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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 Yoshi at the start

Promo Images

Super Mario Kart Screenshot
Super Mario Kart Magazine Advertisement
Super Mario Kart Screenshot
Super Mario Kart Magazine Advertisement


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

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) SNES 1998 10 out of 10 100
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1992 5 out of 5 100
Thunderbolt Games SNES Jul 29, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Total! (Germany) SNES Sep, 1993 1 out of 6 100
Retro Game Reviews SNES Nov 12, 2015 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Mega Fun SNES Jan, 1994 93 out of 100 93
N-Force SNES Feb, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Video Games SNES Oct, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Play Time SNES Nov, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2000 8.5 out of 10 85


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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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