Worst Mario Kart Games

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1 Mario Kart 8 Mario Kart 8

The roster is terrible. You know you have a bad roster when half of it is composed of counterparts in metals, koopalings and babies. It ruins the atmosphere when your racing aganist variations of the same characters. Instead of racing individuals, you're racing the likes of princess baby #2, koopaling #6 and Ditto Peach.

The online in Mario Kart 8 is really bad, the worst of the entire series. You go into a lobby with some people, the game chooses THREE random courses that you can then vote on, and the course with the most votes wins. In any other Mario Kart game (except DS, as online was experimental), you can choose a course you want to play online from a list of ALL the courses in the game. After everyone chooses a course, it picks randomly from the suggestions. This is a HUGE step down from other games in the series, as you have to get lucky to play on the course you want.

Another problem I have with this game is the items. You can only hold one item at a time, where in most games you can hold two items at a time. Items are also based on distance from players, rather than position. This means someone in second place can be given three red shells, while someone in 10th place could be given a useless coin item.

The last major issue I have with this game is the battle mode. Instead of ...more

Mario Kart 8 stinks! You can bring back the lighting, red shell, spiny shell and the blooper back, but not the mega mushroom? They introduced garbage-like new items.

The item distribution sucks. The contestant on 2nd place gets 3 red shells, but the poor guy on 9th gets only lame coins and single mushrooms? Why? That is because the distribution is based on distance, not placement. Terrible!

Oh my god, the Battle Mode. The battle arenas in former kart games were varied, but now the battle arenas were remixed? What the FREAK?

The roster is crap! Why do cool characters like honey queen, dry bones, diddy kong, king boo, birdo, dry Bowser, funky kong, petey piranha and Bowser jr get cut? Why do others like dixie kong, kamek, and nabbit don't even get considered?

Best courses ever, but Bone Dry Dunes was glitched. The underwater music in Piranha Plant Slide was removed and the downloadable content retro courses were nerfed.

The new characters suck! Iggy, ...more

The roster has the following: Pink Gold

Peach, Metal Mario, Cat Peach, Tanooki

Mario, Dry Bowser, five babies, Lakitu, Link, Villager, Isabelle, and the Koopalings. Ten characters are clones, three aren't even in the series of a Mario character, and one already has a role. The Koopalings take up an insane amount of character slots; it is quite ridiculous. Even though I like two of them, they still take the place of more wanted characters like Birdo, Bowser Jr, King Boo, Petey Piranha, Diddy, Dixie, or Funky Kong. Overall, the twenty-one characters mentioned at the beginning are unneeded for Mario Kart.

The battle mode features characters playing on race tracks. If it's battle mode, why don't characters compete on real battle tracks?

The last time I played battle mode was on a November afternoon. I haven't played the game ever since because of another reason. The green shells are way too common. There are very few areas too fall off a track; therefore, my ...more

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2 Super Circuit Super Circuit

What all of the Mario kart games are fun to play at least out of the ones I played this isn't a worst list this is just a best list backwards! - HeavyDonkeyKong

All right. This game is crap! Seriously! The turning mechanics are horrible and its hard to know where you are supposed to go at times. The controls are horrendous as well. They should've waited until the N64 (Mario Kart 64 was actually GOOD). With the limitations of the SNES, they couldn't do much. Everything seems off and it isn't fun or chaotic like Mario Kart should be.

I believe that this is the best portable version of Mario Kart. Sure, the graphics aren't the best, but it was on the GBA. I love the sprites. I think the coins were a great thing to bring back, and it has the nice classic SNES tracks on it too. Overall, I think this one is a great game, it may not seem like the best by today's standards, but it was great at the time and is still really fun. - dtlux1

I'm not saying I hate this game, All I am saying is the most of the tracks are really bad, such as Shy Guy Beach, Cheep Cheep Island, and Snow Land, at least there are some good tracks like Cheese Land, Sky Garden, and Ribbon Road, and more. Plus they ruined SNES tracks.

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3 Mario Kart Wii Mario Kart Wii

The motion controls suck. Also, the items are just too overpowered. It's home of one of the worst items in history, the POW Block. On the third lap, usually, I get blue shelled and then get hit by the POW Block. It only redeeming factor however, are the tracks and the character roster. - LL

Nobody likes Funky Kong because his voice is all jacked up, yet Funky was incredibly overused through online gameplay in the Flame Runner through no credit of his own due to dumb balancing and his ridiculously high speed stat bonus.

