(Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Mario Kart (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

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Start your engines for the original, legendary Super Mario Kart! Consistently ranked as one of the best video games ever made, it launched the kart racing genre and spawned five smash hit sequels.

Choose from eight of your favourite Mushroom Kingdom characters – from familiar faces like Mario and Bowser, to Donkey Kong Jr. in his only Mario Kart appearance.

Burn rubber across tracks rendered in fluid Mode 7 graphics, including many courses that still feature in Mario Kart games today; like Mario Circuit, Bowser Castle, Koopa Beach and the infamous Rainbow Road!

Race solo against the CPU, go head-to-head in split-screen, and experience the original version of Battle Mode – the great multiplayer favourite. And it wouldn’t be Mario Kart without the sublime controls; power sliding is still as fun now as it ever was!

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Posted by Jamie O'Neill

A timely boost for a classic

With a PAL release a mere nine months after the April 1992 launch of the UK SNES, during a 16-bit era where show-boating superior technology and exceptional console power was at the forefront of Nintendo’s objectives, Super Mario Kart remained humble in...

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USA USA Version

Posted by Darren Calvert

Back to the good old days before the blue shell from hell

Less than a year after the Super Nintendo was launched, our pals at Nintendo had the bright idea of taking the Super Mario World universe and squeezing it into a kart-racing game. It sounded like a crazy idea at the time, but they managed to pull it off...

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User Comments (104)

Mama_Luigi

#1

Mama_Luigi said:

This and Mario Kart Super Circuit are the only Mario Karts I need for the complete collection, I hope this game will come to the Virtual Console.

Edit: Well, it just did... :P

Pastry

#2

Pastry said:

When I was four I played this with my friend a lot, even though neither of us could ever win a course we still had lots of fun! I hope this comes to Virtual Console soon!

Bass_X0

#4

Bass_X0 said:

Yes, Super Circuit was garbage. However I do enjoy seeing Super Circuit courses on the DS and Wii Mario Kart games. I'll be downloading Super Mario Kart as soon as it appears.

Rawk_Hawk

#7

Rawk_Hawk said:

Super Circuit was not garbage, it was good. However, this is the Mario Kart I have been waiting for since the VC was announced.

WarioFan63

#9

WarioFan63 said:

It probably already is for all we know. The ESRB doesn't always show games before they get released.

slangman

#10

slangman said:

I actually liked Super Circuit. I had this, although I prefer the N64 version.

KeeperBvK

#12

KeeperBvK said:

Super Circuit being garbage? It's the second best Mario Kart right after the original.

WolfLink22

#13

WolfLink22 said:

Can we say top 20 VC Games list anyone? I see this as being at least number 3 or 4 on that list once it is out.5th at the very least.

I hope this or SSB is VC Game number 300.Then again if it comes out before or after as long as it is this year i'll be just fine.

CodyRBurns

#15

CodyRBurns said:

@JTCPingas09: Yeah, we all can't wait for the ESRB rating, but at least the OFLC rating's worth something! Even though it's not alot lol :)

@WolfLink22: There have been many rumors out there that Zelda: Majora's Mask will be the 300th release in the US, however, anything's a possibility!

Party_On_Dude

#16

Party_On_Dude said:

I also agree that we can't wait forever for this game to be ERSB rated... but my guesses Nintendo might hold out on the surprises after E309 & maybe, just maybe; Super Mario Kart will be ERSB rated & might come out within the end of 2009! So my guesses sometime within June or July it gets ERSB rated & maybe come out... it its later though in Q4 of 2009; so be it! ;)

BTW I probably will get the game; but it looks SOO outdated to the N64 Mario Kart! I probably won't play it at all ever so often & it'll sit on my SD card menu with all of the other games I rarely play!

& BTW; I think the N64 version is the best in the series... unlike Mario Kart Wii however! ;)

Supermarioman

#17

Supermarioman said:

Yes, Super Circuit is garbage in my opinion, well compared to every other Mario Kart game, it is definetly the worst game in the series. Now as for a prediction, I don't have a clue. I know Majora's Mask is going to be 300, while Europe probably will get it for 300 and we get it for 350 and then it starts a cycle in which good games we get every 50 after Europe, theres my prediction :( I don't want to be mean, but this is how I see it is going to happen and it will piss off a lot of NOA gamers including myself.

WolfLink22

#18

WolfLink22 said:

If MM is vc game number 300 then i'll be ok with it.Because i still have it in cart form.

If VC Game number 300 is SSB then i'll need more Wii Points.

If we do end up getting Super Mario Kart for VC Game number 300 then i'll have just enough for it unless we get ClayFighter as VC Game 299.

I just hope we start getting great VC Games again very soon.

Kurachi

#19

Kurachi said:

i'm super happy to see this coming
its the only mario kart i really like and which gave me the best memories
actually the best racing game for me, and i dont like much racing games
thx alot nintendo, now put it up in VC soon enough :D

Mr_64

#21

Mr_64 said:

At long last! This is the game I've been waiting for years to download! Hopefully we'll get the SNES-style controller that the Japanese have as I can't imagine winning the 150cc Special Cup with anything else!

