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Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64, 1997)

Mario Kart 64 is the 64-bit sequel to one of the best-selling games of the 16-bit era. Mario and his peers race against each other around lap-based tracks, using special items to their advantage. Items of mischief with roots in the Nintendo universe include banana peels, Koopa Troopa shells, ghosts, invincibility stars and more.<br><br>Eight of Nintendo's best-known characters -- Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario and Bowser -- make an appearance in the sequel. Sixteen circuit tracks are divided among four Cups (Mushroom, Flower, Star and Special) and four battle tracks are included, too.<br><br>Mario Kart 64 also features the same gameplay modes as the original. Mario GP, which is for one or two players, pits your character in a series of races against the rest of the computer-controlled field. The VS mode is for two to four players, with no computer competition. Little "kart bombs" populate the track to make things even more interesting. Battle is the famous mode in which two to four players chase each other around a closed arena. <br><br>A Time Trial mode also exists for one player. For the sequel, Nintendo implemented a feature that enables ghost riders of your best races to be saved. Additionally, the go-karts are available in three engine sizes: 50cc, 100cc and 150cc. The engine size affects the speed of the game.<br><br>Peripheral support is available with the Controller Pak and Rumble Pak. The game does contain a built-in EEPROM chip to save your options and your best times, but an entire Controller Pak is required to save two ghost riders from the Time Trial mode.

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pros: Addictive gameplay

cons: Frustrating at times, some weak stages

Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 64 is actually one of the best racing games ever made and probably the best Kart-racing g... See Full Review



pros: Excellent graphics, game play, and great power-ups

cons: Weaker sound

Mario will never be outdated!

I got Nintendo 64 for my 9th birthday and bought Mario Kart 64 two days later. I bought the game bec... See Full Review



pros: Fun, good competition, exciting, good for all ages.

cons: Can't choose the same character for multiple people.

Great game!

This was one of the first N64 games I have ever owned and I still play it to this day. It&#39;s exciting... See Full Review



pros: Great multiplayer competition

cons: Single player quickly becomes boring, lack of maps in battle mode

Good fun

Mario Kart was the first game I purchased for my Nintendo 64 system after I acquired it in late 1998... See Full Review



pros: Good for kids, good graphics.

cons: Easy to win, easier to outgrow.

Good for kids

When I got this game for my brother years ago, it was still a time when N64 was new and video games... See Full Review



pros: Four player capability, a bunch of characters to chose from, good item variety.

cons: No team battles only free for all, not much variety.

Mario Kart 64 for N64

This game was one of the first I played on my Nintendo 64. Man was it a blast. I couldn&#39;t stop playi... See Full Review



pros: Great joystick response, great characters, great music, fun levels, up to 4 players.

cons: Old-looking graphics, small screen size with 4 players.

Mario Kart Rocks!

My family hasn&#39;t yet invested in anything beyond the N64 System (lame, I know), so I don&#39;t really kn... See Full Review



pros: 16 great tracks to race on, battle mode, 4 players

cons: a few bugs in Wii's VC emulation.

I just stuck a banana up a fat plumbers tail pipe

I downloaded Mario Kart 64 a couple of weeks ago to the Wii VC I owned the orginal Mario Kart 64 whi... See Full Review



pros: Familiar Mario Characters. Easy Controls.

cons: I'd rather date a wookie than play this game

Mario should stick to his feet

What were Nintendo designers thinking when they moved one of the greatest Super Nintendo games to N... See Full Review



pros: Toad is awesome

cons: peach is pretty bad.

Who is the fastest character in the n64 kart game?

By leaps and bounds, I think it is very clear that the fastest and most agile of all characters in N... See Full Review

Product Details

Tech Details
Game Special Features <li>Compete in four game modes: Mario GP, Vs., Battle, and Time Trials<br/><br/><li>Choose from eight playable characters and three kart engines<br/><br/><li>Challenge friends or the computer in 16 racing courses and four battle courses<br/><br/>
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick
Number of Players 1-4
Release Year 1997
Game Series Mario Kart Series
Key Features
Rating E - Everyone
Genre Racing
Platform Nintendo 64
Product Identifiers
UPC 045496870027
Game Mario Kart 64
MPN 0304596870027
Other Features
Brand Nintendo