Super Mario Kart

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Super Mario Kart
SMK NA Box Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U, New 3DS), Super NES Classic Edition, Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
Release date SNES
Japan August 27, 1992
USA September 1, 1992
Europe January 21, 1993
Player's Choice
USA May 20, 1996
Virtual Console (Wii)
Japan June 9, 2009
USA November 23, 2009
Europe April 2, 2010
Australia April 2, 2010
Virtual Console (Wii U)
Japan June 19, 2013
Europe March 27, 2014
Australia March 28, 2014
USA August 6, 2014
Virtual Console (New 3DS)
Europe March 17, 2016
Australia March 18, 2016
USA March 24, 2016
Japan May 9, 2016
Super NES Classic Edition
USA September 29, 2017
Europe September 29, 2017
Australia September 30, 2017
Japan October 5, 2017
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
USA September 5, 2019[1]
Japan September 6, 2019[2]
Europe September 6, 2019[3]
Australia September 6, 2019[4]
Genre Racing
Rating(s) SNES
ESRB:ESRB K-A.png - Kids to Adults
Virtual Console
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s) 1-2 players
Media SNES.png Cartridge
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo Switch:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
SNES Classic Edition:
Super Nintendo:
Wii U:
Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo 3DS:
SNES Classic Edition:

Super Mario Kart is a racing game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the first game of the Mario Kart series, as well as the game that sets precedents to the fictional kart racing genre. It was first released in 1992 and re-released in 1996 as a Player's Choice title. It was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on June 9, 2009, in North America on November 23, 2009, and in Europe and Oceania 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, Oceania on March 28, 2014, and North America on August 6, 2014, and exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console in Europe on March 17, 2016, Oceania on March 18, 2016, North America on March 24, 2016, and Japan on May 9, 2016, and is one of the 21 titles included on the Super NES Classic Edition and one of the 20 launch titles for Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online. Part of this game is heavily based on Super Mario World in terms of graphics and overall theme.

Modes of play[edit]

Mario Kart GP[edit]

The first race of the Mario Kart GP is about to begin.

The Mario Kart GP is the main mode in Super Mario Kart. Here players can race against seven (six if in two-player mode) other CPU-controlled opponents in a five-course cup. The top four players receive points based on their ranking: first place earns the player nine points, second earns six, third earns three, and fourth earns one, while fifth and below get zero points. Players who rank fifth or below lose one of three lives. If both players rank fifth or below, the race must be tried again. If the player ranks fifth or below without any lives left, the game ends. A single extra life can be earned by placing in the same position three times. The maximum score in a GP cup is forty-five, obtained by winning five times. The three best drivers move on to the award ceremony where they receive their trophies. Third place gives the player a bronze trophy, second gives silver, and first gives gold (the player can watch the ceremony only when they place first: however, a protoype version has animations for second and third). Each race is five laps long. If players beat all of the cups in the 150cc Class, the Message "Excellent driving, you are now a Super Mario Kart expert" pops up, thus officially telling players they have completed the game. If the player wants a harder challenge, they can hold A Button and Y Button at the character selection screen. This will make the character permanently small as if under the effect of a Lightning or Poison Mushroom until the player presses the buttons again.

Match Race[edit]

This mode is two-player only: the players can race each other like in GP, except CPU racers do not appear and players can freely choose the track to race in. Chomp-like objects slide around the courses as well, and coming in contact with one will result in the kart spinning out and the object disappearing as if it were a Green Shell. The game keeps track of wins and losses of each player.

Time Trial[edit]

This one-player mode have the player to race through five laps of the selected track the fastest they can without items in the 100cc engine class. The five lap times are recorded which are then combined to make the total time, as well as the fastest lap time and the characters used, for each track.

Battle Mode[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. and Mario in Battle Mode
Main article: Battle Mode

Another two-player mode, it is completely different from a normal race and adds some variety to the game. For this mode, there are four square-shaped tracks that are the only selectable. The player's goal is using the items to pop the opponent's balloons. Each player has three balloons that can't be recovered in any way. The first to pop all the opponent's balloons wins.

