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13 Games Like Mario Kart

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.
 

These games offer a similar experience or are about a theme that Mario Kart addresses. Also, if you want to play a game like Mario Kart but don’t have 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch or iOS, these are a good alternative.

 

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action and Racing.

 

 

REKT! High Octane Stunts

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a stunt racing game for up to four players on one system. Players compete to chain tricks, to nail landings, drift corners and unlock more cars. The multiplayer game is where things really heats up, as players attack each other and score points...


Horizon Chase Turbo

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 11 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is an arcade racing game with the focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro...


Trailblazers

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Trailblazers is a racing video game where you paint the track your colour to gain a boost. In multiplayer mode, this creates a uniquely co-operative race. There are 8 different vehicles to choose, each with different stats and capabilities.


F1 Race Stars

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and short-cuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.


KartRider (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

KartRider is an online kart racing game. You race and customise your kart on a variety of different circuits. Along with the usual fantasy vehicles this includes real cars. It's similar to Mario Kart and has power-ups and drift...


Forza Street

Platforms: PC and iOS

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Forza Street is a simpler racing game from the team behind Forza Motorsport. You race other players to earn and purchase a lineup of high powered cars. Races are quick and focus on the cinematic rather than realism.


Sonic Racing (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Team Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks,...


Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, Mario Kart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...


Burnout (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Duration: Between 14 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Burnout series is an over-the-top racing game where you’re encouraged to crash, bash and ram other cars. Throughout the series the bravado and crashing increases, but they all have the same novel core gameplay.


Nintendoland

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the four seekers...


Drive Buy

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Drive Buy is a vehicle combat game where you race around an arena world to make the most credits. The game is fast paced and strategic with a variety of power-ups, game modes, customisation, maps and the ability to play with others online. In this way...


Asphalt 9: Legends (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.


Blur

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Blur is a four-player racing game with many Mario Kart-style features but with customisable real-model cars. The combination of such cars as the Dodge Viper, Ford Transit and Lotus Exige (to name a few) with weapons, stunts and power-ups is both unusual...


 
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Mario Kart is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Mario Kart in the following lists:

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as who to shoot in the head next.
 

Video Game Projects with Checkpoint Kids Magazine

These are games featured in Checkpoint Kids magazine, where there are creative and learning projects that expand the play in educational directions.

Checkpoint Kids is a magazine about video games for kids by kids. In each issue you’ll find activities, challenges and tasks to complete to help you and your kids understand the importance of gaming.

Checkpoint Kids has teamed up with schools across the country to help them identify gaming as a tool for literacy, creativity and social connection. Working with these schools the magazine is in a unique position provide informative supported by teachers teaching core subjects.

To access Checkpoint Kids activities download the magazine on any mobile device, tablet or access it through your browser, create a free log-in for PocketMags:
 

One Button Games

The games here can be played with a single button. Although ranging in difficulty they are a good place to start for those needing simpler controls.

It should be noted that many of these games need to be started with more than one button. Some are played by tapping at a fixed point on a touchscreen.

For those needing alternative access there are many possibilities with an accessibility switch. These "switches" come in many shapes and sizes including jumbo buttons, super-sensitive finger switches and sound sensors. In some cases, the spacebar or a Bluetooth keyboard can work just fine. If the player can activate the control and if it can be connected to the games machine, then one-button play becomes a possibility.

This list was compiled with the help of Barrie Ellis, who runs One Switch. On that site you can find equipment to enable a far wider range of games to be played by accessibility switch users. OneSwitch also supports a range of other accessible gaming solutions.
 

Designed To Be Easier To See

These games, compiled by Christy Smith, have graphics styles or options that make the games easier to see for people with impaired vision. Many of these games include
  • Fonts: Larger, scalable font sizes and bold fonts, like Moving Out.
  • Zoom: Ability to increase the size of all objects on the screen such as in Untitled Goose Game's zoom feature.
  • Contrast: Settings to adjust contrast and brightness, as well as distinct colours with good lighting, like Splatoon.
  • Non-Visual Cues: Sounds and haptic feedback that help direct the player, like Lego games.
  • Colourblind: Modes that invert colours or change colours to accommodate different types of colourblindness, such as in Hue.
  • Screen Readers: Functions that read text and menus as they are highlighted and appear on the screen, such as in Eagle Island.
In addition, there are other ways to make games easier for people with low vision to play. Some offer modes that lower the difficulty, like the Assist Mode in Super Mario Odyssey. Playing with a sighted friend or family member can make things much easier.

Some platforms provide system-wide accessibility features that help. The Nintendo Switch offers a built-in zoom function, while the Xbox offers co-pilot mode that allows two people to play as a single player. Such features create necessary flexibility for players.

There are many different types of visual impairments, and no two people ever see things the exact same way. Because of this, games that are accessible for one person may not be accessible to all low vision gamers. For gamers who find visual games too cumbersome, audio-only games may provide a solution.

Image 164 It may be difficult for parents and caregivers who are fully sighted to understand which games will be easier to see. The best way to learn about what works and what doesn’t is hearing from people with impaired vision themselves. Can I Play That? has a variety of reviews discussing accessibility of games for people with disabilities, by people with disabilities.
 

First Steps Into Online Video Games

One of the most exciting aspects of modern video games is playing with other people online. It's a big step from playing something like Mario Kart with family and friends in the same room to going online to play with people you don't know.

The games in this list offer small steps to go from local play to online play. Some games, like Roblox are designed for young players with lots of special safety settings. Other games, like Sky, are designed to lead players into co-operating with each other with in-game purchases you give away, and interactions that start limited and expand as you gain experience. Then there are co-operative games like Ibb and Obb where you work together and communicate with gestures on the screen.

You can use Family Settings and Parental Controls on your system to limit how your child interacts with other players online. As well as finding the right games to get them started, it's also important that you play with them and keep game screens in shared family spaces so you can see what they are doing.
 

Free Multiplayer With Nintendo Download Play

The Nintendo DS and 3DS/2DS offers a feature for some games where you can play on multiple systems with one copy of the game. This is a great way to save money for multiplayer games.

The main player has the game in their DS, the other players go to the Download Play option in the menu of their DS. The game then downloads a small version to each player so everyone can play.

Some games limit this to just one other player, but games like Mario Tennis allow for 4 players to compete, and Mario Kart allows for up to 8 players to race against each other with just one copy of the game. Other games, like Luigi's Manion: Dark Moon offers special download multiplayer modes where you can compete against each other.

Here is a list of the top Download Play DS and 3DS games. Or there is our full list of great Download Play games.
 

Designed For Easier Play

These games go above and beyond just adding a few difficulty settings. They consider a wide range of ability and accessibilities by offering customisable difficulty settings as well as special low pressure or assist modes that aid progress.
 
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