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Who could help but love this game? DudeOfMonson (118) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This game is all about fun... tbuteler (3146) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Classic,truly classic! Big C (58) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.1
Overall User Score (131 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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Retro Game Reviews (Nov 12, 2015)
Super Mario Kart is a ground-breaking title that kick-started the entire genre and it's a credit to the developers that it still plays fantastically well today. Whether you're racing alone or with a friend it has everything you could ask for with great course design, innovative controls and irresistible gameplay.
GameTrip.net (Mar 15, 2008)
Premier d’une longue sĂ©rie Ă©ternelle, Super Mario Kart est excellent, voire parfait. Un fun incontestable, une durĂ©e de vie proche de l’infini, plein de personnages, de circuits, de modes, d’objets, on en voudrait toujours plus mais chapeau Ă  Shigeru Miyamoto et son Ă©quipe qui nous offre un jeu mythique et lançant un nouveau genre.
Video Game Den (Dec 05, 2010)
It's easy to get carried away when taking about Super Mario Kart - the flawless controls, the unique and addictive gameplay, the charismatic graphics, the upbeat soundtrack etc... They all contribute to the game's greatness. Like in most of Nintendo games, Super Mario Kart starts off with a simple formula but soon, you get pleasantly surprised and delighted by all the clever gameplay features that become apparent as you scratch the surface. A definite masterpiece and a timeless classic.
Total! (Germany) (Sep, 1993)
Insgesamt einer der ganz großen Klassiker unter dem Super Nintendo-Spielen – solltet Ihr's noch nicht haben, schlagt unbedingt demnĂ€chst zu.
GamePro (US) (Dec, 1992)
Maybe you were wondering just how many ways Nintendo could squeeze a good time out of the Mario world. Here's one way that's a winner. Super Mario Kart makes wheel-spinning, bumper-grinding motor racing actually cute! the little guys definitely have a lot of drive.
The Video Game Critic (May 20, 2002)
Not only is this one of the best SNES games ever, but it single-handedly created an entire new genre of video games! Instead of aiming for realism, Super Mario Kart strips racing down to its essense with simple yet fun go-cart action.
Chock full of great visuals, awesome sound, tight play control, amazing track design, items galore and a multi-player mode that’s hard to beat, Super Mario Kart is my favorite game of all time. It’s also one of the main reasons to own a Super Nintendo.
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 29, 2004)
Ah the Super Nintendo
 Home to so many of my all time favorite games such as Final Fantasy II and III, Secret of Mana, Super Mario World and F-Zero. But, there has always been one game that I think of when reminiscing about the good ‘ole SNES: Super Mario Kart. Though on the outside appearing to be a kiddie go-kart racing game, Mario Kart has some of the deepest, most addictive gameplay to be found on the SNES console. You’d never think that taking classic Nintendo characters such as Donkey Kong, Mario, Bowser and Toad, placing them into high-speed karts and racing them through various Nintendo-themed environments would be result in hundreds of hours of gameplay enjoyment, but it does.
What does Mario and his friends and enemies do on their sparetime? They race around in gokarts shooting koopa shells at each other! ...and thatÂŽs what tis fab game is all about. Super Mario Kart is pure fun to play and got a last-ability never seen in a game before, I was still playing it, 2 whole years after I first got it! ThatÂŽs why I give it 98%! If you going to own just one SNESgame then this is the one!
Nintendo consiguió una vez demostrar que la magia de los juegos no reside en espectaculares apartados gråficos, o en jugosas licencias, y que una jugabilidad y control inteligentes pueden generara auténticas obras de arte.
Power Unlimited (Jul, 1993)
Super Mario Kart is een van de leukste spellen die voor de Super Nintendo zijn gemaakt, vooral als je het met twee spelers speelt. Het duurt wel erg lang voordat je een beetje aan het spel gewend bent, omdat de besturing aanvankelijk erg moeilijk is.
Nintendojo (1997)
Super Mario Kart is a classic concoction of pure racing goodness that stands up to the test of time today. This title has inspired innumerous kart clones, spin-offs, and sequels due to its sheer quality of game mechanics and infinite replay value.
