Kart racing game

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Kart racing game, also known as cart racing game, go-kart racing game, or simply kart racer, is a subgenre of racing video games. Kart racing games are known to have simplified driving mechanics while adding obstacles, unusual racetrack designs and various action elements.[1] Kart racers are also known to cast fictional characters known from various platform games or cartoon television series as the drivers of vehicles with unusual designs.[2]

Kart racing games are a more arcade-like experience than other racing games and usually offer over-the-top gameplay in which player characters can shoot projectiles against one another, collect power-ups to gain advantage, or performing special techniques to gain a speed boost. [2][3] Typically, in such games, vehicles move more like go-karts, lacking anything along the lines of a gear stick and clutch pedal.[1][4]


Crashing Race (1976) was the first game to include vehicle combat[5] and Power Drift featured go-kart racing in 1988,[6] but Super Mario Kart (1992) is cited to have started the kart racing genre, being the first kart racing game to implement combat elements within races.[5] The game was also slower than other racing games of the time due to hardware limitations, prompting the developers to use a go-kart theme. Since then, over 50 kart racing games have been released, featuring characters ranging from Nicktoons to South Park.[7]

The Mario Kart series is often considered as the pioneer of kart racing series, topping other popular games such as Diddy Kong Racing.[8][9]

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  2. ^ a b Gregory, Jason (2009-06-09). Game Engine Architecture. CRC Press. p. 19. ISBN 1439879184. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
  3. ^ Adedeji, Shola (2012-06-14). "The Kart Racing Genre". Gamelitist. Retrieved 2014-12-02. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Scott (2014-04-11). Level Up! The Guide to Great Video Game Design. John Wiley & Sons. p. 502. ISBN 1118877217. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
  5. ^ a b Masser, Jeff (2012). "A Brief History Of Kart Racing Games". Modojo. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
  6. ^ Kalata, Kurt (2012-08-26). "Power Drift". Hardcoregaming101. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Jeff (2011-08-04). Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America. Penguin. ISBN 1101517638. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
  8. ^ Birch, Nathan (2014-05-29). "The 10 Best Kart Racing Games Of All Time". Uproxx. Retrieved 2014-11-27. I could just take the easy route and make this an all Mario Kart list, but I like a challenge, so this top 10 also includes pretenders to Mario’s go-karting throne. 
  9. ^ Carmichael, Stephanie (2014-05-29). "Review: Mario Kart 8 Turns the Kart-Racing World Upside Down". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 2014-11-27. Mario Kart is the king of the kart racer ... it’s held that throne for a long, long time, ...