It has been a topic that has been debated for more than a decade. What is the best Mario Kart game? While many gaming veterans will tell you that nothing can beat the simplicity of the original, others enjoy the dual kart racing of Mario Kart: Double Dash, while some enjoy racing online in Mario Kart Wii or DS. So when the original game was released for the first time on Virtual Console, it seemed the perfect time to ask you what is your favourite Mario Kart game of all time. Here are the results!
Winner: Mario Kart Wii (Wii, 2008)
We say: Mario Kart Wii is actually one of the most enjoyable racing games we've played and may even be a contender for the title of 'Best Mario Kart Ever'. Almost everything that annoyed us about past Mario Karts was tweaked or fixed (mushrooms have more oomph and give a much better speed boost, you can turn off all items in multiplayer races to focus on racing and dispel that annoying 'blue shell syndrome', you can now easily throw weapons forward or back by pressing up or down on the D-Pad and so on), and it's fantastic fun.
You say: Mario Kart Wii is the most fun I've had on my Wii. Everything is well-rounded, the online mode is addictive, split-screen is fantastic and the single player cups had me going for quite a bit of time. - superwii
2nd Place: Mario Kart Double Dash (GameCube, 2003)
We say: The moment Nintendo went a bit Wacky Races. The idea of having two racers in one vehicle (these were no longer go-karts) was one that would never be repeated but any Mario Kart fan could enjoy the insane courses and character specific power-ups like the giant Chain Chomps and shells.
You say: Double Dash was the long-awaited step up from Mario Kart 64 and I think it was brilliantly executed. A great visual and audio improvement, with a great range of characters and vehicles. The two-player system allowed for more enjoyable co-op racing and battling. This should be remade for the Wii with online play. - Dooby
Third Place: Mario Kart DS (DS, 2005)
We say: From the all-important handling to the imaginative track design, from the visual flair to the vast selection of game modes, this is a title that ticks many more boxes than most, and proves to be one of the best Mario Kart games ever. And that's saying something. It was also the first Mario kart game to introduce online gaming.
You say: It can be played anywhere either on your own or with friends. It had great, easy controls and great tracks and characters. - The-Rotinaj
Joint Fourth Place: Mario Kart 64 (N64, 1997)
We say: Mario Kart 64 is still as addictive, exciting and hilarious as it was when it was first released over ten years ago. There are eight characters to choose from and 16 courses, each one a classic. Ranging from Wario Stadium, with its huge jumps and dirt track, to the multi-routed chaos of Yoshi Valley, every course is dripping with character and personality. It's also one of the best examples of Nintendo multiplayer gaming.
You say: No Mario Kart game can hope to beat the awesomeness of the N64 entry. This was the game that got me into Nintendo 11 years ago. So many memories of Rainbow Road and the like that can't be beaten by any other game in the series today. - Gaming 98