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The Cult of Mario Kart; Super MK thru MK8
Topic Started: Jan 16 2013, 01:51 PM (6,354 Views)
Grizzmeister
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Mario Kart is easily my favorite Nintendo franchise and I've been a fan since the first game on the SNES. I didn't get it at launch but it was one of the first games I got for my SNES in 1995.

I discovered Super Mario Kart quite by accident. I'd read how great it was in the gaming magazines but never really felt compelled to hunt down a copy. Then while at a friends house I was shown the, at the time, visually stunning Rainbow Road track and I had to have a copy of the cartridge. Ironically the game was so popular that I literally couldn't find it either new or used at any of my local retailers. Back then the Internet wasn't what it is today so I had very few resources available to me to secure a copy. What I ended up doing was calling Nintendo's 800 number and buying a refurbished copy directly from them. Even at that the game was still kinda pricey but I wasn't complaining because I finally had it.

I played the single-player nonstop and marveled at the games technical and creative genius. It was unlike any other video game I'd played before and spoke to my inner child as well as the competitive gamer that lurked deep inside me. My friends and I even started including it in our Street Fighter II Turbo and Mortal Kombat II rotation with Mario Kart usually getting more play time than the other two combined.

By this time I had become a hardcore Nintendo addict and when news of the N64 was released I immediately started saving my money for a prepayment. Of course, the game that I was most looking forward to playing on the new machine was none other than Super Mario Kart R.

To be continued...
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That's awesome, Grizz...
I too have played COUNTLESS hours of Super Mario Kart back in the day... probably (dare I say) even more than MK64! I also remember being somewhat skeptical when I first heard it was coming out for the SNES... as this was going to be a pretty big spin-off from the usual Mario fare I was so accustomed to. But after the first review I read in EGM (or was it Nintendo Power??), I knew it was a game I had to get, and picked up a copy not too much after it was released. Boyyyyyy oh boy did my sis and I have fun playing it... we weren't too much into racing (since I was *naturally* so much faster than her, teehee :rollseyes: ) but it was seriously battle mode after battle mode after battle mode, every weekend!!

When they announced the sequel for the N64, that was my system seller, right there! I remember even buying a copy of the game while I was off at school, and waiting anxiously to come home for x-mas to play it on my sister's N64. Yep, that's right... I didn't even have an N64 myself at that time!
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Sadly the only memory I have of Mario Kart is the one on the N64...

I used to go over to my best friends house over in Connecticut probably every other day.. If not than on every weekend. We used to play games like Mk64, DKR, And even Conker's.. I have no clue how I was even allowed to play Conker's back then but while talking with my friend, I was told that we used to play it all the time... Anyhow, thats one of the reason I started collecting, just because of how much fun I used to have with my friends


Great story so far Grizz
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My first MK experience was on the 64. I had never even heard of the SNES version until later research. I had a 64 but only Pokemon snap and Star wars racing for the longest time. I remember getting Mariokart 64 and DK64 on christmas at sone point and OH BOY.

In my circle of friends I was 'The Beast' at that game lmao. I obviously haven't lost all my skills as I'm able to do quite well still.

I did enjoy the GC version ( more or less ), but no mk game will ever out-grandiose MK64, imo.
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TNT737373
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Well consider me part of the Krazy Kart Kult, in other words an awesome KKK. <- (*Joke, take it easy, lol).

My first experience was on the 64 at a friend's, the first track I had played was Rainbow Road and I just got manhandled. I fell off the track every 10 seconds, it was bad. I was horrible at Mario Kart 64 for a long time, but it was so fun it was worth the pain.
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Btw, is it me or does it look like every part of rainbow road combines together? Like whenever I played it I would drive off because it looked like they were all connected..

Maybe my brain is broken
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I love mario kart, always played it at my cousins when I was younger and it was the main reason I bought an N64 again just for that game. Then I began getting all the other cool games but mario kart is still my favorite. Logged tons and tons of hours!

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People can say what they want about the Wii . . . has anyone EVER had a bad time playing Mario Kart Wii with friends and Wii wheels ?!? Love it.

On the N64, I am partial to Star Wars E1 Racer. Record skips. And skips again.
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Your right BDR, Mario Kart Wii was quite good with the wheel. I've spent hours racing (and dominating) the wife on this game. The 3DS version is also quite good an I have finished that also.

