|Logo of the series since Mario Kart DS|
|First title||Super Mario Kart (1992, SNES )|
|Last title||Mario Kart Tour (2019, Android , iOS , iPadOS )|
|Platform (s)||Super Nintendo Entertainment System , Nintendo 64 , Nintendo GameCube , Game Boy Advance , Nintendo DS , Wii , Nintendo 3DS , Wii U , Nintendo Switch , Android , iOS , iPadOS , Arcade|
|Genre (s)||Racing game|
Mario Kart ( Japanese : マ リ オ カ ー ト, Hepburn : Mario Kāto) is the name of a popular video game series by the Japanese company Nintendo , in which players use the fictional characters from Nintendo games to race car races (originally with go-karts ). It began on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) game console and was continued on the Nintendo 64 , the Game Boy Advance , the GameCube , the Nintendo DS , the Wii , the Nintendo 3DS , the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch . The Mario Kart games belong to the fun racer genre and can be played individually as well as in multiplayer and online mode. The Mario Kart brand has sold over 100 million units so far, making it one of the most successful racing game series of all time.
Each player chooses a character as a driver, which determines the driving attributes such as acceleration, top speed, handling and collision behavior. There are drivers who are particularly good at handling (Toad, Mario etc.) and drivers who are particularly comfortable with the speed (Bowser, Morton etc.). The players watch the race in the rear of their own driver on a separate section of the screen split as necessary . The maximum number of players and the number of computer-controlled drivers varies between the individual versions and the different game modes. With the help of so-called items , which are distributed on the racetrack, the player can gain advantages over the other players. For example, banana peels can be placed on the track to let the following riders slide off the track.
The following game modes are included in most games:
- Grand Prix: One or more players drive a tournament against a field of computer-controlled drivers .
- Time trial: single trip against the clock.
- Match / Versus: Several players hold individual races among themselves.
- Battle mode: Each kart has three balloons. Objects can be used to shoot a balloon at the enemy. The last player to have balloons wins.
Super Mario Kart (Super Nintendo)
The first part of the series, for up to two players, re-established the genre of fun racers .
The game was one of the first to use the so-called Mode 7 . This is a process in which the hardware of the SNES calculates a two-dimensional image, in Mario Kart the race track, in such a way that a three-dimensional impression is created by zooming and rotating. The display of height differences is not possible with this technique. An additional processor is built into the game module for mode 7 , which supports the main processor of the SNES in the graphic display.
The main part of the game consists of four racing series against seven opponents each, which must be unlocked one after the other and in three ascending cubic capacity classes. All races can also be played in the 2-player split screen against only six AIs and alone or in pairs as a time trial without opponents and extras.
Furthermore, a battle mode was introduced in which two players have to shoot balloons from the karts in four different arenas with various weapons. The two player mode contributed significantly to the popularity and spread of the game. The design of the track and items from Mario Kart were always an inspiration for other fun racers like WipEout in the years that followed .
There are eight playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Toad, Koopa, Bowser, and Donkey Kong Jr.
Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64)
Mario Kart 64 has the same gameplay as its predecessors in real 3D graphics , with levels of elevation and depth as well as new items and a four-player mode. Only the karts themselves and most of the objects, such as trees and weapons (such as the banana peels and turtle shells), consist of 2D graphics that have been set in a 3D level. For the first time there is also the mini turbo, which is achieved through a special drift technique . It is also the Mario kart part which the slipstream (engl. Slipstreaming ) introduced.
Up to four players can compete against each other either in the race or in four different battle arenas. In battle mode there is a kind of deathmatch to contend with. Up to four players compete against each other in arenas. Each player has three balloons attached to his kart. A player loses a balloon with every hit by a power-up, in serious accidents or when falling into abysses or out of arenas. The last player to have at least one balloon on the kart wins the round. If more than two players are involved in the battle mode and one player is eliminated, he can still play for a limited time as long as two or three other players are still in the game. His kart turns into a small, yellow bomb; This can only use the recorded power-up and cannot accept any new ones, but if the player touches one of the remaining players in this state, he will lose a balloon. The bomb disappears and the player is excluded from the game until the end of the round.
