Released in 2001, this was the first time the Mario Kart series made its way onto a handheld system. It was an exciting time for me as a gamer, all this racing goodness, (16 tracks from the get go and 40 when completed, 20 of which are from the original in the series) packed into a portable console, it was truly magic. To this day it still has the most tracks in any Mario Kart game (expect 8 which has 48), an impressive feat for any franchise. What was there not to be excited about. This was the stuff of dreams for my 14 year old self. I remember vividly walking into Woolworths at the time and picking this up, it stood out from the other games on display and I knew I just had to have it.
What To Expect
With its first outing on a handheld, Mario brought with him a new cup, the lightning cup which would become a staple in Mario Kart games that followed. This one is unique however, while all lightning cups that followed included tracks from previous games, this one has 4 unique tracks in the form of Luigi Circuit (which has a nice rain effect), Sky Garden, Cheep Cheep Island and Sunset Wilds. There are also 4 Battle Courses for multiplyer fun (or torture depending on who you’re playing against).
As with the other games in the series you can chose between 50/100 and 150cc (all will need to be completed for the unlockable courses though). That’ll make 5 cups in total as well as ‘extra tracks’. There are no unlockable characters but you’ve 8 well known characters from the series to chose from. As for items, there are 11 items available from the item boxes with no new ones added this time round.
Where To Play Now
Super Circuit was released on VC for the 3ds and the Wii U. The 3DS release was only available for those on the Ambassador Program while the Wii U release was available for all through the Nintendo EShop. You could also try ebay or similar and in the UK cex sell the game for £8 loose or £15 boxed.
Not having played this game in years I’m so glad I revisited it for the Mario Collab project. It still plays as great as remember it, well it is Mario Kart after all. Haven’t put it down since, now just one more race.
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