GameFan Magazine (Jan, 1993)
This has to be the best two player game for the SNES yet. Three speeds of racing, 15 different tracks, and 8 custom drivers deliver an action packed racing game. On the split screen, mode 7 is even faster than ever. It's a race through Marioland with some of the best sights and sounds a game has to offer.
Mega Fun (Jan, 1994)
Was FIFA Soccer fĂŒr mein MD, ist Super Mario Kart fĂŒr mein SNES. Beide Spiele sind durch und durch perfekt, nur wenige Neuerscheinungen können dieses Sucht-Duo fĂŒr kurze Zeit sprengen. Der Nintendo-Rennstall ist bis ins kleinste Detail durchdacht und zeigt selbst nach hĂ€rtesten Marathon-Fahrten keinerlei Verschleißerscheinungen. Die verschiedenen Klassen und Strecken sind ein weiteres großes Plus, denn dadurch wird von Doofie bis Profi jeder zufriedengestellt. Das alles ĂŒberragende Feature ist fĂŒr mich jedoch das Fahrverhalten der Mini-Kutschen. Die Ă€ußerst exakte Steuerung vermittelt in Verbindung mit der Mode 7-Grafik ein sahnemĂ€ĂŸiges Fahr-Feeling, nur F-Zero kann da noch mithalten.
Super Play (UK) (Nov, 1992)
There's the inventiveness of the courses - particularly the lovely 'haunted house' track and the hilarious sandy lagoon. Then there are the assorted Mario-style weapons and collectables that litter the tracks - things like fireable Koopa-shells and droppable banana-skins. And that's not to mention the added, extra fun of the bizarre cat-and-mouse alternative game, where two players drive frantically around a maze, trying to burst the three balloons attached to all their karts. The great thing about Super Mario Kart, though, is that not only does it work as a Mario game - the quality of the animation and so on is way good enough - but as a straight racing game, too. The tight corners of these go-kart size tracks mean there's something going on every second, while the short lengths of the races, high speed, and great variety, keep the interest high.
A superb piece of software which is let down only by its lack of one-player lasting appeal - solo players be warned. But for those with plenty of friends, this is an unmissable game.
Video Games (Oct, 1992)
Auch wenn‘s schlechtgelaunte Mega-Drive-Besitzer Ă€rgert: Spaßiger und besser als “Super Mario Kart“ geht‘s kaum. Ob zu zweit im Grand Prix oder alleine gegen die computergesteuerte Nintendo-Prominenz, die Motivation auf der Jagd nach Bestzeiten kennt kein Ende - wobei der innovativste KnĂŒller das Rennen gegen den Bestzeit-Geisterfahrer ist. Unmengen an Einstellmöglichkeiten und Goodies sorgen fĂŒr in Rennspielen bisher unerreichte Abwechslung. Jeder der acht Fahrer hat Macken und VorzĂŒge und ĂŒberrascht immer wieder mit ungeahnten Eigenschaften. Wer keine Aversion gegen Mario und Kumpanen hegt, wird am ultimativen Rennspaß “Super Mario Kart“ nicht vorbeisteuern können.
N-Force (Feb, 1993)
As it stands, it is totally addictive for a while but the one-player game's easily completed. Hours of endless fun for two though. A great title that I just can't skip playing!
USgamer (Jul 27, 2017)
Super Mario Kart is pretty bare-bones compared to its feature-laden sequels, but in many ways, its simplicity is its strength. Super Mario Kart's core concept is still a whole lot of rad fun, and that's what matters most.
Play Time (1993)
(Top Games 1993 issue)
Let‘s Party! Super Mario Kart ist die Krönung: Sowohl als Nintendo-Eremit, als auch als Zockerduo muß man dieser absoluten Sucht-Granate verfallen. Wer kurz vor der Ziellinie noch seinen Turbopilz zĂŒnden will, dann aber doch noch durch einen Schildkrötenpanzer des Gegners von der Bahn gefegt wird, weiß, was den Reiz dieses Spiels ausmacht. Nicht nur die tĂŒckischen Strecken, sondern gerade das Extrawaffensystem bringt beste Party-Stimmung auf. Trotz Durchschnitts-Grafik und Mickersound: Super Mario Kart muß man wirklich gesehen haben. Ein Allheilmittel gegen Videospielhasser!
