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Mario Kart 64

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Mario Kart 64
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Cover artwork of Mario Kart 64
Developer(s): Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 64, Virtual Console
Category: Racing
Players: 1-4
Predecessor: Super Mario Kart
Successor: Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Release dates
N. America: February 10, 1997 (N64)
January 29, 2007 (VC)
Japan: December 14, 1996 (N64)
January 30, 2007 (VC)
Europe: June 24, 1997 (N64)
January 25, 2007 (VC)
Australia: January 25, 2007 (VC)
S. Korea: April 26, 2008 (VC)
PEGI: 3+
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Mario Kart 64 is the second installment in the Mario Kart series, released in 1997 for the N64. It it the first 3D game in the series. It is the second best selling game on the N64, selling 9.87 million copies worldwide, as of March 31, 2014.


"Three... Two... One... GO! The signal light changes and you drop the pedal to the metal. Take on up to three friends in the split-screen VS games, or race solo in the Mario GP. Tell your friends to bring it on in the highly competitive Battle mode. Advanced features allow you to race with your "Ghost." The driving data from your best run appears as a transparent character on the screen. No longer must you simply race against the clock -- you can actually race against yourself!"


Basic gameplay retains that of the previous game in the series, in that players race on various tracks while using items to help them place first. Up to eight racers can race at once. The game features four cups with four tracks each. Single-player modes consist of a mode where the player races against computer-controlled opponents, and a mode where the player attempts to make the best time. A ghost can be saved from this mode with the N64 Controller Pak. Muliplayer modes consist of a mode where up to four players race against each other and a battle mode where up to four players use items in an attempt to pop their opponents' balloons.

Technical Details

Technical details
Media: Nintendo 64 Game Pak
Digital download (Wii, Wii U)
Supported features: N64 Controller Pak
Input / compatible controllers: N64: Nintendo 64 Controller
Wii: Classic Controller, Nintendo GameCube Controller
Wii U: Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Classic Controller

Other Releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes

Mario Kart 64 Wii (Virtual Console) NA/JP/EU/AUS: 2007
KOR: 2008
A port of the game released as a digital download on the Wii Shop Channel.

Mario Kart 64 Wii U (Virtual Console) JP/EU/AUS: 2016 A port of the game released as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, with added Virtual Console emulator features.

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