on the trailer, the game definitely looks more anime than it ever has, and I like the style! Rocket League is another port coming to the Switch. I’ve never played this car-battling soccer game, but the Switch-exclusive bonus of hats on cars has me more enticed than it should.

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So does that mean Mario possessed the car or what?

During Bethesda’s press conference, the company revealed that Skyrim was coming to the Switch, and amiibo functionality would allow your character to have Link’s clothes from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And while we’re on the topic of Zelda, the new DLC for BotW looks great, with the first set providing some great costumes and harder trials, and the second set sporting a juicy tease about the Champions. Will we be playing as the Champions? I’m now suddenly sold on getting the DLC. As for amiibo, we’re getting lots of them! We’re getting a Fire Emblem Warriors amiibo (another prediction come true!) of Chrom (which makes my wife happy) and Tiki. The Metroid series is getting more amiibo representation with a sweet Samus based on Metroid II, as well as a squishy Metroid figurine… YES! We’re also getting champion amiibo from Breath of the Wild and classy wedding outfit figurines for Mario, Peach, and Bowser. Koopa Troopa and Goomba finally get amiibo, specifically promoting the following final game.

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Love the Super Mario Odyssey outfits and poses!

A remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the very first game in the series was announced for 3DS. The latest game (and my first review here) Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, was only decent. So hopefully this game will remind developers how fun and inventive the original was. It also comes with a bonus game, Bowser’s Minions, in which you play as Mario enemies to gather troops for Bowser. It looks moderately interesting, but the main attraction is worth it for me already.

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Actual candid shot from watching E3 – Yes, we live in space.

Conclusion

As a big Nintendo fan, I was very much anticipating Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight. And I’m happy to say the company delivered what its fans were hoping for: Metroid Prime 4’s reveal and Pokémon Switch’s announcement. Unfortunately, they were only mentioned in name, but at least we now know they’re coming. And of course, Super Mario Odyssey’s new possession mechanic trailer was absolute bliss. All I could think about after the spotlight was what I wanted to see Mario transform into, and I felt like a kid who had just seen the most amazing magic trick. I am extremely hyped for the mustachioed plumber’s next big game. Along with the other reveals, Nintendo had a great showing, that I am sure pleased many hardcore fans.

What did you think of Nintendo’s E3 2017 Spotlight? What were your favorite game reveals and trailers? What did you wish was there? What were your immediate reactions and emotions following the event? Which of your predictions came true? Please share your thoughts in the comments section! Thank you for watching and reading!

Nintendo E3 2017 Predictions – Pandas Predict

Nintendo E3 2017 Predictions – Pandas Predict

Boarding the Hype Train!

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), one of the biggest video game conferences and annual hype holiday for gamers, is just around the corner. With a new hotly selling console under its belt, Nintendo has a huge opportunity to show off what the Switch can deliver this year. Of course, we can expect more details on Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. We might even get more information on the upcoming ARMS and Splatoon 2. Following the Pokemon Direct, Nintendo might also have something brief on the newly announced Pokken Tournament DX and Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.

Here is the Video Version, in which we go into more detail!

But what else is in store? E3 is the place to make big announcements and reveal huge surprises. Crystal Dragon and I have each come up with five predictions that we’ve made for Nintendo’s E3 2017 Spotlight next week. Each of our predictions are in order from most likely to completely unlikely. To be fair, they’re probably all completely unlikely. Just remember that these are fun predictions and not rumors or facts…unless Nintendo makes them real next week! Enjoy!

E3 Predictions

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I want stretchy amiibo!

1. ARMS, Fire Emblem Warriors amiibo

At this point, we’ve come to expect new amiibo announcements after every Nintendo Direct. As a big amiibo collector, I’m always excited about what figurines are on the horizon. I predict new amiibo lines for both ARMS and Fire Emblem Warriors. I’m already in love with the ARMS characters from the Global Testpunch and would hope to see at least five, if not all, characters receive a stretchy figurine.

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Better yet, just give us amiibo for Fire Emblem Heroes. All of them.

Fire Emblem is also worthy of more amiibo, and with Dynasty Warriors-like Fire Emblem Warriors coming soon, I’d love to see a new line for the non-Smash characters like Chrom, Lyn, and Eliwood. And I certainly wouldn’t mind new amiibo for the characters that already have amiibo. Amiibo for all!

