So as a kid I played ton of Mario Kart on SNES and N64, but didn't play much after that. I tried every new MK at some point, but didn't play them much. In my nostalgia goggles, the SNES and N64 games were great and everything after that was meh.
But I dusted off my Wii U and played some Mario Kart 8. I've played quite a bit actually, even bought the DLC. Quite frankly, its pretty awesome.
So I've been on a tear over the past month or two. I've been playing through EVERY Mario Kart in no exact order just the ones I felt like play at the moment.
So I've come to this conclusion and probably my best to worst...
Mario Kart 8 - Best (gorgeous on my projector)
Mario Kart Wii - Very good
Mario Kart 7 - Very good but I hate playing on a portable device
Mario Kart DS - I really enjoyed this one, I bought it on the Wii U Virtual Console, but its hideous due to the low resolution.
Mario Kart Double Dash - This is when the series actually became great by modern standards and still how the series essentially plays.
Mario Kart SNES - The N64 game is arguably better, but I just find this one more enjoyable and the simplicity works.
Mario Kart N64 - Still fun but hasn't aged great. Playing on Wii U Virtual Console which atleast makes it look and run better.
Mario Kart GBA - The worst. Not easy on the eyes either. I actually own a physical copy but primarily played on emulation.
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