Best Mario Kart Games

The Top Ten

1 Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Mario kart Double Dash:
New karts: Finally some new karts! I was so bored to play with only one kart!
Roster: The roster is one of the best rosters in the Mario kart series.
Toadette's first apparition: Toadette is a lovely character!
New greatest additions like Daisy, Baby Mario, King Boo...:
I really love these characters!
Koopa return: I miss him a lot!
New amazing courses: Rainbow road, Daisy cruiser, Yoshi circuit and more!
Two characters in one kart: How awesome idea!
No jump: the jump was unnecessary in this game.
Better mini-turbo: The oldest was terrible!
Objects: The heart, the Yoshi egg, the fireballs...

Waluigi: Waluigi time! Waluigi time! Shut up please!
Blue shell:...
Final rank= 10/10. This game is amazing!

My ranking and rating (Worst to best, not including Arcade)
7. Mario Kart Super Circuit (6.5/10)
6. Super Mario Kart (7/10)
5. Mario Kart DS (8/10)
4. Mario Kart 64 (8/10)
3. Mario Kart Wii (8.5/10)
2. Mario Kart 7 (9/10)
1. Mario Kart Double Dash! (9.5/10)

Double Dash had the best courses, kart options, and the best multiplayer. I really liked the 2 players per kart mechanic. Bob-omb Blast is by far the best battle mode of all time, and I wish Nintendo used it in other Mario Kart games. Overall, Double Dash is the best Mario Kart game.

I agree with you but I don't hate the blue shell. People say it's unfair but here is the thing...Mario KART IS SUPPOSE TO BE UNFAIR! - spodermanfan1000

Back when Mario rosters were great.

This is my most favorite mario kart the best one - flaggy0666

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2 Mario Kart Wii

The Arcade GP games shouldn't even be on this list. Everything just works in this game and if you like the game and you are bored you should get custom tracks. They will keep you entertained for a long time. MKWii has a good desert track and there aren't many good desert tracks in Mario Kart. For a snow track, everyone was disappointed in DK Pass for the DS and DK Summit came and it was 100 times better. This game gets first place in the Mario Kart Series, followed by Double Dash, 7, 64, DS, Super Mario Kart, and Super Circuit. I understand that many people favor Double Dash, but I think Wii would be in second place for many of these people. Oh yeah, and the game just worked so well. I loved how the items worked. The new items were more-than-acceptable (except the Thundercloud). The Thundercloud was the only thing I disliked (although they should've put in better retro tracks) but the new tracks were great though (except the ones that end in "Circuit") so it is definitely a good game.

This is the best Mario kart ever and I'm going to tell you why. It has the most fun tracks and a great character roster! The graphics are also very colorful and it seems like your more in the Mario world than some of the newer games. Unlocking characters and karts is fun! You get really excited and surprised when you get the character you want and soon you will get addicted to this amazingly fun and awesome game! The battle courses are very fun. (My favorite is funky stadium) there is just so much to like about this game! The blue shells are a big help to those who are in 12th or second place. And if your in first place than just wait for someone to get close to you than they will get hit too. This game should be #1 on this list and if you don't have it then you should get it and then have fun with your friends.

This game has the:
Best Desert Track: Dry Dry Ruins
Best Snow Track: DK Summit
Most Unique and Fun track with a not-so-unique and fun name: Maple Treeway
First Wario Track not having to do with stadiums or colosseums:Wario's Goldmine
Unique Ideas for Tracks: bouncing mushrooms, Coconut Mall, a factory, volcano with portions falling off as you progress, Koopa Cape.
Mario Kart Wii also has the best Bowser's Castle. I'm not telling you or arguing. All of what I said was my opinion (obviously). I didn't mention other types of tracks as categories. Some of you might think that it has the best Rainbow Road and the best highway track, but not me.

I had a lot of fun playing this game and unlocking the characters. This game will always hold a special place in my heart, which may or may not be a popular opinion.