As in single player mode, two players can take part in the Grand Prix at the same time. H. drive a series of four races against six other computer players. With three or more players, due to technical restrictions, only the VS mode can be used, in which races can be run on the tracks, but without additional CPU players, so that only three or four players are ever in the race. So that it doesn't get too easy, the developers built in moving bombs instead of the computer opponents and in some stretches hedgehogs that are obstacles in the way of the players. Further technical restrictions are e.g. B. that in four-player mode no more music is played, only the first player had sound from his kart, and some level details were saved; for example, the length of the railroad varies on the Kalimari Desert route .
Six of the original Mario Kart characters appear in this game, plus two new ones are included. The two new ones are called Wario and Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong is the replacement of Donkey Kong Jr.), the other, who is no longer part of Donkey Kong Jr., is Koopa.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance)
The first Mario Kart for a portable game system offers the possibility of four people driving via link cables and exchanging ghost data. In terms of graphics and style of play, the game is very reminiscent of the first part, Super Mario Kart ; however, many elements have been adopted from the predecessor on the Nintendo 64. The following figures can be driven: Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Peach, Wario, Donkey Kong and Bowser. There is also a new cup, the Blitz Cup, and by collecting at least 100 coins per cup, you can unlock SNES routes that have been newly divided into cups (since the SNES version has four cups and five routes per cup ).
Mario Kart: Super Circuit was released on December 16, 2011 in the eShop of the Nintendo 3DS mobile console , where it could be downloaded free of charge for first-time buyers as part of the so-called ambassador program . First-time buyers will be compensated for the sharp price reduction of the console in mid-August 2011 by giving them 10 NES and GBA games each for free.
Mario Kart: Double Dash !! (Nintendo GameCube)
In the GameCube version of Mario Kart, published in 2003 , the racing cars were occupied for the first time with two players: a driver and a shooter for the items. In multiplayer mode, two players can use it to control a kart. This is why the game got its name (Double ≈ double, Dash ≈ strike; translated as double strike). Instead of different colored karts, each figure now has its own car (cars, locomotives, etc.), and each pair has a special item. The karts are now also shown in 3D graphics. You can also start a Grand Prix with two players (in a team together or against each other). When both players on a team go into turbo start, there is a blue light (this is called a double dash ). As in the predecessor Mario Kart, there is also a battle and a versus mode. As one of the few GameCube games you can connect several consoles with the BBA accessories to a network in order to play in the so-called LAN mode with up to 16 people.
There are 11 new characters in this game. They are: Baby Mario and Baby Luigi, Birdo, Diddy Kong, Waluigi, Daisy , Bowser Jr., Parakoopa, Mutant Tyranha, Toadette and King Buu Huu. The last three characters have to be unlocked first. Toad is also unlockable and Koopa appears again.
Mario Kart Arcade GP (slot machine)
This game was only released as a slot machine in 2005 in Japan, America and Great Britain. You drive again in the traditional karts from the first two parts of the series, but three new characters are available that do not come from the Mario universe. They are characters from the Pac-Man universe. The three from Pac-Man are called: Pac-Man , Ms. Pac-Man and Blinky. In addition to a steering wheel for better control, each machine is equipped with a camera that integrates a portrait of the player into the game. You can also create an account using a card that can be printed at the machine, with which you can collect points with every trip and activate faster cars or objects.
Mario Kart Arcade GP was developed by the Japanese entertainment company namco . Six racing series can be played in the game, each consisting of four tracks. After each race, more money or chips must be inserted into the machine in order to continue playing. Even if first place was achieved in the race. Items are also available again in Mario Kart Arcade GP, but the player selects three items at the beginning, from which he receives one each when he drives over an item box. Some items must first be unlocked, others can only be used individually by the respective character. A unique feature of this game is a deployable shield that briefly protects the player from item attacks.
Most of the sound effects were taken from Mario Kart: Double Dash . The gameplay was praised by critics, but the game itself was often criticized for its high price.
In addition to the three new characters, the old characters from the Mario universe also appear, namely: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Wario and Toad.
