N64 Review: Mario Kart 64
Review by: Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: N64
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Racing
 # of Players: 1-4
 Size: 96 Megabits
 Developer: Nintendo
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Controller Pak: Yes
 Rumble Pak: No
 Transfer Pak: No

 Release Date:
 US: Feb 12, 1997
 EU: Jun 12, 1997
 JP: Dec 14, 1996

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Final Score:
8.0/10

The long awaited sequel to Super Mario Kart finally came to be in February 1997. It was Mario Kart 64.

The most noticeable difference in Mario Kart 64 from the original Super Mario Kart is the 3D graphics in the game. There were also 3D terrain which meant there were hills.

The characters are pretty much the same from Super Mario Kart except that there is a new addition to the game which was Wario. Gone was the popular Koopa, which was sad because many die-hard fans liked to use him including me.

Most of the tracks are different and basically no two tracks were similar except for the few circuits. This was a great challenge because Super Mario Kart had pretty much the same tracks for each board but just with some changes.

The game had something missing from Super Mario Kart that was the coins and the zippers. This was a big loss to the game. But I guess after a while people will get over it.

The 3D graphics of Mario Kart 64 give out eye-poppers. They are really good but the graphics don't compare to a 3D adventure like Super Mario 64.

Nice music and sound effects sure give points for Mario Kart 64. The CD-quality sound was indeed the best.

Gameplay was average, the controls don't really respond well. It was also hard to control the characters so it's easy to bump into the walls.

The multiplayer option is ok, many of the weapons in GP mode are not in Battle mode. The point of the game is to destroy the opponents 3 balloons before they destroy yours. This time you can battle with 3 other friends, but here's a catch in 3 or 4 player mode there is no music which can get overly boring.

Overall, Mario Kart 64 is a good investment but if you have the Super NES and don't have Super Mario Kart you should get that one. Mario Kart 64 is still a good game and should be in everyone's N64 game collection because it's a Mario game.

-- Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Mario Kart 64 just doesn't have the feeling of the original Super Mario Kart. It just as though feels like it's missing something like the coins and zippers. But if you want a cartoonish racing game go with Diddy Kong Racing you'll be much more satisfied.