Super Mario Kart review - Super Nintendo
What the Mean Machines staff thought
Who'd have thought that the race game to supercede F-Zero would come in the form of a Go-Kart racing gane? But still, if ever a game was going to topple F-Zero from its perch as a no-frills racing game of the highest order, Super Mario Kart is it. The graphics are nothing short of spectacular, from the detailed sprites and backgrounds, the super-smooth and rapid scrolling to little animation touchers such as your driver glancing behind when he (oe she) passes someone. The sound is also great, with a variety of cutesy (what else do you expect?) tunes which are strangely in keeping with the high-speed action.
Super Mario Kart is undoubtedly a stunning game. The graphics and sound are both superb and the gameplay s incredible, particulary the "feel" of the karts (believe me I've raced real go-karts and these handle exactly the same way)! But it is a game of two halves. With two players, the game is amazing. There are three modes of simultaneous play - Mario GP, Time Trial and Battle Mode. Time Trial is a fairly simple chase game where each picks a driver and course and battles head-to-head to the finish line.
What can be said about this game? I imported the Japanese version in 1992 and played it over and over again with mates. This has to be the most played title I have ever known. Even in more recent days we have dug out this game on an old yellowing SNES and relived the fun.
Have your say about this review
asad - 10 Mar 2009, 14:54 GMT
Many a late night wasted on this absolutely stunning game. Nintendo's ability to see a niche in the market and get everyone onboard is unquestionable.
Before purchasing this game I read a review for it in CVG, and was skeptical, it just didn't look right to me, Mario in a racing game. But how wrong I was. Its the best Mario Kart made, with great graphics, tunes that just stay stuck in your head all day and a great difficulty curve thats just right. I still remember the night me and my brother completed the game on 150cc Special Cup, what a moment, at about 3 a.m. in the morning. Another classic Nintendo game.
Nathalie Gibson - 06 Jun 2009, 17:56 GMT
i thinks its good
Jaz's Sheep - 26 Apr 2011, 14:18 GMT
Another one of those games everyone loved but which I hated. It really, reeeaaalllly bored the pants off me.
Each to their own tho, and to be fair racing games aren't really my cupa cha anyhoo.
Rachael - 24 May 2011, 04:38 GMT
A truly excellent game. Along with Super Mario World, this game set me off on a lifelong love affair with Nintendo. The original Mario Kart has never quite been matched, but I'll keep on buying them in the hope it will be one day.
the retro king - 17 Sep 2011, 14:48 GMT
Who is whistling super mario cart right now.I no i am.Yet another snes classic and in my opinion the mario kart series just got better and better hooray for mario kart and do you no what i think super mario kart is the reason i aint got a tidy job in life because in school thats all i could think about is this and street fighter 2.What a brilliant child hood i had thank you super nintendo you are worth every penny my oldman spent on you.LOL.
Jayk - 11 May 2012, 23:49 GMT
This still ranks as the best 2 player game of all time for me. I knocked many times more value out of SNES mario kart than any other game I've ever owned. Pure genius.
Mario games - 26 Jan 2013, 14:32 GMT
I played this one several days ago by the Virtual Console from Nintendo Wii system I must say that it felt just as alive as it did decades ago when i first played it in an cyber cafe on SNES
mario jocuri - 09 Mar 2013, 14:10 GMT
Unfortunately this game was not available in my country back when I was just a kid. The original SNES consoles where almost imposibile to have so we played all kind of remakes and ports on some clone consoles. I remember watching at an old tv promotion running on cable about SUPER MARIO KART an wanted to play it so much.
I must say that I'm very glad now that I can play almost any classic game hit the help of emulators, and now SNES are available here for very reasonable prices.
Ninjah1982 - 17 Apr 2013, 15:12 GMT
This game deserves at least 95%, it was one of the most played games on the SNES after SFII & Mario World.
mario kart games - 03 May 2013, 12:13 GMT
I'm a big fan of Super Mario Kart, this title should be crowned as the best racing game for kids.
jocuri cu mario - 18 Nov 2013, 19:28 GMT
Even in more recent days we have dug out this game on an old yellowing SNES and relived the fun.
cantece de copii - 24 Aug 2014, 08:41 GMT
The secret of this title which in my opinion the N64 and Gamecube instalments did not catch is the tightness of the tracks.