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Release year: 1996 | Players: multiplayer | Developed by Nintendo

Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64)

Mario Kart 64 (AKA マリオカート64, Mario Kāto 64 in Japan) is a 3D kart racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 console in 1996. This game was the successor to Super Mario Kart for the SNES, and is the second game in the Mario Kart series.

Everyone knows Mario Kart is one of the mainstays in Nintendo’s roster of titles for each of their platforms that can trace its roots all the way back to the Super NES. Mario Kart 64 introduced several new features that has made it one of the most popular games of the Nintendo 64. In fact, a used cartridge, even without packaging, commands about $20 on average which just goes to show just how much of a crowd favorite this game was back in its heyday.

The reason why Mario Kart 64 is so popular even today is simply because the new features that were added made it more of a party or social game rather than an arcade racer. The old Super Mario Kart allowed as many as two players to play on a split screen.

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Mario Kart 64 Cover (SNES)

Mario Kart 64 owes its success to the fact that the Nintendo 64 easily supports four players. This makes it an amazing game to play for parties or on a regular afternoon with friends.

The concept itself remains pretty much untouched. Players get to drive around a track, pick up power ups, and use these power ups to try and stop their opponents from winning. Though power ups play a huge role, the game nevertheless rewards players for skill as knowing how to actually drive around the track still plays a major role in winning a race.

The power up system sets Mario Kart 64 apart from most titles of the racing genre. It adds another layer of gameplay where players can focus on making the race difficult for their competitors while making it easier for themselves. Players have to be strategic in the way they deploy their power ups while at the same time having to keep themselves vigilant from being sabotaged by other racers.

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Mario Kart 64 was also visually spectacular. It was the first of the Mario Kart series to be in 3D. Fantastic colors, amazing racetracks, and awesome soundtrack all came together to make for a visual and audio spectacle that never got old.

It’s a solid game to try for those looking for a retro game. Those who give it a try won’t be disappointed by this old fan favorite from the N64.

Mario Kart 64 game has been ported to N64 (this version), and Nintendo Virtual Console. But, remember, you can always play it online here. It’s unblocked!

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