Mario Kart: Super Circuit is the third installment in the Mario Kart series and is for the Game Boy Advance. The game is known under the name Mario Kart Advance in Japan. This game combines the elements from the previous Mario Kart games and contains all the courses from Super Mario Kart. This game was released on July 21, 2001 in Japan, August 27, 2001 in North America, and September 14, 2001 in Europe. Mario Kart: Super Circuit is also the first handheld Mario Kart game. The game was re-released exclusively to Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors in all regions in December 2011.
The character selection screen.
The objective in this game is to place first in the races, as with most racing games. Each race has eight contestants, all trying to win. The player can pick up Item Boxes which contain items. Using these items are very helpful, but computer-controlled characters can also use items. On the course, coins are collected to increase a player's top speed. If the player has zero coins, they spin out if they come in contact with another racer. Fifty-five coins are found on each course.
This game has five cups, and each has four new race courses. These cups are the Mushroom Cup, the Flower Cup, the all new Lightning Cup, the Star Cup, and the Special Cup. If players collects 100 coins in a certain cup, they unlock the Extra Cup version. These cups contain all of the courses from Super Mario Kart making this game have more courses than any other Mario Kart game in the series. If the player manages to collect a gold trophy on all of the Super Circuit cups, the background for the title screen changes to a sunset. If the player manages to obtain a triple star ranking for all cups, the title screen's background changes to a night time setting. In addition to the aesthetic changes, the intro's theme will also change.
- : Select
- : Confirm
- : Cancel
- : Access options for certain modes
 Game Controls
- : Steer left or right
- : Accelerate (pressing the button when the light turns green lets the player do a rocket start)
- : Brake
- : Hop and Power Slide (when holding for a few seconds, the player gets a mini-turbo)
- : Use Items, stop Item Roulette
- + : Drive backward
- + : Shoot Item in certain direction
- , + : Quick sharp turn left or right
- : Pause game
- : Horn
 Game Modes
Mario Kart: Super Circuit has four different game modes. All are accessed by the single player except battle mode. Up to four players can participate using the Game Boy Advance Link cable with even a single game cartridge. However, all players using single cartridge mode are limited to selecting Extra Mushroom Cup using only Yoshi and different colors of him.
 Grand Prix
Players participating in a race at Peach Circuit.
In this mode, one or two players race against the CPU. The player chooses a cup and plays the four courses it contains. The player earns points by placing within the first four positions. When finished in fifth place or lower, the player must restart the race. The player is able restart a race three times representing three race flags as lives. When the flags run out, the player is unable to restart the race. When playing with two players, if one racer finishes in the Top 4 and the other does not, they both move on to the next race. At the end of the cup, the player with the most points wins. There are 3 different speeds to choose from, each with varying difficulty.
- 50cc - This engine size is the smallest engine size. Karts go at a slower pace than other engine sizes. Computers rarely use items against the player. This engine size is best suited for beginners.
- 100cc - A slightly larger engine size. Karts go slightly faster than 50cc, but not as fast as 150cc. Computers use items more often against the player. This engine size is better suited for intermediate players.
- 150cc - The largest engine size. Karts go at their fastest. The computer regularly uses items against the player, such as frequently throwing Red Shells, using Boos, or even tossing a Spiny Shell. This engine size is best suited for expert players.
The final Grand Prix result screen.
Depending on a player's performance in GP, which is determined by the amount of coins picked up and the time finished, the player can achieve one of the following eight ranks:
- Triple Star: The player has collected all 36 points, beat the default best time in time trial on the courses and have around 130 coins (150 on the Extra Cups).
- Double Star: The player has collected all 36 points and have around 130 coins.
- Single Star: The player has collected all 36 points and have at least 100 coins.
- A: The player has collected all 36 points.
- B: The player has collected at least 30 points.
- C: The player has collected at least 25 points.
- D: The player has collected at least 20 points.
- E: The player has not fulfilled the above stated requirements.
 Time Trial
One player can race against the best times on each course with no CPU opponents. After beating a best time, players can save ghost data onto each time trial course. Whenever the player races on that course again, the player's ghost mirrors movements of the saved data. Ghost data can also be downloaded from other players using the Game Boy Link Cable. Players are given 3 Mushrooms for use during Time Trials. Players also have the option to view their ghost data using the Records option. Players can either turn their ghost on or off during Time Trials using the Select Button before selecting the mode.
 Quick Run
Quick Run is a one player mode, unique to Mario Kart: Super Circuit, that enables players to race on any tracks they unlocked with no restrictions or regulations. Players can choose what engine size they want to race on, with the difficulty level alongside with the speed. Players can alter the number of laps, appearance of coins, and item boxes by pressing Select before accessing this mode.
Menu for Single Game Pak mode.
