How many Mario Kart Switch games are there?
The Mario Kart series was first launched back in 1992 with Super Mario Kart on the SNES and since then, there have been a total of 15 Mario Kart games across different systems. But let's go over the history of Mario Kart games briefly.
When hearing the word Nintendo, chances are the first thing you thought about is the little moustache-bearer Italian plumber dressed in red and blue. Since his first appearance as a playable character in Donkey Kong in 1981, Mario has been featured in more than 250 video games across different platforms.
Nowadays, the beloved Mario makes up the best-selling video game franchise of all time, with more than 750 million games sold worldwide. Anything from adventure and platformers to sports, and even board games. There's not a single environment in which Mario & co. refuses to set foot in. Some of these games include popular titles such as Mario Bros, Mario Land, Mario World, Mario Maker and Mario Kart.
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If you are not at all familiar with Mario Kart, it is a series of go-kart racing games where players can choose a character, mainly from the Mario franchise and compete against each other. From mushrooms that give players a speed boost, to shells and banana peels that can slow down opponents, there's a variety of power-ups players can obtain during the race that affects the gameplay in different ways.
Ok, but how many Mario Kart Switch games can I play?So how many of these Mario Kart games can you actually play on the Nintendo Switch? The answer is four. While only two of these games were actually developed for the popular handheld console, two more can be played via the Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) service, which gives players access to a library of NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 games.
Let's see which are these Mario Kart Switch games that you can play!
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
A mixed-reality racing Mario game that can be played on Switch but requires a little bit more than just the console, this game comes with a number of elements that you can set up in your home and drive the carts in real-time using AR.
You can come up with unique obstacles and courses, based on the surroundings. It's definitely unique and a great game to entertain yourself with - especially more so if you have a curious cat snooping in on the racecourse!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart Deluxe 8 is an enhanced Switch version of the popular Mario Kart 8 that was released for the Nintendo Wii in 2014. Since its release in 2017, Mario Kart Deluxe 8 has sold over 43 million copies, and it's by far the highest-selling game on the Switch. This version includes every DLC that was previously released, extra content, 1080p graphics, new arenas, new characters and new gameplay modes. It is without a doubt one of the best gaming experiences one can have on the Switch.
Some time ago, we wrote about 9 new characters we want to see in Mario Kart 8 on Nintendo Switch, you should definitely check that one out!
Super Mario Kart (SNES via NOS)
The first game in the Mario Kart series that was released in 1992, is available via the Nintendo Switch Online service. Take control of one of eight characters, each with their own abilities, and participate in multi-race cups or race against time in time trial mode. The game also supports multiplayer, so you can compete with your friends in Match Race mode or Battle mode.
Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64 via NOS)
The second entry in the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 64 was released in 1996 and introduced 3D graphics for track design as well as four-player gameplay support. The game features four different modes that support both single-player and competitive multiplayer gameplay.