SNES Review: Super Mario Kart
Review by: Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: Super NES
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Racing
 # of Players: 1-2
 Size: 4 Megabits
 Developer: Nintendo
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Game Save: Yes

 Release Date:
 US: Dec 14, 1992

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Final Score:
8.9/10

When Super Mario Kart was released back in 1992, it turned out to be an instant classic. Before Super Mario Kart was released there were no good racers for any console system. But this game just put the "fun" back into the game.

The game features 8 of Nintendo's most popular characters, they are Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Yoshi, Toad, Koopa Troopa, Bowser and Donkey Kong Jr. The characters are put into 4 different groups, they are Light, Medium, Average, and Heavy. Toad and Koopa Troopa are light, and they are two of the best racers in the game. The Princess and Yoshi are medium. Mario and Luigi are average. And Bowser and DK Jr. are Heavy. The light class has fast acceleration, smooth turns, and slow speed, which makes them the best racers. The medium class has about average everything. The average class has average everything as well, but they are heavier. The heavy class has slow acceleration but the highest speed. My favourite character to use in Super Mario Kart is Koopa Troopa, he's the best racer in the game!

Super Mario Kart features 20 different race tracks to race from. Most of the tracks are variants and they will repeat over and over. There are 5 Mario tracks in all! The tracks are placed into "cups". There's the Mushroom (easy), Flower (medium), Star (hard), and Special (extremely hard).

The graphics in Super Mario Kart were really good since the game was released 1 year after the Super NES was released. New "Mode 7" technology helped the game have a nice steady frame rate with nice cartoony graphics. If you look at the game very closely it will seem a lot like Super Mario World but in a racing game.

The highly addictive music was also a great thing in Super Mario Kart. Nice tunes add to the excitement to the game. When you're playing the Grand Prix mode and if you're losing (5th or lower on the final lap) the music will be like a "warning" to tell you to catch up or you will lose. The sounds were also nice, almost exactly like how it was in Super Mario World.

The game play is excellent. One of the most fun things to do is to play VS. mode or Battle mode with your friends. Although only 2 people can play at the same time it is very fun and addicting.

Super Mario Kart is one of the best games to come out for the Super NES. The game might seem simple and cute, but it's just pure fun. I can't really describe it. Once you start playing this game you will be addicted, and love it. Super Mario Kart gets the checkered flag! Nothing surpasses it.

-- Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Super Mario Kart is one of the most  funnest  games created. Although simple, gameplay is amazing, not even the 64-bit Mario Kart 64 can surpass it. If you don't have SMK you can buy it in stores at low, low prices because it has been re-released so you can re-witness the fun on your SNES again!