Mario, Nintendo, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, arcade and Nintendo Switch are all words we are familiar with. Add in karting, and the volume gets turned up to ELEVEN! Retro Games
Mario Kart released on the SNES and no-one, not even Nintendo, was prepared for the birth of one of the best known and profitable franchises of all time. Mario Kart reinvented arcade driving games and built a franchise that continues to deliver high-quality games today.
Mario Kart caught everyone by surprise. Sure it had the world famous plumber in the title, but a karting game? Really? Well, yes! The success of Mario Kart is the ability to drop in for a quick race alone or with friends, play a full cup or just head to the battle arena and fight the AI or friends.
Today we have online modes for racing, with leagues and battle arenas full of people across the globe waiting for you to challenge.
The journey Mario Kart has taken seems to have encountered few, if any, bumps in the road. Nintendo has taken great care to craft new games and never rushed out annual versions of the racer. Mario Kart receives the same care as Zelda or Mario adventures and is crafted to maximise the brand recognition, as well as exploit as much gameplay and power from the console it is intended for as possible.
Mario Kart levels the playing field for gamers of all ages, and those who are masters of the game can be taken down by a flurry of bad luck, through rubber banding, when red shells, blue shells and lightning bolts descend upon them on the final laps.
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Is Mario Kart the classic game everyone says it is?