Button controls[edit]


  • B Button - Accelerate, Rocket Start
  • A Button - Use items, stop Item Roulette
  • Start Button - Pause/Select
  • Select Button - Switch view
  • +Control Pad - Change option during the Menus/Steer
  • X Button - Switch view
  • Y Button - Brake
  • L Button / R Button - Jump/Drift


  • Classic Controller b Button - Accelerate, Rocket Start
  • Classic Controller a Button - Use items, stop Item Roulette
  • Plus Button - Pause/Select
  • Minus Button - Switch view
  • Classic Controller x Button - Switch view
  • Classic Controller y Button - Brake
  • Classic Controller L Button / Classic Controller R Button - Jump/Drift

Wii U[edit]

  • B Button - Accelerate, Rocket Start
  • A Button - Use items, stop Item Roulette
  • X Button - Switch view
  • Y Button - Brake
  • Plus Button - Pause/Select
  • Minus Button - Switch view
  • +Control Pad / Left Stick - Change option during the Menus/Steer
  • L Button / R Button - Jump/Drift

New Nintendo 3DS[edit]

  • B Button - Accelerate, Rocket Start
  • A Button - Use items, Stop Item Roulette
  • X Button - Switch view
  • Y Button - Brake
  • Circle Pad / +Control Pad - Change options on menus / Steer
  • Start Button - Pause/Select
  • Select Button - (while paused) Change Selected choice / (in race) Switch view
  • R Button / L Button - Jump/Drift

Nintendo Switch[edit]

  • B Button - Accelerate, Rocket Start
  • A Button - Use items, Stop Item Roulette
  • X Button / Minus Button - Switch view
  • Y Button - Brake
  • Directional Buttons / Control Stick - Change options on menus / Steer
  • L Button / R Button - Jump/Drift
  • Plus Button - Pause/Select


Character selection screen.

The game features eight playable characters from the Mario franchise, such as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser. However, some other characters from the series acts as obstacles in the game's tracks, like Thwomps, Gophers, Piranha Plants and Flopping Cheep Cheeps. Ghosts do not act as enemies, but both as item and as part of the Ghost Valley tracks' background.

Art of the game's cast.

As stated in the game's manual, Lakitu is the owner of all the racetracks, thus overseeing all races. It will appear on the track to start the race, to warn the player if they are going the wrong way on the course, and when they fall off the edge of the track or go out of bounds. If the latter happens, Lakitu will transport the racer back onto the course at the price of two Coins.


Super Mario Kart has eight available drivers, divided into statistically identical pairs of two. While subsequent Mario Kart games would classify characters based on weight class, in this game other criteria are used. The stats presented here are derived and inferred from the manual. [5]

Each pair of characters has different engine sounds for their karts, which reflect their appearances and characteristics.

On a side note, this is the only Mario Kart game to feature Donkey Kong Jr. as a playable character (subsequent installments have replaced him with Donkey Kong).

Acceleration Top Speed Weight Handling
Medium High Medium Medium
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Very High Medium Medium Low
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Low Very High High Low
Acceleration Top Speed Weight Handling
High Low Low High

Maximum Speed[edit]

The Japanese Official Nintendo Guidebook of the game lists the maximum speed in the 100cc engine class in various conditions.[6] This maximum speed is increased by 1 km/h per each coin collected, until 10 coins are collected.[7]

Maximum speed in the 100cc engine class
Driver Maximum speed (km/h)
Normal road Circuits' sand Choco Island's rocks Choco Island's mud Donut Plain's grass Koopa Beach's water Vanilla Lake's snow
130 84 40 90 82 82 76
125 88 44 94 86 86 70
Donkey Kong Jr.
135 86 42 92 80 88 74
Koopa Troopa
120 90 46 96 84 88 72


A graph showing the speed as a function of time when accelerating from a standstill with various characters. The horizontal axis shows the time in seconds. The red line refers to Mario and Luigi, the green line refers to the Princess and Yoshi, the light blue line refers to Bowser and Donkey Kong Jr., the yellow line refers to Koopa Troopa and Toad.



