Super Mario Kart is an exciting racing game featuring popular Super Mario characters like Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser, and Donkey Kong Jr. The goal is to compete in the Super Mario Kart championship and win.
In the game, you collect coins to increase your speed and use shells and bananas to hinder your opponents on the track. There are four cups to race for: Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup, and Special Cup. Each cup has different tracks based on locations like Bowser's Castle and Super Mario World.
The game offers three speed options: 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. 50cc is the slowest and easiest difficulty, while 150cc is the fastest and most challenging. To unlock 150cc, you need to clear all cups in the 100cc class, which offers a medium level of speed and difficulty.
In multiplayer mode, the game splits into two screens. The top screen shows the main gameplay, while the bottom screen displays an overhead map showing the progress of all characters. Pressing the designated button allows you to switch the overhead map to a backward view. If two players are playing, the bottom screen shows the second player's screen instead.
Players can choose from eight Super Mario characters, each with their own stats that affect how they handle in the game. During races or battles, you can pick up items from Question Blocks scattered around the track. The type of item you get depends on your position in the race. Players who are behind receive stronger items like the invincible Star or the Lightning that shrinks other racers. Those who are ahead get basic items like Banana Peels and Green Shells. Question Blocks disappear after being used and will only respawn once all the blocks on the track have been depleted.
At the beginning of a race, players can rev up their karts for a boost. However, revving too much will result in slower acceleration. You can also hop by pressing L or R, and if you hold the button while hopping and steering left or right, you can perform a power slide. Power sliding allows you to take sharp turns while maintaining speed. You can use the Y to brake your kart. However, karts in the game don't have a reverse function. To go backward, players have to either perform a U-turn or hop around. Some tracks have water areas where you can briefly move around before being picked up by Lakitu. Falling into pits or lava immediately results in being rescued by Lakitu.
During the race, you can collect coins that increase your top speed and offer protection from collisions with other racers. If you have zero coins and collide with another racer, you spin out. However, if you have coins, you'll only lose one coin and keep driving. The maximum number of coins you can have is ten, which provides the highest speed. Losing coins can happen when you're hit by an item, picked up by Lakitu after falling off the track, or bumping into other racers. The number of coins available on each course varies.