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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 commemorating his 1st position.
Super Mario Kart SNES Yoshi at the start
Super Mario Kart SNES If you fall in deep places, call the tow!
Super Mario Kart SNES Title screen

Promo Images

Super Mario Kart Magazine Advertisement
Super Mario Kart Screenshot
Super Mario Kart Magazine Advertisement
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? SNES DudeOfMonson (118)
This game is all about fun... SNES tbuteler (3147)
Classic,truly classic! SNES Big C (58)

Critic Reviews / SNES Jul 27, 2005 96 out of 100 96
Nintendojo SNES 1997 9.5 out of 10 95
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Oct, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Retrogaming History SNES Mar 09, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Megablast SNES 1993 90 out of 100 90 SNES Apr 28, 2009 18 out of 20 90
IGN Wii Nov 23, 2009 9 out of 10 90
N-Force SNES Jan, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Play Time SNES Nov, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Defunct Games SNES Nov 05, 2013 B+ 83


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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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