To avoid the Pow block, jerk the Wii remote up right before it hits (if you are playing with Wii wheel controls). What I mean is that you know how there are three BOOMs when the Pow block is used? Jerk the Wii remote up right before the third one.

And that's not the reason to hate the game theirs no reason to hate it

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4 Mario Kart DS Mario Kart DS

I don't know which I like best the ds or gamecube Mario kart. Ds has nice characters it's the first one to have retro tracks that I love and it have very good retro tracks. The new tracks are not so good but it have my favoritte track yoshi circuit. The gamecube has two people in one kart and that's so cool and it was on my favorite console how I will fight to the death for but both of this games are good.

This game was my childhood along with Mario party ds and it's sad to see people hating it for no particular reason

Good game shouldn't be considered

There selection of Retro Tracks is not varying good

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5 Arcade GP DX

I never even heard of this but it's bad. - TopTenJackson

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6 Super Mario Kart Super Mario Kart

Well obviously this sucked it was the first one. - trender2004

We saw busty ol' Princess Peach's cowardly personality exposed in the average boxart of this game.

Donkey kong looks pretty ugly in this Mario kart

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7 Arcade GP 2

In the indoor part of a theme park I live near, it had one of these arcade machines. I played it and the handling is terrible - Harri666

This is an arcade that doesn't even fell like a Mario kart game at all. - wers

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8 Double Dash Double Dash

The controls are bad it feels like driving a tank on ice, every time I do a race I always have to run into a stupid banana that is like right in the middle of the track and can see a mile away simply because I can't steer properly, green shells are always coming out of nowhere or bouncing back and always hitting me, drifting was annoying with having to flick the analog stick in the opposite direction to where it sometimes doesn't even register and you get no turbo, listening to the person on the back of the kart screaming his/her head off when you get hit by something that makes you lose your item makes you wanna bash your head in and that Bowser Shell can go make friends with a giant sledge hammer.

I don't want to get this game. I strongly prefer the N64 version of this game.

This old game sucks & deserves to be at least top 2!

When You play characters as Mario And Luigi and other matching characters. The animation is just the same and horrible. When I play 150cc, I only see some HEAVYWEIGHT characters also trying to win. I rate it horrible! 3/10

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9 Arcade GP

No rainbow road, lack of relevance to the series desrves number 1

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10 Mario Kart 64 Mario Kart 64

What are you saying?! This is the best Mario Kart game ever!

Most overrated Mario Kart game. BY FAR.

This is the best game in my opinion, though it isn't as amazing as Diddy Kong Racing. - KennyRulz244444

It is also overrated, people who like it just like it because of the nostalgia. Meh.

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The Contenders

11 Mario Kart 7 Mario Kart 7

They did not have enough time for Waluigi and Dry Bones, but for inferior characters like Metal Mario, and Wiggler, they had a lot of time. I don't mind Honey Queen and Lakitu being in the game. Honey Queen was only added to insert an extra heavyweight female character, but the roster deserves an 8/10 because Waluigi Pinball was a retro track, but with no Waluigi.

The motion controls suck. Also, the items are just too tacked on. It's home of one of the worst items in history, the Tanooki Leaf. On a typical Grand Prix gameplay, usually, I always get screwed up whenever I receive a Tanooki Leaf. I hate that item so much! Thank goodness it's gone in Mario Kart 8. The roster looks fine, Honey Queen is pretty awesome, but why do you have to unlock Wario, a starter character? First person mode stinks. NO VS MODE? Why? That's because Neo Bowser City stole that gameplay mode. No kart color customization or horn emblem sucks. Best tracks ever is the only redeeming aspect.

This one sucked. Worse Mario kart ever.

This game deserves to be higher on the list, it pretty much uses elements from Mario Kart Wii, has a terrible character roster, "Rival" mechanic, I could go on and on and on.

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12 Mario Kart 9 Mario Kart 9

That's Mario Party 9. Whoever put this on is crazy and probably never played this game EVER!

Whoever put this list is truly a retro gamer who just ignores the modern stuff. - recaller

I want to see Kamek appear in this game instead of pissant clone characters.

There's no such thing as Mario Kart 9 or 10

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13 Mario Kart 10 Mario Kart 10

I'm laughing... Captain Obvious here but THERE ISN'T A Mario KART 10! - KennyRulz244444

Mario Kart 10 is the WORST in the entire series. - dtlux1

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