The Mario Kart Series is a major franchise in the Nintendo video game world.
It features many different characters from the Mario series as they race to the finish line on unique and different tracks (compared to other racing titles) as they toss plenty of items at the player and other opponents. The first game in the series was Super Mario Kart for the SNES. The first game in the series to go on Wi-Fi was Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS. Since then, every game in the series has had online play in some form.
Added two players for each kart. The first game not to have any karts that appeared in past games. Also, there are brand new double item boxes. This title is unique as none of the two-character gameplay carried over to the next title.
Added online play. Featured map on bottom screen. Also, first game with retro cups that have previous track games (SNES, N64, GBA and GCN), not counting the SNES tracks in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. There are brand new 2 items in rainbow box (Blooper & Bullet Bill).
Included Wii Wheel, 12 players online (and with AI). The first Mario Kart game to have bikes. First game to include Miis. Controls change when using different Wii controllers. Introduced new 3 items (Thundercloud, POW Block & Mega Mushroom), all of which were only found in this title.
The first and only Mario Kart game with autostereoscopic 3D functionality. Introduced mechanics such as the ability to hang-glide in the air, and race underwater. Players can customize their kart's frame, wheels and hang-glider. Included 3 new items (Lucky 7, Fire Flower & Super Leaf).
Introduced the anti-gravity mechanic. Bikes from Mario Kart Wii, gliding and underwater features from Mario Kart 7 returned. First Mario Kart in HD, and introduced ATVs as a vehicle type, though they differ little from karts. New Items were introduced again, such as the Crazy 8, Super Horn, and Boomerang Flower.
The Mario Kart series debuted on the SNES with the release of Super Mario Kart. The game is considered the foundation of the Kart genre, which has spawned hundreds of video games, most of which star popular characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and Mickey Mouse.
The next installment appeared on the Nintendo 64, thus introducing the series to an improved 3D engine and various new characters such as Donkey Kong and Wario. The series' first handheld game was with Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and Mario Kart: Double Dash!! brought two characters for each kart. Probably the most dramatic update to the series was with Mario Kart DS, which allowed players to compete online with each other. Pac-Man and a few other Namco characters appeared in the first and second arcade Mario Kart video games, and the Wii Wheel is included with Mario Kart Wii. Underwater racing and air gliding were introduced in Mario Kart 7, and Anti-Gravity was introduced in Mario Kart 8.