Megablast (1993)
Man weiß gar nicht so recht, wo man hier am besten mit dem Loben anfĂ€ngt, denn die Programmierer haben sich praktisch keine SchwĂ€che geleistet. Die 3D-Grafik ist putzig gezeichnet und durch den ins Modul eingebauten Mathe-Chip auch verteufelt schnell; Soundbegleitung und Steuerung können ebenfalls entzĂŒcken. Tja, und vor allem spielerisch stimmt halt absolut alles: Die verschiedenen Eigenschaften der Fahrer ergeben in der Kombination mit den diversen Spielmodi eine schier endlos motivierende Mischung! Daher werden selbst Leute von der Anti-Mario-Fraktion zugeben mĂŒssen, daß es sich besser höchstens auf den real existierenden Grand Prix-Kursen rasen lĂ€ĂŸt...
Retrogaming History (Mar 09, 2009)
Super Mario Kart Ăš indubbiamente un capolavoro e una pietra miliare della storia dei videogiochi. A mio giudizio i capitoli successivi della serie mai raggiungeranno la giocabilitĂ  del primo, unico ed inimitabile, risultando solamente quasi solo delle rivisitazioni grafiche. Se volete giocare ad un Mario Kart rivolgetevi a IL Mario Kart ovvero quello per il Super Nintendo, non ve ne pentirete.
Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 28, 2009)
Premier jeu du genre de la saga Mario, SMK est aussi le premier jeu de courses de l’histoire du jeu vidĂ©o qui dĂ©fie toutes les conventions de la course automobile. En fait, il ne respecte rien, le sĂ©rieux des simulations disparaissant au profit d’un fun absolu qui est le point fort essentiel d’un jeu terriblement prenant et technique. Nintendo rĂ©alise vraiment un grand coup avec ce soft alliant les aspects dĂ©lirants de la sĂ©rie des Mario et les Ă©lĂ©ments d’une course de karting. Bon nombre de jeux tenteront de s’en inspirer (notamment les Mario Kart qui suivront) mais aucun n’atteindra l’incroyable niveau de folie que SMK a fixĂ© en cette remarquable annĂ©e 1992

Power Play (Nov, 1992)
Jetzt ist es endgĂŒltig passiert: Meine Freundin muß ausziehen und das Super Nintendo darf mit ins Bett. Ob alleine, zu zweit oder in fröhlicher Runde, Super Mariokart ist das pure ModulvergnĂŒgen und ein absolutes Muß fĂŒr alle Videospieler. Ich habe noch nie ein so abwechslungsreiches, witziges, dynamisches und dabei spannendes Rennspiel erlebt. Alleine der Duellmodus hat schon ein ExtraprĂ€dikat verdient, denn die Mischung aus Schadenfreude und Geschicklichkeits-Parcours ist unwiderstehlich. Mein Rat - den Hubraumspaß unbedingt besorgen!
This is certainly a game you can come back to, and you can just pop it in and play with anybody. There are lots of ways to handicap players, so there's seldom a mismatch. The graphics are cartoony, reminiscent of Super Mario World, but they're colorful and well animated, and the background tunes are fun to listen to. I couldn't ask for much more! Well, I could, but I'm going to go a few laps against that turtle with the long tongue instead.
N-Force (Jan, 1993)
It's the cuddly characters, and split-screen gameplay that make this a winner. If you haven't played it yet, what are you waiting for - a green light? Fantastic!
N-Force (Nov, 1992)
I don't care how much this costs, this is a game you shouldn't be without.
Retro Archives (Apr 17, 2022)
La grande force de ses courses et de ses affrontements, c'est d'avoir Ă©tĂ© pensĂ©s spĂ©cifiquement pour le fun d'un bout Ă  l'autre : des circuits trĂšs courts, des bonus amusants, des obstacles adaptĂ©s, une prise en main immĂ©diate, un contenu extrĂȘmement solide, suffisamment de subtilitĂ©s pour rester pertinent en tant que pur jeu de course et mĂȘme un Ă©quilibrage pensĂ© pour vous donner un coup de pouce en cas de besoin, difficile de faire plus convivial et plus prenant sur la durĂ©e, en particulier Ă  plusieurs. Le temps ayant depuis apportĂ© bien d'autres idĂ©es Ă  la prolifique saga, on pourra juste regretter quelques timides maladresses, quelques Ă©quilibrages un peu dĂ©faillants, et le sentiment difficile Ă  congĂ©dier d'une certaine injustice en solo, mais le bilan reste irrĂ©futable : trente ans aprĂšs, avec un sans un ami, c'est toujours amusant.