This is without a shadow of the doubt one of the greatest games of all time and by far the best Mario Kart in terms of pure racing. Don't judge it off it's appearance, yes it's a bit blocky but the game moves at an incredible speed on 100cc/150cc for a 16-bit game (far faster than the dreadful N64 game). There is more emphasis on the racing and no blue shell so the game relies on your driving skills and the more tactical use of weapons.

Oh how you'll hate the Princess and her special mushrooms!

WolfLink22

#22

WolfLink22 said:

@21 Mr.64

If you shrink your Racer in Super Mario Kart and want to be bigger without resetting the game then Princess Toadstool and Toad's Poison Mushrooms will make you bigger instead of making you smaller.

Jazzem

#23

Jazzem said:

Such a great game :) My only complaint would be it's perhaps a little too unforgiving if you make mistakes. Otherwise it's the best racing game ever made in my opinion.

Capt_N

#24

Capt_N said:

Needs to come to NA, & not until the next 50th, or 100th release, either!

Capt_N

#27

Capt_N said:

I think 1 of N's biggest flubs this gen, is how they are handling the VC. I know they wanna stretch it out, but 1 VC game per week is stupid.

mariofan5000

#28

mariofan5000 said:

Well this is coming out for freaking Japan on June 9th. The only way we'll get this before Japan is if we get this on June 8th.

Kurachi

#29

Kurachi said:

still not on VC yet, but maybe we get right after japan gets it :D
that is next weekend, we'll see
all i hope is that it'll be before 350th VC game :p if not, THE 350th one

mariofan5000

#30

mariofan5000 said:

I have to admit i'm a little bit jealous of Japan getting this first but what do you expect? they make the games. But at least we know that SMK is confirmed for America & Europe.

Kurachi

#31

Kurachi said:

jealous of japan?
you're nuts... but so am i cuz i also am bit of jealous now :p
japan has it, we get it, i'll wait for it :D
the character i always used in SMK is Toad
simply cuz Toad and Koopa Troopa are fast and handlings are easiest IMO

Captain_Jack_Sparrow

#32

Captain_Jack_Sparrow said:

I too agree I'm jealous of Japan... actually MAD at them though! :(
This is in fact the second good game they got; other than SSB64! :(
Somehow I bet we'll get both for June & July of 2009 though... that's what I'm hoping for anyway! ;)

she_gamer

#33

she_gamer said:

The only reason I was able to get gold in all the races was because this was one of only three games I had for 6 or 7 years. Lets hope my skills from Mario Kart Wii transfer over, otherwise it will be a while before I can master this one again.

bestbuck

#34

bestbuck said:

@12. KeeperBvK I agree.
When I heard about the VC for the first time all those years ago, the first game I taught about was super mario kart. Now 3 years later its still not released. I had given up hope but now it looks like we might get it soon.
Nintendo Please release this game in europe and america sooner rather than later.

WolfLink22

#36

WolfLink22 said:

Shoot if USA and Europe get SMK in June then i will get SMK and skip SSB for i long while since i no longer own Super Mario Kart i want to have it again.

verymalty

#37

verymalty said:

The daddy of all Mario Karts - none of the others come close. Most looked forward to VC release ever :)

Kurachi

#38

Kurachi said:

this would be my 1st place of wanted list if:
1. robotrek wont come to VC
2. hanabi wont come for long time
and i think nr 2 is sure :p
so, its my most wanted for now :D

pixelman

#39

pixelman said:

Best racing game ever made. So many great memories playing this in my pre-teen years. Can't wait for it to come out on the VC.

MetalMario

#41

MetalMario said:

My original for SNES doesn't work as well anymore... :-( I would love it if this was on Virtual Console. Gotta respect the classics.

mattraw

#43

mattraw said:

I hope this comes out in U.K this fri, but I can't see it happening this soon...

bram070

#44

bram070 said:

Absolute classic with the music and all,will absolutely buy this when it comes out.
Absolute classic!!

Mipsymoodle

#45

Mipsymoodle said:

Oh my God...the Mario Kart series of games has to be one of the best franchises ever. IMO, Mario Kart Wii is the best and 64 is a close second but I used to have this on the SNES before it broke and it was one of my favorite games and since I've just had it on an emulator. But now that its on a real platform I'm so excited. I can't use my laptop keys anymore. I want to use a controller. The minute this comes out I'm downloading it!

And BTW, the music on this one is the greatest over each Mario Kart game with the exception of 64.

Mario_addict

#47

Mario_addict said:

Definitely the most difficult, and the most thrilling, Mario Kart ever ! Don't expect the bonuses to compensate for you lack of talent in this game. A must-buy when it comes out on the virtual console catalogue !!

bigdaddy77

#48

bigdaddy77 said:

this is an great racing game. I encorage everyone with a with a wii to download this as soon as it comes on

Mario_34

#55

Mario_34 said:

I agree with carson. Come on Nintendo this has to come out by Christmas 2009.

