Mario Kart is a racing game originally introduced by Nintendo in 1992 that features classic Nintendo characters. Its immense popularity has since spawned an entire genre of kart racing games. The newest edition is due out for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS in the holiday season of 2011.
Mario Kart is a racing video game developed by Nintendo as a spin-off from its trademark Mario series video games. The game debuted in 1992 and there have been four Mario Kart games for home consoles, two portable games, and two arcade games since it's release. The ninth game of the Mario Kart series will be Mario Kart 3DS.
In Mario Kart, different characters from the Nintendo universe race on a variety of themed tracks using go-karts and in the the Wii version, motorcycles. Players obtain items by driving through item boxes or coins, which can be used to attack other players, or to add a burst of speed. Each Mario Kart game features several gameplay modes, which can be played in both single player and multiplayer.
Because of the success of the Mario Kart, Guinness World Records awarded the series with 5 world records. These awards included, "First Console Kart Racing Game", "Best Selling Handheld Racing Game", and a mention of Mario Kart Arcade GP as the only Mario Kart game to feature guest appearances by non-Nintendo characters, with Pac-Man, Blinky, and Ms. Pac-Man available as playable characters. Guinness World Records also named the original Super Mario Kart number 1 on the list of top 50 console games of all time based on initial impact and lasting legacy.
Mario Kart for Wii is just a blast to play and outshines all the other versions of 'Mario Kart'. You can literally steer your way through the new and improved courses with the Wii steering wheel. There are 12 characters in the beginning, but you can unlock up to 25! Since 1981, we've seen Mario in over 200 video games – and I'm sure we'll be seeing much more of him in the years to come.
Mario Kart for the Nintendo 3DS adds all new features like gliders and kart customization.