Post Reply The evolution of Mario Kart.
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Posted 1/24/09 , edited 1/24/09
Hello Everyone! Sergiyakun here with our first ever.."Game featurette" I have no great fancy name for it yet, but I will, give it time. I am starting these posts to show and discuss with you guys the evoltuion of gaming and how some games have come so far ^_^ I really hope this can start some discussion over the days.
To start with, I have chosen one of Nintendo's greatest games of all. Make sure to keep checking for the next volume in the mario kart history forum! ^_^

SUPER MARIO KART-Super Mario Kart (スーパーマリオカー) is a go-kart racing game developed by Nintendo EAD for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)The first game of the Mario Kart series, it was launched in Japan on 27 August 1992, in North America on 1 September 1992 and in Europe on 23 January 1993.Selling eight million copies worldwide, the game went on to become the third best selling SNES game of all time. Super Mario Kart received positive reviews and has been praised for its presentation, innovation and use of Mode 7 graphics.It has been ranked among the best games of all time by several organizations including Edge, IGN and The Age whilst GameSpot has named it as one of the greatest games of all time.
Super Mario Kart features eight playable characters from the Mario series – Mario, Luigi, the Princess (later named Princess Peach), Yoshi, Bowser, Donkey Kong Jr., Koopa Troopa and Toad.The tracks in Super Mario Kart are based on locations in the Mario series, including Bowser's Castle and Donut Plains from Super Mario World. Each of the four cups contains five different tracks for a total of twenty unique circuits, additionally there are four unique Battle Mode courses. Aggregate scoring sites Game Rankings and MobyGames both give an average of more than 90% whilst GameStats and TopTenReviews give average's of over 80%. Critics praised the game's Mode 7 graphics; in 1992 Nintendo Magazine System described them as superb and the graphics have since been described as among the best ever seen on the SNES.Another aspect of the game to have been praised is its gameplay, which Thunderbolt has described as the "deepest [and] most addictive... to be found on the SNES console".Nintendo Magazine System showed a preference for the multiplayer modes of the game and stated that whilst the "single player mode becomes dull quickly" the "two-player mode won't lose appeal". Retrospective reviews of the game have been positive with perfect scores given by review sites including Thunderbolt and HonestGamers. The use of the style and characters from the Mario was also praised as well as the individual characteristics of each racer. Mean Machines describes the game as having "struck gold" in a way that no other – not even its sequels – has matched and GameSpot named the game as one of the greatest games of all time for its innovation, gameplay and visual style.

Super Mario Kart features the Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, and Star Cup in the three engine classes (50cc, 100cc, 150cc) and Special Cup in the 100cc and 150cc. 150cc mode must be unlocked by beating the 100cc cups first, while the player must clear each of the other cups to unlock the Special Cup. Each cup in this game holds five tracks for a total of 20 tracks in the game.

Shigeru Miyamoto(Above), the producer for Super Mario Kart, has been involved in the development of every Mario Kart console game.
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