Platform: Wii U

We didn't know we needed an update of this childhood favorite, the original SNES game having been converted into a drinking game staple now that we're adults. But now that Mario Kart 8 is here, we can't imagine life without it.

Both old favorites and new courses have been given a sparkling HD treatment rich in color and detail. And the opportunities to humiliate your friends have drastically increased, thanks to new weapons, a defense against the dreaded blue shell, and a new highlight reel feature that allows you to relive your triumph like a gloating FIFA opponent and uncover the shade Luigi has been hiding from us all along. When you're having this much fun it doesn't matter if Nintendo is sticking with a formula.

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