Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Super Mario Kart

With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe releasing on Friday I dug around for some articles on the original Super Mario Kart but only found one review from GamePro. My Electronic Gaming Magazine subscription appears to have lapsed for a few issues at the end of 1992 when a Super Mario Kart review would have most likely occurred but I also didn't see any previews. The other couple of magazines I have don't appear to have covered the game in their previews or reviews. There were a lot of games releasing in the early '90s and magazines have limited space so maybe a kart racer didn't sound too appealing at the time. While Super Mario Kart wasn't the first kart racer, its popularity did lead to a surge in kart racing games.

Super Mario Kart released in September 1992 and the GamePro review appears in the December 1992 issue. The review was written by Bro. Buzz; a quick Google search indicates the author's real name is Wes Nihei. It should come as no surprise that the game received the highest marks possible in nearly all categories with only sound falling short of perfect.

GamePro - December 1992

I also thought it would be fun to check out the timeline of the Mario Kart series so here is a screenshot from each game:

Super Mario Kart - 1992 - Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Mario Kart 64 - 1996 - Nintendo 64

Mario Kart: Super Circuit - 2001 - Game Boy Advance

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! - 2003 - Nintendo GameCube

Mario Kart DS - 2005 - Nintendo DS

Mario Kart Wii - 2008 - Wii

Mario Kart 7 - 2011 - Nintendo 3DS

Mario Kart 8 - 2014 - Wii U

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 2017 - Nintendo Switch

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