VS mode is basically a Quick Run mode with two to four players. This mode cannot be accessed by only one player. CPU players are turned off in this mode. The game counts how many times the player won or lost against other players. Players can play with multiple game cartridges or just a single cartridge via Game Boy Link Cable. When using a single cartridge however, players are limited to their choices. Players will use a different colored Yoshi. Player 1 will be Green, player 2 Pink, player 3 Light Blue, and player 4 Yellow. Aside from that, the only courses available are the four SNES courses: Mario Circuit 1, Donut Plains 1, Ghost Valley 1 and Bowser Castle 1.
Just like VS mode, Battle mode cannot be played with only one player. The player participates with one to three more players in attempt to pop each other balloons using items. Also seen in VS mode, the game counts how many times the players won or lost. When a player loses all of their balloons, the player turns into a Bob-omb. The Bob-omb can make it more difficult for the other players by either picking up item boxes or blasting into their karts.
The title screen with all eight playable characters.
All playable characters from Mario Kart 64 return. Like in all previous games, they also race in the same go-karts, but with different sizes and colors that suit each playable character. Also like in all previous games, each racer is classified into three categories: lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight, each class with their own advantages and disadvantages. Additionally, in VS play with a single cartridge, all players use Yoshi, with each being a different color.
Many other characters appear in the game as nonplayable. Some can help out, such as Lakitu who can pull characters out of the water and Boo, who serves as an item. Other characters are mainly there to serve as obstacles to racers and many hinder the racers by making them spin out. This is the last game in the Mario Kart series where all the characters are avalible from the start, as its sequel implements unlockable characters, which would later appear in future installments
Lightweights are generally characterized by having good acceleration and speed, but bad weight. They are knocked easier by heavyweights and skid easier, but they have faster acceleration and speed. Peach and Toad share the same stats as having the most acceleration and speed and the least weight in the game, and Yoshi offers slightly less speed and acceleration for slightly better weight.
Middleweights are classified by their all-around stats. They do not excel at anything, nor do they have any significantly low stats. Mario and Luigi, the only middleweights, share the same stats.
Heavyweights have a very high stat in weight, but suffer from low acceleration and speed. They also skid less than karts of lighter weight. Bowser offers the most weight in the game but the worst speed and acceleration while Wario and Donkey Kong have slightly worse weight for slightly higher acceleration and speed.
||A banana can be placed anywhere and are common items of high-ranking drivers. Bananas simply act as road obstacles for unwary drivers. Drivers that drive on it spins and stops for a brief moment. The effect can be nullified if a driver drives straight into the banana and immediately brakes. An indication of this is a Note coming out of the driver and the driver does not slip. Bananas can be destroyed by any shell and star effects. Running over bananas take away coins, and can only be retrieved back by gaining more coins that lie on the track.
||Green Shells are common projectiles that a high-ranking driver usually gets. Green shells can be fired forward or backward in a straight line. Green shells bounce off walls multiple times before they break. Any driver who gets hit by a green shell spins out. Bananas, other shells, and star effects can destroy green shells.
||Red Shells are fairly uncommon items that appear in any place. When thrown forward, red shells home on the opponent of the higher place. When no opponents are higher place of the driver, the red shell flies straight forward. Unlike green shells, red shells cannot rebound off walls; they break upon impact. Red shells can also be placed backwards, but they behave in a different manner than green shells. Red shells stay on a fixed spot until a nearby driver passes it. It then homes the driver who passed it, regardless of place. Red shells can be destroyed by any shell, a banana, or a star effect.
||Mushrooms are items that appear in any place for the driver. When used, it grants the driver a great burst of speed. This can be used to take advantage of off-road cuts on the course and can be used to fly further after hit by a ramp. Mushrooms cannot spin another driver out, unless said driver has zero coins, but a driver felt from the effects of a mushroom can push other drivers further.
||Triple Green Shell
||Triple Green Shell is an uncommon item that usually appears in the higher ranked drivers. Triple green shells are essentially what the name implies: triple green shells. Unlike single green shells, triple green shells revolve the driver, thus shielding the driver from most attacks. Triple green shells act like normal green shells: they zoom in straight lines and rebound off walls, however, they cannot be thrown backward.
||Triple Red Shell
||Triple Red Shells are uncommon items that drivers in lower places can get. Triple red shells have the exact function as single red shells: they home on the opponent of higher place. The main difference between these and single red shells is that triple red shells circle the player, which helps the player avoid obstacles such as bananas and shells. Triple red shells cannot be thrown backward, and as a result, cannot be set backward to home on opponents behind the driver.
||Triple Mushroom is an item exclusive to Time Trial mode. Triple mushrooms serve as the only item drivers can obtain during a Time Trial. Triple mushrooms are essentially three mushrooms, with all effects a mushroom might have, but tripled. Once a mushroom has been used in a Time Trial, it cannot be replenished until the driver restarts the Time Trial.
||Boo is a fairly uncommon item that drivers in all places can get. Boos steal items from other drivers, if items are available, while the driver turns invisible. While invisible, the driver is immune to all obstacles and items and can pass through drivers without any shoving, however, it does not prevent the player from losing speed off road. It also attacks the driver in first place. who circles the driver and the driver loses coins, also dropping speed.