This is the best driving game to come along for some time.
Play Time (Nov, 1992)
Grafik und Sound prĂ€sentieren sich von ihrer besten Seite und somit ist alles vorhanden, was einen Hit ausmacht (inclusive des Batterie-Backups fĂŒr die Hi-Score Liste). Bleibt festzuhalten, Leute, kauft bloß dieses Spiel bevor es vergriffen ist. Achtung!!! Der amerikanische Import lĂ€uft nicht auf dem EuropĂ€ischen SNES.
The sound is decent for the time also. You can hear things, such as the vroom of the kart you are driving or the slip of your tires on a banana peel. I found Super Mario Kart for the SNES a pleasure to play, especially for kids. It is cute and fun at the same time! I recommend that you pick this up at your local electronic store's "used" section today!
Defunct Games (Nov 05, 2013)
All it takes is one heated two-player battle for first place to make you forget all about these limitations. That's one of the reasons Mario Kart remains a sales juggernaut for Nintendo. Each level is dripping with so much charm that it's impossible not to fall in love with the game. But after that sugar high wears off, it's clear to see that Super Mario Kart is a fairly average racing game with one hell of a paint job.
A highly original racing collect 'em up with addictive gameplay and a fab two-player mode. Worth a look whether you're a racing fan or not.
Score (Mar, 1994)
MoĆŸnĂĄ byste ƙekli autíčka jako autíčka, aĆ„ si majĂ­ jakĂ© extras chtějĂ­, zĆŻstĂĄvajĂ­ pƙíliĆĄ hloupou zĂĄbavou, pĆŻjdeme raději na formule. Ale pozor, chcete-li mĂ­t doma na SNES po ruce hru, kterou budete moci v pƙíhodnĂœ okamĆŸik vytĂĄhnout a pƙedvĂ©st nĂĄvĆĄtěvě, Super Mario Kart kupte uĆŸ kvĆŻli dvěma podstatnĂœm věcem: je poměrně dobƙe ovladatelnĂœ i pro laiky a dĂĄ se vĂœborně hrĂĄt ve dvou. Pokud se chcete zbavit věčně se nudĂ­cĂ­ch dětĂ­ nebo otravnĂ© sestry, pĆŻsobĂ­ tato hra jako kouzelnĂœ proutek. JedinĂœm mĂĄvnutĂ­m nastane klid a pohoda. Jenom v dětskĂ©m pokoji sem tam zapraĆĄtĂ­ sraĆŸenĂ© hlavy nebo se ozve hlasitĂœ ƙev označujĂ­cĂ­ vĂ­tězstvĂ­ či prohru. Ale pak zas bude dlouhĂ© ticho.
Retro Game Age (Jun 06, 2012)
Super Mario Kart was born out of a desire to create a two player racing game as opposed to F-Zero’s solitary experience hence the split screen view at all times. The unique mix of straight racing to the finish combined with adding weapons to the mix spawned a genre that still inspires imitators to this day. Even considering its age Super Mario Kart has lost little of its luster and is still an enjoyable experience to this day.
Super Mario Kart should get all the credit for starting the kart racing genre. I think it’s a little rough around the edges with the skill level and annoying music. The cast of eight racers gives a great variety of choices and there’s a decent amount of courses to race on. Battle mode is an important inclusion for people that aren’t racing experts. Super Mario Kart was a solid start in the genre but other Mario Kart games would certainly outshine the original.
The Game Hoard (Jan 13, 2018)
Super Mario Kart could have definitely become a game invalidated by far superior sequels, but while multiplayer and battle mode especially would become better down the line, Super Mario Kart manages to squeak out a niche by having one of the few Grand Prix experiences that will really push players to learn the ins and outs of Mario Kart, and it did so without giving computer players overpowered abilities. Their collusion makes them challenging despite perhaps reading as unfair to some, but the 150cc Special Cup will be all the more satisfying to beat after you’ve mastered kart racing rather than just winning the random item lottery. With serviceable courses and reasonable hazards, the heavy racing focus of Super Mario Kart gets to shine.

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