Mario Kart DS (Nintendo DS)
Mario Kart DS was released for the Nintendo DS on November 25, 2005 and was the first game that could be played over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection . However, the online functions were deactivated on May 20, 2014.
In Mario Kart DS you can choose between thirteen (Shy Guy only available in multiplayer mode) drivers. Four of these must first be unlocked. Furthermore, every driver has three karts (one standard kart and two adapted to the respective driver). Later every driver can use any of the 36 karts. In addition to 16 new tracks, which are divided into four cups, the player in the Retro Cup can also play 16 selected tracks from the old Mario Kart games for the first time. This feature was adopted for all successors. Again, only individually manned karts will be used.
The special abilities of the DS add new game elements to the series:
- While the race is shown from the familiar shoulder perspective on the regular screen, the touchscreen either shows an overview map with the current positions of the racing drivers and their items or a close-up overview of the player's immediate surroundings.
- In the ballooning competition, each player now has five balloons that must be defended, but you start with only one balloon and have to inflate the remaining ones using the built-in microphone or by pressing the Select button while not accelerating.
- There are so-called racing missions . With these you have to fulfill a certain task, e.g. B. Destroy item boxes or shoot down enemies with tanks, and at the end of each level you can fight a strong boss. There are a total of seven levels, each with nine racing missions.
- The DS download game allows up to eight DS players to play simultaneously with just one module. Up to the end of May 2014, up to four players could play against each other online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and Wireless LAN .
- There are also four racing classes: 50 cm³ , 100 cm³ , 150 cm³ and 150 cm³ mirrored
- There are also three weight classes: light, medium and heavy:
|too easy to include:||Yoshi , Toad , Shy Guy, Bone Dry|
|to medium include:||Mario , Luigi , Waluigi , Daisy , Peach|
|too heavy to include:||Wario , Donkey Kong , Bowser , ROB|
- Each weight class has its own strengths:
|light:||Acceleration: ***||Tempo: *||Handling: ***|
|medium:||Acceleration: **||Tempo: **||Handling: **|
|heavy:||Acceleration: *||Speed: ***||Handling: *|
The characters Shy Guy, ROB and Bone Dry make their debut in this game. The four characters that you have to unlock first are Daisy, Waluigi, Bone Dry and ROB Shy Guy can only be played if no player has the Mario Kart DS card (the color of Shy Guy is random). ROB does not belong to the Mario universe, but was an accessory for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System .
Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo Wii)
The Wii offshoot had an online multiplayer mode until May 20, 2014, like Mario Kart DS before . As with other Wii racing games, it can be controlled with a cross-held Wii Remote Control. Alternatively, it can be controlled using a Wiimote-Nunchuk combination, Classic controller or GameCube controller. The Wii wheel that comes with the game is a plastic form for the Wiimote, modeled on a steering wheel.
In contrast to Mario Kart: Double Dash !! can only be played with one driver at a time in a kart or motorcycle. The fact that you can sit on a motorcycle this time is new. Another new feature is that instead of the usual seven, you are now racing against eleven opponents. You can also drive with your Miis, or alternatively with one of 24 Mario Kart drivers, twelve of which must first be unlocked. Mario Kart Wii has a total of 32 different tracks. 16 of them are newly designed and 16 taken from older titles in the series.
Mario Kart Wii was the second Wii game (after Wii Fit ) to have its own channel, the Mario Kart Channel , with which you could check your global or continental rank. Until the online functions were switched off, it was also possible to download ghost data created by other players. The online connection has been completely revised: If a race among friends has already started, you could simply watch the race via the live broadcast or join in.
Mario Kart Wii has been in stores in Europe since April 11, 2008, in Japan since April 10, 2008, and in North America since April 27, 2008.
There are also new characters in Mario Kart Wii, namely Baby Peach and Baby Daisy, Bone Bowser, Funky Kong, Rosalina and the Mii with his two outfits. All but Baby Peach are unlockable. Figures have also returned, namely Koopa, Diddy Kong, King Buu Huu, Birdo, Toadette, Bowser Jr., Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. These are also all unlockable except for Baby Mario and Koopa. Otherwise, the characters Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Wario, Toad, Bone Dry, Waluigi and Daisy are back. Daisy and Bone Dry can be unlocked like in Mario Kart DS.
