Super Mario Kart

Super Mario Kart (SNES)


Super Nintendo
Nintendo EAD


Game Rating

User Ratings: 1,405

Our Review: 8/10


Number of Players
Release Date

Super Nintendo

  • 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
Mario Kart, Mario, Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online, Mainline

Screenshots (5)

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  • 33

    New 3DS / SNES

    Review Super Mario Kart

    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...

  • 97

    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Super Mario Kart

    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...

  • 83

    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Mario Kart

    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...

Super Mario Kart Guides

  • Guide Best Mario Kart Games Of All Time

    Every Mario Kart, as ranked by you

    Today marks three decades exactly since Super Mario Kart launched in Japan, so what better time to revisit this ranked list of every game in the series than the 30th anniversary of gaming's premier kart racing series? Remember, this dynamic ranking is governed by every entry's User Rating on our database and is...

About The Game

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!