Kart racing video games are arcade-like, light, racing games staying far away from the realism of other games like Gran Turismo. They typically involve mascots of a company racing on Karts through creative & wacky levels, hitting each other with weapons along the course. The most famous of Kart racers and inventor of the genre is Super Mario Kart. This genre is a sub-genre of racing video games. Kart racing games are known to have simplified driving mechanics while adding obstacles, unusual track designs and various action elements. Kart racers are also known to cast characters known from various platform games or cartoon television series as the drivers of "wacky" vehicles.
Super Mario Kart (1992) is cited to have popularized the kart racing genre, implementing combat elements within races. The game was also slower than other racing games of the time due to hardware limitations, prompting the developers to use a go-karts theme for the game. Since then, over 50 kart racing games have been released, featuring characters from Nicktoons to South Park.
↑Birch, Nathan (2014-05-29). The 10 Best Kart Racing Games Of All Time. Uproxx. Retrieved on 2014-11-27. “"I could just take the easy route and make this an all Mario Kart list, but I like a challenge, so this top 10 also includes pretenders to Mario’s go-karting throne."”