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Okay, first things first: Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U is one of the finest racing experiences I've ever played, right up there with Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed and Crash Team Racing. The variety of options of which to customise your vehicle makes for lots of great options and possibilities. The gliding and underwater sections, while they aren't wholly original, when combined with the new gravity mechanic there's some brilliant track design. The only gripe I truly have with the game is the roster: several fan-favourites are just up-and-gone: no Diddy Kong, King Boo or even Wiggler. And while I'm not stupid enough to believe that the metals replaced them (probably easy late additions, given that they're essentially colour swaps with a couple different voice lines) and moving the Koopalings into one slot wouldn't have done anything given they're more than just clones of each other, they should have brought back more characters through DLC. Despite this, it is still a great experience that any racing fan should give a shot.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, on the other hand, is a cash grab so blatant I'm honestly surprised more people haven't made a fuss about it like they would for EA or Capcom. This shitty excuse for a port actively holds back characters and karts to get fans to buy the game again. The reworked battle mode every fan has wanted as DLC is here... but those fans have to straight-up buy the game again. Utterly shameful. I'd expect EA or Capcom to do this garbage, not you, Nintendo. Nothing in Deluxe is worth wasting your money on. You should just wait for the inevitable Mario Kart 9, rather than pay for this garbage, and thus, encouraging this disgusting business practice.
You have to realize to the world at large, the Wii U might as well have never existed. This port wasn't made for Wii U adopters, but the thankfully emergent Switch consumer base. Sure, not making the battle mode available for the legacy edition isn't good but they just want the thing to die a dog's death as fast as possible. A discounted price for the Deluxe for previous buyers would've been a welcome but the logistics would've been far beyond Nintendo's grasp of consumer convenience. Living five years in the past is one of multitudinous costs demanded by Nintendo choosing to remain in their self-satisfied bubble.
Comparing this understandable, if somewhat callous, decision borne of a million poor decisions on Nintendo's part (from which they will thankfully learn ) to the unbridled evil perpetuated by slap-dash premium edition microtransaction AAA companies in the name of avarice, smacks of knee-jerk entitlement. As a previous adaptor of the original version, part of the responsibility for determining whether the Deluxe is worth the money before you buy, rests with you.
In the end, for all the good games they make, Nintendo is just a company. They just want your money. They have some standards but they're almost cancelled out by the damage caused by their ignorance and cluelessness.
Yeah, I still hate this port, and I'm still not going to support it. It's the only reasonable thing I can do at this point. And insisting that my anger at being screwed over is "knee-jerk entitlement" isn't making your case stronger. This development practice is still utter garbage that really needs to fucking stop. And this constant stream of Switch ports just proves it.
...Well, thanks for the insight, dude.
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