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Super Mario Kart Hits Virtual Console on Monday

Posted by Corbie Dillard

The wait is finally over.

Well Super Mario Kart fans have waited long and hard for the Super Nintendo classic to make an appearance on the North American Virtual Console service, but it seems the wait is finally about to be over.

Gamespot has just announced that Nintendo has confirmed to them that Super Mario Kart will be released on the North American Virtual Console service on Monday, November 23 for 800 Wii Points. They went on to say that Pilotwings and Super Smash Bros. will also be made available on the service before the end of the year.

Looks like it's going to be a great holiday season for Nintendo fans with these three Nintendo classics, not to mention Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks coming before the end of 2009.

[via gamespot.com]

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WillhamBoyGeniu

#7

WillhamBoyGeniu said:

Awesome I may have a chance to play this for the first time then. Wow we skipped Ssb and getting this before Uk Yes!

WolfRamHeart

#8

WolfRamHeart said:

Hooray, I'm glad that Nintendo decided to bring out some of it's best VC games for the holidays! It would be really nice to see EarthBound as well but I'm not holding my breath on that one.

y2josh

#9

y2josh said:

Woo Hoo! Yippie! Now you have 5 weeks to live up to those big words Nintendo. Don't disappoint again :)

Junkface

#14

Junkface said:

Woohoo fun game! Can never forget the one that started it all. Classic stuff.

Mario_34

#18

Mario_34 said:

Maybe they didn't release anything on Friday for Europe Or Australia Because if Super Mario Kart 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.

Atlantis1982

#19

Atlantis1982 said:

SMK = No thanks (Got MKDS)
Pilotwings = No thanks (Got the 64 sequel)
SSB = No thanks (Got SSBB, and I am still burned out)

In short, nothing for me, but please release Castlevania Rebirth, k thx.

Even then, this can be taken with a grain of salt; why on Earth of all publications that NoA chose they picked Gamespot.

Ricardo91

#20

Ricardo91 said:

It took them long enough! And now people will finally stop complaining about Smash Bros.! Hallelujah!

Stuffgamer1

#21

Stuffgamer1 said:

I just played some Super Mario Kart on SNES within the past week. It really doesn't hold up too well nowadays. I think I'll pass on the download. Pilotwings? Bleh. Super Smash Bros.? Maybe...I haven't decided yet.

Mario_maniac

#22

Mario_maniac said:

Awesome, have fun with it guys!

Aw, now I feel like hooking up my SNES to play it. Maybe I will. <3

heebeegeebee

#23

heebeegeebee said:

That's like 3 really good games almost all at once. Now there's hardly any major nintendo titles left to complain about not having been released.

KeeperBvK

#27

KeeperBvK said:

I'm with you, Corbie. The original SMK still is the best one by far. I still regularly hook up my SNES just for the SMK battle mode with a couple of friends.

RyuZebian

#28

RyuZebian said:

Earthbound..! x( Indeed. I've played it on an emulator, but I want to try the real thing..! And don't blame me for being illegal, what other options do I have? The game was never released in Europe, and importing a copy and buy an NES would cost a fortune... I would buy Earthbound the it hit VC, if it does. :(

JTC-Pingas

#30

JTC-Pingas said:

This is just pure awesomeness! NOA seems to do better with VC releases closer to the holidays for some reason.

DazzaAdmin

#32

Dazza said:

What great news to wake up to, it's great that the mighty Nintendo finally saw sense and are putting this up on VC, even if it is 3 years late! :D

madgear

#33

madgear said:

Great news but I thought it'd come to the UK first as Nintendo having been doing with most of their big VC titles :( - oh well can't have them all.

Hope we get it soon - it's such a fantastic game. I'd go as far to say it's one of the best 16-bit titles of all time. I've actually played it recently on a friend's old SNES console and it's still just as fun - I suppose if you have never played it before it wont have the same appeal, but if you have then the nostalgia goes through the roof!

GamerZack7

#34

GamerZack7 said:

Odds are that we'll be seeing this one here on Friday...I can't wait ;)

It still feels like we've been waiting forever for even one Mario Party game to hit VC though. Come to think of it, it's been months since a new N64 game has been released :(

JimLad

#35

JimLad said:

Now all you young whipper snappers will discover the joys of one of the most awesome items in MK... The feather!

