Mario Kart is a series of go-kart racing games developed and published by Nintendo as spin-offs of its Super Mario series. With six games for home consoles, three on portable handheld consoles, four arcade games co-developed with Namco, and one for mobile phones on the way, the series includes a total of fourteen games, the latest of which, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, was released on the Nintendo Switch in 2017. The series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide to date.
Players compete in go-kart races, controlling one of a selection of Mario characters. Up to twelve characters can compete in each race, the exact number varying between games. One of the features of the series is the use of various power-up items obtained by driving into item boxes laid out on the course, influenced by the player's current position in the race. As the series has progressed, each new installment has introduced new gameplay elements, such as new circuits, items, modes, and playable characters.
- Mario Kart 64 is a 1996 kart racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. Changes from the original include the move to polygon-based true 3D computer graphics for track design and the inclusion of four-player support. The move to 3D graphics allowed for track features not possible with the original game's Mode 7 graphics.
- Mario Kart Wii is a 2008 racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It is the sixth installment of the series. Online multiplayer via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was available at launch but was discontinued in May 2014. The game uses the Wii Remote's motion sensing to provide intuitive and conventional steering controls; each copy of the game is bundled with the Wii Wheel accessory to augment this feature.
- Mario Kart 8 is a 2014 kart racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It is the eighth major installment in the series and introduces anti-gravity sections that allow players to drive on walls or ceilings, in addition to allowing them to bump into one another for a short boost. The game features single-player and multiplayer game modes, including online via the Nintendo Network. The game continued to receive post-release patches and DLC and an enhanced port for the Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, was released in 2017.