Super Mario Kart
Super Mario Kart (スーパーマリオカート , Sūpā Mario Kāto? ) is a 1992 go-kart racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD for the Super Famicom (SFC) and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The first game of the Mario Kart series, it was launched in Japan on August 27, 1992, in North America on September 1, 1992, and in Europe on January 21, 1993.
Selling nine million copies worldwide, the game went on to become the third best selling SNES game of all time. Super Mario Kart was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on June 9, 2009, North America on November 23, 2009, and in Europe on April 2, 2010. Super Mario Kart was re-released again on the Wii U's Virtual Console in Japan on June 19, 2013, Europe on March 27, 2014, and in North America on August 6, 2014.
Shortly after the game's UK launch, it was announced that week-on-week Wii U console sales had risen 666% in the country, with Mario Kart 8 bundles accounting for 82% of the units sold. In its first four days on sale, 1.2 million copies were sold worldwide, making it a commercial success, and becoming the fastest selling Wii U game to date. Within a month of the game's release, 2.82 million were sold as of June 30, 2014.
More than 1 million copies of Mario Kart 8 were sold in the United States as of August 14, 2014, and over 2 million copies had been sold by the end of June 2015. Worldwide, 3.49 million copies have been sold as of September 30, 2014. As of September 30, 2015, the game has sold 5.87 million copies worldwide, making it the best selling Wii U title at the time.
In Super Mario Kart the player takes control of one of eight Mario series characters, each with differing capabilities. In single player mode players can race against computer controlled characters in multi-race cups over three difficulty levels. During the races, offensive and speed boosting power-ups can be used to gain an advantage.
Alternatively players can race against the clock in a Time Trial mode. In multi-player mode two players can simultaneously take part in the cups or can race against each other one-on-one in Match Race mode. In a third multiplayer mode – Battle Mode – the aim is to defeat the other players by attacking them with power-ups, destroying balloons which surround each kart.
In a manner similar to Mario Kart Racing and Crash Team Racing, players can drive through power up spheres that award the player with a random power-up, which goes into one of two power-up slots. These vary based on the player's current position in the race. Being in last place gives the player a greater chance of getting Twister, which summons a tornado to fling their opponents into mid-air.
If the player is in first, he or she might get a speed boost, or an oil slick, or any of various other weaker power-ups. Using the R1 or L1 shoulder buttons, players can activate their choice of held power-ups. Using the look back button at the same time allows players to drop most of the offensive power-ups behind them as a trap.