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Super Mario Kart Races to Europe on Friday

Posted by James Newton

Virtual Console owners, start your Points cards!

It's been a long wait for European gamers to race around those classic 16-bit courses in the original Super Mario Kart: out in North America since November last year, and Japan since June, there's been barely a sniff of it outside those territories. The wait is nearly over though, as Nintendo has confirmed the game will be available to download on Good Friday.

Mario Kart needs no introduction to most of you, but Nintendo has still done its best to explain the concept to every man and his dog via this useful press release. Savour every word: it's as close as you'll get to the game until Friday!

Start your engines for the original, legendary Super Mario Kart, racing onto your Wii on 2nd April 2010, available exclusively on the Wii Shop Channel!

Consistently regarded by many as one of the best video games ever made, Super Mario Kart on SNES was originally released seventeen years ago and has spawned five smash hit sequels.

Burn rubber across 20 tracks rendered in fluid Mode 7 graphics, including many courses so enjoyable and beloved that they are still featured in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS today. Take on the original Ghost Valley, Bowser Castle, Koopa Beach and the infamously challenging Rainbow Road!

For only 800 Wii Points you can relive the excitement of going head-to-head with your friends in split-screen, enjoy the multiplayer favourite - Battle Mode or go solo racing against an all-star line-up of Mushroom Kingdom characters.

And it wouldn’t be Super Mario Kart without the sublime controls; power slides are super-precise and outmanoeuvring your opponents is still as fun now as it ever was. The only question left is: do you have the skill to dodge a red shell?

Remind yourself why Super Mario Kart is still as popular as ever, when Mario and friends speed their way onto Virtual Console this Friday!

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User Comments (44)

Croz

#1

Croz said:

Cool, according to Nintendo's UK site
Blaster Master, 09/04/2010
MEGA MAN 4, 16/04/2010

Bass_X0

#4

Bass_X0 said:

Instant download. I'll also be downloading Mega Man IV as soon as it arrives as well.

Chozo85

#5

Chozo85 said:

Will be getting this one without any doubt. Virtual console just keeps getting better and better at the moment.

Fuzzy

#8

Fuzzy said:

Great news. Will be getting this Friday! Things have been great on the VC front lately!

Nero

#9

Nero said:

I own it on SNES and is one of my most played games ever I think. Super Mario Kart with some kind of online play would have been the best thing ever. Will probably get it anyway.

Guybrush_Threepwood

#10

Guybrush_Threepwood said:

Finally, it's about $%€&ing time! Best Mario Kart ever! No blue shells!!! :)

Too bad I spent my last points on Ogre Battle 64. And I have already used my credit card up to the limit this month. So I will probably have to wait until next week. :(

Sneaker13

#14

Sneaker13 said:

It's about time. Not that I'm going to get it. Still have the original SNES cartridge.

LittleP

#15

LittleP said:

Chuffed to bits, this is probably my favourite game of all time and the sole reason I bought the Wii three years ago. Its about the last came I want on the virtual console.

outrun2sp

#16

outrun2sp said:

Wonder how they got around the 50hz emulation problems.

By the way, thats the irony of why the game has been delayed. Optimising it for 50hz because of emu code.

Bass_X0

#18

Bass_X0 said:

Still have the original SNES cartridge.

Me too. However I will still be getting it just for the sake of convenience. I can't play my SNES right now since I don't have the wires to connect it to the TV and the last time I got some (online), they were dodgy ones that barely worked. I think I'll just stick the cartridge on Ebay sometime.

Pj1

#20

Pj1 said:

Still have the original SNES cartridge

Yeah I do too, I bought the game brand. Lent it to some one and they never gave it back, since then I've second hand copies on ebay that have been expensive. I'm delighted at this latest release, Very happy in fact because I'm work on Friday!

@ bass I reckon you could get the right leads for your SNES I bought a really good power lead on e-bay and also see if you can get an official AV lead for less than a fiver. Also you can use your G.C AV lead on the SNES as well... just a thought fella.

Kelvin

#22

Kelvin said:

FINALLY.
I've been saving for this or Cave Story. What are the chances both will come out on Friday? ;)

Porky

#23

Porky said:

Darn, thought it would take six months for Europe to get Super Mario Kart, May 2010 like Super Smash Bros. 64 took six months for NA release after Europe got it.

NintendoWorld1

#24

NintendoWorld1 said:

Yeah Ezekiel but we waited 16 years for Mario RPG and five months for Super Mario Kart that's long enough...

madgear

#28

madgear said:

FIIIIINAAAAAAALLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The main reason I bought my Wii and, after a very long wait, it's finally on the VC and I can shift those points I bought for it in bloody November!

I actually didn't think it'd come out this weekend. I thought after Nintendo had given us 6 VC titles over three weeks in a row, that'd be enough for us for a while. This is great news - Rondo the other week and Mario Kart this week. Oh wait - just remembered I'm busy entire easter weekend tho - damn.

jaguarman

#29

jaguarman said:

My best Friday ever,so many memories...................from this game back in time.,i was 12 years old and now im 30 years old OMG :(

William90

#30

William90 said:

WOOPWOOPWOOPWOOP!
Finally!
In my head right now is a shower of confetti and a marching band. I've waited for years for this game!

Sadly, I'm spending a few months in Dubai right now! No VC! :-(
When I'm next in the UK I'll bring the Wii back and getting this will be a top priority!

LEGEND_MARIOID

#32

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I thought Ezekiel didn't even like the VC much anyway, lol.

Anyway, great news; at long last. Now for the huge amount of ware to catch up on.

Scottie

#33

Scottie said:

At last!! Thanks Nintendo, i am going to run out of wii points at this rate there are so many good games either out or coming out soon.

Porky

#34

Porky said:

What gave you that impression LEGEND MARIOID? I do recall posting months ago that I don't care what gets released on NA vc as NA now has my all time favorite N64 game Ssb 64. I still love the vc but there are few unreleased games for vc I want.

#36

said:

I can't believe Mario's kart can even move! He's so...plump.

Scottie

#42

Scottie said:

Is it worth getting this game for just the single player mode? Thoughts anyone . . .

bestbuck

#43

bestbuck said:

@Scottie Yes it sure is this game is well worth getting for single player. Your actually lucky if you have never played it. This game is so good its ridiculous 10/10

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