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Super Mario Kart

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MobyRank MobyScore
SNES
93
4.1
Wii
...
4.4
Wii U
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4.8
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Super Mario Kart Wii Title screen
Super Mario Kart SNES Lovely lap indicator :)
Super Mario Kart SNES Character selection
Super Mario Kart SNES Select a race

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? SNES DudeOfMonson (106)
This game is all about fun... SNES tbuteler (3022)
Classic,truly classic! SNES Big C (49)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1992 5 out of 5 100
GameTrip.net SNES Mar 15, 2008 10 out of 10 100
VicioJuegos.com SNES Jul 27, 2005 96 out of 100 96
Nintendojo SNES 1997 9.5 out of 10 95
Power Unlimited SNES Jul, 1993 9.5 out of 10 95
Super Play Magazine UK SNES Nov, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Megablast SNES 1993 90 out of 100 90
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Defunct Games SNES Nov 05, 2013 B+ 83
WiiDSFrance Wii U Apr 16, 2014 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

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.

Innovation

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.

Awards

  • 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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