||Stars are rare items that are only accessed by low-ranking drivers. Stars grant invincibility to drivers and increase their top speed, acceleration, and handling. When a driver gets hit by a driver with a star in effect, the driver who gets hit spins out. Stars also enable drivers to cross off-road without the loss of any speed and they can destroy stage obstacles, such as trees, snowmen, and cacti.
||Spiny Shells are very rare shells that only low-ranking drivers can access. How rare it is usually depends on engine class. Spiny Shells, when tossed, follow the track and home on the first place driver. Any driver caught in the path of a spiny shell spins out, including the first player. Spiny shells cannot get destroyed by shells or bananas; however, they can get destroyed when they collide with a wall, collide into a ramp, fall into a pit, fall into water, or collide with a driver with a star in effect. Spiny shells can get tossed backwards and they stay in a fixed position, just like a red shell. Unlike a red shell, the spiny shell only homes when the driver in first place passes by. They make a noise that can be easily heard.
||Thunderbolts are rare items only obtained by lower-ranking drivers. Thunderbolts, when activated, shrink everyone else on track that are not using a star or a Boo. A shrunk driver loses speed and the ability to use mushrooms. When the driver who activated this item crashes into a shrunk driver, the shrunk driver spins out. After a set amount of time, or if the shrunk drivers go into a pit, the shrunk drivers revert to normal size and regain their top speed and weight.
The game features twenty new courses, and brings back the original twenty courses of Super Mario Kart (but, due to the Grand Prix Format, they are organized in five cups instead of four). However, most courses brought back have the hazards removed found in them such as the Monty Moles in the Donut Plains and oil slicks in the Mario Circuits. The only hazards that have stayed are the breakable blocks in Ghost Valley and Vanilla Lake.
The cups containing Super Mario Kart courses are unlocked for usage in Grand Prix Mode by finishing their respective cups consisting of Super Circuit in first place, and then completing them again, while collecting at least 100 coins.
 Super Circuit Tracks
There are also new courses introduced in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. The player races three laps on these tracks in Grand Prix mode.
These courses were originally featured in Super Mario Kart, and are reused in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. The player races five laps on these tracks in Grand Prix mode.
 Battle Courses
In addition with race courses, four new battle courses are added. However, no Super Mario Kart battle courses return despite all of that game's race courses returning.
 Beta Elements
- Main article: List of Mario Kart: Super Circuit beta elements
- Main article: List of Mario Kart: Super Circuit staff
 References to Other Games
- Super Mario Kart: All previous race courses return with the hazards removed. Coins as a gameplay mechanic has been used in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as well.
- Mario Kart 64: Many sprites in this game are based off the Mario Kart 64 ones, such as the karts, characters, and the character selection screen portraits. Losing characters in Mario Kart: Super Circuit in battle mode also turns into Bob-ombs, something that is similar to turning into Mini Bomb Kart.
- Yoshi's Story: Shy Guy Beach is based on the level Shy Guy's Ship from this game. A Blurp from this game also makes a cameo appearance during the awards ceremony.
- Paper Mario: Peach's castle is seen on top of Bowser's castle just like in this game, in the background of Rainbow Road. The Hammer Bro. seen during the awards ceremony has the same appearance as in this game.
 References in Later Games
- Mario Kart DS: This game has borrowed the ranking system of this game. Also, 4 GBA tracks returned to this game (Peach Circuit, Bowser Castle 2, Luigi Circuit, Sky Garden). The Quick Run concept has been reused and renamed as Vs. Mode. The idea of returning older courses originates from Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
- Mario Kart Wii: Shy Guy Beach, Bowser Castle 3, and Battle Course 3 return in this game.
- Mario Kart 7: Bowser Castle 1 and Battle Course 1 return in this game.
- Main article: Gallery:Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- For a complete list of media for this subject see List of media from Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
 Names in Other Languages
Mario Kāto Adobansu
|Mario Kart Advance
- Luigi, Peach, Wario, and Toad's voices are reused from the Japanese version of Mario Kart 64.
- This is the only Mario Kart game where the international and Japanese titles differ. Mario Kart: Super Circuit is the international title while Mario Kart Advance is the Japanese title.
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit has the most race tracks in the Mario Kart series; in total, it has forty race tracks.
- On the character selection screen, if the player presses the L button, the character the player is on fires a green shell. If the player presses R, the character hops. If the player presses Select, the characters honk their horn. However, the horn doesn't work if Random is selected.
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit is the only game in the series to not introduce any new playable characters. It is also the only one not to introduce any new items, but the only game in the series that colored Yoshis are playable in Single Pak VS. However, later in Mario Kart DS, multicolored Shy Guys were used in multiplayer mode with one game cartridge.
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit has seven Bowser Castles, which is the most out of any other Mario Kart game. Four new ones were released with the game, and the other three came from the 1992 game Super Mario Kart.
- This is the last Mario Kart game to not feature unlockable characters or karts.
- ^ TMK: Release date info, retrieved 9-20-2008