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The Best Mario Kart Games

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List RulesGame must be part of the Mario Kart series.

Here is a list of the best Mario Kart games, ranked from best to worst by thousands of gamers' votes. If you think the coolest Mario Kart video game isn't as high as it should be, then make sure to vote it up so that it has the chance to rise to the top. You might also be interested in Mario Kart shortcuts and cheats as well as obscure Mario games you probably haven't played.

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This list is kept up-to-date with all new video game releases and includes everything from Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart 8, and many more.

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  • Mario Kart 64
    Photo: Nintendo
    Mario Kart 64 is a 1996 go-kart racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It is the successor to Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and is the second Mario Kart game. It was released first in Japan on December 14, 1996 and in North America and Europe in 1997. In January 2007, Mario Kart 64 was released as a downloadable Virtual Console title on the Wii. Changes from the original include the move to polygon-based true 3D computer graphics for track design, and the inclusion of four-player support. Players take control of characters from the Mario universe, who race around a variety of tracks with items that can either... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: 1996
    • Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development
    • Platform: Wii, Nintendo 64, iQue Player

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  • Mario Kart 7
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    Mario Kart 7 is a 2011 racing video game. It is the seventh major installment in the Mario Kart series and the third to be released for handheld consoles. It was developed by Nintendo EAD and Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. Similar to previous games in the series, players participate in go-kart racing on various Mario-themed tracks, playing as one of seventeen different Mario characters. While racing, the players make use of power-up items that hinder opposing characters. New additions to the game include hang-gliding attachments for karts, the ability to drive underwater, the ability to drive in first-person, and the ability to fully customize the vehicles'... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: 2011
    • Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Retro Studios
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  • Super Mario Kart
    Photo: Super Mario Kart/Nintendo
    Super Mario Kart is a 1992 go-kart racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD for the Super Famicom and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The first game of the Mario Kart series, it was launched in Japan on August 27, 1992, in North America on September 1, 1992, and in Europe on January 21, 1993. Selling nine million copies worldwide, the game went on to become the third best selling SNES game of all time. Super Mario Kart was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on June 9, 2009, North America on November 23, 2009, and in Europe on April 2, 2010. Super Mario Kart was re-released again on the Wii U's Virtual Console in Japan on June 19, 2013, Europe on March 27, 2014,... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: 1992
    • Developer: Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii

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  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
    Photo: Velan Studios
    Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a racing mixed reality game, being the fifteenth installment in the Mario Kart series for the Nintendo Switch. Developed by Velan Studios, Home Circuit utilizes physical radio-controlled cars responding to how the player plays in-game. Home Circuit makes use of real-life toys to build stages where the player will race opponents. The toys of characters, which are equipped with a motor and camera, move in accordance with the player's input on the Nintendo Switch. Multiple traditional Mario Kart items are included in the game, which, when hit, will slow down the player.... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: 2020
    • Developer: Velan Studios
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch