Watch: Ian plays Super Mario Sunshine for the first time

Playing host to classics like Pikmin, Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Kart: Double Dash (the best Mario Kart ever, in case you were wondering), the Nintendo Gamecube was a criminally underrated console. I adored mine, getting use out of it all the way through my teens and well into university.

Ian Higton, on the other hand, never owned one – until this month, that is. In a stroke of genius, he acquired a Gamecube for his birthday, thereby allowing him to experience the splendour of Super Mario Sunshine for the very first time in this week’s Late to the Party. Little did he know he’d bitten off more than he could chew, coming up against Sunshine’s finicky camera and my own powerful, sordid sense of nostalgia. Watch the video below for inept platforming and some startling personal revelations from yours truly. Apologies in advance.

If you have any particularly fond memories of Super Mario Sunshine – or any other Gamecube game, for that matter – feel free to drop them in the comments below.

The safest pair of hands in video games

There are always little symbols to look out for that can help you figure out if a game’s going to be worthwhile. Once upon a time it might have been Nintendo’s seal of quality, or maybe the logo of your favourite developer – back in the day it was Treasure’s magic box, perhaps, or more recently the glimmering P of Platinum Games. In recent years, there’s another logo I’ve always kept an eye out for, a symbol that’s a guarantee of quality, and a certain little spark. Quite often, though, you have to look really hard for it.

Sumo Digital isn’t the most widely known developer out there, though that’s mostly by design. Since it was founded in 2003, the Sheffield studio has quietly built a strong reputation. It caught my attention with 2004’s OutRun 2 port on Xbox, won my heart with OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast and by the time Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was released in 2012 – the best Mario Kart game, until Mario Kart 8 came along at least – I was well and truly in love. You may well have played a Sumo Digital game before without realising it. I’m fairly sure you’ll have enjoyed it, too.

“It’s one of those things,” says COO Paul Porter. “We’ve always done things under the radar, because it’s other people’s IP. The story’s not about Sumo, the story’s about the game, the publisher and the IP owner. We’ve always kept quiet in the background.” Some of Sumo’s work is even a surprise to me, a self-confessed fan of the studio – it was only upon meeting up with Sumo at last December’s PlayStation Experience that I realised it was responsible for Colorado, one of the new Hitman’s episodes, and there’s plenty more unheralded work besides.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe adds Splatoon characters and Battle Mode courses

Nintendo has officially confirmed Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which will launch on 28th April priced £49.99 in the UK.

There’s no word of an upgrade programme for fans who own the game already on Wii U.

This new Deluxe edition will include MK8’s existing DLC plus a sprinkling of new courses and characters. The series’ classic-style Battle Mode also returns, and eight-player wireless local play is now available.

Check out the Nintendo Switch steering wheel controller

Nintendo Switch has a port of Mario Kart 8, and so it has its own motion control steering wheel controller, too.

Digital Foundry’s John Linneman, who is at a Nintendo Switch hands-on event in Frankfurt, Germany took a few pictures of the wheel for us, and they reveal how you slot a Joy-con controller inside to get the thing going. The wheel works similarly to previous versions. There are shoulder buttons on the back. It looks tiny.

GAME has a “Joy-Con Wheel Pair” online for £13.99. I can’t see it on Amazon.

Watch: Our favourite local multiplayer games

Playing games with other people online is really fun (have we mentioned we ?) but sometimes you simply can’t beat a bit of local multiplayer.

With Worms WMD out this week, we decided it was high time we discussed our favourite local multiplayer games. You can find eight of them in the video below.

Now obviously there wasn’t time to list every decent local multiplayer game out there and the chances are we’ve missed one of your favourites, so please feel free to champion your own picks in the comments below. Unless you’re one of those people who thinks Diddy Kong Racing is superior to Mario Kart, of course.