Fam! We have been playing Mario Kart 8 since 2014!
You really can't be mad at Nintendo for running with that kart racer for the longest time now - the OG Wii U release and the Switch port have sold more than 40 million copies, it's the best-selling racing game of all time, and it has joined the list of best-selling games of all time period. Gamers of all ages can hop into Mario Kart 8 and have the time of their lives, which is part of the reason why its longevity will seemingly stay infinite as newcomers discover it for the very first time.
But let's be honest with each other - Mario Kart 8 is a little long in the tooth these days. Hardcore fans of the game have been crying out in droves for a brand new entry made specifically for the Switch in the long-running spinoff kart racing series. We recently learned from Kantan Games' analyst Serkan Toto that the ninth entry in the series is being made as we speak and is set to come with a "new twist." And to top it off, Toto also stated that it could be teased as early as this year!
That got me to thinking - what could that new twist possibly entail? And what other fresh features could be thrown into the mix to make Mario Kart 9 feel like the refreshing sequel everyone hopes it will be? Here's my personal wishlist for everything I'd love to see in the next iteration of the Mario Kart series.