Best Mario Kart Games

The Top Ten
1 Mario Kart Wii Mario Kart Wii Product Image

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 is probably the best Mario Kart I have ever played. This is even better than double dash! It has a great selection of new and old tracks, and has the best character roster! The music from this game is probably great too! This is also a very nostalgic game, as I used to play it as a kid always. The online communication features were very revolutionary for a Mario Kart game. The only thing I dislike about this game is some items: The? Block, which is just a copy/paste of a banana. Also, the thundercloud, possibly the worst item I have ever witnessed. Unfortunately, the Nintendo Wii WiFi has shut down, and not even Mario Kart Wii still has the online features?

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.

The parts I think are the best from this game above all of the other Mario kart games is the advanced physics (wheelies, inside drift, low tricks, multiple types of tricks, an abundance of shortcuts on every track) and CTGP, a fan-made feature that adds 218 extra tracks to the game, most of which are excellent, some even above nintendo level, and allows you to play these tracks online. There is also a item setting called Item Rain, which is very very fun playing against other people, as it is very chaotic (with items raining from the sky). I feel like the newer mario kart games (8, 8 deluxe) lack in advanced strategy. The tracks in mario kart 8 all limit fun shortcuts, and the kart and bike physics are not as fun to use as mario kart wii's inside drift.

2 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Product Image

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!

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.

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.

This game is very fast and hectic and just overall EXCITING. I never got that kind of speed and excitement from the other Mario Karts. Sure, 200cc in Mario Kart 8 is pretty dang fast, but it felt too tight and controlled.
Fun fact: when this game was in development, the game's speed was a lot slower. In response to feedback from fans, the game was sped up considerably.

3 Mario Kart DS Mario Kart DS Product Image

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.

I firmly believe that the love for Double Dash is based purely on nostalgia rather than taking the time to look at what each game added to the series. MKDS added Wi-Fi, doubled the number of courses to 32, and gave you a rating after each cup that gave it MUCH more replay value. I think people are forgetting just how big of a deal these features are, as they are now in every game. But they weren't in Double Dash, a game that added absolutely nothing new. Also, MKDS had Mission Mode, Shine Runners, and the best Balloon Battle ever. If we judge each game by how good it was for its time and how much it added to the series, this is no contest.

Mario Kart DS introduced online play (which unfortunately does not work anymore), a missions mode (which is unique to this title), and the idea of introducing old tracks alongside new ones. Also, Mario Kart DS introduced snaking, which I believe brought a level of skill to the game. Although noobs may disagree on that. Mario Kart DS is number 2 if not number 1, in my opinion. But I rate it as number 1.

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.

4 Mario Kart 7 Mario Kart 7 Product Image

This game his what is by far the best character roster. My favorite part is that there is no Waluigi! Yay! My only complaint is the kart system and there is no Dry Bowser. I mean, why would ANYONE want only 3 karts and 3 wheels to start off with, and only one glider? This is an outrage!

I've been playing this for a whole year, and I think I'm addicted. It introduces flying which is SOMETHING. It also introduced going underwater and three new items, the tanooki tail, the crazy seven, and yes, the fire flower!

Love the new features but where's the single player vs mode? It's not there so now I have to play every track in a certain order if I want to race people. But this game lets you fly and go underwater and the tracks are amazing. They brought back the best retro tracks in any game and overall it was a cool game to play.

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

5 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Product Image

Why the hell is this game not in the top 3? This Mario Kart has everything, amazing roster, amazing tracks, large battle mode, decent online, you name it. It has a reason to be no. 1 best seller!

This game is easily superior over the original MK8. The character roster is improved, and the battle mode got revamped from MK8 to be better, 8 battle tracks, 5 modes, battle mode was fixed in this version. This game also added one feature to online missing from the other Mario Kart games, being able to change characters in between races. If I had any criticism for this game, it would be that if you had the original MK8, it won't feel like much was changed to feel brand new. There aren't new courses, which can make races feel a bit repetitive.

What a game! Fixes Battle Mode from the first game and it's the best Battle Mode in the whole Mario Kart Series. It introduces new characters and has more content than Mario Kart 8. Wish we had Mario Kart 9 instead because it makes Mario Kart 8 pointless. Smart Sterring is great and I've had races where I don't control the racers, can be boring but if you control the items then it's more fun. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is so much fun and is worth it if you have Mario Kart 8 or not.

How the hell is the original MK8 above this one. This one fixes everything wrong with MK8 and here was its problems:
The battle mode. The battle mode is terrible! Instead of having this round course thing that Mario kart usually has for BM, you race on REGULAR tracks!
Roster. I guess the roster is kind of the same in MK8DX but it at least adds new characters like link and inkling. MK8 roster is terrible. We have several clones of characters like Mario and peach instead of cool, original characters!
MK8DX also returns the boo and feather power ups which is awesome. Please vote!

6 Mario Kart 8 Mario Kart 8 Product Image

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)

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

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.

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.

7 Mario Kart 64 Mario Kart 64 Product Image

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!

This is one of my favorite mario karts because one or two of the tracks are just insanely broken(choco mountain and frappe snowland) and Choco Mountain is the more broken than Frappe Snowland, because Choco mountain has a trick that only 13 people have pulled off, which is the Weathertenko.

How is MKWii's Rainbow Road horrific? Its awesome and is a good challenge. MK64's Rainbow Road is the one that's horrific. I5 is literally just driving down a road full of chain chomps, has barriers and is very LOONG, and takes about 6 minutes to finish three laps. that's about taking at least 6 laps around a normal race course.

Quality tracks, the best balloon battle map, creative and revolutionary. Deserves higher than 5 and definitely higher than Mario Kart Wii, whose Rainbow Road is horrific.

8 Mario Kart: Super Circuit Mario Kart: Super Circuit Product Image

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

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.

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.

9 Super Mario Kart Super Mario Kart Product Image

It's okay, I guess, but it's definitely been surpassed by every other Mario Kart. Depth perception is at its worst here due to the the 2D graphics, and power-ups don't function as well as the other games. This game has it's charm but it's objectively the worst Mario Kart.

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.

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!

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

10 Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

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)

I hate the person who says peach is too fast.

The Contenders
11 Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
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 Tour

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.

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?

My favorite game by far

14 Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Product Image

This Mario kart game is incredibly cool! I love how you are able to make any kind of wacky tracks that you want (as long as your house isn't to small). It's even more fun when you are racing against someone else that has this game on their Switch. It's just a very fun and unique game

This should be at least top ten. And also about Mametchi why the heck is she 10/10. He isn't completely pointless but why does that person give her 10/10. That is just stupid. I still think Mamecthi is Ok, but if Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi get 4-5/10, Mametchi deserves 4/10 too. Whoever has Mamatchi as a favorite character has severe mental issues. I like Mario Kart Home circuit. The only bad thing is that you can't go on ramps.

15 Mario Kart VR

Wait, there is a VR?

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