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3 8

This game has so many fantastic aspects about it! Although graphics don't make or break a game, this game is BEAUTIFUL and everything looks so polished and fantastic! The courses are all really original and fun to play through. The retro tracks look so good in their new form, and they were mostly a big improvement to the original courses. The zero gravity feature is pretty fun to play around with, and the flying and swimming also return from Mario Kart 7. The new items are cool, especially the horn. The kart customization is cool. There are tons of great characters to play as, including the Koopalings. The DLC tracks and characters are really cool. Overall, this game makes so many improvements to the series and it's my favorite Mario Kart game after playing all of them! (the others are pretty good too, though)

I think 8 is one of the best in the series because of the new added tracks and features of the game. A few examples are the new Mario kart T.V. which is so fun to play with (especially slo-mo) and the tracks are amazing as well from mount wario to shy guy falls, this Mario kart is one game no one should miss! - TheGameBoy815

This game was pretty good on the Wii U. It was the best looking game in the series, good selection of tracks and wonderful DLC. The only cons in the game are that the character roster isn't great because of pointless additions like Pink Gold Peach and Baby Rosalina and cutting good characters like Diddy, Bowser Jr. Etc., but having the Koopalings as playable characters was a good idea. And of course, Battle Mode was ruined. Overall, a great game to play aside from a few minor cons. - dbret12

Its good. They should mix it in with Double Dash. - Justmakinganame

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4 Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart: Double Dash may have had the best gameplay, Mario Kart Wii may have had the best multiplayer and Mario Kart 64 may have blown the others out of the water. But Mario Kart DS will always be my favorite.
Colorful graphics, brilliant music, fun tracks, good challenge and fun gameplay, it's hard to not like this game if you are a Mario Kart fan. Although I think Mario Kart 64 is the best, Mario Kart DS is my favorite.
Plus it's Mario Kart wherever you go! Who wouldn't want that?
Oh, and apart from its multiplayer and Mario Kart feel, Mario Kart Wii is the worst in the series. - BlazikenBro

Since Wii's already number one, I thought I'd give my 2 cents on this one. As a handheld game it has an impressive amount of content, with a lot of tracks both new and iconic, a lot of fun single-player challenges, and of course the fun of local multiplayer. Seems like Wii and 8 are the only ones people mention; DS is quite underrated. - Garythesnail

I cannot believe Mario Kart Wii is higher than this masterpiece.

It had great tracks, and not the motion control bull the Wii had.

The control are rough, some tracks are awful, the roster is cheap, the online is worse, that's why Wii is higher. - DaisyandRosalina

This is the best Mario Kart in my opinion. All the tracks are fun and none are bland. I also like the characters. It’s so cool that ROB got in, and he isn’t even from Mario! The multiplayer is really fun no matter what mode you pick. But the best part of it is that it has single player as well. The mission mode is super fun and should be in the other Mario Karts. - DatBoiOnTheRun

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5 64

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.

really, 64 - YoshiApple

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6 7

I think that metal maniac and honey drizzled should be off the roster and Waluigi and diddy Kong should be their and thanks god we don't have to look at yoshi falls in this game! The reason I'm not so keen on the game is above

Absolutely gorgeous game. You can fly and go underwater. The rainbow road is the best. New vehicles. Last but not least some of the tracks are not the same in each lap including rainbow road. - Arilio

I love this game more than 8

Please don't hurt me

This is one of my favorite games of all time! It's so nostalgic to me with memorable soundtrack, only one bad nitro course (Rosaliuas Ice World, don't get me wrong, I still like Rosalina) And then we have amazing playable characters! - darthvadern

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7 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!

I still consider this the most fun Mario Kart game, but it may be because it's the one I'm best at. - chevygolderado

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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.

Probably one of my childhood Mario Kart games - ShaunFan04

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9 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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)

This game has more of everything compared to past Mario Kart games. It has the largest character roster, largest and best selection of tracks out of the whole series, a Battle Mode vastly superior to the original MK8, practically thousands of possible Kart combinations, the controls work perfectly, and an easily accessible Online Mode. This game is the complete package. - thunderstar1124

My favorite Mario Kart of all time. The tracks are now more frantic since there are two items in one kart. Battle Mode is more fun than ever such as Renegade Roundup, Balloon Battle, and Bo-bomb Blast, Coin Runners ad Shine Thief.

Why is this number 9?!
When 8 came out, it quickly became my second favorite right after Wii. But between only having one item, no wheelies, and the coin item, it couldn’t be my favorite.
Deluxe fixed most of my problems and the new battle mode makes it an easy #1!

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10 Mario Kart 8

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

The Contenders

11 Mario Kart 64

Really the best Mario Kart.

12 Mario Kart 7
13 Arcade GP 2
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
17 Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
18 Arcade GP 3
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 Mario Kart 9

That's mario party 9 not mario kart 9

This mario party 9 not mario kart 9 - flaggy0666

That's Mario PARTY 9 - BlueSheepYT

Not out yet - flaggy0666

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