"Despite some memorable moments from this game, it disappoints compared to its predecessor. Level of challenge almost non-existent; 150cc is comparatively a walk in the park. Rainbow Road is laborious and let's not get started on Battle Mode... Agreed, tracks are beautiful, with varied locations and their own challenges and quirks: Mario Raceway's wall jump is a particular delight. Promised so much, didn't deliver."
User Reviews (27)
"Like many Nintendo franchises, Mario Kart made the jump from 2D to 3D look easy. Great tracks and music fill the game, while a fun 4-player multiplayer mode is a joy to play. MK64 was an innovative step up in the series, and even though there were a few glitches here or there, Mario Kart 64 was and is a must have N64 game."
"One of the best party games to embrace its presence on the Nintendo 64. Gameplay is fluid and fast, the locations and tracks are entertaining and very memorable, it's just an overall fun experience. Granted, there isn't massive amounts of content in this one, and it isn't without it's flaws. But, it's one of the best Mario Karts to date. Oh, and the music..."
"My first console gaming experience. I'll never forget when my Dad brought the N64 home with this thing, my mind was blown. My family played countless hours of vs and battle and this game was a massive part of my childhood. I still play it (and love it) to this day. Yes I'm biased by nostalgia, but this is still my favourite Mario Kart."
"Mario Kart 64 is the pinnacle of hardcore mario kart racing. Full of "hidden shortcuts" or should I say glitches, there is always a lap to skip. The game also boasts a more subtle drifting boost that more advanced gamers will appreciate. And no doubt the level design is fantastic, each having a great atmosphere. Remember Bowser's Castle and that lonely thwomp in jail?"
"Better than Super Mario Kart for me but later instalments have improved in many ways since. What they do lack mostly is speed (unless you're playing Mario Kart DS the proper way, snaking all the time) and this is what Mario Kart 64 delivers. This game still has some of the best battle tracks to date. Part of the MK history definetely worth playing."
"Simply the best Mario Kart to date, with the possible exception of 8. Four player local multiplayer, excellent track designs, with some glitches/shortcuts and that Rainbow Road theme make this game a joy to play. It's also the only Mario Kart in which Nintendo have got battle mode right. Pre kart customisation and the abomination of motorbikes, this game still holds up today. Fantastic!"
"When MK64 was released in 1996 it had massive expectations on it shoulders. This is the follow up to the hugely successful Super Mario Kart on SNES considered by many to be the best SNES game, so no pressure. I can still remember my feelings when I first a played MK64. An absolute Nintendo classic from a classic era in gaming. It's gotta be a 10"
"Still probably my favourite Mario Kart, all the secret paths gave it a charm the other games in the series don't have. Battle mode was the best it's ever been too. I felt it was a substantial improvement over the SNES original. Mario Kart 8 may be a more impressive game but it will always be treading in the wake of this timeless classic."
"A significant leap from the SNES original. The move to 3D these days seems minuscule, however in 1997, can not be understated. Unfortunately, this iteration of the franchise holds up the least to modern scrutiny; poor frame rate, clunky controls, low poly tracks combined with 2D pre-rendered characters create a nasty trap for the eyes. Important game, now an important vessel for remade tracks."
"While I hold Mario Kart 7 as the best entry objectively, Mario Kart 64 is definitely my personal favorite. The tracks are fun and have awesome music, some of the series most iconic items debuted here, and the battle mode is hands-down the best one ever. I find it strange that some prefer Super Mario Kart, because MK64 made SMK obsolete, in my opinion."
"Sure this game has some control flaws, but in a Mario Kart game, it's the tracks that count, and this game gets it right! It courses are fun today and don't feel outdated and when a new Mario Kart comes out, it's always the N64 stages I'm excited for. This was my favourite Mario Kart game until 8 arrived but a really fun nevertheless."
"Still my best gaming experience belongs to Mario Kart 64. This game is much easier than its predessor, but much more entertaining, especially the four player games. I like the courses, especially the Toad's Turnpike, and the drivers are also great. This Mario Kart has the biggest technical improvement (compared to the predessor) and the gaming experience. I still love playing with it. Thanks!"
"As a kid this game amazed me with what console multiplayers could be. The lack of battle mode arenas in Mario Kart 8 make you sigh in memories of laughter and excitement of the Mario Kart 64's battle mode. Graphics were inventive with explorable 3d surroundings and the soundtrack gets you racy. The only sore point to stand out is the "rubber band AI"."