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (slot machine)
The second Mario Kart machine, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, appeared in 2007. The new features include additional characters ( Waluigi and Mametchi from the Tamagotchi series), items and courses. As in the first part, the progress of the game can be secured with a printable card. With Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 it is also possible to bring the portrait of the player into the race with the help of an integrated camera. Like its arcade predecessor, Mario Kart GP 2 also comes from Bandai Namco Entertainment .
All characters from the Mario Kart Arcade GP are featured. There are two new characters, one is Mametchi and does not come from the Mario universe, and Waluigi is also one of the party.
Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)
At E3 2011, a new Mario Kart title for Nintendo 3DS was presented. It was released in Europe on December 2, 2011. For the first time in a Mario Kart game, tracks from other games such as Wii Sports Resort or Donkey Kong Country Returns are available . Also new is the paraglider, which opens automatically on blue jumps and enables flying with interverted control over parts of the course, which means that new shortcuts can be taken. At the same time, you can also drive underwater with a turbine, and the driving behavior changes due to the attraction. Both can also be found in the four retro cups. As in Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Super Circuit, coins are again distributed on the tracks with which the player can unlock new kart parts. He can put these together himself, also for the first time in Mario Kart, and thus create new karts. You can choose between body, tires and paraglider. In addition to the new items Fire Flower (like in Mario Kart: Double Dash !!, fireballs can be shot), Tanooki Leaf (with the raccoon's tail other karts can be bumped into and items fended off) and the Lucky Seven (seven standard items at once) there are also new ones Characters. The new characters are called: Lakitu, Wiggler, Metal Mario and Honey Queen, all four can be unlocked as well as Wario, Rosalina, Shy Guy and Daisy. The Mii is playable again, but must first be unlocked again. This time, however, there is only one outfit to choose from. Alternatively there are the characters Mario, Luigi, Toad, Bowser, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong and Koopa. Some characters (such as Bone Bowser, Funky Kong, Bone Dry, Waluigi, and a few others) do not appear.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (slot machine)
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is the third Mario Kart Arcade game and was released in Japan in July 2013. The game was developed by Namco Bandai Games and published by Nintendo.
Again a new character appears who does not come from the Mario universe. It's Don-chan. There's also a strawberry Don-chan and a hero Don-chan, but both are just a costume of Don-chan. This is the first time you have to unlock characters in a Mario Kart Arcade game. The characters to unlock are called Bowser Jr., Waluigi, and Wario. Other characters like Rosalina, Baby Mario, Baby Peach, Metall-Mario and Gold Mario (costume from Metall-Mario) are also included, but you have to download them first. Otherwise there are other costume characters, namely fire Mario (costume from Mario) and Tanuki-Mario (costume from Mario), ice-Luigi (costume from Luigi), bones-Bowser (costume from Bowser), red and black Yoshi (costume of Yoshi), Blue Toad (costume of Toad).
Mario Kart 8 & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Wii U, Switch)
In 2012, Hideki Konno announced in an interview that a Mario Kart for the Wii U is in the works. All he could say was that it will use the features of the Wii U. During a Nintendo Direct web show on January 23, 2013, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata confirmed a Mario Kart for the Wii U again. At the E3 2013 the game was officially presented by Nintendo. Mario Kart 8 was released for the Wii U on May 30, 2014.
Mario Kart 8 is the branch with the most new characters so far. Baby Rosalina, Rosagold-Peach and the Koopalinge (Larry, Ludwig, Wendy, Morton, Roy, Lemmy and Iggy) can be played. They are all unlockable as well as Lakitu, Toadette, Rosalina, Metall-Mario and the Miis. Two (paid) DLCs each with three characters followed later. Five of them are new, namely: Cat Peach, Tanuki Mario, Link, Residents and Melinda. Bone Bowser is the sixth driver, who was already represented in a predecessor. Since Mario Kart 8 it is possible to use Amiibo in the game. Through a cooperation with Mercedes Benz , three car models of the vehicle manufacturer were integrated into the game as free DLC in August 2014.