The game has 20 race courses and 4 battle courses, the former being divided in four cups.

Race courses[edit]

Aside from Rainbow Road, all of the courses are numbered. In the credits, each character is assigned a course.

Name Terrain and obstacles
SNES Mario Circuit 1 map.png Mario Circuit Terrain: Pavement/Sand

Obstacles: Oil slick - The player spins out upon contact (similar to a Banana).
Pipes - Act like walls; they immediately stop racers who run into them.
Assigned character: Luigi

SMK Donut Plains 1 Overhead Map.png Donut Plains Terrain: Grassy

Obstacles: Gophers - They jump out of holes. If someone runs into one, they get caught on the kart and slow down racers until knocked off.
Water - The player falls in. Unfortunate racers who fall in have a few seconds to drive out, before Lakitu takes them out itself.
Pipes - They act the same as the ones in Mario Circuit.
Assigned character: Princess

SMK Ghost Valley 1 Overhead Map.png Ghost Valley Terrain: Wooden

Obstacles: Falling walls - Once hit, it falls, leaving the abyss below open.
Assigned character: Yoshi

SMK Bowser Castle 1 Overhead Map.png Bowser Castle Terrain: Stone

Obstacles: Thwomp - They smash down on the floor. Anyone caught under them at that moment will be flattened and unable to move, costing time.
Lava - Acts like water, but racers who fall in immediately get picked up by Lakitu.
Assigned character: Bowser

SMK Choco Island 1 Overhead Map.png Choco Island Terrain: Chocolate

Obstacles: Piranha Plants - The player again spins out if they touch these.
Chocolate Mud - The player has handling problems and is slightly slower while in this.
Assigned character: Donkey Kong Jr.

SMK Koopa Beach 1 Overhead Map.png Koopa Beach Terrain: Sand/water

Obstacles: Flopping Cheep Cheeps - The player spins out when touching these.
Deep water - Deep water is distinguished because it is darker. It acts like the water in Donut Plains.
Assigned character: Koopa Troopa

SMK Vanilla Lake 1 Overhead Map.png Vanilla Lake Terrain: Icy

Obstacles: The terrain is icy, thus the player has less traction.
Icy water - Acts like the water in Donut Plains, but if Lakitu fishes the player out, they appear frozen for a bit, but can still move when returned to the track.
Icy blocks - While not at the edges of the courses, they function exactly like the walls of the Ghost Valley courses.
Pipes - Act the same as in Mario Circuit courses.
Assigned character: Toad

SMK Rainbow Road Overhead Map.png Rainbow Road Terrain: Rainbow tiles

Obstacles: There are not any walls, so the player can fall from anywhere.
Super Thwomps - The player spins out simply by touching them.
Assigned character: Mario

Battle courses[edit]


Items are obtained through ? Panels scattered around the tracks. When the player passes over one, it will deactivate until all other ? Panels are used. Once a racer passes over one, with a few exceptions, they will receive an item in their box from the following:

