Super Mario Kart may be the first Mario Kart game, but the controls can be difficult sometimes.

User Rating: 6 | Super Mario Kart SNES
Super Mario Kart is the first of the Mario Kart series to be released for the Super Nintendo in 1992. Remember that Mario Kart 64 was the first Mario Kart game I played, and I was highly addicted to playing it.

Presentation - The only modes that are available in Super Mario Kart are grand prix, time trial, match race, and battle mode. Here are the modes for the one and two player modes. In single player mode, you can do a grand prix of 50 and 100 cc. The other mode is time trial. In the two player mode you can do a 50 and 100 cc grand prix, match race, and battle mode. The playable characters are Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Koopa Troopa, Yoshi, Toad, and Donkey Kong Junior.

There are three cups (mushroom, flower, and star). The Mario Circuit 1, Donut Plains 1, Ghost Valley 1, Bowser Castle 1, Mario Circuit 2 are available in the Mushroom Cup. The Choco Island 1, Ghost Valley 2, Donut Plains 2, Bowser Castle 2, and Mario Circuit 3 are in the Flower Cup. Koopa Beach 1, Choco Island 2, Vanilla Lake 1, Bowser Castle 3, and Mario Circuit 3 are in the Star Cup.

Graphics - Since it's a Super Nintendo game, the graphics probably aren't the greatest. The character models look a tad strange, and the levels are highly pixilated. I'm just not used to the old graphics, but they were passable at the time for the Super Nintendo era. Everything else is bright and colorful with no glitches or slowdowns.

Sound- The characters have no voice work, and most of the sound effects are from gathering items and selecting different game modes. The music was not too shabby, and some of the tracks are still memorable to this day.

Game play - I personally prefer to use the Game cube controller to play Super Mario Kart on the Wii because I'm not used to the controls with a standard Super Nintendo controller. That's because it's more difficult to steer accurately with a D-pad, and I end mess up sometimes when I drive.

Lasting appeal - The single and two player modes will keep you busy for a good while, but I prefer to play the newer Mario Kart games. Just remember that you can't have three and four players at a time because the Super Nintendo only has two controller slots.

The good- the first Mario Kart that started out as a racing series, a variety of single and two player modes, music is somewhat memorable

The bad - the controls take a while to get used to, graphics are
highly pixilated, only supports up to two players

Presentation- 8
Graphics- 5
Sound- 6
Game play- 5
Lasting appeal- 7

6.2 out of 10 Gamespot Score 6.0 out of 10