Nekogao

#38

Nekogao said:

Meh. Have had it for months. ;-D

But no Pilotwings over here...come on Nintendo!

Machu

#40

Machu said:

Ouch brokenwiiman94. :(

Yay for the US. I wonder what game people will start demanding when SMK & SSB are out. :|

DarkEdi

#44

DarkEdi said:

Don´t get Mario Kart for SNES, it´s better the Mario Kart for GBA. It`s the same gameplay, updated graphics and includes all SNES tracks, and 4 player action.

bestbuck

#46

bestbuck said:

What about Europe? I want this and Excitebike now. I'm happy for America tho. But I want this game

JoeDiddley

#47

JoeDiddley said:

@Machu - Yoshi's Island is what I want next. I traded my ds for a dsi so I can't play the GBA version anymore.

I hope Super Mario Kart is out in time for Christmas in Europe.

Pikamander2

#48

Pikamander2 said:

I can't wait for Super Smash Bros. to come out.

It has the second best gameplay in the series, behind Melee and ahead of Brawl.

Knux

#49

Knux said:

Super Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros.!? YES!! The Virtual Console is alive once again!!

Noire

#51

Noire said:

Ah sweet, and with my Wii all hidden about 1000 miles away from me...Just my luck. Anyways, this is awesome news and I can't wait to DL it for myself. It's a nostalgic favorite of mine.

zemulii

#52

zemulii said:

I never really understood what was so special about this game... Maybe it was special back in the day? Wouldn't have a clue... didn't have a SNES back then. But is it really all that great now?

The_Fox

#55

The_Fox said:

I always hated PIlotwings, but it's still nice to see it released. Super Mario Kart is awesome and Super Smash Brothers is nice for those that don't realize its outdated.

Tragickingdom

#56

Tragickingdom said:

The feather was awesome, great for jumping barriers and landing in the water. You could really escape the koopa shells flying all over the place. We would have like tons of them just covering the screen when playing battle.

Great game....a little dated, but one of the best battle games in the series.

7th_lutz

#57

7th_lutz said:

Not a big fan of Pilotwings.

I own Super Mario Kart and my Snes is hooked up.

Super Mario Kart was considered a special game when it first came out. All though I didn't own a Snes at the time, the game was big deal at the time.

astarisborn94

#59

astarisborn94 said:

This is great news. About time Nintendo give it's fan a game, it's been six months.

I'm sure the holiday will indeed be decent, with a lot of possibilities.

Walan

#60

Walan said:

@Machu: You already know what game people will be demanding next. It starts with an "E", and ends with an "arthbound".

bro2dragons

#61

bro2dragons said:

i can say i'm not particularly excited about any of these... (though i may check out pilotwings), but a lot of people just had heart attacks after reading this.

Rawk_Hawk

#62

Rawk_Hawk said:

Its been years since I have played the original SMK. So consider it downloaded. Overall the Virtual Console has really bounced back since the dry spell this summer.

BJWanlund

#64

BJWanlund said:

About time!!!

Now can we puh-leeze have Shantae: Risky's Revenge at some point in the not-too-distant future?

BJ

jhuhn

#66

jhuhn said:

It might be a 2-week pattern like the Super Star Wars series and myNotebook. So I'm guessing Pilotwings will come out on December 7, 2009 and Super Smash Bros. on December 21, 2009 just before the holidays.

Mike1

#67

Mike1 said:

Can't wait for both SSB and SMK. I've been waiting all year for these 2 games.

Croz

#70

Croz said:

Lets hope it doesn't take another whole year to get, SMW 2: Yoshi's island, Starwing & Stunt Race FX.

bboy2970

#71

bboy2970 said:

Maybe Nintendo will make Europe wait six months for this one so they can feel America's pain of having to wait for SSB. Not that I'm hoping for that but just a thought...

Nintendo64Dude

#72

Nintendo64Dude said:

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! A Nintendo Published Game!!!!!!! That what's Nintendo of America should be doing!
Can't wait to get it soon!

Adam

#73

Adam said:

SMK and Void in one day? I think I'm already feeling sick. I better tell my boss.

The Mario Kart serires has only gone downhill since the original. I mean, why even play a Mario Kart without the feather?

retro_player_22

#74

retro_player_22 said:

Great, now I could finally get to play my Koopa Troopa (w/o being partner to a Para Troopa) again, it's being ages since I miss the little green dude and his superb acceleration and memorable win theme.

aaronsullivan

#77

aaronsullivan said:

Still the best Mario Kart. I can see why people who didn't start there might not be able to stomach it, though.

