Ultimate Mario Kart Video Game Ranking

Ultimate Mario Kart Video Game Ranking

Altogether, there are over 200 video games within the Super Mario Universe with 15 of these titles belonging to the Mario Kart genre. Mario Kart is a game practically all of us have played that we all love, and whether you’ve played it from the beginning, joined around the time of the WII or DS or are a newcomer when it comes to these video games, we know how addicting Mario Kart can be.

So, to make things easier, we have created an ultimate ranking of all the Mario Kart video games ranking them from worst to best, so that you can play our top recommended options.

(Please note: Our ranking is based on Custom Controllers' opinion, we have ranked these games considering their overall ratings, popularity, financial success, awards won and general fan opinions.)

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15 - Mario Kart Arcade GP

Release date: October 2005.

Genre: Racing, action game.

Platform: Arcade.

Tracks: 24.

Awards won: /

Game type: Original

 Pros: Cons:
  • Great gameplay for an early game.
  • Arcade based only

     

    14 - Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

    Release date: March 2007.

    Genre: Arcade video game.

    Platform: Arcade.

    Tracks: 32.

    Awards won: /

    Game type: Sequel

     Pros: Cons:
    • Strong updates compared to previous game.
    • Still arcade based.

     

     

    13 - Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

    Release date: October 2020.

    Genre: Action, augmented reality game.

    Platform: Nintendo Switch.

    Awards won: 2 wins, 2 nominations.

    Game type: Spin-off

     Pros: Cons:
    • Kart is sturdy and well made.
    • Simple to set up.
    • AR tracking is questionable.

       

      12 - Mario Kart Arcade GP VR

      Release date: July 2017

      Genre: Virtual reality.

      Platform: HTC Vive.

      Tracks:24.

      Awards won: /

      Game type: GP Series

       Pros: Cons:
      • Great edition to the VR realm.
      • Good graphics.
      • Could have done with more tracks.

         

        11 - Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

        Release date: July 2013

        Genre: Racing, action game.

        Platform: Arcade.

        Tracks: 24

        Awards won: /

        Game type: GP Series

         Pros: Cons:
        • Engaging gameplay.
        • Fresh feel.
        • Unresponsive menu occasionally.

           

           

          10 - Mario Kart: Super Circuit

          Release date: July 2001

          Genre: Racing video game.

          Platform: Game Boy.

          Tracks: 40.

          Awards won: 1 win, 2 nominations.

          Game type: Sequel

           Pros: Cons:
          • Music is catchy.
          • Realistic sound effects.
          • Music is occasionally too quiet.

             

            9 - Mario Kart Tour

            Release date: September 2019.

            Genre: Action video game.

            Platform: Smartphone.

            Tracks: 446.

            Awards won: /

            Game type: Spin-off

             Pros: Cons:
            • Amazing selection of tracks.
            • Unique points system.
            • Some in-game purchases.

               

              8 - Mario Kart 64

              Release date: December 1996.

              Genre: Sports video game.

              Platform: Nintendo 64.

              Tracks: 16.

              Awards won: 1 nomination.

              Game type: Sequel

               Pros: Cons:
              • Great selection of tracks.
              • Brilliant battle mode.
              • Some occasional graphic glitches.

                 

                 

                7 - Mario Kart 7

                Release date: December 2011.

                Genre: Racing video game.

                Platform: Nintendo 3DS.

                Tracks: 16.

                Awards won: 2 nominations.

                Game type: Sequel

                Pros: Cons: 
                • Great with the 3D feature.
                • Immersive experience.
                • Requires more tracks.

                 

                 

                6 - Mario Kart DS

                Release date: November 2005.

                Genre: Combat, racing game.

                Platform: Nintendo DS.

                Tracks: 32.

                Awards won: 3 nominations.

                Game type: Original

                 Pros: Cons:
                • Great new additions compared to previous game.
                • Mission mode and battle mode.
                • Some tracks are boring.

                   

                   

                  5 - Mario Kart: Double Dash

                  Release date: November 2003.

                  Genre: Multiplayer video game.

                  Platform: Game Cube.

                  Tracks: 16.

                  Awards won: 4 nominations.

                  Game type: Sequel

                   Pros: Cons:
                  • Great concept of 2 players in 1 car.
                  • Better in multiplayer mode.

                     

                    4 - Super Mario Kart

                    Release date: August 1992.

                    Genre: Racing video game.

                    Platform: SNES console.

                    Tracks: 20.

                    Awards won: /

                    Game type: Original

                    Pros: Cons: 
                    • Original game, beginning of Mario Kart.
                    • Good graphics for time period.
                    • Needs more tracks.

                       

                      3 - Mario Kart WII

                      Release date: April 2008.

                      Genre: Multiplayer, action, combat game.

                      Platform: WII.

                      Tracks: 32.

                      Awards won: 2 wins, 3 nominations.

                      Game type: Original

                      Pros: Cons: 
                      • Unlockable characters.
                      • Brilliant multiplayer mode.
                      • Songs aren’t that memorable.

                         

                         

                        2 - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

                        Release date: April 2017.

                        Genre: Racing video game.

                        Platform: Nintendo Switch.

                        Tracks: 32.

                        Awards won: 2 nominations.

                        Game type: Updated Edition

                        Pros: Cons: 
                        • Battle mode.
                        • Time trials
                        • Single player mode.

                           

                           1- Mario Kart 8

                          Release date: May 2014.

                          Genre: Racing, action video game.

                          Platform: WII U.

                          Tracks: 32.

                          Awards won: 3 wins, 10 nominations.

                          Game type: Sequel

                          Pros: Cons: 
                          • Stunning music.
                          • Brilliant graphics in HD.
                          • Battle mode isn’t great.

                             

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                            Conclusion:

                            So do you agree with our ranking? What Mario Kart game was your favourite? And have you played them all? Remember, we have plenty more video games on our website if racing games aren’t quite for you. From action to family games, we have something waiting for everyone!

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