Item Description Notes
SMKBanana.png SMK Banana.png
Banana Peel
When a kart hits a Banana Peel, it will spin out. Can be thrown backward and forward. Also used by Donkey Kong Jr. if he is CPU-controlled.
SMKGreenShell.png SMK Green Shell Track Sprite.png
Green Shell
The Green Shell will send an enemy into a spin if they are hit. Green Shells can bounce off barriers. Throwing it backwards will cause it to remain stationary. Can be thrown backward and forward. Used by Koopa Troopa if CPU-controlled, but they will behave similar to Banana Peels even when thrown forward, and remain stationary.
SMKRedShell.png SMK Red Shell Track Sprite.png
Red Shell
The Red Shell acts similarly to a Green Shell, but homes in on the target instead. It will not bounce off walls, however. Can only be thrown forward.
A Feather allows the user to perform a high jump, high enough to take normally impossible shortcuts and to sail over obstacles and other racers.
The Mushroom is a more common item than a Feather or a Star, and grants the user a slight boost. It can either be used to slam an opponent or drive over hazards such as sand and grass without losing speed.
The Star provides two benefits, allowing the user to receive a small speed boost and to become invulnerable to everything. Contact with other racers will cause them to spin out. Used also by Mario and Luigi if they are CPU-controlled. They will not receive a speed boost, however, and the effect does not last as long.
SMK Boo Item Box Sprite 1.png SMK Boo Item Box Sprite 2.png
The Ghost turns the user transparent for a few seconds and steals an opponent's item. Only appears in Battle Mode and Match Race.
SMK Coin Item Box Sprite.png SMK Coin Sprite.png
The Coin adds two coins to the total coin count, increasing the user's overall top speed. Doesn't appear in Battle Mode. Maximum benefit is achieved with 10 coins.
The Lightning Bolt shrinks all the racers except for the user, making them slower and vulnerable to being squashed by normal sized racers. The effect will wear off after a brief period of time. Doesn't appear in Battle Mode.
Yoshi Egg Super Mario Kart.png
Works similar to a Banana Peel. Usable only by Yoshi if he is CPU-controlled.
Similar to a Banana Peel, but oscillates from left to right on the spot, making them harder to pass safely. Usable only by Bowser if he is CPU-controlled.
Poison Mushroom
A stationary item. If one is run into, the victim shrinks, as if hit by a Lightning Bolt. Shrunken racers who run into it revert to normal size. Usable only by Princess and Toad if they are CPU-controlled.


The following tables are derived from the Japanese Nintendo Official Guidebook of the game and report the probability of obtaining each item in the various modes with letter codes ranging from A (most likely) to F (unlikely).[8] In the races, the probability of obtaining an item depends on the track theme, on the current lap and on the rank of the driver, while in Battle Mode the probability is not affected by any factor.

Mario Kart GP[edit]

In Mario Kart GP races, during the first lap all the drivers receive items with the same probabilities they would obtain if they were in first place, regardless of their rank.

Track theme Rank SMKMushroom.png FeatherSMK.png SMKStar.png SMKBanana.png SMKGreenShell.png SMKRedShell.png SMK Boo Item Box Sprite 1.png SMK Coin Item Box Sprite.png SMKLightning.png
Mario Circuit 1st C F F B C B D F
2nd-4th E F F A B E A F
5th-8th A F D E E A F E
Donut Plains 1st B F F C C B D F
2nd-4th E F F B A E A F
5th-8th A F C E E A F E
Ghost Valley 1st C B F D C D D F
2nd-4th E E F A C E A F
5th-8th A B C E E D F E
Bowser Castle 1st D D F C C D D F
2nd-4th E E F C A E A E
5th-8th A D C E E B F E
Choco Island 1st B E F C C C D F
2nd-4th E E F A A E C F
5th-8th A E D E E A F E
Koopa Beach 1st B E F F C C D F
2nd-4th E E F A A E C F
5th-8th A C D E E C F E
Vanilla Lake 1st C C F C D C D F
2nd-4th E E F A A E C F
5th-8th A C D E E C F E

Match Race[edit]

