Retro Kart Rush Switch Game Review

Retro Kart Rush tries to be Mario Kart on the SNES. It has mostly flat tracks, a variety of racers of various weight classes, drifting, and items. The issue, quite simply, is that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold well over 52 million copies and is the best selling game on the Switch. So the question becomes why even bother with Retro Kart Rush if you own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Chances are better than fifty-fifty you own MK8D. While the game is decent and not bad for five dollars, why have McDonald’s when you can eat at a five star restaurant? There really isn’t.

Retro Kart Rush Giraffe in lava land

In Retro Kart Rush, instead of Mario, Peach and Bowser, you get… the giraffe, lion, and shark. You start with six racers and can unlock three via winning cups. You start with two cups of three tracks each. You then unlock more(there are eight) via getting first place in a cup. There are four difficulty levels, each corresponding to a different star values, which unlocks the extra racers. The tracks are mostly flat and short, but do have stuff unique to the theme of the level. Ghost Forest has ghosts on the track. Lava levels have spinning fire(as show above). The city level has cars driving around. Finally, there are items that correspond to Mario Kart items, but what is what is hard to tell at first(no manual in Retro Kart Rush).

Retro Kart Rush Lion in Desert

In the end, Retro Kart Rush is decent for five dollars. Lots of tracks and split screen multiplayer for 2. Still, why have this, when Mario Kart 8 Deluxe exists? Maybe little kids will get a kick of it, but everyone else will pine for the big daddy kart racer. Still, I will give this a Recommended because for what it is, it is not bad at all, leagues better than Mini Kart Racer anyway.

Overall: Retro Kart Racer is a decent little game, but pales before Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Verdict: Recommended

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PlatformNintendo Switch
Release Date9/21/23
ESRB RatingE
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