Super Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game from the popular Mario franchise universe; it was first released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and was later re-released for the Wii virtual console in 2010 and the Wii U virtual console in 2014.

There is no plot to the game and players race around various tracks with the aim of winning the race or to complete the objectives.


There are eight playable characters in the game to race with; each character has a unique cart with different stats that impact racing ability. They also have unique items which can drop when the player hits a Question Mark Block, these blocks can also drop a range of special power-ups which can be used to over-take or attack other players. Coins on each track can also be collected to obtain a speed boost and to prevent the car from spinning out; when one kart hits another, they lose a coin and players also lose coins when they are hit by a power-up.

In the Mario GP mode, players have four cups to race through which each contain five unique tracks; there are various obstacles for each track and also off-road sections. This mode can be played as a single player or with another player.

Battle Mode is a two player mode where each player has three balloons; the aim of this mode is to pop the opponents balloons by using power-ups to attack them. There is also a Vs. Mode where two players can race each other without CPU racers, players can also select which tracks they wish to race. Unlike the Mario GP mode, Vs.Mode keeps count of how many wins each player has. The multiplayer in this game is all local and uses a split-screen.

Time Trial is the final single player mode in the game where the player needs to complete five laps on the selected track without using item. This mode keeps track of the fastest times and the character used for each track.

The most important gameplay aspect is the ability to perform maneuvers to turn corners quickly; Power Sliding allows the player to keep their speed while turning a corner and Hopping lets players make quick turns.


8 playable characters – Control famous characters and race with their unique karts

Mario GP – Complete four unique cups solo or race with a second player

Time Trial – Break records and complete laps in the fastest time possible

Battle Mode – Fight another player in a unique kart-on-kart mode

Vs. Mode – Race in a one-on-one fight to the finish against another player

Power-ups – Unlock the different abilities and use them to deal with the competition

Split-screen – Compete against a friend with the local multiplayer

Players liked:

  • Unique characters
  • Ability to use items and weapons
  • Great difficulty levels

Players didn't like:

  • Weak track design
  • Mario GP is too long
  • Bad controls

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Release Dates
  • North America:
    • Nov 23, 2009 (Wii)
    • Sep 1, 1992 (SNES)
  • Japan: Jun 9, 2009
  • Europe: Apr 2, 2010
  • Australia: Apr 2, 2010
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