Mario Kart Wii has inspired me to write a few essays on Mario Kart. I've been a fan ever since Super Mario Kart came out on the SNES. As you can see, I own all 6 Mario Kart games. Like so many Nintendo games, a lot of people think they know what they're all about. Bright colors. Simple rules. Deep gameplay. Lots of fun. While all of these things are good, even some of Nintendo's best keep franchises have taken a hit in the quality and game design department. It's time to get to the bottom of Mario Kart and see if it is or ever was worth caring about.
Like I said, Mario Kart Wii has inspired me to write about the Mario Kart series, and why Mario Kart Wii may be the worst Mario Kart game of them all. How is that possible? What's so different about the games? It'll all be explained this week.
First up will be an essay on the core structure of the Mario Kart series and how Super Mario Kart/Mario Kart: Super Circuit are structurally similar to Super Mario Bros. Stay tuned.