Im waiting n ow for the next installment of the franchise which should be out sometime this year on the Wii U im hoping.

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People can say what they want about the Wii . . . has anyone EVER had a bad time playing Mario Kart Wii with friends and Wii wheels ?!? Love it.

On the N64, I am partial to Star Wars E1 Racer. Record skips. And skips again.
Sw racers is amazing.

The game came with my N64 back when I was like 11, and me and my brother played this SOOOO MUCH.

Visually it was impressive, feeling of speed was wonderfully accomplished ( I noticed certain textures are "stretched out" even if you're immobile, as a clever way to simulate motion blur ).

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Mk II
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OK, i'll be the devils advocate here >:-]

i never played the original Mario Kart until much later, after i had already played a lot of Double Dash!! on the Cube.
And when i did, it really disappointed me.
I could see the retro charm but as far as i was concerned the actual gameplay was irritatingly slow and jerky with limited control.
No match for MKDD really.
I've since come around a bit but Double Dash is still my favourite

My top 5:
1. MK Double Dash!!
2. MK 7
3. MK Wii
4. MK DS
5. MK 64
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Z Trigger
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Oh well,
the Fun Racer that makes not much fun if ur play it alone :D

I Think the N64 Version was >>ULTIMATE<< the best Version at all.

The Snes Version (We want remember, it was the 1.) was really good too.
The GBA & DS MK's were both ok but not as good as the other ones.

Double Dash is the only MK that i dont like. The Cars looked not really good i think. Hmm i cant explain it.
The Double Driver feature i dont like much too...

But on Wii all was fine - Nice Curcuits, a really good online mode was enough to say its personaly my 2. best MK that was released.
MK7 i didnt play - what i see it seems to be nice too.
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I don't know why but I've never cared much for MKDD. I just don't like the way it feels or the 2 person per kart concept.

My favorites would be Mario Kart DS with Mario Kart 64 at a close second and Mario Kart Wii at 3rd. I have yet to play MK7 or SMK though. :toad:
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Mario Kart 64 is undoubtedly the most fun multiplayer game I've ever played. I used to invite my friends over nearly every weekend for 4-player split screen sessions, particular in Battle Mode. I even played 2-player with my brother all the way up until about 2010, when I moved out of home.

I never owned a Gamecube so unfortunately I never got into Double Dash, but I did play it a few times at a friend's house and loved it. The dual-character system felt really strange at first, but after I got used to it, it really opened up a whole new, unique way of playing.

As for Mario Kart Wii, it's easily my most-played Wii game. The Wiimote + Nunchuck setup is my favourite Mario Kart control-style to date, and the online multiplayer made it an instant classic. Despite my nostalgia for MK64, THIS is where it's at for the franchise IMO.

I haven't played Mario Kart DS or Mario Kart 7, but I intend to ASAP.
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Mario Kart is amazing!. It was always one of my favorite N64 games. I also enjoyed it on SNES, GC, and Ds! I'm a Wario guy ;)
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Now I kind of want a 3DS so I can play mario kart 7

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YogurtStorm
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Well, since Rareware still make games for Nintendo's handhelds, I'm pretty sure they'd strike a jackpot in sales if Conker's other bad day was released 3DS exclusive.

I'd buy one, jeez! Screw my vita! (nah Vita's cool too)
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Meh, never played Mario Kart 64. Played very little of Super Mario Kart back in the day and none of the other Kart games. Just not much into Mario games as a whole. <_<
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When I finally got a break for just over an hour today in school, we played some Mario Kart 64 on the SmartBoard in an empty classroom. It was simply awesome to play against my classmates in our mid 20's :P

If I had to rank them, and I never have before (might make for a good video too!), they would be:

