Super Mario Kart is a go-kart racing video game published for Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in August 1992 in Europe and North America. The game sold eight million copies worldwide and became the third best-selling SNES game of all time. The game was later on ported for Nintendo’s Virtual Console Wii in Japan in June 2009 and in North America in November 2009. The game was released in April 2010 in Europe.
The player takes control of the main characters from the Mario series. There are eight total characters, each with different capabilities and skills. The player races against computer-controlled characters in multi-race cups. There are three difficulty levels.
The gameplay offers speed and offensive boosting power-ups which the player can use to take advantage of. Players can also race against the clock in a Time Trial mode. There is also a multi-player mode where players race against each other one-on-one. There is also a Match Race mode. Battle Mode is another option for multiplayer. In this one the player can defeat rivals with power-ups or destroying balloons.
The eight characters of the game are Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Donkey Kong Jr., Koopa Troopa and Toad. The characters have their own skills, top speed, acceleration and handling. Each character has its power-ups. Yoshi drops eggs while Donkey Kong Jr. throws bananas.
The graphics are great and were considered “detailed” by the Nintendo Magazine System and also as “spectacular” considering the period when the game was released.
The popular game was followed by several releases and most of them were hits and successes. Mario Kart 64 was released in 1997 for Nintendo 64. The second follow-up was Mario Kart Super Circuit, released four years after the first sequel for Game Boy Advance. Mario Kart Double Dash was also released for GameCube in 2003. Mario Kart DS was released for Nintendo DS in 2005 and was the first one to include multi-player capabilities via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. This one was very popular and sold 7.83 million units around the world, becoming the best-selling handheld racing game. The version for Wii was released in 2008.
The gameplay features advanced maneuvers such as hopping and power sliding. The second maneuver allows a kart to maintain its speed while turning corners, but executing the move too long will cause the kart to spin.
Super Mario Kart was a hit on the market when released. It received a Player’s Choice after selling one million copies. The game went to salve eight million copies worldwide. GameRankings and MobyGames give an average of 90 percent while GameStats and TopTenReviews offer average over 80 percent.
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Looking similar to Nintendo's other hot racing game, F-Zero, Super Mario Kart stars that cast and crew from the Super Mario series of games. You can pick a driver of the go-kart and head out to the track and burn rubber! Everything scales and rotates while you get a view of the track and the fellow racers in a map screen below!
- Machine: SNES;
- Manufacturer: Nintendo of America;
Buyer's Guide: Take on the computer or a friend in racing circuits that take you through Mario Land. For the ultimate in head-to-head, two-player, split-screen action, race a friend in the Battle mode. A must-have for SNES owners.
Driver's Ed: Each character can get a burst of speed off the starting line by accelerating at the precise moment. With Koopa, for example, press the B button after the first starting beep. Experiment with the others.
Released in 1992, Super Mario Kart was the first video game in its series. In this racing style game, players operate go-karts as one of eight characters from the Super Mario series. With its advanced graphical images and use of Mode 7 texture mapping, Super Mario Kart is the third best-selling game on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. With a split screen view, players can view the top portion as the course and the bottom of the screen in a rear-view mirror perspective or an overhead shot of the entire track. In the multiplayer mode, the second player views the bottom screen version. In this 4 megabit cartridge video game, challenge yourself or build upon your skills in the Grand Prix, where in the first single player mode – the player races against seven computer-controlled drivers. You can choose from engine classes such as 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. The larger the engine, the faster vehicles, which also means the harder the level. This fun family game has over eight million copies in circulation.