In my honest opinion Mario Kart 8 is easily the best Mario Kart to date, notable instantly is the the new use of HD visuals, they are simple stunning and as a Nintendo fan I can't see what it's taken them so long to make use of HDMI! The game runs at an incredibly smooth 60 frames per action which makes MK8 a joy to play, all that fans know and love about the franchise is there, the return of some Mario Kart staple wacky weapons (along with some new ones like the Priannah plant and Horn), remastered classic tracks that now implement the new anti grav feature make this feel both nostalgic and refreshingly new at the same time (Something it seems only Nintendo know how to pull off well).
There are 32 Tracks in total, 16 of which are brand new and 16 which are remastered classics, but all look amazing in HD and all are incredibly fun and create unique experiences every time you race on them. Oh and Online is a blast as well and the Mario Kart TV with Youtube uploading makes for welcome arrival.
All in all, I highly recommend this game, after all this is the main reason I bought my console, it really is that good! fans will not be disappointed .