Game news The 10 Mario Kart like that are worth seeing
There are genres whose existence relies on such strong license that it is difficult to find a generic name for them. If the Doom like has become “FPS” over time, the Mario Kart like has not found other names. These arcade racing games taking place in colorful universes where competitors use and abuse power-ups to slow down their opponents have animated many evenings with friends. We come back to the best Mario Kart clones, those eternal seconds who still deserve the detour.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Originally released on PlayStation in 1999, Crash Team Racing returned after a long pit stop with brand new bodywork via a gleaming remake. The game initially developed by Naughty Dog and refreshed by Beenox in 2019 is surely one of the best Mario Kart like ever made. It is extremely beautiful, colorful, and has 56 playable characters to meet on 40 tracks. A gargantuan content which ensures a good longevity, especially since it is possible in this version to personalize your kart. Playable online or up to four locally, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled ticks all the boxes to ensure everything one asks of a game like this.
Diddy Kong Racing
The English developer Rareware has shone on Nintendo consoles by copying, often with a certain genius, the productions of the Kyoto firm. What is Banjo-Kazooie if not a sort of Mario 64 featuring a piaf hidden in a bear’s satchel? Diddy Kong Racing, meanwhile, is a Mario Kart 64 set in the Rare hero universe. There is, however, a real novelty: the possibility of participating in races in three different types of vehicles.. The player can actually visit the levels by karting, aboard a hydrofoil or in an airplane. It should be noted that each participant has the possibility of selecting the vehicle he prefers, and that it is therefore quite possible to have all three types of racing cars in the same race. Its friendly adventure mode has earned it a solid reputation. Released on Nintendo 64 in 1997 then on Nintendo DS in 2007, Diddy Kong Racing still has many supporters today.
Konami Krazy Racers
Before Mario Kart: Super Circuit hit Game Boy Advance in July 2001, Konami took the lead and sent its own heroes to the tracks in Konami Krazy Racers. Here we find everything that made Mario Kart so successful with colorful graphics, perky music, coins to collect and various power-ups to collect to win.. Fun, easy to learn and with progressive difficulty, Konami Krazy Racers offers 16 varied tracks. You will understand, for want of being original, the Konami software delivers very effective sensations.
The crazy people of the steering wheel
“This time they’re gone … crazy people behind the wheel”. Only the oldest among you may remember this cartoon signed Hanna and Barbera, where a whole clique of merry drilles gets out of hand during crazy races. In the early 2000s, Infogrames released a racing game featuring Satanas, Diabolo and the whole team in a game released on Dreamcast, PC and Game Boy. In addition to offering very original and numerous vehicles, the game has a total of 4 game modes that are certainly classic but complete. The small originality of the software is based on the power-ups. Rather than picking them up on the road like in any good Mario Kart like, the player unlocks their vehicle’s own gadgets using “dingo coins”. These bonuses are classified into three categories: defense, speed and offense. In short, Les Fous du Volant offers a definitely fun game, far from easy and visually pleasing thanks to the cel-shading used, particularly in vogue at the time of its release.
Toy story racer
Who would have thought that the adaptation of a cinematographic license could take risks in this very particular genre that is Mario Kart like? Yet this is what happened with Toy Story Racer in 2001. The title of Traveller’s Tales allows the player to participate in 80 challenges over 19 different races, alternating between phases of simple races, mini-tournaments, or even clashes in Battle mode in an arena. The tracks take place in familiar places like a toy store, the attic, or the garden, and many power-ups are available to annoy opponents. It is nevertheless pleasant to see that Toy Story Racer favors piloting rather than item management. 10 protagonists can be embodied, each with their own driving style.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Inspired by the benchmark of multiplayer item racing games, Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed seizes a place left vacant on HD machines when it arrives in 2010. It features twenty heroes, all from many Sega franchises with Sonic, Amigo, Beat, Ryo Hazuki or Alex Kidd. In total, we have 24 plots taking place in levels drawn from Sonic The Hedgehog, Billy Hatcher, Samba de Amigo, Jet Set Radio, House of the Dead and Super Monkey Ball. Circuits displaying a design with multiple curves to make the skidding technique roar. Fun, accessible to all but technical if you are a perfectionist, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is one of the best Mario Kart clones on the market.
Designed for the youngest despite its difficulty, LEGO Racers invites up to two players to participate in races taking place on 12 circuits in 4 different LEGO universes ranging from ancient Egypt to the forest of Sherwood. During the races, 5 types of power-ups are present on the circuits to animate the meetings. The little originality of LEGO Racers comes from the possibility of creating your own pilot by drawing in a whole panoply of hats, heads, tops and bottoms. And although this does not affect the characteristics, it is also possible to create your own racing car using LEGO bricks.. Spending a little time building, isn’t that what you expect when you launch a LEGO game?
In the purest style of a Mario Kart, Speed Freaks does not innovate but takes the principle to its advantage. We therefore find a multiplayer playable up to four, different crazy pilots on the starting line with their own parameters of weight, speed, acceleration or even impact endurance, and of course power-ups as well as slippage. Technically, it’s all good for the time: the graphics are neat and rather detailed, the impression of speed is good and the soundtrack is dynamic.. Speaking of music, Jamiroquai’s Traveling Without Moving covers the title’s introductory scene. “Speed freak, faster than a speedin ‘bullet”.
ModNation Racers wanted to be to Sony consoles what Mario Kart is to Nintendo consoles: a fun and friendly racing game to be played mainly in multiplayer. However, if its profile may suggest that it is a real clone of the Nintendo game, its mechanisms and general balance are very different from those usually found in games of the genre.. Increasingly powerful power-ups as well as rich driving gameplay make ModNations Racers a special app. But the biggest originality of the Sony San Diego title comes from its creative workshop. Whether it is creating an avatar or even new paths, many tools are available to the player so that he can personalize his experience. Both fun and technical, simple and rich, ModNations Racers is a good alternative to Mario Kart.
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Who says colorful world and characters appreciated by adults and children, says Disney. The American company which put its gloved hand on the world of entertainment embarked on the Mario Kart like in 2000 with Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour. With its 13 circuits and as many characters to play, the title developed by Crystal Dynamics takes us on a journey to the main areas of Disney World, including Space Mountain, the lair of the pirates of the Caribbean, the haunted mansion, and the part inspired by the movie Dinosaur.. The controlled skids very easy to perform and the accessibility of its universe make it a racing game perfectly designed for the youngest. Too bad, however, that Tic and Tac are the only truly known characters in the roster. It is worth noting that the Game Boy version of the game is very successful.