Rapadash6

#79

Rapadash6 said:

FINALLY! Not so much because it's Mario Kart but because it's a first party game. It's been half a year sinse we got one. I'm also thrilled that Nintendo addressed Smash Bros. as that has been floating over our heads for sometime. VC is back baby!

V8_Ninja

#81

V8_Ninja said:

I really gotta wonder why Nintendo is giving GAMESTOP of all people the release dates for VC games (it probably has to do with the whole "Gamestop is selling DLC" thing, but I don't wanna think for one minute :P), but either way, I'm a very happy person. :)

MasterGraveheart

#82

MasterGraveheart said:

It would be just like GameSpot to lie or be mistaking about this... I don't trust these guys after they kept changing the scores of their games. Anybody remember Smash Bros. Melee being knocked down from 9.2 to 8.9 and it's Editor's Choice award being taken away?

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#85

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Don't forget that IGN says that Sonic & Knuckles will come out this year.

I already have it on my SNES, so I just need to order a new A/V cable

@megaboomface2: The original is a classic. Get it. You won't regret it.

Incognito_D

#86

Incognito_D said:

Super Mario Kart is the best in the series. It's actually challenging - which is more than can be said for the newer versions.

Sneaker13

#87

Sneaker13 said:

Not going to get it. I still have it on my SNES and play it sometimes. So no need to download it from VC.

Ren

#88

Ren said:

I remember battle mode being really awesome on this, but I often confuse this one and 64. It was quite a long time ago, and my friends and I playing it weren't always entirely, uh, present while playing.
Good times with any mario Karts. Pilotwings is great; oddly relaxing in fact, but the 64 sequel is arguably better, why not just give us that one?

I thought nothing would shut up the complainers for SSB so now its turned to "Shantae: Risky's Revenge"?! I about died laughing. Dumbest game name ever, and what a strange thing to lament.

ganondwarf16

#89

ganondwarf16 said:

so bit trip void and super mario kart next monday and pilotwings and smash in december WOOT way to pick up the quality nintendo

NintendoGamer

#91

NintendoGamer said:

I can't wait. I'm definitely going to download Super Mario Kart on Monday. It sure is nice of Nintendo to finally release one of my favorite games on my Birthday. :)

Mizore

#93

Mizore said:

No word on Yoshi's Island yet huh?...Figures, lol...at least some other wanted games are coming out. :p

luke17

#94

luke17 said:

Have Mario Kart in my SNES right now. BEST of the series, especially battle mode. Battle mode on the SNES takes true skill. Actually, the game requires more skill than all of the other games because it isn't so "Power-up item" oriented.

CanisWolfred

#95

CanisWolfred said:

Woohoo! We're finally getting that turd outta the way!:D

I can't wait for Pilot Wings and Super Smash Bros.!:D Best Christmas ever!

carson

#96

carson said:

YES! When this was released in Japan, I bought a bunch of wii points just for this game. I've been waiting and waiting. NOW I CAN GET THIS MONDAY. woo hoo

JGMR

#98

JGMR said:

The 2nd last Snes title i am waiting for...next to...Starwing.

Kid_A

#99

Kid_A said:

Never understood the love for this game--probably because it pales in comparison to the newer ones. Very much looking forward to Pilotwings and Super Smash Bros., though.

motang

#101

motang said:

I remember playing Super Mario Kart every weekend at my friends house for months, man it was some fun stuff! :D

Pastry

#103

Pastry said:

I'm going to buy this the second it comes out. I've been waiting so long to play this again!

TKOWL

#105

TKOWL said:

Super Mario Kart? And Super Smash Bros.?
I think i'm dreaming right now, bc they FINALLY listened!

Objection

#106

Objection said:

Oh dear, the VC crowd will have to find something else to complain about. That'll take them at least 5 minutes.

MarkyVigoroth

#107

MarkyVigoroth said:

The only bad thing about this release is that I cannot say "Donkey Kart SmashBound Island of Blood" anymore.
...
I will draw a "Finale" box soon.

Twilight_Crow

#109

Twilight_Crow said:

Wow O.O over 100 posts! I wonder if the update itself will get as many.

