Mario Kart 64 Nintendo 64
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 168 Ratings

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  1. Sep 7, 2014
    One of the best games I have ever played, the only problem is the steering other than that it is perfect.This game has one of the best battle mode maps,some great racing maps and it is still playable.
  2. Jun 30, 2014
    This was pretty much my first video-game experience. I remember visiting my Dad in Switzerland when he showed us he'd got this. The excitement of unboxing that N64 bundle with this game hasn't been matched to this day! Me, my brother and my father spent hours and hours racing each other and battling on the awesome battle arenas (particularly block fort and double decker). This game is really what started my life-long love affair with Nintendo. The tracks were amazing, the music was just as good and the crazy weapons made this game a hell of a lot of laughs every time we put the cartridge in! An all-time favourite for sure, with so many childhood memories in that cartridge. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2014
    Mario Kart 64 is a classic racing game, however I don't get how so many people say this is their favorite game in the franchise. I mean it's fun and enjoyable, but I find that I have a lot more fun with some of the later titles due to them having more features and stuff (Please don't hate me for saying that).

    -Nice fun and traditional Mario Kart gameplay.
    -Good tracks and items.

    -Good character line up.
    -Excellent Multiplayer.
    -Good Nostalgia.
    -Nice cheerful music.

    -Time Trials are too sensitive and will not save the ghosts just by getting hit by something simple or even from just pausing!!
    -Features felt lacking after a while.
    -CPU AI was not generated well and they can even be frustrating on 50cc.
    -Some of the menus and screens look almost tech-demo-ish.

    Despite it not being my favorite, if you want just a nice and not overly complex racing game, then Mario Kart 64 is a good one for sure.
  4. May 27, 2014
    Graphics: 9.0 Sound: 8.5 Gameplay: 10 Fun/Story: 10

    When local multiplayer was the only way to play with friends, this game emerge as a perfect example of truly fun. Hand-to-hand with the goldeneye in this way.
  5. UCA
    May 8, 2014
    It's a diffcult game. But I think this game is too simple because you really only can be two skills, dodge an attack and attack with your weapon or magic.
  6. Mar 15, 2014
    A great kart racing game. I always remembered this as my favourite. It was my first Mario Kart game, and playing it today definately brings back memories. However, what leaves this at 9 rather than 10 is that a few weeks ago replaying the game, I came across a glitch in Rainbow Road, and the music stopped. The whole race then felt lonely. Seriously, if you can, just find a version without music but with the sound effects, its just lonely. Expand
  7. Dec 30, 2013
    Game: Mario Kart 64 Genre: Racing Developer: Nintendo System: Nintendo DS (NDS) Total Score: 94/100 Value Score: 9.4/10 • Story: */10 • Characters: 10/10 • GamePlay: 8/10 • Graphics: 8/10 • Sound: 10/10 • Music: 10/10 • Length: 8/10 • Replay Value: 10/10 • Player Value: 10/10 Pros +Great gameplay mechanics compared to Super Mario Kart +A decent roster of characters
    +Great new additions to the item arsenal
    +Stages are well made and a lot longer
    +Stages have more depth to them with multiple pathways
    +Multiplayer modes enhanced

    -AI racers are overpowered with the thanks to instant recovery time
    -AI can be really aggressive at times more than they should be
    -Character modes look like they were paper cut out models (highly pixilated too)
  8. Nov 23, 2013
    Great game and all, but just not as much depth as I would hope. I mean this game is all about the multiplayer, of which is done really well, but is lacking in the single player department. There should be an adventure mode or something of the sort.
  9. Oct 29, 2013
    The items are very unbalanced and some items like mushrooms or red shells don't work. Although I have to give it credit for having some of the most unique tracks in Mario Kart history.
  10. Oct 18, 2013
    Mario kart 64 single player is decent but the multiplayer is brilliant and that's where you'll spend most of your time in .theres time trial where you race the clock And balloon battle which you fight till the end Buy it now
  11. Sep 19, 2013
    Mario Kart 64 is a great game to play with your friends. It brings together some good characters from few franchises. Though this game can be very fun, if you play it alone, it can be frustrating. The Rubber-Banding in this game is horrendous. You can throw everything in the game at the CPU racers, and, without fail, at least 2 of the CPUs will be right there by your side. Playing with your friends is definitely the way to go. With that said, there character selection is not bad, with 8 characters to choose from. The Track list is very good, 4 cups with 4 tracks to each cup. You can also unlock Mirrored versions of each track too, for an added challenge. The multiplayer challenge maps are fun too, but can get stale after playing them for a while. Expand
  12. Aug 24, 2013
    Mario and his friends challenge each other in a whacky racing competition on go-karts.

    In this lovable classic the game introduces you to a variety of colorful characters from the Mario franchise and a variety of unique maps. The controls are smooth even with the analog control design, and the game is overall fast and fun during its time. The only major issue this game has is the
    balancing, and you can easily cheat through some tracks. But overall it's still a joyful and entertaining experience.

  13. Aug 6, 2013
    The best Mario Kart of all time! HANDS DOWN!

    Best of all: No blue shells being used by the computer!

