Super Mario Kart
Reviewed by Matt Oelfke
Super Mario Kart is a racing game using familiar Nintendo characters for up to two
players using split-screen. It uses a normal behind-the- racer view. You can compete
by yourself in the 50, 100, and (if you qualify) 150cc modes, which are basically
difficulty levels. There are four cups, Mushroom, Flower, Star, and Special. With
two players, you can compete for the Cups, or play against each other in normal
racing and the Battle Mode.
Graphics: 7 out of 10
The graphics are good for Super Nintendo, but more background effects would be
welcome, although it does have some. The racers are well detailed, and all the
effects (like small kart). The scenery is very good, and there's not much, if any,
strain on your eyes.
Music and Sound: 7 out of 10
The traditional racing sounds are very good, although you can't really hear your
opponent creep up behind you until he's right next to you. The sounds for objects
and question boxes are somewhat familiar, and cartoon-like in usual Mario fashion.
All in all, the game has strong and weak points.
Game Challenge: 9 out of 10
This game is really hard to beat when challenging the computer for the cups, and
playing against a friend is always difficult. The AI is pretty good, especially when
it notices your approach. Sometimes however, the games can get frustrating,
because in 100 and 150cc, one or two mistakes and you're probably out of first
place contention. It doesn't help that the computer has infinite items. This can be
helped somewhat, however, by playing with (and against) an experienced second
player, so it's not that bad.
Game Play-Fun: 10 out of 10
This game is very humorous, especially when playing two-player and you hit your
opponent with an item. 150cc is challenging enough to keep you playing it even after
you've beaten it several times. Add in the always fun battle mode, and this game is
nearly unbeatable in the racing category of games for fun.
As noted before, this games can be frustrating on the harder levels, like Rainbow
Road, because it's easy to make mistakes. The computer also has infinite items,
and makes sure to use one when you come by. Therefore, it sometimes takes patience
to get this game beaten.
Replayability: 8 out of 10
This game will keep you coming for a long time. Its two-player capabilities will
make you continue to play for as long as you can find challenging opponents. In fact,
I've had this game since it came out, and I still play it.
Overall: 9 out of 10
You should get this game if you have a Super Nintendo and any way of getting a copy.
You won't regret the decision!