Super Mario Kart, as we know, kicked all kinds of ass. We don’t need Ron Burgundy walking around that office with his massive erection, telling us that it was kind of a big deal. Unorthodox as it was, the game’s success sparked all manner of half-assed imitations. Everyone from Crash Bandicoot to the Crazy effing Frog had their own kart racer.
The question, then, was where did Mario Kart itself go from there? Four years after the first release, the horde of clones hadn’t yet arrived. With a spangly new Nintendo console doing the rounds, it was time to try to replicate that swear-inducing, blue-shell-up-your-ass-on-the-final-straight magic.
Let’s party like it’s 1996, and take another look at Mario Kart 64.
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