Best Mario Kart Games

The Top Ten

1 Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii was the first game in the series I ever played, and even though I have experience with all of the games now (minus the arcade ones), this one is still my favorite. Here's why I chose this one over Double Dash!, my second favorite:

-Varied, expansive character roster
-Beautiful music, especially on Rainbow Road and Daisy Circuit
-Interesting track designs (most notably, Mushroom Gorge, Maple Treeway, and Coconut Mall)
-The introduction of bikes
-Innovative vehicle designs (the Piranha Prowler, Dolphin Dasher, Booster Seat, and Magikruiser to name a few)
-In my opinion, the franchise's best Bowser's Castle and Rainbow Road
-Each character's hidden stat bonuses, which add variety to characters in the same weight/size class
-Funky Stadium, my favorite battle course ever
-The Mega Mushroom, a fun, effective item that I believe should make a return in the future
-Numerous controller options (useful for those who don't like using the Wii ...more

YES! My favorite mario kart wii of all time! Even though characters like Baby Peach and Birdo were trash, it had the best character roster, on top of the fact that it had my favorite item of all time in it: Surprisingly, it's the LIGHTNING CLOUD!

This one is quite fun, I remember playing it a few times - trains45

Aw, yeah! Best shortcuts ever!

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2 Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

This is my most favorite mario kart - trains45

2 can go in a cart.

This and DS were the ones I grew up with. I loved the track selection, and the whole 2 characters per kart gimmick was really cool. This was also before they severely nerfed/dumbed down drifting, and choosing a kart was great without turning into an RPG.
Sure the graphics are dated, but I still tink this and DS hit the nail on the head for track and overall graphic design. The tracks just seem more intuitive and easier to follow than in the newer ones like 7 and 8, where I can never tell where the turns are due to the massive detail and lack of direction. Special items seems dumb at first, but it really promotes trying all the characters and finding your favorite combo; they're more than just stat differences here.
My favorite Mario Kart game, very closely followed by DS.

Best tracks

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3 Mario Kart DS

I would not have voted for this if they did not replace Koopa with Dry bones.

Easily the best!

Mario Kart DS may not be the best looking Mario Kart, but it's easily the most fun. I haven't stopped playing this game for 14 years since it came out. - EvanWellens

The first Mario I ever played. I grew up with this. There is really no other words.

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4 8

Mario Kart 8 is easily the worst mario kart game of all time, and Wii will always be better. Here's why.
Wii has a better character roster
Wii has better tracks, items, karts, tricks, and online mode.
Mario Kart 8 introduced some horrible characters, like Pink Gold Peach, Baby Rosalina and bought back the other babies, on top of the fact that they ditched Diddy Kong.

This game introduces the worst character in the history of Mario Kart. Pink. Gold. PEACH.
Who ever thought this was a good idea should be banned from Nintendo. Nintendo is known for being creative, not creating clones of existing characters in Mario Kart! Also, they brought back the coin item. That was a very bad decision. Also, the character roster doesn't make sense. They added another baby character, the koopalings without Bowser Jr. (Which by the way, he returns in MK8 Deluxe, and thank god.), and there are too many clones like Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach. Nintendo better realize the mistake of including clone characters. What's next? Boomerang Mario, Frog Mario, Ice Mario, Propeller Mario and Green Bronze Luigi. If Nintendo includes these characters I will freak out.

Mario kart 8 is great, but it's battle mode sucks. Also Deluxe was far better. - EvanWellens

Why is this on here? Mario Kart 8 stinks and here's why!

I hear everyone boning about the lame motion controls. Are you kidding me? These controls suck even worse than Mario Kart Wii. The A button is your gas pedal, but the bottom left trigger is for shooting items? What the FUDGE?

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 is now an exploit. The battle arenas in former kart games were varied, but now the battle arenas were remixed? What the FUDGE? Nintendo, you're going to take out one of the best features of the game, and slap the phrase on a rehashed racing mode? That's just shoddy work! Ya dun goofed, guys. Ya dun goofed.

The roster is crap! Why do cool characters like honey queen, dry bones, diddy kong, king boo, birdo, dry Bowser, funky kong, ...more

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5 64

It is best lol

Very overrated, however the tracks are excellent - darthvadern

This game is super fun, but it's not my favorite. I do prefer Mario Karts 7 and 8, but not because I don't appreciate older games, I just happen to like all the current games bring to the table. Everyone has their own opinions, and I respect that. Although this game isn't perfect in my eyes, it's still fun, and the best part about it are the sheer number of classic courses it has, which have become super fun and iconic, and are even better when they are brought back in future games as retro tracks. But please respect my opinion, I appreciate all the Mario Kart games!

The SNES game started it all, but MK64 became THE Mario Kart game. The one that established the basics for all subsequent cartoon kart games in all consoles, the same way Super Mario 64 set the gold stardard for 3D platformers.

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6 7

Honey Queen and Wiggler suck, and whoever likes them has no life.

Wiggler is love, wiggler is life - lemur

This game is the worst

This is the best for me, it has some of the greatest soundtracks in Mario Kart and it had a cool roster even though Waluigi was absent, but at least they added Shy Guy, Honey Queen and Wiggler which in my opinion were excellent choices. The Flower Cup and Lightning Cup are some of my favourite Mario Kart cups as well - darthvadern

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7 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

It is the newest and the graphics are so good like your mom

This should be higher than Mario kart 8 because it has a bigger roster, a battlefield when you do a battle and you can play it on the go!

