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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 Lovely lap indicator :)
Super Mario Kart Wii Title screen
Super Mario Kart SNES Character selection
Super Mario Kart SNES Yoshi at the start

Promo Images

Super Mario Kart Screenshot
Super Mario Kart Magazine Advertisement
Super Mario Kart Screenshot
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 (3146)
Classic,truly classic! SNES Big C (58)

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) SNES 1998 10 out of 10 100
Thunderbolt Games SNES Jul 29, 2004 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic SNES May 20, 2002 A+ 100
Nintendo Land SNES 2003 97 out of 100 97 / SNES Jul 27, 2005 96 out of 100 96
Nintendojo SNES 1997 9.5 out of 10 95
GameFan Magazine SNES Jan, 1993 94.5 out of 100 94
Mega Fun SNES Jan, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Nov, 1992 34 out of 40 85
TigerChainsaw SNES 2020 7.9 out of 10 79


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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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