Super Mario Kart (SNES)

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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 Character selection
Super Mario Kart SNES Select a race
Super Mario Kart SNES Mario makes a tight turn.
Super Mario Kart SNES Lovely lap indicator :)

Alternate Titles

  • "スーパーマリオカート" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Who could help but love this game? DudeOfMonson (106) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This game is all about fun... tbuteler (3025) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Classic,truly classic! Big C (49) unrated

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers 1998 10 out of 10 100
Video Game Den Dec 05, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic May 20, 2002 A+ 100
Nintendo Land 2003 97 out of 100 97
GameFan Magazine Jan, 1993 94.5 out of 100 94
Super Play (UK) Nov, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Nintendo Magazine System UK Oct, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Video Games Oct, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Nov, 1992 90 out of 100 90


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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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