Anyway, I'm happy for everyone whose been waiting for MK ;), also SSB YAY! my best friend is gonna be very happy, and the whiners will need a change of game soon, thank god, it was getting boring.
And Pilotwings, is a good game, I'll get it someday, out of pure nostalgia.

WanderFan91

#110

WanderFan91 said:

Pilotwings, YAY!!!
Super Mario Kart, YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Super Smash Bros., ...oKAY.

What do they all have in common? They're all childhood favorites of mine!!! :D :)

Mario_34

#111

Mario_34 said:

Downloading when it comes out in Australia and Europe. Hopefully this Friday :) The only one I need for a complete collection

rhythmheavenfan

#112

rhythmheavenfan said:

This is awesome news! Definitely getting it on Monday. Now if they would just release more NES Mega Man games! And the SNES Starfox!

Pj1

#113

Pj1 said:

I hope this makes up for no Super Smash!! I'd like to think that Europe will get this game before Christmas. Nice one for North America, it's my favourite SNES game! that along with Super Mario All Stars and Desert Strike (but D.S will never come)

WolfLink22

#114

WolfLink22 said:

Super Mario All Stars is already out in a sense.We have all 4 SMB games plus Super Mario World afterall.

As for Super Mario Kart You europeans can wait a while go play your copies of SSB and let USA have it first.Let us have it and then make NOE release it to you on Christmas Day what a Gift that would be from NOE afterall for being big Nintendo fans.

If this news is true afterall.If it is true then my ignoring the VC after getting TMNT, Clay Fighter, Mega Man 3, and Bubble Bobble paid off.

HardToBe

#116

HardToBe said:

who would have ever thought this would have taken three years from the system's release to come out. Oh well, count me in.

Spencer

#117

Spencer said:

Good now the only Super Mario Games we need is
Super Mario World 2 Yoshi's Island And.........

Super Mario All Stars

#119

said:

I can't wait for Super Smash Bros., it's pretty fun.

megaboomface2

#120

megaboomface2 said:

@ starfox u a betaryer when u say a game non star fox but in a plane is good or ship how dare u and nnnooooooooooooooooo where is starfox snes

Gamer83

#121

Gamer83 said:

Finally. As much as I like Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart Wii, the original still stands as the best.

CH405K1N6

#124

CH405K1N6 said:

Anyway, all I can say is FLORIST YEAH. The only Mario Kart game I've missed out on and IT'S FINALLY MINE. ALL MINE! :D

Kevin

#125

Kevin said:

Never played much of this one. Won't rush to download it though. Same for Pilotwings and can care less about Super Smash Bros. The other two ARE better.

supbilly

#126

supbilly said:

Wow, what great news. I hope this is released in Europe before Christmas as I'd love to play this over the break from work.

Now all I need is Captain Silver on SMS and Alien Storm arcade and I'll have every game I like on the one console. (GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie and Jet Force Gemini aside).

Rensch

#129

Rensch said:

This is the only one I don't have so I can finally complete my Mario Kart collection.

I've unlocked the SNES courses on the GBA Mario Kart and there are a few of them in the Wii and DS ones as well. However, judging from the YouTube videos of the SNES version it is not quite the same thing with some obstacles being cut out on GBA and all.

Mabbit

#130

Mabbit said:

haha, losers. i just got a copy of pilotwings for $1.50, and YOURE gonna have to pay 8 dollars!

deadly_by_design

#131

deadly_by_design said:

It's like I'm ten again. Then again, if I were ten, 8 bucks would be a lot to spend.

I probably won't buy this, but it's a definite classic.

Steviis_Father

#133

Steviis_Father said:

Still, all our playing time may still be siphoned by a little title called...Super Mario Bros Wii. Man, that stuff ought to be illegal already... once you get the bug, the bug's got you.

Ryuuga

#137

Ryuuga said:

This title should have been released at the launch of Wii Shop, but better late than never, right? This game is simply awesome, I still own my SNES cart and it brings great memories. Of course it's not as good as the other ones but it's still fantastic!

Now they should release Super Mario All-Stars, that would be instant buy to me, although I guess they won't release this game...

Rensch

#138

Rensch said:

Woohooh!

Wikipedia says it's gonna be released on the 27th. Then again it is Wikipedia but it is still likely.

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