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|First Installment||Super Mario Kart|
|Latest Installment||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|Number of Installments||12 (9 main, 3 arcade)|
|Parent Series||Mario series|
The Mario Kart series is a large spin-series in the Mario series. There are a total of twelve games (nine on Nintendo consoles, and three for arcade) in this series, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being the latest.
Super Mario Kart was the first Mario Kart game to be released. This game has a total of eight playable characters and twenty courses to select from. This is the only title to feature five courses for a Grand Prix, as all the later installments only contain four. Super Mario Kart is also the only Mario Kart game to featured Donkey Kong Jr. as a playable character; he later gets replaced by Donkey Kong. A Koopa Troopa is also a playable character, but didn't reappear in the series until Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as he's replaced by Wario. Super Mario Kart was heavily influenced by Super Mario World, with some graphics and locations taken from the platform game.
Mario Kart 64 is the second installment in the Mario Kart series. Being the first 64-bit Mario Kart game, it allows for fully 3D graphics, such as the course layouts. However, it still uses the 2D frames for the characters and items. It is the first game in the Mario Kart series to feature Donkey Kong and Wario as playable characters out of the eight total drivers to choose from, which would also continue in future installments. This game features sixteen normal courses as well as four battle courses. Mario Kart 64 was later re-released on the Virtual Console for the Wii for 1000 points.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit is the third installment in the Mario Kart series. It's also the first Mario Kart game in the series to be brought to a handheld system. It is compatible with the Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo DS Lite. The game features eight playable characters, all of which were featured in Mario Kart 64. Mario Kart: Super Circuit introduces twenty new courses, as well as the twenty courses from Super Mario Kart.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is the fourth installment in the Mario Kart series. The game introduces new features such as two drivers per kart, which allows the characters to hold more items, and Special Items, an item that is only obtainable by a specific pair of drivers, the exception being King Boo and Petey Piranha, who do not possess a Special Item. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! features sixteen new courses and twenty different characters to select from. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is the first installment in the series to include different karts for each character.
Mario Kart DS is the fifth installment in the Mario Kart series and the second to be released on a handheld system. Unlike Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart DS returns to single-character driving and does not feature Special Items. The game has 64-bit graphics and includes an all-new Mission Mode for players to complete missions within a time limit. The game features twelve characters, with eight default racers and four unlockable racers. It is the second game in the series to feature courses found in earlier installments. In the Retro Grand Prix mode, players can select to race in courses from Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. The courses from the Nitro Grand Prix are based upon the latest games in the Mario series.
Mario Kart Arcade GP, the sixth installment and the first of the three arcade games in the Mario Kart series, was released in 2005. It features Pac-Man characters, as it was a collaboration with Namco.
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, the seventh installment and the second arcade game in the Mario Kart series, was released in 2007. Like the previous one, it features Pac-Man characters. It added two new characters as well: Waluigi and Mametchi.
Mario Kart Wii is the eighth installment and the sixth console game in the Mario Kart series, released for the Wii in April 10, 2008-April 30, 2009. Other than the Wii Wheel gimmick, Mario Kart Wii featured twelve characters in a race, rather than eight as in previous installments. Also unlike the previous games, Mario Kart Wii featured bikes as well as karts, and while in mid-air, tricks can be performed after shaking the Wii Remote. Like Mario Kart DS, the game offered an online mode for multiplayer play.
Mario Kart 7, the ninth installment and the seventh console game in the Mario Kart series, was released in December 2011. It has Metal Mario, Lakitu, Wiggler and Queen Bee as the newcomers. Unlike Mario Kart Wii, this game goes back to the original eight characters per race, and the motorbikes from said previous game are excluded. Many new features have been added to this game such as hang gliding when doing a huge jump and being able to drive underwater in certain parts or the courses, as well as new items and characters. In Time Trials, players now have the option to race against seven different ghost data. Also in this installment is the ability to race and battle in a first-person perspective.
In Online Multiplayer the player now has a new option to create or join a Community. Communities are a lot like the Grand Prix, except the player can create a community with rules such as which courses other racers will play, what sort of items will appear and what engine class it will be, a lot like VS Mode. The player can join a Community that has a name and a set of rules and play against other players, or they can create their own Community and having racers play by the player's rules.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, which was developed by Namco Bandai Games in partnership with Nintendo, was released in Japan on July 25, 2013 and in the US on December 31, 2013. It features the return of gliders and underwater racing from Mario Kart 7.
Mario Kart 8 is the latest Mario Kart game, being the eleventh installment and eighth console game in the series. It was released for the Wii U in May 2014. It includes anti-gravity racing and returning elements from previous games, such as twelve player racing from Mario Kart Wii and kart customization from Mario Kart 7. New characters introduced in this game are the Koopalings, Baby Rosalina, and Pink Gold Peach.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a remake of Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch. Battle modes and new characters are included, and everything is unlocked at the start except for the character Gold Mario. DLC packs from Mario Kart 8 are now playable for free.
- The Nintendo Entertainment System is the only Nintendo console that did not have a Mario Kart game.
|Super Mario Kart · Mario Kart 64 · Mario Kart: Super Circuit · Mario Kart: Double Dash!! · Mario Kart DS · Mario Kart Wii · Mario Kart 7 · Mario Kart 8 · Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|Mario Kart Arcade GP · Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 · Mario Kart Arcade GP DX|