Mario Kart 8 was released as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on April 28, 2017 for the Nintendo Switch . This version includes the main game, all DLCs, new characters (Bone Dry, King Buu Huu, Bowser Jr., Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy), new courses and an improved battle mode. In addition, the feather and the Buu Huu are again available as items.
Mario Kart Arcade GP VR (slot machine)
Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is the fourth Mario Kart Arcade game and was released in Japan on July 14, 2017. The game was developed by Namco Bandai Games and published by Nintendo.
Unlike other Mario Kart games, you play a slot machine with virtual reality glasses. There are four different “vehicles”, each with a specific figure. The device has the trademarks of the respective figure. There are a total of six characters in the game, but only four of them are playable: Mario, Peach, Luigi and Yoshi. The other two that you can't play are Wario and Bowser. This makes Mario Kart Arcade GP VR the game with the fewest playable characters so far.
In addition, this part only has three items: the bananas, the green tanks and a giant hammer. You can also fly with a glider.
Mario Kart Virtual Cup (Virtual Boy)
Mario Kart Virtual Cup is a canceled game in the Mario Kart series that would have been released for the Virtual Boy . The cover photo was used for Mario Kart: Super Circuit . There were three race tracks from Super Mario Kart for this demo version:
Marios Piste 1 (under the name Marios Piste )
Geistertal 2 (under the name Geisterhaus )
Regenbogen-Boulevard (under the name Rainbow-Boulevard )
Mario Kart Tour (smartphone)
In February 2018, Nintendo announced that it was working on the development of Mario Kart Tour for smartphones. The original intention was to complete the development process by March 2019. The game started in beta for the US and Japan in May 2019 . The game was finally officially released on September 25, 2019 for both the Google Play Store and the App Store .
As with the smartphone game Super Mario Run , the control of the game is based on swiping left and right or up and down on the screen (e.g. to eject items). Drifting and similar elements such as jumping turbo are also present here, as in the previous games.
51 different playable characters appear in the main Mario Kart series. There are 23 in the Arcade series. Most of these characters are available immediately, others have to be unlocked first. For the first time in Mario Kart: Double Dash !! can be unlocked.
|Character in the main series||
Mario Kart 8:
|All in all|
|Baby daisy||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||No||Yes||Yes||3|
|Baby luigi||No||No||No||Yes||No||Yes 1||No||Yes||Yes||4th|
|Baby rosalina||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes||2|
|Resident||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 4 6||Yes||2|
|Bowser Jr.||No||No||No||Yes||No||Yes 1||No||No||Yes||3|
|Daisy||No||No||No||Yes||Yes 1||Yes 1||Yes 1||Yes||Yes||6th|
|Diddy Kong||No||No||No||Yes||No||Yes 1||No||No||No||2|
|Donkey Kong Jr.||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||1|
|Funky Kong||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||No||No||No||1|
|Gold Mario||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||1|
|Honey queen||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||No||No||1|
|Iggy Koopa||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes||2|
|Inkling boy||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||yes 7||1|
|Inkling girls||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||yes 7||1|
|Cat peach||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 4||Yes||2|
|Bone bowser||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||No||Yes 4||Yes||3|
|Bone dry||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes 1||No||No||Yes||3|
|King Buu Huu||No||No||No||Yes 1||No||Yes 1||No||No||Yes||3|
|Lakitu||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes 1||Yes||3|
|Larry Koopa||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes||2|
|Lemmy Koopa||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes||2|
|Ludwig von Koopa||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes||2|
|Metal mario||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes 1||yes 8||3|
|Mii||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 3||Yes 1||Yes 1||Yes||4th|
|Morton Koopa Jr.||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes||2|
|Mutant Tyranha||No||No||No||Yes 1||No||No||No||No||No||1|
|Rose gold peach||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes||2|
|Rosalina||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes 1||Yes 1||Yes||4th|
|Roy Koopa||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes||2|
|Shy guy||No||No||No||No||Yes 2 7||No||Yes 1||yes 5 7||yes 7||4th|
|Tanuki Mario||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 4||Yes||2|
