Best Mario Kart Games

The Top Ten Best Mario Kart Games

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

Awesome! This gave us good tracks like Koopa Cape and Coconut Mall - OnyxtheOcelot

HOW DARE Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway deleted from this list?!
Are you sure?
Mario Kart isn't Mario Kart compared to it!

My first Mario Kart game, and still my favorite. It does everything best in my opinion except Battle Mode, which I still like. - Gametoon

2 Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

One of the most technical and the last great game of the series.

This is the first Mario Kart I've ever played and it will always have a special place in my heart. I still pop the disk in and play sometimes.

This the best mario kart in my opinion it cool having 2 drivers on 1 kart and having special items - trains45

Definitely the most unique Mario Kart game.
It was the only one to include Petey Piranha and Paratroopa.
Only one with the double kart mechanic.
Introduced many other new characters.
Only one with unlockable battle tracks.
Introduced two new battle modes.
And many more amazing things. This is my second pick. - Gametoon

3 Mario Kart DS

When it comes to the controls & challenges it comes with to mastering it, Mario Kart DS is truly the goat of Mario Kart games

Awesome! A lot of the features in this game should've been mainstays from there on out! - Gametoon

First Mario Kart and my first DS game I played and that game was when I started to like Mario and video games. It’s a great game with Mission Mode which is so unique and a brilliant idea. It has the best battle tracks returned, Block Fort and Pipe Plaza. The Tracks are good and it introduced retro ones too. Now I got to experience the first Mario Kart track off all time. Drifting is epic but you may break your L and R buttons like some people did, I did.

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

4 Mario Kart 8

Wii is good but not as good as Mario Kart 8:

Mario Kart 8 has more tracks, they are way better looking, and they are just far more creative than Wii's. 8 has a weird roster, but I don't care. At least we still have all of the core characters, and there's more than Wii. The tricks in Mario Kart Wii slow you down so it's best to just avoid doing them unlike in Mario Kart 8. Yes there are fanmade tracks in wii (but they all stunk tbh). In conclusion, this game is so much faster paced and more enjoyable than Wii.

It's good, but has a lot of problems which the deluxe port fixed. - Gametoon

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.

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

5 Mario Kart 7

I feel like this is bit underrated. It introduced lots of new features like gliders, propellers, customizible kart parts, new (weird) mario characters, an item that lets you have 7 ITEMS around it!

Nonono! Get this off the list now! Just full of bots and hackers. I even play online and I see frozen people. - OnyxtheOcelot

The tracks, retro tracks, and battle stages are great. However, there are too many problems for me to think it should be any higher. - Gametoon

It has some of the best Tracks, Retro and New. Those being (and not limited to): Coconut Mall, Waluigi's Pinball, Piranha Plant Pipeway and Melody Motorway.

It has the best Rainbow Road in my opinion.

Even though Waluigi isn't in, it at least has some quirky characters like Honey Queen and a wiggler.

6 Mario Kart 64

This game has some really good tracks and shortcuts, but is overrated due to no unlockables and bad graphics on the characters. - Gametoon

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!

How is this only number 6 and below Mario Kart Wii? This game completely revolutionized Mario Kart and added the most things to it! Go and look it up! - BlazikenBro

People are crazy. This game is the best. Probably most of the voters are from this time (like me) and they don't know the classics.

7 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nice! Probably the best Mario Kart game. I have it and it now has amiibo and other stuff which means you have Kamek and Birdo and anyone else. - OnyxtheOcelot

It fixed all of the problems mario kart 8 had:
new proper battle courses
new GOOD characters
Double items slot!

Why is this below the original Mario Kart 8? It’s the Same game but you get all dlc! The graphics are also slightly better and a bunch of new stuff was added.

The ghosts have returned... They protect you... Steal for you... But will be against you if you do not free them... A feather from dinosaur land has also returned... While you fight... it will take you to new heights... And steal the life from your enemies... (Boo item and Cape Feather, respectively)

8 Mario Kart: Super Circuit

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.

One of my personal favourites. It is underrated by far and deserves a better placement. It was more about the driving than the items; you could outrun red shells and cancel spin-outs. The items themselves were more strategic and less luck-based. Plus, unlockable SNES tracks increase this game's replay value by a ton. I don't know why it gets so much hate, but it was an overall great game.

9 Super Mario Kart

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

All Mario Kart games (minus the Mario Kart Arcade GP series) that came after Mario Kart: Super Circuit are now a diss to the Mario Kart games that are all older than Mario Kart: Double Dash.

This game should be top 1! This game rocks & is much better than modern Mario Kart!

The first Mario Kart game!

10 Mario Kart 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)

The Contenders

11 Mario Kart Tour

Good mario kart game so far, just sucks waiting for cups under construction - trains45

People are just mad that this game is on mobile. It has some of the best graphics, unlimited courses, new characters, it’s great. The only thing that kinda sucks is that WHERES LUIGI?

Never played it. Looks cool but it’s just one of them nab ya money games. You have to pay for Mario? What! Cool tracks from real places like London and New York. Wish Mario games could be on consoles now and not devices like IPad’s and that.

Hmm I don't know cause 7 lamey no personality skins of Jr are in the game

12 Mario Kart 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!

13 Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
14 Mario Kart VR

Wait, there is a VR? - OnyxtheOcelot

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