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Taste the Joy-Con Rainbow.

Crystal Dragon’s #1 – Rainbow Joy-Con Colors (all her predictions are elaborated more in video)

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Or just call it Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch

2. Super Smash Bros. Deluxe for Nintendo Switch

In the “sure, why not” category is Super Smash Bros. Deluxe! We got Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokken Tournament DX, so Smash is the next obvious choice to get the Switch upgrade. I love Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii U, but I’ll admit that I didn’t play the online as much as I could have. As much as I would love a new Switch version, I don’t expect Masahiro Sakurai to be working on one, so an upgrade is the next best thing. I would love this version to include all the content from the 3DS and Switch versions. We’d have every stage plus the system-exclusive modes, Smash Run and Smash Tour, in one version. Having it all on the Switch makes sense because the original was split up just so portable gamers could also have access. I could do an entire post about characters I’d like to see, but I’ll just list the five new characters that I’d expect: Inklings (boy/girl like the Villager), Spring Man (possibly a Ribbon Girl skin), Ice Climbers (please come back!), Celica and/or Alm from Fire Emblem Echoes (I know, more Fire Emblem characters, but it sells!), and the third-party surprise of Simon Belmont from Castlevania, which would coincide with the Netflix original animated series! Also, amiibo for all of these, please?

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So I can watch anime on my GamePad.

Crystal Dragon’s #2 – Streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, etc.) on Switch

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And maybe add Funky Kong? Or even Lanky?!

3. Donkey Kong Country Returns: Fired Up for Nintendo Switch

Okay, okay. You’re probably fired up by me even suggesting that Retro Studios is working on yet another Donkey Kong Country Returns game, but hear me out. I love the DKC franchise, and Retro has been doing an amazing job with both Returns for Wii and Tropical Freeze for Wii U. I would love to see a new DKC game for the Switch that continues off from Tropical Freeze. Instead of a wintry theme, we could have a heated one with more levels based on volcanoes, hot caverns, and resort spas. Think Super Mario Sunshine with a DKC twist. Perhaps a switch mechanic could be put in place where levels cooled down or heated up. Again, I know more people would prefer Retro to do a certain other series, but maybe another company could work on this hypothetical game. Next Level Games (Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Punch-Out!! Wii, Metroid Prime Federation Force) or even ex-Rare company Playtonic Games (Yooka-Laylee) could do a great job with this one.

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A second chance to go Skyward.

Crystal Dragon’s #3 – HD Remake of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Switch

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But no more Animal Crossing amiibo. We’re good.

4. Animal Crossing Over for Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo’s big franchises. New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS sold very well, nearly 20 amiibo figurines surfaced within the last few years, and a mobile title is in the works. Nintendo loves its easygoing life simulator, but it surprisingly didn’t release a main entry for the Wii U. With the Nintendo Switch showing a lot of promise, it’s perfect timing to get one out for the new console/handheld hybrid. The portability would be perfect for a relaxed community-focused game like this, and it would simultaneously please fans desiring a new, proper console version. I predict the Switch version’s main draw will be the introduction of Nintendo crossover villagers and buildings. Imagine living in a village with Mushroom Houses and Hyrule Castles and townsfolk like Mario, Link, and Samus celebrating holidays with you. The regular animals would still be there, but the special characters would be randomly distributed in towns to spice things up. The full title would be: “Animal Crossing Over.”

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I’ve come up with a new recipeh!

Crystal Dragon’s #4 – Final Fantasy XV port for Switch

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Return of Samus

5. Metroid Switch

I wasn’t going to let Metroid fans down. I would love a new game properly starring bounty hunter Samus Aran for the Switch. If Retro Studios were working on it, I’d expect a Metroid Prime game, but I’m actually hoping for a new 2D Metroid game or a game that combines elements of 2D platforming and 3D first-person adventure. Although that sounds like Metroid: Other M, I’m thinking more of a game that has both elements, but in separate rooms, unlike M:OM where Samus could switch between first-person and third-person at will (or when she was given permission to). So for instance, Samus could explore a 2D map just like in Super Metroid, then certain rooms would switch the perspective to first-person 3D a la Metroid Prime. In this case, the game could be called “Metroid Switch,” matching both the gameplay and the system. I’d love any proper 2D or 3D Metroid game at this point, but this would certainly be something different for the series.

