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

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

Good game but I prefer Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway. - FedorTheShrekFan

2 Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

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

What! this is below Mario Kart Wii.

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

2 word, the best

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

The. Best. Mario. Kart. Game. Of. All. Time. - CrypticMemory

4 Mario Kart 8

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.

Best game on Wii U

MK8 (And it's Deluxe port) are great games with anti-gravity and the much better graphics, but do you wanna know what is the worst downside of this game? (According to me)

5 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

It is best lol

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!

Very overrated, however the tracks are excellent - darthvadern

6 Mario Kart 7

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.

Awesome retro tracks and music! Crappy roster! - Videogamesgal

It has the best tracks ever

7 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The battle mode alone makes this a must have.

Way better content than the original Mario Kart 8. - Gametoon

Go Nintendo switch em-brass the future

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.

8 Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Underrated game with some really fun tracks. - Gametoon

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

9 Super Mario Kart

A pretty fun game, but pales in comparison to the rest. - Gametoon

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

The only one I enjoy - iliekpiez

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

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 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!

12 Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
13 Mario Kart Tour Mario Kart Tour

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

My favorite game by far - will_smm2

Terrible the koopa kids came back without jr again

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?

14 Mario Kart VR
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