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  • If you enjoyed Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo or Mario Kart 64 for the Nintendo 64, chances are you'll also like Mario Kart
  • It's back and I'm glad because I like how it adds additional strategy and challenge to the game
  • What I found disappointing though is the SNES tracks are not exact recreations of the originals
  • I was happy to see though that there were obstacles on the tracks and shortcuts to be taken and found though
  • I was a bit disappointed that not only did Nintendo not include any new items in this MK, but they even removed a few like the hilarious and destructive banana bunch

    • by GenesisOne
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      If you enjoyed Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo or Mario Kart 64 for the Nintendo 64, chances are you’ll also like Mario Kart: Super Circuit for the Game Boy Advance. It borrows aspects from both games and puts them to use in this game. One example is the coins and handling system found in SMK.

      It’s back and I’m glad because I like how it adds additional strategy and challenge to the game. The more coins that you pick up while racing, the better your handling.

      From the N64 version, we get many of the items that appeared in that game as well as the same selection of characters. I was also surprised to learn that this game holds an incredible number of race tracks: forty-five all together! Now, twenty-five of which are just the SNES tracks while the other


      twenty are new tracks.

      It’s nice though to be able to play on the tracks from the first Mario Kart again as well as hear the catchy music and relive the memories of my childhood of the days when I would race over and over again on Saturday mornings. What I found disappointing though is the SNES tracks are not exact recreations of the originals: some obstacles, like the warp pipes and oil slicks that were on the sides of the roads are missing, as are the flashing Thwomps on Rainbow Road - thus removing some of the game’s difficult for no reason.

      On a positive note, track variety is really superb, more so than in the SNES and N64 games. One thing that takes some time getting used to again though after playing the N64 game is the flat tracks.

      There ...


      • are no hills or massive jumps over water due to the hardware limitations of the GBA. I was happy to see though that there were obstacles on the tracks and shortcuts to be taken and found though.

        Also, a first for the Mario Kart series is some tracks undergo a change in background, color, and event obstacles come the final lap, so that was a pretty cool addition to the MK series! It keeps the game even more interesting and intense. Although a lot of people find the music in Mario Kart games annoying, I happened to find the music to be catchy, impressive and eve memorable, and although the eight characters have very limited voice clips, they are still fun to listen to.

        Now, as for the controls, they are fairly responsive, although playing a racer like Mario Kart on a

        handheld is not nearly as easy as playing a console Mario Kart. I was a bit disappointed that not only did Nintendo not include any new items in this MK, but they even removed a few like the hilarious and destructive banana bunch.

        A fun little option that has been missing from previous MK games is the quick race option, but this game has it! It allows you to select and play any of the tracks at any speed class with an option of three or five laps, with all items or no items, and with coins or no coins. Oh and there’s also a multilayer mode of course that comes with options like battle mode and ghost trade.

        Overall, I find this to be a great and fun addition to the Mario Kart series and it’s ranked number three on my list of MK games.




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