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Super Mario Kart is the first installment in the Mario Kart series. It was released in Japan on August 27, 1992, in [[North America on September 1, 1992, and in Europe on January 21, 1993. Selling eight million copies world wide, Super Mario Kart became the third best selling SNES game. The game was re-released in 2009 on the Virtual Console for the Wii.

In this game, the player can take control of one of eight characters from the Mario series, each with different speeds and weight classes. In single player mode, the player races against seven computer operated racers, all with the aim to come in first. During the races, the players and the computers can run over item panels to get an item that gives them a power boost, or hinder another racers lead. There's also the option to race against the clock in Time Trial mode. In the multiplayer mode, two players can race against each other and the computers in the cup races, or can go against each other in a one-on-one race. The final multiplayer mode, the two players go against each other in a head-to-head battle, where they try to eliminate the other by destroying the balloons which serve as the player's "life".

Game Modes[]

Single Player[]

There are 2 Modes to choose from when playing a single player game. These are:

  1. Mario Kart GP - In this mode you race against computer controlled opponents. There are three difficulty levels in this mode. These are the 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc.
  2. Time Trial - In this mode you race through any track in the shortest amount of time possible.


  1. Mario Kart GP - Two players race against each other as well as computer controlled opponents.
  2. Match race - Two players race against just each other on the track of your choice.
  3. Battle mode - The objective of this mode is to use the items at your disposal to damage the other player. There are three balloons which rotate around both players. When one player is hit or runs into an item such as a turtle shell or banana peel that player loses a balloon. When a player loses all three balloons he or she fails at life.


There are 24 tracks total (20 Race tracks, 4 Battle tracks)

Mushroom Cup[]

  • Mario Circuit 1
  • Donut Plains 1
  • Ghost Valley 1
  • Bowser Castle1
  • Mario Circuit 2

Flower Cup[]

  • Choco Island 1
  • Ghost Valley 2
  • Donut Plains 2
  • Bowser Castle 2
  • Mario Circuit 3

Star Cup[]

  • Koopa Beach 1
  • Choco Island 2
  • Vanilla Lake 1
  • Bowser Castle 3
  • Mario Circuit 4

Special Cup[]

  • Donut Plains 3
  • Koopa Beach 2
  • Ghost Valley 3
  • Vanilla Lake 2
  • Rainbow Road

Battle Mode[]

There are four Battle Tracks in Super Mario Kart.
These Tracks are uninspiringly named :

  • Battle Track 1
  • Battle Track 2
  • Battle Track 3
  • Battle Track 4


There are three types of characters the Lightweights Middleweights and Heavyweights.
Identical Drivers:

  • Koopa Troopa/Toad
  • Princess Peach/Yoshi
  • Mario/Luigi
  • Bowser/Donkey Kong Jr.


Koopa Troopa
Acceleration: Good
Top Speed: Okay
Steering: Great

Koopa Troopa has a medium high speed, good acceleration, and great steering. He is easily knocked aside by the larger competitors. If the computer is using him, he will sometimes chuck turtle shells at you.

Acceleration: Good
Top Speed: Okay
Steering: Great
Princess Peach
Acceleration: Great
Top Speed: Okay
Steering: Okay
Acceleration: Great
Top Speed: Okay
Steering: Okay


Acceleration: Okay
Top Speed: Good
Steering: Good
Acceleration: Okay
Top Speed: Good
Steering: Good


Acceleration: Poor
Top Speed: Great
Steering: Good
Donkey Kong Jr.
Acceleration: Poor
Top Speed: Great
Steering: Good



Lakitu also makes an appearance. He starts the races and saves anyone who might need help.


  • Banana Peel - The banana peel causes anyone who hits it to spin out.
  • Coin - Coins allow you to go faster. You can hold up to 10 coins.
  • Feather - One of the most useless items you can get. The feather allows you to jump to dodge turtle shells or use shortcuts while racing.
  • Ghost - The ghost only appears in Battle Mode. It gives invisibility, invulnerability, and steals your opponents item.
  • Green Shell - The green shell can be shot out straight ahead of your character.
  • Red Shell - The red shell automatically targets your opponents.
  • Lightning Bolt - The most kick-ass item in the game. The lightning bolt will shrink all opponents. Your character can then smush anyone who gets in the way!
  • Mushroom - Speed Boost
  • Star - Gives invincibility, increases speed, knocks out anyone your character touches

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