- Number of Players
- Release Date
- 27th Aug 1992
- 1st Sep 1992
- 21st Jan 1993
Wii (Wii Shop)
- 23rd Nov 2009, 800 points
- 2nd Apr 2010, 800 points
- 9th Jun 2009, 800 points
Wii U (Wii U eShop)
- 19th Jun 2013, ¥800
Wii U eShop
- 27th Mar 2014, £5.49
- 6th Aug 2014, $7.99
New Nintendo 3DS (3DS eShop)
- 17th Mar 2016, £7.19
- 24th Mar 2016, $7.99
Classic karting on the small screen
Many Mario Karts later it can be a little disorientating to go back to where it all began. Each cup has five races. Laps are short, but there are five of them. Item boxes are squares laid flat on the ground and put out of use after you've run over them. The CPU characters don't collect items at all, but have a...
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 exhibiting its technical prowess. European gamers had been...
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 with style and create an almost...
Every Mario Kart, as ranked by you
Mario Kart Wii is now 15 years old, so we're republishing this list of the Best MKs (that's Mario Karts, not Mortal Kombats, natch) as a reminder of where the first online home console entry ranks in the Kart-ing canon. Remember, this dynamic ranking is governed by every entry's User Rating on our database and is...
LOOP816 is out now
If you're a fan of games like Super Mario Kart, Super Mario All-Stars, and Pilotwings, then you may have heard of Soyo Oka, a composer who worked with Nintendo from 1987 to 1995. Even if you're not aware of her by name, you will have no doubt heard a number of her more famous tracks, including Mario Circuit and
Everyone's got their favourite items when it comes to the Mario Kart franchise, but we'd be willing to bet that it probably isn't the Blue Shell. Introduced in Mario Kart 64 and subsequently becoming a mainstay in the franchise to this very day, the Blue Shell is a veritable nightmare for those cruising along in first place,...
The gift of the drift
The landscape of the Mario Kart series looks very different today than it did back in 1992 when Super Mario Kart was released for the Super NES. Of course, there is a clear improvement with respect to visuals and we now have new characters, karts, and courses dropping all the time thanks to the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster...
Off to the races
We are rapidly approaching the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Kart's Japanese release on the Super Famicom, but what if we told you that there is another SMK-adjacent anniversary happening today? We are, of course, talking about the Super Mario Kart Championships, which will be racing off the start line today in its 20th year of...
How does the Japanese version compare?
If you like Mario Kart and are a fan of the series' long-running history, this latest video from the same YouTube Channel behind Boundary Break (Shesez) is a must-watch. It investigates the regional differences in Nintendo's popular kart racing series - from different announcers in Mario Kart 64 to the...
Rate them Rainbow Roads
Some of us here at Nintendo Life Towers are convinced that your favourite Mario Kart game is simply the one you played first with three other players in the same room — or just one other player if you were there at the very beginning with Super Mario Kart on Super NES. We tend to think this because while we can all agree...
Chrono Trigger! GoldenEye! Contra!
The press blitz for the Sonic 2 movie is in full swing, and that means plenty of interviews with the cast – including James Marsden and Ben Schwartz, the latter of whom provides Sonic's voice in this and its forerunner. As you might imagine for a movie based on a video game, the topic of video games cropped up...
"I didn’t really play many Nintendo games"
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has revealed that Super Mario Kart played a huge role in getting him to join the company earlier in his life. Speaking to Nikkei, Furukawa spoke about his history with Nintendo and how he came to work for the Kyoto firm. He admits that, although he had a Super Famicom...
From legend to Myth+
Super Mario Kart may have launched way back in 1993 and spawned several sequels since then, but it has lost none of its power when it comes to attracting record-breaking attempts. We've covered the likes of Sami Cetin on Nintendo Life in the past, as well as Guillaume "Antistar" Leviach – two of the world's best Super Mario...
Complete with mouse controls!
We're all used to seeing kart racers copying the tried and trusted Mario Kart formula these days, but here's a quick blast to the past that proves game developers were busy mimicking Nintendo's style right from the off. Emora Kart is a mouse-controlled Super Mario Kart clone that was developed exclusively for Macintosh...
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!