Kurachi

#56

Kurachi said:

if it comes near xmas, it should come to both europe and america, so first in europe at friday, then next monday to NA, would be fair and more people can be happy that way :D

Mario_34

#61

Mario_34 said:

Thanks for the news Super Smash Bros Fan 1999. Please Nintendo Release this in Australia and Europe this Friday PLEASEEE

Mario_34

#62

Mario_34 said:

Maybe they didn't release anything on Friday for Europe Or Australia Because if this came out on Friday it would be the 300 for Australia, 320 for Europe. Since NA is geting it on Monday it will be the 330 release.

ioioi210

#63

ioioi210 said:

DS my fav
Then 64
Then Wii
This is the last one I need to complete the collection :o

P.S Super Circuit Rocked

astarisborn94

#65

astarisborn94 said:

Almost there, hopefully. Can't wait for an fantastic tommorow, even if I'm not able to get the game then and if it is the only game released tommorow.

Of course we've been wrong before.

Bass_X0

#68

Bass_X0 said:

Will I still be able to do Mario Circuit 1 on Time Trials in just over a minute? No, probably not. And under a minute has always been quite impossible for me. Never came close even during my best.

Kurachi

#69

Kurachi said:

finally in NA, now for europe :)
i'll buy it for sure once its here
i just cant wait for this to be in europe, same with kirby super star
lets hope they wont wait with it for europe

Bass_X0

#72

Bass_X0 said:

I have Wii Points at the ready. My only problem is deciding what other game to get with the left over points.

WolfLink22

#73

WolfLink22 said:

At least this is finally out in USA now and this can reconfirm that it will come to AU and Europe in due time but for europe's sake you can at least wait until Christmas because it is on a Friday and you've had SSB longer then we've had SMK so it's only fair.

Mario_34

#74

Mario_34 said:

May I remind you that Europe has been waiting over two years for Axelay and still has to wait.

RetroNL

#77

RetroNL said:

Spend many joyfull hours at friends playing this game in the past, once it comes I will get it.

Mario_34

#79

Mario_34 said:

It is going to be the best day of the year when Super Mario Kart comes out In Australia and Europe :) :D

Pj1

#80

Pj1 said:

Just seen a British Nintendo magazine site, I don't think Super Mario Kart is coming to European VC on Christmas Day. But how about if we wait and see but I'm disappointed all ready!!!

Metroid133

#82

Metroid133 said:

Just had this gifted to me today. Must say I love it so far! :D It has the potential to be my favorite Mario Kart/SNES game it seems. :)

Kurachi

#83

Kurachi said:

its weird, i thought it'd be here at xmas, i liked this game as a present :(
i hope the next update gives us this one

ps. even worse, no VC for xmas at all :S

Honorio

#84

Honorio said:

Remember back in the day my cousin and I would play this until the morning. I'm just not sure if I should my points in it.

Kai-Hiwatari

#85

Kai-Hiwatari said:

I hate japan for making us wait so long for this to arrive on the European virtual console!! now america has it...before us.

Honorio

#87

Honorio said:

Fianlly decided to buy it. Soon as it loaded all the memories came back. Even my mom remmebred the game from like 10 years ago when I stilled owned a Super Nintendo.

SuperMarioFan1995

#89

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

Since Japan and North America has it now, Europe and Australia requires a wait for this game. It will hopefully come any time soon. After that I'll need to get some Wii Points from a shop and download this and play it all over again.

Mario_34

#91

Mario_34 said:

We didn't do it on purpose, we would not have cared if you have gotten it the same day as us

Kurachi

#93

Kurachi said:

@92
wish i could trade my SSB for someone else's SMK, but thats impossible :p
dunno whats taking them so long, its a nintendo licensed game o_O

SuperMarioFan1995

#94

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

The release for Europe has finally announced. I better get a Wii points card fast or I might lose a Mushroom on the track.

Kurachi

#96

Kurachi said:

i got it right when i woke up
i was waiting for its release which was at 00:00, but got so tired, i fell asleep and woke up 3 hours later, so i decided to sleep and then get it next morning

i love the game as i always did

already got 1st in all courses in mushroom, cup 50cc, and didnt play for years
just gotta get used to this again, lol

next game i'm waiting for is kirby super star (in EU its kirby fun pak)

ps. i use the classic controller for this game, works just as good as the SNES controller, as it has the same shape :D

Mario_34

#98

Mario_34 said:

A lot of great memories are coming back after playing this game again over the past few weeks. Got it as soon as it came out on the VC

phatbak35

#99

phatbak35 said:

Hi...first time to this site. What is a VC?? This is my favorite game of all time. i love the battle mode. Is there any chance they would ever make a replica which would allow online gameplay?

Mario_34

#100

Mario_34 said:

@phatbak35
The VC stands for Virtual console where old games like Super Mario Kart are rereleased though the wii's online store. The chances of the game getting an online mode are slim to none

Beto

#101

Beto said:

This game is great, it became the most successful Mario Kart game ever. Since it was the 1st game game ever, Super Mario Kart spawned 5 sequels of the series in history.

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