Mario Kart (Series)

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Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Released: August 1992, updated in 2018. Added to this library 3 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Overview

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

Mariokart tries to balance things between different ability players. At the back you go a little faster and get better power ups. This results in good races for a range of players. Even so, experience players can stay ahead by slipstreaming other karts, skidding around corners to get a boost and learning shortcuts.

  • Super Mario Kart (1992) on SNES with two players.
  • Mario Kart 64 (1996) on N64 with four players split screen.
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001) GBA
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash (2003) Gamecube with two players on one kart
  • Mario Kart DS (2005) DS with online multiplayer
  • Mario Kart Wii (2008) Wii with motion controls
  • Mario Kart 7 3DS (2011) with 3D visuals and flight
  • Mario Kart 8 (2014) Wii U with anti-grav racing and flight
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) Switch
  • Mario Kart Tour (2019) iOS

Commitment

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online. On most Mario Kart games you can play 4 player split screen on one system. On Mario Kart 8 you can play online with up to 16 other people.

Costs

This game is free to start playing. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U offered in-game purchases, packs and a season pass for additional characters, tracks and vehicles. These are all included in the Switch version of the game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This game on Wii U and Switch supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items.

Mario Kart Tour on iOS enables you to start for free if you link your Nintendo account, it then offers in-game purchases to advance and upgrade in the game.

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Multiplayer on DS or 3DS is available with one copy of the game, via Download Play feature.

Ratings

This game was rated PEGI 3. This game offers in-game purchases.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Accessibility

While all the games offer some difficulty settings and control options, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch offers the widest range. The game supports accessibility (as outlined by Special Effect's video)in the following ways:
  • Difficulty: Broad difficulty settings, chosen by the different cc of the karts. The auto accelerate and tilt steering control settings also enable the race difficulty to be customised.
  • Reading: Reading is not essential, and the game has symbols and videos to assist.
  • Controls: Can opt for steering via D-Pad, Left Stick or Tilt. Smart steering assistance ensures you don't end up stuck banging into the barrier. Tilt to steer enables you to just tilt the controller to race. Auto accelerate enables you to have the kart always accelerate without having to hold down a button. These options combine to enable this to be playable by quite young gamers. You can take this further by setting the game up to be played with one button to trigger collected items.
  • Image calibration: No settings for this apart from turning off the map on the pause screen. The visuals are colourful and the lighting is bright.
  • Audio calibration: No settings for this. Attack items each make distinct sounds that get louder as it approaches to indicate incoming hazards.

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.

iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more.


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