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A collection of Super Mario characters, including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser and Donkey Kong Jr., are out to win the Super Mario Kart championship. Using Mode 7 scaling, the first true kart game on the SNES has you collecting coins to boost your speed while using shells and bananas to stop others on the track.

There are 4 cups in all to race for, Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup and Special Cup, each with a selection of tracks to race on (based in Bowser's Castle, Super Mario World and more). Plus, a 2 player battle mode is on offer, where the first to pop the three balloons wins.


Super Mario Kart SNES Mario makes a tight turn.
Super Mario Kart SNES Yoshi at the start
Super Mario Kart SNES Character selection
Super Mario Kart SNES Lovely lap indicator :)

Promo Images

Super Mario Kart Screenshot
Super Mario Kart Screenshot
Super Mario Kart Screenshot
Super Mario Kart Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "スーパーマリオカート" -- Japanese spelling
  • "슈퍼 마리오 카트" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Who could help but love this game? DudeOfMonson (118) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This game is all about fun... tbuteler (3156) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Classic,truly classic! Big C (58) unrated

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic May 20, 2002 A+ 100
HonestGamers 1998 10 out of 10 100
Power Unlimited Jul, 1993 9.5 out of 10 95
Mega Fun Jan, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Video Games Oct, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Retrogaming History Mar 09, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Play Time 1993 90 out of 100 90
N-Force Jan, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Total!! UK Magazine Nov, 1992 82 out of 100 82


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1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Super Mario Kart appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Super Mario Kart is often credited with inventing the kart racing genre.

Japanese version

In the original Japanese version, Bowser and the Princess drink champagne during the award ceremony after they won the race. In the Western versions they only wave with the bottle.


  • EGM
    • Issue #200 - #19 out of 200 "Greatest Games of Their Time"
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #35 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best SNES Game in 1992
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #13 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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Kartanym (12825) added Super Mario Kart (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002
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