Mario Kart 64 (1996)

by Christopher
4 minutes read


Mario Kart 64: The Kart Racing Classic That Defined a Genre

Released in 1996 for the Nintendo 64, Mario Kart 64 is the second installment in the Mario Kart series and is widely considered to be one of the greatest kart racing games ever made. With its innovative gameplay, charming characters, and iconic tracks, Mario Kart 64 has captivated gamers for generations.


Mario Kart 64 is a kart racing game in which players control one of eight characters from the Mario franchise as they race around a variety of tracks. The game features two camera angles and three engine sizes: 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. Each kart has distinctive handling, acceleration, and top speed capabilities.

Players can use a variety of power-ups to help them win races, including shells that can be fired at rival racers, bananas that make them skid out, and lightning bolts that make them small and very slow. Mario Kart 64 also introduced the fan-favorite “Golden Mushroom,” which gives players a temporary speed boost.


Mario Kart 64 features a roster of eight playable characters, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. The characters include:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Princess Peach
  • Princess Daisy
  • Toad
  • Toadette
  • Wario
  • Donkey Kong


Mario Kart 64 features 16 tracks, each with its own unique layout and challenges. The tracks are divided into four cups: Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup, and Special Cup. The Special Cup tracks are only unlocked once the player has won the first three cups.

Some of the most iconic Mario Kart 64 tracks include:

  • Rainbow Road
  • Royal Raceway
  • Wario Stadium
  • DK’s Jungle Parkway
  • Bowser’s Castle


Mario Kart 64 has had a profound impact on the video game industry. It is credited with popularizing the kart racing genre and has inspired numerous imitators. The game’s innovative gameplay, charming characters, and iconic tracks have made it a timeless classic that is still enjoyed by millions around the world.

Mario Kart 64 has also been a critical and commercial success. It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and has received numerous awards, including Game of the Year awards from several publications.


Mario Kart 64 is a kart racing masterpiece that has stood the test of time. With its innovative gameplay, charming characters, and iconic tracks, it is a game that will continue to be enjoyed by gamers for generations to come.

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