1001 Video Games
The N64 version of Mario Kart 64
appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
by General Editor Tony Mott.
If you complete all the tracks in the 150cc class, the game opens up new tracks. The new tracks are actually reverse images of the original set.
In Mario Kart 64
in the Japanese version lots of the signs are take offs of brands, the only one apparent in the western version is the Koopa Air (Nike Air), but one interesting one is a sign that says MarioBro which was changed to Mario Bros. This of course was originally a takeoff of Marlboro cigarettes.
Originally, MagiKoopa (an enemy from Super Mario World
) was intended to be one of the racers. However, he was later replaced by Donkey Kong before the game was released. You can still see MagiKoopa in some of the earliest screenshots of the game (back when it was still called Mario Kart R
The game was originally going to be called Mario Kart R
but was changed because Nintendo felt it was to similar to Sega's upcoming racing game Sonic R
Virtual console version
For the Wii Virtual Console version of Mario Kart 64
, the Ghost Trial Data, (which allowed players to race against a ghost kart of their best times), has been disabled.
Information also contributed by
- Retro Gamer
- September 2004 (Issue #8) – #80 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)