Flashback Fridays: The Mario Kart Series

Hello everybody, welcome to another installment of our blast from the past series entitled Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a different approach and talk about an entire franchise instead of just one game. The collection of games I am referring to all bear the same name, Mario Kart.

Let’s face facts, as far as originality goes, these titles do not differ that much from one release to another. Thankfully the developers did change one feature every once in awhile to keep things somewhat fresh and exciting. Whether it was a new type of vehicle, online multiplayer, racing with a partner, or being able to drive tracks in reverse, these guys were always trying to keep players on their toes.  In all honesty though, variety was never the reason why people came back to them anyways. It was more about having fun with friends than anything else.

Out of the entire series, three different games stand above the rest to me. Mario Kart 64 was an absolute blast because for the first time ever I got to race through tracks in the opposite direction. Mario Kart Wii introduced motorcycles, and came with an accessory known as the Wii Wheel, which was actually a pretty interesting device that made the title a whole lot of fun to play. Last, but certainly not least, Mario Kart DS brought online competition to the series, and allowed players to show their off their racing skills to the whole world.

As far as personal memories go, this series brings back quite a few of them. I still remember days where three of my friends  would come over and play some split screen for the Nintendo 64 version with me, good times. The one that sticks out most in my mind though is playing each one of them with my girlfriend. Yes I know, awww, but trust me, there was nothing cute about this girls racing skills, they were just simply off the charts. Still to this day, no matter what I do, she still seems to get the best of me every single time. In the end though, we always had a great time playing together, and that’s what is most important.

What else can be said about such a great franchise other than these are some of the best racing games ever made. If you have to play any of them, what are you waiting for? Do it right now.

That concludes my story on The Mario Kart Series, but if you have any fond memories of any of these games, please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.