System: Game Boy Advance
Genre: Racing
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release date: August 27, 2001
ESRB rating: E
Players: 1 - 4 simultaneous
Memory size: 64 megabits
MKSC screen shot


Finally, a portable Mario Kart! This one pits the graphically-superior Mario Kart 64 racers against each other in the classic Super Mario Kart style.

Power-sliding, Coins on the road, and driver settings/abilities return from SMK. The items are more like Mario Kart 64, but, the collection appears to have been trimmed down a little; the Bunch of Bananas, Fake Item Box, and Super (multi-use) Mushroom appear to be gone, and it seems the Triple Mushroom is only available in Time Trial mode.

Of course, multi-player racing and battling will return. And just like the first two Mario Kart games, you'll have 50, 100, and 150cc speed settings to choose from.

The one-player mode contains a new sub-mode: Free Run. The Free Run mode lets you pick any track you want (like the Time Trial mode) and race against against seven computer opponents (like the GP mode), but your best times are not saved. As you might imagine, the Free Run mode is good for practice.

Here are the lineups of drivers, items, and cups:


  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Toad
  • Peach
  • Yoshi
  • Donkey Kong
  • Wario
  • Bowser

(Hmm, no Waluigi...)


  • Banana
  • Mushroom
  • Triple Mushroom
  • Green/Red Shells
  • Triple Green/Red Shells
  • Lightning Bolt
  • Boo
  • Star
  • Spiny Shell


  • Mushroom Cup
  • Flower Cup
  • Thunder Cup
  • Star Cup

And of course, one (but possibly more) hidden cups that need to be unlocked.