"The definitive Mario Kart game. No other entry before or since has gotten the balance between luck and skill as right as this instalment. The single player mode is adequate, but it's in multiplayer that Mario Kart 64 really shines. The Battle Mode has yet to be surpassed, and the rivalry induced by the Versus Mode stays with you. Best multiplayer on the N64."
"Although graphically not the greatest the system has to offer, Mario Kart 64 more than made up for that with an incredible multiplayer kart racing experience. Featuring some fantastic course designs that are still being recycled in its sequels today, as well as probably the best battle arena in Mario Kart history (Block Fortress), Mario Kart 64 is a game that cannot be missed."
"It may have been a decent game for its time, buts it's WAY too much of a stretch to say it's the best game in the series. Some tracks drag on too long, the graphics on the characters are terrible even for the N64, the computer AI is bad, some items work awkwardly. The game does do Battle mode right, now that's a plus."
"The best entry in the Mario Kart franchise bar none. Single player is okay, some of the courses are a little bland and the AI is a bit easy. The multiplayer "Battle Mode" however is a four player masterpiece and exemplifies Nintendo's ability to get everyone on the sofa shouting at each other with both joy and rage in equal measure, regardless of age."
"Whilst clunky and slow in comparison to its successors, Mario Kart 64 still brings a healthy dose of fun racing to the N64. Its difficulty may be lower than its older brother, but it still packs a challenging punch and its levels are diverse and creative for its time. The game does have its limitations of course, but its still enjoyable to this day"
"If you pick this up for casual fun, the game does a decent job at entertaining. It plays well enough and is nice in Multiplayer. The problems come when you want to achieve everything in the game. Mirror Mode. Toad's Turnpike. Rubber Band AI. Just thinking back makes my blood boil. Not an awful game, but it's the worst in the franchise by far."
"Mario Kart 64 was a great game for its time, but has not aged as well as other N64 titles. It certainly does have an incredible track selection going for it, and the game has longevity if you have friends to play it with. But unless you have Mario Kart-loving friends, once you blast through the four cups, there's not much incentive to return."
"My first N64 game and probably the greatest of multiplayer experiences. Strangely the battle mode holds the best memories - turning into a bomb when you lost, only to seek revenge on your enemy by blowing them into smitherenes. This and many other moments in MarioKart 64 led to alot of laughs and plenty of agrieved souls. Unfairly balanced perhaps but terrific fun and frolics."
"A great game with some of the best tracks in the series. Excellent music with mostly great graphics. The only downside graphics-wise are the ugly looking racers. Multiplayer mode is fun as usual. Grand prix is ok, but I've played better. Also has some of the poorest drifting in any MK game. With all that said though, still worth it for the great tracks."
"+introduced 4 players and 3D terrain +memorable courses +good music +Block Fort battle map +difficult to master jump shortcuts +Bob-omb revenge in Battle Mode -framerate issues -least refined controls in series -rubber band AI -no music with more than 2 players -sprites for characters clash with 3D environments -fewest courses in series -removed coins -skillful gameplay was reduced with holding items and shell shields"
"Far better than Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64 improved upon every aspect of its dated predecessor. Surprisingly, Mario Kart 64's graphics are better than Super Mario Kart's, which is odd considering the former is on the Nintendo 64, a console whose graphics have aged quite badly, and the latter is on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, a console whose graphics have aged beautifully."
"Not as good as Diddy kong racing, but still lots of fun. Its certainly a lot better then the first Mariokart. For some reason the first one never clicked on me. But Mariokart 64 is a lot of fun, with nice tracks and good music. Of course its the most fun as a multiplayer experience, but its also fun to hunt for better times"
"Evolving one of the finest games on the SNES into proper three dimensions was no easy feat. But Nintendo wisely kept 2D kart sprites while every track and battle zone was in 3D. It was a great compromise and like most N64 games allowed for the first time to raise the 2 player cap to 4. Tons of fun, it remains an absolute essential."
"Mario Kart cannot be topped by absolutely anything ever. It is truly a wonderful game that featured many of the most popular stages in Mario Kart history, including Yoshi Valley. It is a shame that almost all of it's tracks have been used up in retro cups, as there were some pretty great ones in this N64 classic! Will always be a massive fan!"
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