Track theme Lap/Rank SMKMushroom.png FeatherSMK.png SMKStar.png SMKBanana.png SMKGreenShell.png SMKRedShell.png SMK Boo Item Box Sprite 1.png SMK Coin Item Box Sprite.png SMKLightning.png
Mario Circuit 1st lap C F F B B C E E F
1st place E F F A A E F B F
2nd place A F D E E A E F E
Ghost Valley 1st lap C B F B E D F E F
1st place E D F B B E B B F
2nd place B B E E E D E F E
Donut Plains 1st lap B F F B C C E E F
1st place E F F B A E F A F
2nd place B F C E E B E E E
Bowser Castle 1st lap C F F C C D E E F
1st place E E F C A E F A F
2nd place A E D E E B E F E
Choco Island 1st lap C D F C C C E E F
1st place E E F A B E F B F
2nd place A E D E E B E F E
Koopa Beach 1st lap C D F C C D E E F
1st place E E F A B E F B F
2nd place A E D E E D E F E
Vanilla Lake 1st lap C C F C C D E E F
1st place E E F A B E F B F
2nd place A D D E E D E F E

Battle Mode[edit]

SMKMushroom.png FeatherSMK.png SMKStar.png SMKBanana.png SMKGreenShell.png SMKRedShell.png SMK Boo Item Box Sprite 1.png SMK Coin Item Box Sprite.png SMKLightning.png


The rivals always finish in a particular order. In this case, though, Princess got a lower spot than normal.

Super Mario Kart has a different rival system from the rest of the series (except for Mario Kart: Super Circuit); the rivals contain one very fast driver, one fast driver, one medium driver, one slow driver and three very slow drivers. It is notable that when one of the three slowest drivers gets hit, that kart will keep its place, while when one of the faster cars gets shot, it will usually resume its previous place very quickly unless unable to catch up fast enough before the race ends. For this reason, the drivers (except the human racer) will (if unaffected) always finish in the exact same order. Also, if the player tries to hit an opponent, the opponent jumps over the item a majority of the time. Also, the rivals are not determined in pairs, so that even if Donkey Kong Jr. is Mario's rival, Mario will not be Donkey Kong Jr.'s rival, as shown in the table below.

The rivals for each driver are always the same, the list will be in the order the line up for the first race. It is possible to change the order if the rivals can't recover their place at the end (for example, if someone is playing as Luigi and Yoshi finishes last, Yoshi will then become one of the three slower drivers while everybody takes the next position up). It happens mostly on 100cc and 150cc.

The rivals are determined by the current points standing, meaning that if Yoshi was still only second to the player, he will boost back to first position from the start.

Character Rival Order
Very Fast Fast Medium Slow Very Slow
Mario Donkey Kong Jr. Princess Yoshi Luigi Toad Bowser Koopa Troopa
Luigi Yoshi Mario Bowser Koopa Troopa Princess Donkey Kong Jr. Toad
Princess Bowser Toad Mario Donkey Kong Jr. Luigi Yoshi Koopa Troopa
Yoshi Koopa Troopa Donkey Kong Jr. Princess Bowser Mario Toad Luigi
Bowser Mario Luigi Princess Yoshi Donkey Kong Jr. Toad Koopa Troopa
Donkey Kong Jr. Toad Bowser Koopa Troopa Luigi Princess Mario Yoshi
Koopa Troopa Luigi Yoshi Princess Mario Bowser Donkey Kong Jr. Toad
Toad Princess Donkey Kong Jr. Mario Yoshi Luigi Koopa Troopa Bowser


Super Mario Kart was born out of the idea of making a two-player racing game following F-Zero, which was exclusively single-player.[9] The prototype initially only featured a generic "guy in overalls". The decision to include Mario characters and concepts was made three to four months in development, when the developers added Mario driving one of the karts because they were curious about how the game would look, and decided that it looked better.[9] The battle mode was implemented because the developers thought it would be a good idea to include a form of one-on-one battles that didn't involving competing for ranks during the races.[9]

Arcade adaptation[edit]

Super Mario Kart was adapted into a Japan-only arcade game developed by Banpresto and Atlus called Super Mario Kart Dokidoki Race, released in 1994.[10] It was the first Mario Kart game to be released for arcades, predating Mario Kart Arcade GP by eleven years. The playable characters are Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser, with Cheep Cheep, Monty Mole, and Lakitu in supporting roles. The game seems to operate on magnets to move the karts and is based on chance by who can press a series of buttons fast enough. There are five music tracks in total, two in particular being the music for the title screen and the Mario Circuit theme. The latter theme is sped up and has additional notes that play throughout the track with an ending note. A male announcer voice can also be heard throughout the gameplay. The other three music tracks are a preparation theme and two different victory themes.[11]