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I hope we hear something about this game anywhere at E3.

Crystal Dragon’s #5 – Final Fantasy VII Remake for Switch

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Or maybe the whole spotlight will be exclusively about Super Mario Odyssey.

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our list of predictions! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our video above where we went into more detail. Neither of us knew each other’s predictions beforehand so you can witness our genuine reactions too!

Be sure to catch us again next week as we share our reactions to Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight presentation, which will be streamed live on e3.nintendo.com on Tuesday, June 13 starting at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 a.m. ET (adjust for your own time zone). This is a special time of the year! Get excited, and let’s board this hype train together! Choo choo!

What did you think of our predictions? What are your predictions for Nintendo’s E3 presentation? What games or systems would you like to see most? What are your predictions for E3 in general? Please let me know what you think in the comments section below! Thank you for reading and watching!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Top 10 Tracks

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Top 10 Tracks

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has taken the world by storm on the Nintendo Switch. Though there are no new racetracks exclusive to the upgraded version, the game includes all 16 of the original’s DLC tracks. And I have to say, a good number of those tracks are amazing, so it’s great to see them reach a wider audience.

Here is the video version for your viewing pleasure!

Crystal Dragon and I have been enjoying the game together and have been discussing which of the game’s novel tracks are our favorites. We put together a list of the Top 10 Tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! Note that we didn’t include retro tracks, even though some refurbished courses are fantastic. (Besides, Baby Park would win anyway.) We also didn’t include battle arenas, though we do love that Urchin Underpass based on Splatoon. Now that you know our parameters, enjoy our Top 10!

10. Toad Harbor

Kicking off our list is Toad Harbor, a beautiful seaside town based on an amalgamation of San Francisco and New York, which are clearly within driving distance. It’s one of the first really fun courses to play, highlighted by its shortcuts, alternate paths, and steep slope as you make your city escape. The level is also filled with great sights and details in the street signs, posters, and Lady Liberty herself. I would live in Toad’s Harbor, as long as he fixes the highway to get there.

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9. Electrodome

Time for a Mario Party! Not that kind of Mario Party though… I never thought I’d hear Mario and rave in the same sentence, but here we are. The Electrodome is our number nine pick, and it gets us moving to the beat every time. The colorful course splits in the middle, effectively making each lap feel a little different, keeping this party interesting. The whole stage constantly moves around you: Neon light strobes flash in your eye, fireworks are going off, and everyone’s dancing to the music, including the Piranha Plants. I feel like a DJ, spinning beats and making noise on the musical track itself. The Electrodome simply hits all the right notes.

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8. Wild Woods

Our number eight pick, Wild Woods, looks like it came out of a fairy tale. The woods are wild indeed, and not just because of its twisty turns. You actually go through the interior of an impressively built treetop village, inhabited by Shy Guys, adorably enough. The course itself is short, but there’s so much to look at in the Shy Guy village that it’s tempting to just hit the brakes and sightsee. Is it just me or does this remind anyone of a certain Nopon settlement in Xenoblade Chronicles? Frontier Village, anyone?

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7. Mute City

When Mario Kart 8 was first announced for the Wii U, fans were already making the comparison between the game’s new antigravity mechanics and the futuristic high-octane F-Zero series. We still don’t have a new F-Zero game, but at least we have the Mute City track, the first crossover course in our list. This is the best track to show off how awesome antigravity can look in motion; the tracks twist and turn before your eyes, retaining the feel and look of F-Zero. Meanwhile, numerous boost pads placed together near the start helps make it a high-speed race from start to finish. Between the faithful backgrounds and remixed music, the only thing missing is the good Captain himself.

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6. Animal Crossing

Based on the grueling job simulator where you are forced to slave away under taskmaster Nook… Ahem, based on the relaxing life simulator where you build homes and govern your animal residents, the Animal Crossing track is our number six pick. It appears that one mayor took it upon herself to build a racetrack in her village, and it’s a perfect fit. Throughout the race, you go on a whirlwind tour, where you can eye the various villagers and shops, all while collecting hard-earned Bells throughout the racetrack. What makes this course truly stand out is that it’s actually four different tracks in one; you can play this course in all four seasons. Changes between seasons are minor, mostly limited to small stage hazards and Easter eggs. But the effort taken to make four similar, but slightly different tracks was worth it. Props to the subtle musical elements, like being able to hear K.K. Slider jam when you’re nearby.

