Got this pre-ordered for tomorrow at Best Buy. Will be playing tomorrow night with my GF. The last time I played a Mario Kart with a girlfriend on release was the Wii one, and a different girlfriend. We almost broke up because of it.
Had a good time with GAF tournament on Wii U, also I was banned at that time and saw that I angered a few people with my Bowser x)
But then it was fire hopping galore and could only hit 1st with a lot of luck, anyway I recommend everyone to play in GAF tournament.
Skipped out on MK7 and didn't own a Wii U, but played a bit of regular 8 on that with friends who did own a Wii U. Excited to jump back in the Mario Kart fold, especially because the GOAT characters, Dry Bones and King Boo, are back.
Unfortunately there isn't enough new in Deluxe for me to re-buy it, especially after I burnt myself out on the Wii U release, but do know I'm jealous of you that get to experience it for the first time.