    This is a great classic game in the Mario Kart franchise and I think the very best in the series.
  14. Jun 27, 2013
    Back in the day, this game was awesome. However, playing it today, I can see how poorly it's aged. The controls feel slippery, the courses aren't as cool, and it just doesn't have the same level of polish as later games. It's a good game, it just isn't as great as it used to be.
  15. Apr 24, 2013
    BEST COURSES EVER! A very fun game, but the items leave a little to be desired. I recommend it to people who don't normally enjoy racing games, but like super mario
  16. Mar 4, 2013
    In Single player i did not like that now matter how fast or how slow you are, there is still someone near yourself. To it the SP gets boring pretty fast. The MP is fun but there are better fun racing games on the N64
  17. Dec 17, 2012
    This game is still pretty good after all these years in spite of the worst rubber banding AI in Mario Kart (it's worse than Wii), a somewhat pointless single player mode (no unlockable characters?), and the controls being a bit slippery. However, the strong points are the awesome multiplayer action, impressive sound, and the graphics. While this title has not aged as well as other Mario Kart games (or even other N64 racing games for that matter), it is still great to pick up and play with your friends, just not by yourself. One last thing though: I actually thought the sense of speed was very nice not only for a Mario Kart game, but for a racing game in general. Expand
  18. Nov 28, 2012
    One of the best n64 games of all time without a doubt and it never gets old sometimes u cant beat the classics. The game will always be a good game for sure
  19. Sep 2, 2012
    When this game came out I firmly believe it was better than the SNES version, even though that was great too, and the 64 version still holds water to this day. This game was literally one of the funnest multiplayer games ever, whether you were racing or battling each other. This game is just a classic plain and simple and that is why the predecessors to this game took so many ideas from it. Another great game linked to childhood memories! Expand
  20. Aug 16, 2012
    Mario Kart 64 is THE definitive kart racing game. Power-ups are a great addition to a racing game and this game paved the way for games over a decade after it's release. If you even call yourself a gamer, this should be somewhere in your collection.
  21. Aug 14, 2012
    This game has held up well, in my opinion, and is one of the very few N64 games I've continued to play years and years later. While it has it's flaws (e.g. no bots in 3/4 player mode, no additional single player content), it is a solid game that continues to be fun long after you've beat it. Mario Kart 64 is really a multiplayer game: play it with some friends and you'll have hours and hours of fun, especially in battle mode! Expand
  22. Jul 5, 2012
    Maybe not the best version of Mario Kart out there, but probably the most sheer fun. Possibly the best multiplayer avaliable in video games, great maps, free-for-all battle mode... who am I kidding, it IS the best Mario Kart out there.
  23. Jun 15, 2012
    Mario Kart 64 was an absolute fantastic title, don't get me wrong! I merely found that by today's standards, it is on nostalgic stilts and it doesn't quite stand up very well when we have such gems as Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. It still has great tracks, good music, and is still a fun time, but now seems to have gotten dusty. Furthermore, many of the tracks (especially the good ones) are in current Mario Kart titles. Overall, this Mario Kart 64 is a short, fun little title, but is sadly, overrated when compared to its own evolution. Expand
  24. Jun 5, 2012
    One the one hand a very fun and exciting racing game, that doesnt take things too serious. Funny, creative and mystery racing tracks. On the other hand a pretty bad AI in single game mode, where skill sometimes doesnt help you too much, AI racers catching and speeding up too easily, even after playing them out.
  25. May 29, 2012
    True classic, the first game in its genre. Just take your kart, catch some power-ups and destroy your enemies. The one player mode was great and long, but this game shines at multi player. You can spend all night playing with your friends (and laughing to tears).
  26. Jan 16, 2012
    This game is **** awesome. **** **** I am in 2012 now and still play this game a lot! **** awesome game, all of my friends love to play it in multi-player when they come over my house for a all night game session!
  27. Nov 7, 2011
    Mario Kart 64 was an amazing racing game for its time. It still has 8 playable characters like the SNES mario kart, but the graphics and gameplay are improved.
  28. Jul 26, 2011
    Out of all the Mario Kart games , in top of my list comes Mario Kart 64 definitely , the major improvement comes in the gameplay and graphics. Goofy, fun addicting and bizarre.
  29. Jun 7, 2011
    Wow this game is AMAZING! I don't have it on the original N64 console,but who needs it! I got the Virtual Console service by my side!Anyway this is the only racing game I play, no other. And it has my favorite plummer...MARIO! Soooo, in conclusion i love this game and it's a masterpiece to me.
  30. Apr 29, 2011
    A classic kart racing game that's essential to anyone's N64, if you still play it. Pros: It's shrouded in charm and originality; a small, but satisfying variety of unforgettable characters and weapons; multi-player mode is an endless amount of fun. Cons: The single-player mode is tiresome after awhile; it's not the best looking Mario game on the N64.
  31. Apr 27, 2011
    Mario Kart 64 was mi first game ever. When you play this game today it wil be stil fun. The gameplay is fantastic and the soundtrack is awesome. The only bad thing is that nothing is perfect.
  32. Jan 19, 2011
    Loved this game it was amazing to play with friends. Easily spent metric ton of hours playing this at my house and over at friends houses. The only downside? only four players could play at a time!
  33. Dec 16, 2010
    Sorry, I make a other review because I forgot to rate the other(damn!).You know...Good game, kinda hard.So that's MK64, racing!GOOD!In this case I will give it 8, because i doesn't suck, but compared to other MK games is not VERY VERY AMAZING!Note:Here MK is Mario Kart, not Mortal Kombat!LOL
  34. Jun 7, 2011
    Wow this game is AMAZING! I don't have it on the original N64 console,but who needs it! I got the Virtual Console service by my side!Anyway this is the only racing game I play, no other. And it has my favorite plummer...MARIO! Soooo, in conclusion i love this game and it's a masterpiece to me.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. It's the most beautiful thing that I've ever seen! An incredible game for racing and Mario fans that is the best of both catagories (that's right, better than Mario 64)!
  2. And on the eighth day, God created Mario Kart. He saw it, and it was good. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  3. Although it doesn't break any new grounds in originality (like Mario 64), Mario Kart 64 is a great addition to the N64 line-up. The solid graphics, good sound, and addictive gameplay--coupled with features like being able to race yourself (from a former race) in a special ghost mode--make you want to play it forever.