With kart racers on Nintendo systems there are those that can’t quite match up to Mario Kart and those that don’t deserve to be on the track
Licensed games tend to traditionally take it on the chin, but to be honest much of the time the skepticism towards them is deserved. If you want a great example of a serious offender that underlines how slapping a license on a poorly-made game can happen, look no further than this racer. I’ll admit that the fact that the license is emojis automatically activated my shovelware alarms, it’s a pretty low-hanging fruit sort of thing but if your target is younger gamers (or at least their parents or grandparents) strategically it makes perfect sense. Sadly, this doesn’t remotely feel like anyone’s best effort. The physics and collision behaviors are at times comical they’re so poorly handled, the controls are uninspiring, the power-ups are generally ineffective more often than not, and just across the board this feels like it was given the minimum amount of effort to get it on the eShop and then wait for people to make the mistake of buying it because it looks family friendly. Sure, there really have been no indie kart racers that have held a candle to the likes of Mario Kart, but this is miles behind even the most mediocre games in that pack.
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