Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GBA, 2001)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit was the first game in the series to be featured on a handheld console. It built upon the 4-player multiplayer modes in N64 by utilizing the Game Boy Advance link cable. Players only required one copy of the game to play with 4 different people linked up which was a huge bonus. This was limited to only the Extra Mushroom Cup and different colours of Yoshi due to technical limitations. Those limitations aren’t present if each player has a cartridge. It was the only game in the series to feature signs for upcoming turns.
- Princess Peach
- Donkey Kong
Most of the game modes in Mario Kart: Super Circuit are pretty much the same as the previous two games, but there are a few exclusive modes and features for this game. Quick Run is a 1-player exclusive mode that allows the player to drive around the level with no restrictions. Players can also now download other players ghosts through a link cable in an attempt to beat their times.
- Mario Kart GP (50cc, 100cc, 150cc)
- Time Trials (1 Player)
- Vs. (2-4 Players)
- Quick Run (1 Player)
- Battle Mode (2-4 Players)
This game featured 40 tracks which is the third most tracks featured in a Mario Kart game after 8 and 8: Deluxe.
|Mushroom Cup||Flower Cup||Lightning Cup||Star Cup||Special Cup|
|Peach Circuit||Mario Circuit||Luigi Circuit||Snow Land||Lakeside Park|
|Shy Guy Beach||Boo Lake||Sky Garden||Ribbon Road||Broken Pier|
|Riverside Park||Cheese Land||Cheep Cheep Island||Yoshi Desert||Bowser Castle 4|
|Bowser Castle 1||Bowser Castle 2||Sunset Wilds||Bowser Castle 3||Rainbow Road|
Mario Kart: Super Circuit is the first title in the series to feature retro tracks. The extra cups are just the tracks from Super Mario Kart on the SNES.
|Extra Mushroom Cup||Extra Flower Cup||Extra Lightning Cup||Extra Star Cup||Extra Special Cup|
|Mario Circuit 1||Mario Circuit 2||Bowser Castle 2||Vanilla Lake 1||Koopa Beach 2|
|Donut Plains 1||Choco Island 1||Mario Circuit 3||Bowser Castle 3||Ghost Valley 3|
|Ghost Valley 1||Ghost Valley 2||Koopa Beach 1||Mario Circuit 4||Vanilla Lake 2|
|Bowser Castle 1||Donut Plains 2||Choco Island 2||Donut Plains 3||Rainbow Road|
|Battle Course 1||Battle Course 2||Battle Course 3||Battle Course 4|
This was the first game in which the 3-star ranking system was used in the series.
Depending on a player’s performance in GP, the player can achieve one of the following eight ranks:
- Triple Star: The player must score first consistently in the GP races and has fulfilled the requirements as stated below.
- Double Star
- Single Star
- A: The player has collected all 36 points.
- B: The player has collected at least 30 points.
- C: The player has collected at least 25 points.
- D: The player has collected at least 20 points.
- E: The player has not fulfilled the above-stated requirements.
There are other factors that affect your ranking including things like what character you choose, how many coins you collect, and how often you brake just to name a few.
- Banana Peel
- Green Shell
- Triple Green Shell
- Red Shell
- Triple Red Shell
- Triple Mushroom
- Spiny Shell
Mario Kart: Super Circuit was a worthy addition to the Game Boy Advance and it was a big hit to be able to take Mario kart on the go. Including all the original SNES levels was another thing that really helped it along. It was a solid game for its time.
On to the Gamecube for Mario Kart: Double Dash!