Every Mario Kart Game, Ranked
One of Nintendo’s most beloved and longest-running series is Mario Kart. Boasting characters from Nintendo’s roster of games, simple kart racing gameplay, and plenty of inventive maps and modes, Mario Kart is one of the best Nintendo products to date.
Over the years there have been plenty of additions to the franchise covering decades of console and even mobile gaming. For those who want to relive the glory days, or are just curious which game stacks up the best today, here are our rankings for all the Mario Kart games currently available.
In 2019 Nintendo launched their first smartphone spin on the franchise, Mario Kart Tour giving fans a way to experience Mario Kart on the go — be it in a limited fashion.
Whether it be the reliance on microtransactions or the painful control scheme, Mario Kart Tour is by far the worst game in the franchise to date.
The latest game to be released on this list, Mario Kart Home Circuit gives Switch owners a way to use their own house as a course by using a remote control kart with an onboard camera to provide an enhanced AR experience.
Playing around your house in the world of Mario Kart is quite entertaining, however, it comes off as simply a novelty instead of a full-function game. For its price, Mario Kart Home Circuit definitely doesn’t compete against many of its previous entries.
Super Mario Kart was the very first entry into the Mario Kart franchise after its initial offering as an arcade experience in Japan. The game brings everything there is no offer from the series with fun maps, plenty of characters, and a variety of modes but due to its limited specs the 2D graphics of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System hold the game back behind its later entries.
The very first handheld game produced from the Mario Kart franchise was Super Circuit which launched for GameBoy Advance in 2001. Boasting very similar content to Super Mario Kart with some extra additions to freshen things up, Super Circuit suffers from the limited hardware power that the GameBoy Advance had holding it back from being higher on this list.
One of the most popular games for the Nintendo DS, Mario Kart DS bought the kart style gameplay into the handheld realm once again and did so in style including more characters, more maps, and a fresh graphics style improving on what had been seen on a handheld before.
A reason why Mario Kart DS was so popular with gamers who already had a history with the franchise was thanks to the Retro Grand Prix option that would allow players to ride along with retro maps from past games.