Game Trivia

  • Super Mario Kart was originally conceived as a two-player version of F-Zero. However, due to the limitations of the Super NES, having such elaborate tracks in a multiplayer game would not have been possible. Originally, the game was conceived using generic characters, including a man wearing overalls. However, during development, the characters tried replacing one of the characters with Mario and the decision was made to have the game use a Super Mario theme.

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  • In all the versions of Super Mario Kart except the Japanese version, if the player enters the cheat code L, R, L, R, L, L, R, R, A on the cup selection menu in Time Trial, the Special Cup is unlocked. In the Japanese version, a "Boo" sound is heard instead.

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  • In Japan when your character places 1st in Grand Prix, they are drinking the bottle of champagne. When the game was ported outside of Japan, Nintendo censor it by having the character not drinking it.

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  • This is the only Mario Kart game where Donkey Kong Jr. makes an appearance. He was replaced by his father Donkey Kong in subsequent games.

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  • This is the only Mario Kart game where the characters do not speak nor make any sounds.

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  • Early pressings of the instruction booklet said the Ghost item only appears in Battle Mode, but in actuality it appears in Match Race as well. This was corrected with later copies of the initial pressing, and in the Players Choice reissues.

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  • Super Mario Kart is the only game to contain five courses per cup as opposed to the upper limit of four in its sequels.

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  • Yoshi, Bowser, and Donkey Kong Jr. are the only drivers in this game to have their own taunts when surpassing other racers regardless if they are being used by the player or CPU. The others do not have their own taunts and instead the standard beep is heard when surpassing other racers but can only be heard when used by the player.

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  • This is the only game where the Mushroom Cup has two Mario Circuit courses. They both share the same background and theme.

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