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of Super Mario Kart pre-release and unused content

In addition to the above, a prototype cartridge of the game features several differences, such as the presence of animations on the podium screen when the player ranks 2nd or 3rd place, a music track for Vanilla Lake 1 that does not appear in the final build and a different Battle Course 3 set in Choco Island.


Super Mario Kart met with very favorable reviews. The game was placed 32nd in the 100th issue of Nintendo Power's "100 best Nintendo games of all time" in 1997.[12] In the book, Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition for 2009, Super Mario Kart was placed as the #1 best console game. The game was placed 33rd in the 200th issue of GameInformer's "Top 200 Games of all Time" in December 2009. The game was awarded the Most Critically Acclaimed Mario Kart Game by Guinness Book of World Records Gamer's Edition 2009 - 2014.

Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Wii Lucas M. Thomas, IGN 9/10 "Where each of the N64, Cube and Wii installments of the series have focused on multiplayer, more characters and more crazy items, though, this SNES original keeps things simpler -- emphasizing, instead, the actual racing instead of the combat within each race. It's a different take on the same idea, which is interesting since it's the original take on that idea. So stick with the other Kart games if you want the multiplayer chaos, but come on back to this very first racing adventure with Mario and his crew. It's absolutely worth 800 of your Wii Points to re-experience, or to play for the very first time."
Wii Nintendo Life Staff, Nintendo Life 9/10 "Super Mario Kart has certainly made its mark on gaming history, spawning several sequels on successive Nintendo consoles, not to mention many imitators. To play it today is every bit as enjoyable as it ever was; sure the graphics and sound may have dated, but the core gameplay is still top notch. This is one hell of a fun racing game with enough playability to keep you coming back for more. It’s amazing that Nintendo chose to wait three years before treating us to this seminal game on the Virtual Console, but we’re glad they finally saw sense!"
Compiler Platform / Score
GameRankings 93.60%


Super Mario Kart is the 4th best selling game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, selling 8.76 million copies worldwide as of December 31, 2009.


Main article: List of Super Mario Kart staff

References to other games[edit]

References in later games[edit]