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5. Dragon Driftway

I had to do a double-take the first time I saw Dragon Driftway. A Chinese-inspired level with paper lanterns and temples scattered about? And the entire track takes place on a winding dragon? (Gobblegut from Super Mario Galaxy 2) Aesthetics win this round, and this track is nothing short of stunning. It’s fun to go fast in this mostly anti-gravity level, speeding through tight loops and turning every which way. At the same time, it’s hard to resist slowing down to admire all the amazing shrine backgrounds and scroll artwork depicting Kung Fu Lakitu. Speaking of Lakitu, stop telling me I’m going backwards. Just let me admire your art!

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4. Hyrule Circuit

Though we’ve already named two other non-Mario series-inspired levels on our list, nothing makes the series feel closer to becoming “Super Smash Kart” than Hyrule Circuit, a track designed after Nintendo’s other widely popular series, The Legend of Zelda. The race path itself is great, taking you through Hyrule Castle and the nearby field, with a remixed overworld theme playing as you cruise along. But it’s all the details that have been fine-tuned for this stage that make it special. You collect Rupees instead of coins, Deku Babas and Keese replace Piranha Plants and bats, and there are nice little extras such as sage medallions on the stained glass and Hyrule guards cheering you on next to the Toads. There’s even a puzzle to solve that leads to a surprise shortcut complete with accompanying jingles. How do you activate it? It’s a secret to everybody.

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3. Cloudtop Cruise

Cloudtop Cruise makes the top three. It’s a sky-high stage, taking inspiration and even music cues from Super Mario Galaxy. Although I’d say we don’t really have a “proper” Galaxy course, this dynamic stage does a great job replicating that otherworldly feeling. We start off at a giant beanstalk, which quickly leads to fluffy white clouds. Then, in a change of scenery, we enter an airship followed by a hazardous thundercloud, and finally back on the stalk. The whole journey is magical and captures the essence of what made Galaxy special. It’s an exciting course with enough variety and stage hazards to produce close races.

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2. Big Blue

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe graces us not with one, but two whole tracks based on the high-octane racer, F-Zero. And they’re both awesome, evidently, since we put Big Blue as number two. This track has a special denotation as one long course divided into three sections as opposed to laps. Essentially, it’s a high-speed blaze to the bottom, and everything about the stage is designed to replicate F-Zero’s fast pace. Boost pads, conveyer belts, spin boost pillars, and a steadily flowing current are abundant, assuring you hit maximum speed. The entirety of the course utilizes MK8’s trademark antigravity, fitting for the futuristic world. Additionally, the jazz remix of Big Blue’s theme is amazing. The only way this course could have been better is if it were actually in a new F-Zero game for the Switch. Hint, hint? Nintendo?

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1. Mount Wario

Here we are at number one. Mount Wario is another single straight course manually divided into three sections. What gives Mount Wario the edge is that the entire track tells a coherent story as you are sent freefalling from a plane at the top of a mountain. You make an actual journey through wildly different locations as you propel downwards, going through a cave, a dam, and a forest. The music amps up considerably as you progress. And the grand finale is what can only be described an as epic final lap speeding down a long ski slope. Huge boosts, flags to drive between, and a final winding path to the bottom are a thrill. As fans cheer, excitement builds up for anyone who can take the gold. It’s an amazing feeling, from start to finish, and the setting is so grand. It’s one of the few levels I can play over and over without getting bored, and I always pick it if it’s an option online. Mount Wario is hands-down my favorite course, not only in the game, but probably the entire series, period.

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Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our top 10 tracks of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It was actually tough to choose these, since there are so many awesome new tracks in the game, including the amazing redone retro courses. Needless to say, the game’s track selection is top-notch, and we’re excited to see what Nintendo does next for the series, whether as DLC or for an entirely new game.

What are your favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? What are your favorite and least favorite tracks from the Mario Kart series? Please share any thoughts you have in the comments section below! Thank you for reading!