Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart 64 is the second installment of the Mario Kart series, as well as the first in the series to use three-dimensional graphics. It was released for the Nintendo 64, and later became available for the Wii's Virtual Console. It featured changes in playable characters, new courses, and was placed 4th in the 100th issue of Nintendo Power's "100 best Nintendo games of all time" in 1997. Mario Kart 64 has set many trends which have continued on in the Mario Kart series and introduced courses such as Sherbet Land and Wario Stadium that were used again in future Mario Kart installments.
Players must steer with the Nintendo 64's controller's control stick, holding down to accelerate. is used for braking, and also allows the players to reverse by pointing the control stick down. Items can be used by simply pressing the trigger. When players press the trigger, they jump, allowing the kart to turn around tight corners. Turning too much or quickly, or turning side to side, results in a spinout, making the Kart stop for several seconds. If a Banana is hit while the player is driving straight, the character will skid for a while before spinning out. If the player presses the button, a music note will appear over the character's head, nullifying the effect of the item (this effect is also included in Mario Kart: Super Circuit). This does not work all the time, however, because sometimes, the player can skid out immediately after driving into a banana.
As opposed to the previous game in the series, Super Mario Kart, a standard race now has three laps rather than five due to the much-longer raceways compared to those found in Super Mario Kart. Additionally, the race tracks have elevation and feature different forms of terrain. To get items, the character must get an Item Box. Once the character gets an Item Box, an item-roulette will appear with medium sound, and, when it stops, will sound four "dings". Players can press the item button during the roulette to stop the roulette early.
There are four cups, designated as Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup, and Special Cup. These cups are further divided into three different difficulty settings of 50cc, 100cc, or 150cc. An unlockable Extra, known as Mirror Mode, allows players to race courses flipped vertically, which sometimes increases difficulty. In order to unlock this feature, players must win the Gold Cup on all the cups in 150cc. When the title screen changes, it means that the player has unlocked Extra. A Time Trial mode and a Battle Mode are also available, which pit players in different Kart scenarios that do not necessarily require racing.
In the Time Trial mode, the players must race against their own previous times, represented by a ghostly form of their player-of-choice.
In Battle Mode, each player starts with three balloons and loses a balloon when hit by any item. It is also possible to lose a Balloon if a heavier player such as Bowser hits a lighter player like Toad or Yoshi with great enough speed (more details here). When a player has lost all Balloons, the player loses and becomes a Bomb Kart. The last surviving player wins the round.
The rival system in this game is the more common 2 Rival system seen in most similar games, whereupon two randomly selected rivals will fight with the player, and will use the "Handicap" feature to situate themselves on level with the player. They will always stay on the same, no matter what the championship standings are.
On a side note, when the player plays the 150cc and Extra mode, two random CPU racers may receive a huge handicap, and even when hit with an item such as a Red Shell, they will recover rapidly. Sometimes there is also one player that receives an even larger handicap and when ahead, it is almost impossible to stop the player without cheating.
 Button Controls
 Nintendo 64
 Wii Virtual Console
 Classic Controller
 GameCube Controller
The original release of this game on the Nintendo 64 used 123 pages of the Controller Pak to record Ghost Data, which would occupy all the space in the Controller Pak. However, later versions of the game used 121 pages on the Controller Pak, leaving only 2 pages free.
Because of the available controllers without a Controller Pak Slot, it is impossible to record Ghost Data on the Virtual Console version of the game.
Characters are divided into three classes depending on their weight: Light, Medium, and Heavy.
* indicates that the character is a New Driver for the Mario Kart installments overall.
Lightweight drivers have the best acceleration and moderate top speed, and excellent handling. However, they tend to slide out more than most of the drivers. If a Heavyweight player such as Bowser rams into a Lightweight player such as Toad, the Lightweight player will lose a small amount of speed and acceleration and sometimes slip out(in rare cases even getting flattened without needing to be shrunk by a lightning bolt). Lightweights will also slow down when driving up hills because of their weak engines, so it's best to use mushrooms on inclines to counter this weakness.
Middleweight drivers are about even with everything, making them suitable for beginners. They don't have any low stats, nor do they excel at anything. They can make lighter drivers spin out by ramming into them, but if they attempt to ram into heavier drivers, they may spin out.
Heavyweight drivers are rather clunky, and they have the lowest acceleration of all the racers in the game. However, they have the highest top speeds in the game, and the most powerful engines. They don't lose speed when driving up hills, and if a skilled player executes powerslides and performs with precision, Heavy racers can build a lot of speed. Additionally, they can make lighter drivers spin out by ramming into them. Like in the original mario kart, power sliding tends to undermine the weaknesses of poor acceleration, so a skilled player is best off using heavy racers.
 Race Courses
 Battle Courses
 References to Other Games
 References in Later Games
 Executive Producer
 Music Composer
 Beta Elements
Kamek was originally intended to be one of the playable characters, but ended up being replaced by Donkey Kong. The Character Select screen was also different, the characters faced the player, and Kamek can be seen in Donkey Kong's space. The working title of this game was Super Mario Kart R. Boos from Banshee Boardwalk had also a different look, the HUD was different from the final version, and item boxes were also completely black with colored question marks on them. The Cape Feather, which was in Super Mario Kart, was also intended to be included, as seen in a certain screenshot of Super Mario Kart R. This particular screenshot can been seen on the back of the packaging of the Nintendo 64 system.
 Bounce Over the Wall
This glitch works in any mode with any player on Wario Stadium. On the first hill after the start of the race, the player should drive into the wall, they should be able to bounce over it. Next, they should do a 180 degree turn and aim for the starting pole (the player is over the wall so it may be hard to see it depending on how well the Nintendo 64 or Wii works). The player should hop over the wall again and make sure to land to the left of the starting line. Once the player crosses the starting line after they regain control of their kart, Lakitu should hold the second or Final lap sign, depending on which lap the player was on previously, or he will wave the checkered flag, if the race is finished.
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