Super Mario Kart was a small revolution when it was released in 1992. Its innovations brought a breath of fresh air into the very serious world of console racing games. The 30-year history of video games has become a cult.
Super Mario Kart marks a turning point in the history of great video games. A whole new style of play emerged with him. No more too serious a race “against the clockFrom now on, players will be able to play against each other and compete with unusual objects, with funny heroes, in strange circles.
Racing games before karting
From the very beginning, racing video games tried to stand out from traditional Formula 1 cars.
The saga of the late 80’s ran out brings a bit of California sunshine and relaxation into this very serious universe. It is no longer a question of racing a car as it is Nigel Mansell World Championship Where Super Monaco GP. At the wheel of a gleaming convertible and a blonde bimbo in public, the player must beat time records while avoiding driving off the road.
Some racing games are already trying to do more than just simulations. In RC Pro Am released in the NES in 1988, vehicles collide and are already setting traps. To circumvent the technical limitations of the console, the game is visible from above. This aerial view is based on a writing trick: the vehicle is shown as a remote control car. It is therefore logical that the player sees it from above and not from inside.
With the release of the Super Nintendo console in 1990, a Japanese company of the same name wanted to strike. The device incorporates innovative technology that allows you to manage the movement of objects in the home console in an unprecedented way. You can zoom in, out or rotate the images. This is famousMode 7and it is included in the first games released on this console.
In the flight simulator cockpit, Mode 7 allows you to display sets that rotate and approach due to the zoom effect of the player. Futuristic racing game F-Zero, Mode 7 allows you to display sequential images that create a decor very quickly, giving the impression of movement. The rendering is stunning, the vehicles seem to be moving at tremendous speeds.
Nintendo, F-Zero however, there is a big problem: the game is limited to one player. Mode 7 is particularly resource intensive for the console. Super Nintendo just isn’t powerful enough to show two vehicles moving so fast on one screen. In order for two players to compete in real time, the game must be slower. That’s why we’re packing futuristic boats and Formula 1 cars, Nintendo teams are going to stage slower vehicles.
And why not go-karts?
A game for players
Super Mario Kart is a new kind of racing game. It features colorful Mario game characters that mix with all sorts of items. Finally it’s a racing game where you no longer have to be the best rider. Hidden shortcuts and neatly thrown traps can change the face of the race.
“When I first met Super Mario Kart, I immediately fell in love with it.“abstract Florent Lekoanets, six-time Super Mario Kart World Champion. “He was able to bring in a whole playful side with the objects and heroes of the Nintendo Universe, all due to the fact that it is the most demanding Mario Kart in terms of maneuverability. The mix of these demands and fun made it really addictive.“
Super Mario Kart is designed from the outset as a two player experience. Specifically, the screen is divided into two horizontal parts. During the duel, each player can follow their hero on their side of the screen. This split screen is one of the main components of the game, so much so that even when a player is playing alone, his hero still occupies only half of the screen. The competition map is displayed on the remaining side of the screen.
Karting, which makes people envious
The success of Super Mario Kart makes people envious. Many developers are also releasing their own crazy racing game. The recipe seems simple: a colorful image gallery or a strong brand is enough to get a new, more or less successful title.
Very tasty Street Racers is the first to come to the competition Super Mario Kart in your car. Many licenses, for example crazy drivingfor them Loney ringtones, Mickey, Shrek or even M & M’s will also try your luck, with more or less success.
Among the successes are Emergency team racinginspired by the game universe Crash Bandicoot. Apparently Nintendo’s historical competitor Sega, could not stop there. With a license Sonic Racingeditor offers one of the best alternatives Mario Karts.
Mario Karts on the road to success
On his side Nintendo also wants to benefit from this first success. Each new Japanese giant console offers its own Mario Kart, and every time success is there! Whether DS, Wii, 3DS, Wii U or Switch, There is always an episode of Mario Kart among the best-selling games on the console (source). Even better, Mario Kart opens up a new experience by offering a smartphone version and even an augmented reality game with real cars.
First released on the Wii U console Mario Kart 8 gets the Deluxe version of Switch. The latter exceeded Nintendo’s expectations and sold more than 45 million units in just five years. In the winter of 2021, Nintendo will announce a series of additional schemes to download and revive interest and sales for this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
At the time of writing (May 2022) Mario Kart 8 is ranked 6th best-selling video game, all media together. He is a little ahead of the definite Super Mario Bros. which also shook the world of small video games at one time.
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