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Mario Kart logo

The current Mario Kart logo.

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.

Games

Title Console Innovation
Super Mario Kart Super Nintendo platform icon The first game in the series. The first and only the game to use yellow "?" panels instead of the standard Item Box.
Mario Kart 64 Nintendo 64 platform icon Introduced the series into 3D. Added voices for each character. First game to have item boxes, although they look like rainbow diamond.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Game Boy Advance platform icon First handheld game. Item boxes start to become a cube box.
Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ Nintendo GameCube platform icon 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.
Mario Kart Arcade GP Arcade platform icon First arcade Mario Kart game. First game to include third party characters.
Mario Kart DS Nintendo DS platform icon 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).
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Arcade platform icon Added Tamagotchi as a playable character. Karts look slightly similar.
Mario Kart Wii Wii platform icon 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.
Mario Kart 7 3DS platform icon 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).
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Arcade platform icon Third arcade Mario Kart game. Includes Don from the Taiko no Taitsujin series. Incorporates Mario Kart 7's glider and underwater mechanic
Mario Kart 8
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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.

History

Wii Wheel (Model)

The Wii Wheel was packed in with Mario Kart Wii.

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

Playable Characters

Character Weight Games
SMK MK64 MKSC MKDD MKGP MKDS MKWii MKGP2 MK7 MKGPDX MK8
Mario Medium Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Luigi Medium Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Princess Peach Medium & Small Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Yoshi Medium & Small Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Toad Small Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Bowser Large Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Donkey Kong Large X Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Wario Large X Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Koopa Troopa Small Checkmark X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X Checkmark X Checkmark
Waluigi Medium & Large X X X Checkmark X Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark X Checkmark Checkmark
Princess Daisy Medium X X X Checkmark X Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark X Checkmark
Donkey Kong Jr. Large Checkmark X X X X X X X X X X
Baby Mario Small X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X X X Checkmark
Baby Luigi Small X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X X X Checkmark
Bowser Jr. Small & Medium X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X
Diddy Kong Small & Medium X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X X X X
Koopa Paratroopa Small X X X Checkmark X X X X X X X
Toadette Small X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X X X Checkmark
Birdo Medium X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X X X X
Dry Bones Small X X X X X Checkmark Checkmark X X X X
Petey Piranha Large X X X Checkmark X X X X X X X
King Boo Large X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X X X X
R.O.B. Large X X X X X Checkmark X X X X X
Pac-Man Medium X X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X Checkmark X
Ms. Pac-Man Medium X X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X X X
Blinky Medium X X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X X X
Shy Guy Small X X X X X Checkmark X X Checkmark X Checkmark
Mametchi Small X X X X X X X Checkmark X X X
Baby Daisy Small X X X X X X Checkmark X X X Checkmark
Baby Peach Small X X X X X X Checkmark X X X Checkmark
Dry Bowser Large X X X X X X Checkmark X X X Checkmark
Funky Kong Large X X X X X X Checkmark X X X X
Rosalina Large X X X X X X Checkmark X Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Mii Various X X X X X X Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark X Checkmark
Metal Mario Large X X X X X X X X Checkmark X Checkmark
Lakitu Small X X X X X X X X Checkmark X Checkmark
Wiggler Medium X X X X X X X X Checkmark X X
Honey Queen Heavy X X X X X X X X Checkmark X X
Don Featherweight X X X X X X X X X Checkmark X
Morton Koopa Jr. X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Ludwig von Koopa X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Larry Koopa X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Wendy O. Koopa X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Lemmy Koopa X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Roy Koopa X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Iggy Koopa X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Baby Rosalina X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Pink Gold Peach Large X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Link X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Tanooki Mario X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Cat Peach X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Villager X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark
Isabelle X X X X X X X X X X Checkmark

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