1. Mario Kart Double Dash
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Mario Kart 64
4. Mario Kart DS
5. Mario Kart SNES (because I played it very little)
6. Mario Kart Wii (because of the blasted rubber band everything but I truly love some courses)
7. Mario Kart Super Circuit Advance (because I never played it much)
Edited by lithium017, Jan 16 2013, 11:31 PM.
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I Loved Mario Kart 64 and still do :lol: I used to play it all the time with my brother and two sisters all the time, still one of my favourite games ever :yeah:
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i dont know if it's just me, but Super Mario Kart is like 10x faster than MK64. I know i used to pwn the 150cc cup easily but nowaday, oh boy, it's going too fast ! maybe im just used to the MK64 engine too much. i know i've spent hundreds of hours in SMK but like 1000 hours in MK64. that might be why. never played any other title after that except the qwii version with my boy. it is hard as s**t on 150cc with no freaking controller (i hate the wiimote).
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...Eventually the Super Mario Kart R moniker gave way to simply Mario Kart 64 and slowly details about it started to emerge from Japan. By now the Internet was the premier source for video game news and information, and I remember staying up late one night to get the latest impressions of Mario Kart 64 from an American reporter who was getting an early hands-on preview of the game.

My heart sank to my stomach when that writer basically described the game as an utter failure and an affront to the legacy of Super Mario Kart. He further elaborated that the tracks were too long and much too wide to be challenging. Although this was bad news to be sure I didn't let it diminish my enthusiasm completely and I continued looking on-line for information on MK64 like a pubescent boy looks for pornography. :lol:

Upon the games eventual launch it became clear why the tracks were made so wide and another chapter in the genius that is Mario Kart was again being written only this time 4 people could race together rather than just two.

To be continued...
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when I was a child my mother just bought me my copy as an xmas present because it had Mario in title. Little did I know it would have such and impact on my Gaming life what great game.
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My top three are as follows:

1. Mario Kart 64
2. Super Mario Kart
3. Mario Kart Double Dash
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Grizzmeister
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...Mario Kart 64 was the third game I purchased for my Nintendo 64 and it was the first that allowed for 4 players. Almost immediately after the games release it became nearly impossible to find extra controllers for sale which is a testament to just how popular the game had become. Sure there were some whiners who complained that MK64 wasn't as serious or competitive as the original but those cries only made it obvious as to who didn't have any friends to play the game with. :D

Me and my friends played the game literally for 12 hours at a time taking breaks only to go to the bathroom, eat slices of pepperoni pizza and down mass quantities of Mountain Dew. Mario Kart 64 was addictive like crack cocaine is addictive but better still- the game was just flat out fun. So much fun, in fact, that all of us adult guys giggled like 8 year old Japanese school girls while playing it. :-8

Nintendo had done it again; they had completely rewritten the book on how a kart racing game should be played and along the way created what is arguably one of the greatest party games of all time.

Whether you like Mario Kart 64 or not you have to admit its historic relevance. Not only is it the first truly three dimensional Mario Kart game but it also originated many of the conventions that appear in the newer iterations. MK64 introduced the ability to drag items, fake items boxes, triple shells and the controversial Blue Shell of Doom. Mario Kart 64's influence is so strong and its impact on multiplayer gaming so monumental that to this day many still consider it the definitive MK title.

To be continued...
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I picked up a 3DS Xl today and got mario kart 7 since I had never played it, I have to say its quite fantastic. I am going to play the DS and GBA games as well on it

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^Nice. I already have the game I just need the 3DS haha.
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Grizzmeister, you are hitting it right on the nail with your tales of Mario Kart 64. It is truly a legendary game.
Edited by Toad, Jan 18 2013, 03:14 PM.
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Real life Mario Karts react to launchable items

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Grizzmeister
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I'm embarrassed to admit it but Mario Kart: Super Circuit is my least favorite of the entire Mario Kart series. Since I never owned a real Gameboy I didn't get SC until I got my DS (which I purchased just so I could play MK: DS). It's for this reason that I really didn't play SC much until I eventually got the GameBoy Player attachment for the GameCube.

I think the main problem is that the controls of Super Circuit never really felt comfortable to me. It just feels so twitchy that I can't control it as well as I can all the other MK games.

Also, with no practical way of doing multiplayer SC has a lot less appeal when compared to the other Mario Kart titles.

So even though I do own Super Circuit and it's sitting in my Gameboy player right now I don't legitimately feel qualified to give my impressions of it here. The elite players in this thread would immediately sniff my comments out as being disingenuous and disregard my continuing retrospective of the Mario Kart franchise.

To be continued...
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