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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 Wii Title screen
Super Mario Kart SNES Mario commemorating his 1st position.
Super Mario Kart SNES Racing queen uh... Princess :)

Promo Images

Super Mario Kart Screenshot
Super Mario Kart Screenshot
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 (106)
This game is all about fun... SNES tbuteler (3019)
Classic,truly classic! SNES Big C (49)

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited SNES Jul, 1993 9.5 out of 10 95
Nintendojo SNES 1997 9.5 out of 10 95
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Oct, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Video Games SNES Oct, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Power Play SNES Nov, 1992 90 out of 100 90
IGN Wii Nov 23, 2009 9 out of 10 90
N-Force SNES Jan, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Total!! UK Magazine SNES Nov, 1992 82 out of 100 82
FNintendo Wii U May 08, 2014 7 out of 10 70
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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