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In anticipation of the new Mario Kart 7 being released for the 3DS on December 4th, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the entire Mario Kart series to see which games crossed the finish line on top, and which ones broke down.
6: Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. Double Dash was a pretty solid Mario Kart entry, but seeing as how there was such a large gap between Mario Kart 64 and Double Dash, fans were expecting a bit more from Nintendo. Critics found the courses to be a little bland and the character voices to be, as Gamespot reviewer Ryan Davis put it, "unrelenting."
5: Mario Kart 64. Mario Kart 64 was a massive success of a game. It introduced the world to 4-player Mario Kart and showed off the graphics of the Nintendo 64. Critics found the single-player to be lacking, with IGN even saying that the single player was a "step back" from the SNES offering.
4: Mario Kart Wii. Mario Kart Wii was a massive success for Nintendo, becoming the second best selling Wii game of all time. And while the game did show massive promise with it's online component, many found the races to end with luckier players winning over skilled players due to the nature of the power-ups and weapons. Others also found the older tracks to not hold up that well over time.
3: Super Mario Kart. The original Mario Kart game was a massive success, and its influences can still be felt all over the gaming industry. Even though this game placed at #3 on my list, that isn't to say it is a bad game. It gives more credit to the top 2 for managing to surpass the original.
2: Mario Kart: Super Circuit. Super Circuit was the first time the Mario Kart franchise was released on a mobile platform. While initially worried that the game would just be a rehashing of Super Mario Kart, many were very happy to find that Super Circuit not only had the original tracks, but new tracks as well.
1: Mario Kart DS. Mario Kart DS is the best Mario Kart game so far. The racing is top-notch as is the munti-player. It was the first game to utilize the DS's built-in Wi-Fi for online play as well as the ability to play wirelessly with other near-by DS owners, even if they didn't have a copy of the game. Critics found the game to be the best kart racing game of all time, regardless of platform.
I didn't include the two arcade versions of Mario Kart because I haven't actually played them! If you have, let us know how you would rank them in the comments!