(I played the US version on the SNES; therefore, the Super Famicom version might have some differences. I am not sure how much the two games are the same or different)
Join Mario and friends in the game that started the “Mario Kart” game series! Choose from eight racers compete in the three cups. With the several game modes, friends can have a great time with this classic from the year of 1992.
The game Super Mario Kart is 16bit styled, but it features three-dimensionally rendered surroundings, giving the graphics depth and a more realistic feel. The color and lighting for the tracts make it feel like you are racing in the desert on a hot sunny day, or on the boardwalk on a dark and stormy night. The sounds and music for the game are perfect! The nice beat to the races give it a jazzy, up-beat feel, and everybody character has a signature sound when passing another racer. Overall, for one of the best racing games of all time, the presentation is truly perfect!
For a game that was made in 1992, it has better gameplay then some now-a-day-games. It has three modes, Grand Prix, time trials, and the best being the battle mode. First, the Grand Prix mode is the racing tracks. You have four cups and each cup can be played on 50cc/100cc mode. (a 150cc can be unlocked by getting all gold cups in every 100cc Grand Prix race) There are five tracks in each cup, so their are 20 different tracks, and each is different. Super Mario Kart is not a hardcore racing game, but more of a arcade style one due to the ability to grap power ups on the track to gain abilities, such as a mushroom for extra speed or the red shell which targets and knocks out the racer in front of you. The races Can have almost any turnout if the power ups are use strategically. Second option is the time trials, which let you drive any track to see how fast you can do it. You do not race other opponents, but a ghost and there are no power ups, so time trials is pure skill. Lastly, there is the beloved yet hated battle mode. You choose from several locations and the goal is to pop the opponent’s balloons to win. This game is only playable with another player,not the computer so it is the only 2player required part of this game. Overall, the game has many choices on how to play and it is a fun multiplayer game in the battle mode.
Therefore, Super Mario Kart is a great SNES/Super Famicom game for anyone to have if they still have the system. It is now on the Wii virtual console for about $8 USD so it can easily be found to play. I grew up with the SNES so I have good memories with this game. I would give it a 8/10.