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Super Mario Kart (1992)

Supa Mario Kato (original title)
Mario, his brother Luigi and his friends Princess Toadstool, Toad, Yoshi, King Bowser, Donkey Kong Jr. and Koopa Troopa are all in a race to challenge each other and see who's the best racer in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Directors:

Hideki Konno (as Hidequi Konno), Tadashi Sugiyama
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Mario, his brother Luigi and all his friends Princess Toadstool, Toad, Yoshi, King Bowser, (his arch-nemesis), Koopa Troopa, and the almost forgotten Donkey Kong Jr. are all in a race to challenge each other and see who's the best racer ever in the Mushroom Kingdom! They'll need to do whatever it takes to collect many power ups like mushrooms to speed themselves up; throw Koopa shells or banana peels at their opponent's to slow each other down, plus many more items in fun and excitement racing adventure. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

1 September 1992 (USA) See more »

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Super Mario Kart See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There are 20 courses total in the game. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Super Famicom version of Mario Kart much of the features in this game has been later altered or removed for the SNES version, the following includes
  • The title screen featured a drawing of an Umbrella with writing on it.
  • The Super Mario Kart logo featured a lower case o.
  • Yoshi's sprite head is smaller in the Super Famicom version while his head is slightly bigger in the SNES version.
  • The race course list is in Japanese text rather than English text in the SNES version, but the player is not required to read Japanese text as the player is racing anyways.
  • The victory animation for Bowser depicts him drinking his champagne which was changed in the SNES version to having him pose with the drink.
  • Princess Toadstool can be seen sipping her champagne while the SNES version shows her tossing her drink in the air.
  • These changes for the SNES is likely because it depicted Bowser and Princess Toadstool drunk.
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A pretty good start to a legendary series that hasn't aged well
14 October 2019 | by OlicosmicSee all my reviews

I know that me giving this a 7/10 seems low considering this a classic, but, to me, this really is a series that just gets better and better with each console game, so the fact that the first one is riddled with things that haven't aged all too well makes sense. That's not to say this isn't good even after all these years later, because it's a classic for a few reasons. The visuals are impressive for the time and are filled with color and Mario charm. Seeing locales from "Super Mario World" brought into a pseudo 3D plain is just awesome, and the fact that the SNES could give us that is still mind blowing to me. The music is all fantastic and very memorable, whether they're new tracks, or remixes from previous Mario games. The gameplay is simple, yet effective. It's essentially the same exact fair you're used to, but with a D-pad, and thanks to this being made with that in mind, controlling this game with a D-pad is far better than you think it is. The roster is pretty great for a first game, as you got most of the Mario characters you would hope to see, as well as some unique inclusions like Donkey Kong Jr. and Koopa Troopa. The track design is pretty good, as well. While there's not a lot of variety in terms of themes, they're all structured well enough to be fun. One of, if not the best part of this game, however, is the battle mode. It is excellent fun, and while it's not as robust as a few games afterwards (which is understandable, considering this is the first in the series), it's still fantastic. All of these pros make this a classic in its own right, but there are things holding it back from making it anything essential nowadays. The drifting, for one, SUCKS. While I still stand by the gameplay being good, the drifting keeps it from being great. It's very finicky and seems to never be reliable. I always just brake while turning, because drifting always results in me smacking against the wall or a hazard. I just don't bother. The item distribution is the most unfair it has ever been in a Mario Kart, as no matter who you choose, you will always be at a disadvantage compared to the CPU, because they can spam any item they want. While this doesn't happen enough to necessarily ruin the game, it happens enough to dampen what could've been a fair race, as it can sometimes be cheap. The screen is always squished by a map of the whole track under it, and while it's a good idea on paper, having an option to disable that would have been awesome. Not a deal breaker by any means, but still something worth noting. So yeah. The game hasn't aged well. But, with all of the stuff this has, and for it being the first in the series, it's still something special, which is why I recommend anyone who's a fan of the series to check this out, as it's a pretty good start to a legendary series. However, if you're new to Nintendo games and haven't played a Mario Kart yet, almost every game after is a better option than this. It's still a good time, but in terms of racing games on the SNES, I personally prefer the original "F-Zero".


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