Mario Kart 64 (1996)

Video Game  |  Action, Comedy, Family  |  12 February 1997 (USA)
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Featuring Nintendo's finest from the Mushroom Kingdom, the players race for first place to claim victor of the race.


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Cast overview:
Asako Kozuki ...
Princess Peach (voice)
Tomoko Maruno ...
Toad (voice)
Charles Martinet ...
Mario / Luigi / Wario (voice) (as Charles Martinee)
Julien Bardakoff ...
Luigi (voice)
Thomas Spindler ...
Wario (voice) (as Thomas Spindlor)
John Hulaton ...
Announcer (voice) (as John Huraton)
Leslie Swan ...
Princess Peach (voice)
Isaac Marshall ...
Toad (voice)


In this game, eight playable characters (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Wario, Donkey Kong, and Bowser) all race for the title of first place. The game features the Grand Prix, versus mode, time trials, and battle mode. With different racing levels, and more weapons to use than ever, the Mario Kart 64 races are thrilling and fast. Written by commanderblue

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Mario Kart 64 speeds to Wii (Virtual Console)


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MK 64  »

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A beta version of the game was entitled "Super Mario Kart R" and featured Magikoopa as a playable driver. See more »


All the karts have dual exhaust ports, yet there is only a single smoke stream coming out out of the back of them, and not even out of the ports. See more »


[first lines]
Mario: Welcome to Mario Kart!
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Crazy Credits

When you beat the Special Cup in either 150 cc or Extra mode you see all the courses as the credits roll. Parts you can't see from the course include the train tunnel at Kalamari Desert. The last shot of the credits features the palace where you get your trophy with Mario saying "Hey, you were good! See you next time!" See more »


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A very fun racing game and one of the N64 platform's best games
25 May 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"Super Mario Kart 64" is a very fun game and much better than I expected it would be. When it came out in '96 I didn't buy it straight away, but a few friends of mine owned it and I got really good at the game -- and found it really fun to play.

Later I ended up buying it used at a game store and played it all the time. It's a really addictive racing game and elitists will be surprised that just because Mario is attached, it's not a cash in (like Mario Tennis and Party) -- it works well with or without Mario and, like "Paper Mario," doesn't sacrifice gameplay to target towards the little kiddies.

This is a great racing game AND a great Mario game. It's got fun features, well-designed tracks, fairly decent graphics for the time period (remember N64 was top of the line in '96) and a great two-player battle option.

All in all, a must-own if you've got an N64.

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