  • Mario Kart 64: The title music from Mario Kart 64 is a slower and elongated remix of the title music from Super Mario Kart. Also, part of Banshee Boardwalk's music is a remix of the music used for the Ghost Valley courses in Super Mario Kart.
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit: All twenty courses appeared in this game, but all of their track hazards have been removed, Item Boxes are at different places than where ? Panels laid and some tracks changed a little. The music for all tracks is redone for the Game Boy Advance. Also, part of the music for Boo Lake/Broken Pier and Rainbow Road is a remix of the music from the Ghost Valley and Rainbow Road courses in this game, respectively.
  • Mario Kart DS: Mario Circuit 1, Donut Plains 1, Koopa Beach 2, and Choco Island 2 all return to this game.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: An arrangement of the Mario Circuit theme plays on the Mario Circuit stage. Many trophies are from this game. The Banana Peel and Lightning Bolt appear as items in this game.
  • Mario Kart Wii: Ghost Valley 2 and Mario Circuit 3 return as retro tracks and Battle Course 4 returns as a retro battle stage.
  • Mario Kart 7: Collecting coins also returns from this game. Mario Circuit 2 and Rainbow Road return as retro tracks. Also, the rival system returned in this game. The kart now called Pipe Frame, returns in this game as an kart body, however it uses the dual exhaust design from Mario Kart 64 instead of the single exhaust from Super Mario Kart.
  • Fortune Street: The theme for the Mario Circuit board is an arrangement of Mario Circuit's music from Super Mario Kart.
  • Super Mario 3D World: The level Mount Must Dash is based on the Mario Circuit courses from this game. The music from the Mario Circuit courses also is remixed for that level.
  • Mario Kart 8: Part of the main theme is an orchestrated version of the main theme of Super Mario Kart. The Pipe Frame returns with the single exhaust design. Also, the Coin item returns with the same function as it did in this game. Donut Plains 3 returns as a retro track. The design of N64 Rainbow Road and Rainbow Road for this game are very similar to Rainbow Road, which also appears in this game in the DLC cup, Triforce Cup.
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: The Feather item returns with the same function. Battle Course 1 reappears as a retro battle stage; a billboard in the course background is modeled after the player select screen from Super Mario Kart.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: Super Mario Kart appears as a masterpiece in this game.
  • Super Mario Maker: The invincible theme from Super Mario Kart is used when the Mario Kart costume uses a Super Star. Also, the race start fanfare is heard when Mario picks up the Mystery Mushroom. The 1st-4th place (course clear) and 5th-8th place (death) jingles are also heard. Ironically, when Mario is moving, the kart's engine sound is actually coming from Bowser and Donkey Kong Jr.'s karts, rather than his and Luigi's.
  • Super Mario Odyssey: An arrangement of Mario Circuit's music is used during the RC Car Challenge in New Donk City.
  • WarioWare Gold: This game contains a microgame that is based off of Super Mario Kart, which involves Mario staying on Rainbow Road while avoiding items that are on the track.
  • Super Mario Maker 2: One of the sound effects replaces the level music with the Mario Circuit theme.
  • Mario Kart Tour: Mario Circuit 1, Donut Plains 1, Ghost Valley 1, Mario Circuit 2, Choco Island 2, Mario Circuit 3, Vanilla Lake 1, and Rainbow Road appear as returning courses. Some artwork from Super Mario Kart, such as the one of Yoshi spinning out, are reused as badges in this game.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Super Mario Kart.


Main article: List of Super Mario Kart media
Audio.svg Title theme - The theme for title screen
File infoMedia:SMK-Music-MainTheme.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?


Main article: List of Super Mario Kart glitches

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオカート
Sūpā Mario Kāto
Super Mario Kart
Korean 슈퍼 마리오 카트
Syupeo Mario Kateu
Super Mario Kart


  • In Super Mario Kart, every character has a winning animation that involves a bottle of champagne. In the Japanese version, Bowser and the Princess drink champagne in their animations (with the latter becoming drunk in the process), which goes against Nintendo of America's policy on the depiction of alcohol, as it was considered inappropriate for younger children.[13][14][15] In the Western releases of the game, Bowser merely poses happily and Peach tosses and catches her bottle.
  • This is the only game in the Mario Kart series to have five courses per cup, as opposed to four in later games.
  • Yoshi, Bowser, and Donkey Kong Jr. are the only drivers in this game to have their own taunts when surpassing other racers regardless if they are being used by the player or CPU. The others do not have their own taunts and instead the standard beep is heard when surpassing other racers but can only be heard when used by the player.
  • This is the only game where the Mushroom Cup has two Mario Circuit courses. They both share the same background and theme.
  • The number of coins found on each course varies from one course to another. However, when all tracks in the game were remade in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the number and placements of coins were altered so that every track would have exactly 50 coins for each.
  • In all versions of Super Mario Kart except the Japanese version, if the player enters the cheat code L, R, L, R, L, L, R, R, A on the cup selection menu in Time Trial, the Special Cup is unlocked. In the Japanese version, a "Boo" sound is heard instead.[16]


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  2. ^ Nintendo (September 4, 2019). Nintendo Direct 2019.9.5. YouTube. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Tweet by Nintendo of Europe (Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online release date). Twitter. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Tweet by Nintendo AU NZ (Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online release date). Twitter. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
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  6. ^ Super Mario Kart Nintendo Official Guidebook, page 17.
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