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Super Mario Kart

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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 Character selection
Super Mario Kart SNES Lovely lap indicator :)
Super Mario Kart SNES Title screen

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 (3025)
Classic,truly classic! SNES Big C (49)

Critic Reviews

GameTrip.net SNES Mar 15, 2008 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic SNES May 20, 2002 A+ 100
HonestGamers SNES 1998 10 out of 10 100
Power Unlimited SNES Jul, 1993 9.5 out of 10 95
Super Play (UK) SNES Nov, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SNES Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Retrogaming History SNES Mar 09, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games SNES Nov 05, 2013 B+ 83
Total!! UK Magazine SNES Nov, 1992 82 out of 100 82
WiiDSFrance Wii U Apr 16, 2014 6 out of 10 60


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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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