If there is one series that Nintendo has always been relatively safe with, it was Mario Kart. With the exception of Mario Kart: Double Dash, which introduced a slew of new gameplay mechanics that ultimately ended up being scrapped in newer iterations, Nintendo opted to only slightly tweak their kart racing formula, enough to please fans wanting something new, but not too much as to alienate newer players. Mario Kart 8 seems to offer the perfect balance of new and familiar, with some amazing gameplay tweaks that finally make the game feel like it rewards skill rather than luck.
It's not surprising that Mario Kart 8 is phenomenal. And while it's still not nearly as experimental as Double Dash, the new anti-gravity segments add enough skill-based gameplay to make even seasoned veterans rethink their kart racing strategies. In the realm of mascot kart racing games, there is no doubt that Mario Kart is still king.