Super Mario Kart
- Release Date: 1992
- Genre: Racing
- Number of Players: 1 - 2 (multiplayer mode)
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
Players take on the roles of their favorite Nintendo characters, such as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, or Bowser, and compete on various tracks in thrilling races. The gameplay in Super Mario Kart is incredibly fun and dynamic.
In Super Mario Kart, players control one of eight characters from the Mario series, each with different abilities. In single-player mode, players can race against computer-controlled characters in 4 multi-stage cups consisting of 20 tracks (5 in each cup) at three difficulty levels (50cc, 100cc, and 150cc). During races, offensive and defensive power-ups can be used to gain an advantage. Alternatively, players can race against the clock in Time Trial mode. In multiplayer mode, two players can participate in cups simultaneously or compete against each other one-on-one in Match Race mode. In the third multiplayer mode - Battle Mode - the goal is to defeat other players by attacking them with power-ups, popping the balloons surrounding each kart.
The game sold 8.76 million copies worldwide and became the fourth best-selling game on the SNES. Super Mario Kart received positive reviews and was praised for its graphics and innovation. It has been hailed as one of the greatest video games of all time by several magazines and organizations. It is often credited with creating the subgenre of kart racing games, prompting other creators to attempt to replicate its success. The game is considered pivotal to expanding the Mario series into genres other than platformers, and this diversity has led it to become the best-selling game franchise of all time. Several sequels to Super Mario Kart were released on consoles, handhelds, and arcade machines, each enjoying commercial success.