Better than Double Dash - darthvadern


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8 Mario Kart: Super Circuit

This is the only one I haven't played - trains45

Mario kart super circuit is my favorite is because it's like the snes original. That means it's about the driving and not the items. Yes the items are what gives Mario kart charm but the fact that you need to be better in this game to actually be good then you do in another Mario carts is what pulls me in. A easy way to say it as I read in review once was "Mario kart super circuit doesn't have a blue shell" That means no cheap losses etc. I think most don't like this game for the fact it's mainly 2d and that it's much harder then the others. (not counting the snes original) Another great thing about this Mario kart is the fact it's got the snes original in it as well, 2 games in 1!

It has more tracks than any other Mario Kart (excluding Mario Kart 8 because it has DLC which you have to pay more for). It also has innovative tracks like Ribbon Road and Cheese Land. It has more Bowser Castles than any other game with 7 in all (4 new to the series). It is the first Mario Kart to have a single player mode where you could race against the CPU without being in a Grand Prix (Quick Run). It also allows players to share ghosts with their friends for time trial. It is also the first Mario Kart to rank you after a Grand Prix. You can get up to 3 stars. This wasn't used again until Mario Kart DS, 4 years later. It was also the first Mario Kart game to allow you to have settings for Quick Run (3 or 5 laps, coins on or off, items on or off). It also was funny because only Wario, Bowser, or Peach could get lightning for a CPU! It was also fun to crash a person and do a spin turn and keep spinning them for as long as you could. The game also had a ton of shortcuts as long as you ...more

You can tell how good a game's tracks are if they are used a lot as retro tracks. Though GBA is tied (SNES) for the most nitro tracks in the franchise, only a few have been used.

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9 Super Mario Kart

This one's pretty bad, sure it was the original, but it had awful controls - darthvadern

The only one I enjoy - iliekpiez

To be fair, this game has aged pretty terribly, and there's no reason to come back to it today. - Pagepage21

Why do people still like this this was 25 odd years ago! I just don't really understand why people still like it but I'm into Wii and 8 now!

Without this version of Mario Kart, the modern stuff wouldn't exist. I'm 13, so I'm not one of those people who prefer everything in the past, but at least I know that. - LemonComputer

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10 Mario Kart 8

I can't believe this event is number 1 for good graphics and mamazing gameplay

This is the best game ever. It is the best I have ever played.

The Newcomers

? Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway

Any Mario Kart game < Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway
Best game ever.

Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway is best game ever

The Contenders

11 Mario Kart 64

Really the best Mario Kart.

12 Mario Kart 7

This is already on the list.

13 Arcade GP 2

I hate the person who says peach is too fast.

Ok first it is weird that mametchi is a playable character but thing like this can lead to creativity. This game was developed by Nintendo and Namco. Now I have never seen Namco before but I would say that the company is great! also each character in the game like Mario Kart GP have types of acceleration, top speed and weight. Now here are my favourite and least favourite characters. the higher it is I love and like and the lower is well... I do like them still but just not that kind of fell to it.

Mario (4/10)
luigi (5/10)
princess peach (6 kind of 5/10)
toad (6/10)
Yoshi (4/10)
Bowser (5/10)
DK (4/10)
Blinky the red ghost (8/10)
Pac Man (4/10)
Ms Pac man (7/10)
wario (5/10)
waluigi (6/10)
And Finally but not least...
Mametchi (10/10)

14 Arcade GP

It is so underrated because it a a Mario/Classic Pac-Man crossover. Yes, you still get Princess Peach's overdosed femininity (re: her voice and her princess dress). But that does not make the game. Yes, it's not the most innovative Mario Kart game. But it takes us all on a ride!

15 Arcade GP DX
16 Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
17 Mario Kart Arcade GP
18 Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
19 Mario Kart 2 1/2

It has -

Donkey Kong


Diddy Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Red Yoshi
Metal Mario

It has such race tracks like Toad's Ending Turnpike, Bowser's Coney Island Disco Palace and Non-Boring LGBT Road, sadly, it was never released in America and the only way to play it now is on an emulator since it is required to connect to the internet (which is Nintendo Hotline Dial-Up, which discontinued in 2005 due to the growing popularity of broadband) and emulators used Google Chrome as a replacement and again, The DD was only released in Japan, so good luck emulating on that! Nintendo immediately forgot the game and even the Mario Wiki! Seriously, go to for the game! - Maddox121

I don't think that's a game...

The ultimate Mario Kart game released for the Nintendo 64DD.
Of course it was only in Japan, we never got it.
Mario Kart 2 1/2 had twice as much characters as Mario Kart 64.
It should be number one!
(We Are Number One! Hey! )

20 Arcade GP 3
21 Arcade GP 5
22 Minecraft Story Mode: The Complete Adventure

It’s the best Mario cart because of the great kartz and because it has the best romance of any maria card.

23 Yakuza Kiwami

It's a great game where you beat people up, also you can play karaoke and eat a burger, there is kart racing too

24 Arcade GP 4
25 Mario Kart VR
26 Mario Kart Tour Mario Kart Tour

Not out yet, but it’s here for when it will be

27 Mario Kart Island Tour
28 Mario Kart 9

Mario Kart 9? I think you mean Mario Party 9.

Lol Os much fan games are on this list

Any way this is my Mario Kart Roster:

Metal Mario
Pink gold Peach
Baby Mario
Baby Luigi
Baby Daisy
Baby Peach
Bowser jr.
Amy Rose

That's mario party 9 not mario kart 9

That's Mario PARTY 9 - BlueSheepYT

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29 Mario Kart 10


Seriously, stop putting unreleased games here. - BlueSheepYT

Like an angel's kiss.


30 Mario Kart Virtual Boy
31 Arcade GP 6
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