|Toadette||No||No||No||Yes 1||No||Yes 1||No||Yes 1||Yes||4th|
|Wendy O. Koopa||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||Yes||2|
|Yoshi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||yes 5 7||yes 7||9|
|Mario Kart 8:
|All in all|
Arcade and Mobile series
|Character in the arcade series||
|All in all|
|Baby daisy||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||1|
|Baby mario||No||No||Yes 2||No||Yes 1||2|
|Baby luigi||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Baby peach||No||No||Yes 2||No||Yes 1||2|
|Baby rosalina||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Blue toad||No||No||yes 3||No||No||1|
|Bowser||Yes||Yes||Yes||NPC 4||yes 5||5|
|Bowser Jr.||No||No||Yes 1||No||Yes 1 7||2|
|Princess Daisy||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||1|
|Diddy Kong||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||1|
|Donkey Kong||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes 1||4th|
|Ice cream Luigi||No||No||yes 3||No||No||1|
|Strawberry Don-chan||No||No||yes 3||No||No||1|
|Fire mario||No||No||yes 3||No||No||1|
|Gold Mario||No||No||Yes 2 3||No||yes 6||1|
|Hero Don-chan||No||No||yes 3||No||No||1|
|Iggy Koopa||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Bone bowser||No||No||yes 3||No||Yes 1||2|
|Bone dry||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||1|
|King Buu Huu||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|King Buu Huu (Luigi's Mansion)||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Lakitu||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Larry Koopa||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Lemmy Koopa||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Ludwig von Koopa||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Luigi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes 1 7||5|
|Mario (Hakama)||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Mario (musician)||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||1|
|Metal mario||No||No||Yes 2||No||Yes 1||2|
|Morton Koopa Jr.||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Princess Peach||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||yes 5||5|
|Peach (kimono)||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Rosalina||No||No||Yes 2||No||Yes 1 7||2|
|Rosalina (Halloween)||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Red Yoshi||No||No||yes 3||No||No||1|
|Roy Koopa||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Black Yoshi||No||No||yes 3||No||No||1|
|Shy guy||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||1|
|Shy Guy (Chef-Chef)||No||No||No||No||? 8th||1|
|Tanuki Mario||No||No||yes 3||No||No||1|
|Waluigi||No||Yes||Yes 1||No||Yes 1 7||3|
|Wario||Yes||Yes||Yes 1||NPC 4||Yes 1 7||5|
|Wendy O. Koopa||No||No||No||No||Yes 1 7||1|
|Playable characters||11||13||26th||6th||41 (42)|
|All in all|
The drivers Blinky, Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man are not creatures from the “Mario universe”, nor are the actual Tamagotchi Mametchi and Don-chan / Strawberry Don-chan. However, these six characters only take part in the arcade variants of the Mario Kart games. When ROB is a robot accessory of the Nintendo Entertainment System counts. Link, as well as Melinda and the resident do not belong to the "Mario Universe" either; Link is from The Legend of Zelda and the other two are from Animal Crossing. The Miis are the acting characters in some games on the Nintendo Wii . The rest of the characters are creatures from the Mario universe.
- For the Nintendo 64 and the Nintendo DS there is also the racing game Diddy Kong Racing and Diddy Kong Racing DS . There are also comic-style fun racers on other consoles, such as crash bandicoot racing games for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox .
- There were professional players who played the Nintendo DS title Mario Kart DS and the Wii title Mario Kart Wii online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or in the LAN against other professional players for prize money or awards.
- The EU / US version of Super Mario Kart has been adjusted "youth-friendly" compared to the original Japanese version. If the game is played with the character Bowser , Bowser will be shown drinking champagne in the original version in the following award ceremony. In the EU / US version, however, he only swings the bottle in the air.
- In the Japanese version of Mario Kart 64 there are advertising banners on the racetracks for a cigarette brand Marioro , which is an allusion to Marlboro , and for a gas station Luigip , which in turn is an allusion to Agip .
- The German rock band Adolar references the series in the song Mariokart vs. Kettcar . It symbolizes the carefree, collective playing of video games with childhood friends.
- With SuperTuxKart, there is a free remake or game inspired by Mario Kart that has also had an online multiplayer mode since 2018.
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