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Mario Kart: Over the Years

Mario Kart: Over the Years

When it comes to racing games, Mario Kart, could be the king of racing games.  Mario Kart has been with gamers for a long time, since the release of the SNES.

Super Mario Kart was released for the SNES in 1992 and this game has changed how driving could be fun in a video game.  The characters were Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Toad, Bowser, Donkey Kong Jr., and Koopa Troopa.  This game featured Mario Kart GP, a mode where players could earn points depending which place they finished and was the main mode for the game.  This led to Mario Kart GP being in the later Mario Kart games.  Match Race, Battle, and Time Trial were also available modes.  1-2 players was the maximum players.  Super Mario Kart brought weapons/power-ups such as red shells, starmans, mushrooms, and other weapons/power-ups.  The most notorious weapon was the red shell, because it was a homing weapon that took out any driver in its path. However, it can be dodged at the right time and moment.

Super Mario Kart - Super Nintendo Gameplay

Mario Kart 64 was released for the N64 in 1997 and brought new graphics such as 3D to the series.  The game featured a 4-player option, which was a first in the series.  This bought even more fun with with 2 more family and/or friends to the race.  With the new controller that featured a joystick, it was more fun to drive the kart rather then using the directional d-pad used in Super Mario Kart.   It also featured lightweight, middleweight, and heavy weight classes.  Each driver had their positive and negative drawbacks, which depended on their weight class.  Mario Kart 64 introduced Donkey Kong and Wario to the race.

Mario Kart N64 - Gameplay

Mario Kart Super Circuit was released for the Gameboy Advance in 2001 and was the first portable Mario Kart game.  Mario Kart Super Circuit has brought the same gameplay to the Gameboy Advance as seen in Super Mario Kart, due to the technology for portable gaming at the time.  With the release of this game, parent/s were able to bring entertainment for their  child/children during long car rides and/or plane rides.  This gave a parent/s a peace of mind that their child/children were able to play video games in peace instead of being noisy.

Mario Kart Super Circuit - Gameboy Advance Gameplay

Mario Kart Double Dash was released in 2003 for the Gamecube and offered a new gameplay experience.  Instead of one character driving, there were characters on one vehicle. One was a driver and the other was on the back.  With old characters returning, new characters have joined the race; Paratroopa, Walugi, Bowser Jr., Diddy Kong, Birdo, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, and Princess Daisy.  King Boo - Petey Piranha and Toad and Toadette were unlockable teams.   Besides new experiences and new characters, old favorite stages from Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, and Mario Kart Super Circuit are playable.

Mario Kart Double Dash - Gamecube Gameplay

Mario Kart DS was released in 2005 for the Nintendo DS and has brought back old characters from the first game and old levels from previous Mario Kart games. In addition to the characters, two new unlockable characters never been in in previous games made their debut for Mario Kart DS, R.O.B and Dry Bones.  Since the DS had Wi-Fi capabilities, it featured Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for players to play online.  However, there have been issues with the online gameplay because the game was first to use an online feature for the device.  Mario Kart DS also featured 'Missions', where players could play missions and play against bosses to earn a ranking.  Missions such as driving through gates and collecting coins made it a fun experience while driving a kart around.

Mario Kart DS - Gameplay

Mario Kart Wii was released for the Nintendo Wii in 2008 and was the newest Mario Kart game for a console at that time.  With the Wii's technology of wireless controllers, the Wii Wheel was an essential to get the full experience of driving a kart using a real wheel to control the vehicle.  The Gamecube controller and the Wii Classic Controller can be used also to play the game.  An addition to the karts, bikes were introduced in the game and were able to pull off wheelies off of jumps and driving.  Mario Kart Wii had debut the feature of playing against opponents around the world using the online feature. This has brought endless ways of enjoyment and challenges to the Mario Kart series.  Old characters from previous Mario Kart games have returned and new unlockable characters such as; Dry Bowser, Funky Kong (from the SNES Donkey Kong games), Toadette, and Baby Daisy made their début.

Mario Kart Wii - Gameplay

Mario Kart 7 was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2011 and introduced new gameplay and features.  Players were able to fly through the sky and drive underwater with new vehicles never been seen in previous Mario Kart games.  This game also featured kart customization, which allowed players to customize any kart they wished and be used in the next races.  Old characters from Super Mario Kart have returned and new unlockable characters such as; Mii, Shy Guy, Wiggler, Honey Queen, Metal Mario, Lakitu, and Rosalina.  Wario and Daisy also returned as unlockable characters.  Mario Kart 7 also featured online gameplay about the same experience as Mario Kart Wii.

Mario Kart 7 - Gameplay 

Mario Kart 8 will be the newest Mario Kart game in the series and will be released  next year for the Wii U.

Mario Kart 8 - Wii U Gameplay at E3 2013


Have you ever seen a Mario Kart in an arcade before?  Mario Kart Arcade GP, developed by Namco, is game that can be played in many Japanese arcades that attracts many fans of the game.  In this game, players can choose from classic characters and able to play as Pac-ManMs. Pac-Man, and Blinky.  In Mario Kart Arcade GP 2Tametchi, (Tamagotchi) is also a playable character.  In Mario Kart Arcade GP DXDon-chan, (Taiko no Tatsujin) is also a playable character.  These games has to be the best Mario Kart games because it has a classic arcade feel to it, non-Nintendo characters are playable, and very fun to play in an arcade.

Mario Kart Arcade GP - Demo and Game Footage

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 - Tametchi Gameplay

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX - Don-chan Gameplay

With every Mario Kart game, at least everyone has gotten frustrated playing the game.  If you have any Mario Kart game/s mentioned, you know how frustrating it can be at times.

The Ultimate Mario Kart Frustration 

Ultimate Mario Kart Frustration II


Finally, Mario Kart real-life. Enjoy........

Mario Kart could be one of Nintendo's top games because the experience of racing against friends, family, and people around the world has brought competition in each player.

Which Mario Kart is your favorite?

Which character do you use the most? Least?
What was your favorite weapon to use?


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5240 Points, 41 Comments, and 79 Articles.

I love video games, especially the retro ones because I grew up playing those ones. A lot of memories and frustrations with some of the NES games, but it was fun enjoying those games. Video games are one of my passions because there are so many games out there that can be played and each one has a uniqueness to it.

  1. Anthony Perez
    Date: October 11, 2013
    Author: JeriKane1998

    980 Points, 8 Comments, and 12 Articles.

    Ahh… I remember being so excited for Mario Kart Double Dash, because Diddy Kong was in. xD That really made it feel like an important crossover to me.

    I’ve always sucked at MK, but I enjoyed playing them. Kind of wish I had a Wii now. :/

    Oh well, great article. :)

    • exceeding09
      Date: October 13, 2013
      Author: andrew-aoyama

      5240 Points, 41 Comments, and 79 Articles.

      Nice story and I’m glad to hear that. I also enjoyed playing Mario Kart and I even played the ones that are in Japanese Game Centers (Arcades).

    • exceeding09
      Date: October 13, 2013
      Author: andrew-aoyama

      5240 Points, 41 Comments, and 79 Articles.

      Thanks for the compliment and it was fun to write the article.

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