25 Years Of Mario Kart

Image: Mario Kart 8

With Super Mario Kart coming out in 1992, Mario Kart has officially been kicking around for 25 years. But have you seen every Mario Kart back to back?

Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has done a neat breakdown of the entire series, as its appeared on 9 iterations of Nintendo consoles. That's all the way from Super Mario Kart and its splitscreen magic, through to Double Dash and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch.

Each console required different technical trickery to accomplish, especially when the series has consistently targeted 60fps across a wide range of hardware, each with its own challenges. But it's also a fascinating look back at what bits and pieces each Mario Kart release has prioritised, and how common facets differ across titles (like power sliding).

One of the intriguing elements about regular franchises (and in annual franchises like FIFA too) is how they continue to change, a lot of which are small, technical tweaks that are a lot harder to spot a new track, character, or game-changing mechanic.


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