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SJReiter said:
Um, I hate to be negative about this but, what exactly did Mario Kart 8 do for racing? I don't understand

Super Mario Kart ;)

However, I'm not really sure what it specifically "did" other than successfully link (and leverage for sales) an established IP into a completely different genre and not suck?

Battle Mode was awesome, but not really anything for "racing". Weapons? Might have been the first racer with weapons? I cba to research lol. 

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