Super Mario Kart turned one today, first launched on the Super Nintendo Entertainment system in 1992, the kart racing style game has been one of Nintendo’s biggest games throughout it’s number of sequels and re-releases, warming the hearts of generations of gamers.
As mentioned before the first game was released in 1992 on the SNES, and then re-released as the Player’s Choice in 1996, the game has since moved through the consoles right up to today.
Once the SNES became a little outdated the title moved to the N64 in the form of Mario Kart 64, which was the first Mario Kart game to feature full 3D graphics, after which Nintendo released a second sequel on the Game Boy Advance in 2001 named Mario Kart: Super Circuit, which was a personal favorite of mine, next up was Mario Kart: Double Dash!! which released on Nintendo’s GameCube console in 2003, which was the first of the sequels to feature two riders in each cart, allowing for new co-op modes.
In 2005 the game made its way to the Nintendo DS in the form of Mario Kart DS, which allowed players to play online co-op games over Wi-Fi and shortly become the best-selling handheld racing game of all time, selling over 7 million units.
2008 saw the launch of the first Wii console, which was obviously launched alongside the Mario Kart Wii sequel, which allowed players to play their favorite racer in a completely new way, controlling their character via a Wii remote, which like the DS title become the best-selling game of 2008 worldwide.
In 2005 and 2007 Nintendo then released a couple of arcade sequels named Mario Kart Arcade GP and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, which was jointly developed by Nintendo and Namco and featured classic Namco characters such as Pac-Man and Blinky alongside the usual Mario Kart characters.
The most recent of all of these games is Mario Kart 7 which was released in 2011 and features aerial and aquatic racing alongside customisation karts,which started the further progression Nintendo built into the game later on.
But that is certainly not the end for Super Mario Kart and I for one hope the game can continue to innovate for many more years to come.
Happy Birthday Super Mario Kart.