Mario was always pretty fast on
the side scrollers, wasn't he?
Well, that's nothing compared to
Mario in this game! Super Mario
Kart combines racing and Mario
to create an instant classic in
the Mario series.
When Super Mario Kart was first
released, the concept of it was
a little bit different than what
many fans expected. I don't
think anyone really saw a Mario
racing game coming, but why not?
And that's the chance Nintendo
took, and they couldn't have
made a better decision.
When first starting up Super
Mario Kart, the player will
notice the stunning visuals and
the nicely tuned in music. He or
she will also notice that it's
not just Mario who's playable
this time, but in fact a variety
of characters are playable.
Those include heroes such as
Princess Toadstool and Luigi and
ranges as far as Bowser.
Once a character's been picked,
it's time to race. Super Mario
Kart features different levels
of difficulty, and actually, can
be quite hard for some players.
Especially with the plethora of
courses, changing the scenery
often will lead to some
difficulties. And of course,
there's the now infamous Rainbow
Road, which always gives players
As for the racing itself, Super
Mario Kart does not disappoint.
The racing is nicely paced, and
all the racing aspects seem to
be in tact and tuned. And then
the fun starts: Mass panic
caused by a whole lot of items.
Items are the big thing to take
away from this game. Items make
this game so, so much fun.
Whether it be with one player or
with two players, the items
found in Super Mario Kart just
make the game so enjoyable.
Players can use items to attack,
to defend, and to gain speed.
They tend to lead to a lot of
chaos on the course, and no lead
is safe because of the items. At
the same time, a player is never
truly out of the race until it's
all said and done
The only thing that this game
struggles with is
repetitiveness. Even though
there's quite a few courses, the
game just seems to be too
repetitive. Also, the courses
are too short. Some of them can
have a lap finished in 20
seconds or less. Even though
there's a few laps per course,
no one really wants to do them
over and over again when they
are so short
All in all, there's not a whole
wrong with Super Mario Kart. The
concept was slightly out of the
ordinary, but everything worked
out. The game sounds nice and
looks nice and has exceptional
play, but it does get a little
Overall Score: 8.8/10