Mario has starred in his own kart racing series since 1992, one that has continued as a strong venture of the Mario franchise. Taking a spin-off of racing games of the past, the Mario Kart games discard the need for realism and add a party atmosphere in the form of items on the course. Classic Mario items such as shells and bananas can be used to gain the lead on the player's opponent. Though Mario stars in the series, characters are drawn from various Nintendo games.
In the game, Mario acts as an all-around character, with average speed, acceleration and weight. Preferring tarmac to the beaten track, his home courses usually involve a standard racing ground with various sights from his home, the Mushroom Kingdom. In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, his unique item is a fireball that knocks out anyone immediately in front of him.
"Welcome to Mario Kart!"
Selected game appearances
- Super Mario Kart (1992)
- Mario Kart 64 (1996)
Game Boy Advance
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
- Mario Kart DS (2005)
- Wikipedia - "Mario Kart"
- Super Mario Kart instruction manual
- Mario Kart 64 instruction manual
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!! instruction manual