Mario Kart Super Circuit
Reviewed by James Wardle
I couldn't believe my eye's when I saw the first
screenshot's of Mario Kart Super Circuit, Originally
called "Mario Kart Advance", I thought It would
finally be a sequel to the Nintendo 64 title, But I
then was told it was coming out for the Gameboy
Advance. I always knew that the Gameboy Advance would
have one title I would never put down, Super Mario
Advance and Rayman just wasn't it, Another Pokemon
would of been a bit boring, But Mario still win's, In
his THIRD Mario Kart videogame. Nintendo have outdone
themselves, A brilliant, Addictive game, With the
cartridge half the size of an "After Eight Mint".
The only thing Nintendo has done better, Is the
commercial for Mario Kart Super Circuit, Just
Kidding, The game is most likely the best thing
Nintendo have created. On a side note, the Commercial
for this in the U.K is very funny. On September the
15th, The launch in Europe meant it was out in just
about every other country, Making Videogame's, Never
the same again with Brilliancy.
Nintendo seemed to of put the best bits of Super
Mario Kart and Mario Kart 64 and slam them in here!
Think of Mario Kart Super Circuit as a major update
of the original two. Many people do think this is a
cheap conversion of Super Mario Kart on the SNES, But
they are more then wrong, The three Mario Kart game's
are all different in their own way, From Track's to
Racer's. The only "Brilliant" thing's Nintendo left
out was a massive ramp which you could use the
Lightning Power Up on in Wario Stadium, And the
stadium itself, and Koopa Troopa, Just about
everyone's personal favorite from the Super Nintendo
version. Koopa Troopa got replaced in Mario 64 with
Wario. Anyway, Back to the review.
The new track's are in welcome arm's!
There is around 40 racing track's to choose from in
Mario Kart Super Circuit, 20 of them are brand new
tracks, Never seen before, though some of the
surroundings may look familiar. The other 20 track's
are Retro one's, Direct from Super Mario Kart on the
SNES. It is nice to see a massive selection of
track's once in awhile, Though the SNES track's have
been edited a lot, Like some obstacles, And the
feather power-up is removed from the entire game, The
Feather power up let the player create short-cut's.
Some of the brand new track's are strange area's,
Like Cheese Land, Ribbon Road and Cheep-Cheep Land.
Each of the twenty courses each have obstacle's, Like
Yoshi's Desert has Quick-Sand pit's, Shy Guy Beach
has a lot of crab's, Sunset Wild's has Wigwam's,
These obstacle's will slow you down, and even put you
in a spin, Which leaves you in frustration if you are
in first place and you see the other seven car's
speed right in front of you, But that is the main fun
of Mario Kart, Right?
The Handling, Graphics and Sound make this easily the
BEST game on the Gameboy Advance!
Not one person can't not admit the Graphics are
Brilliant. They are for a 32 bit console, but who
cares? The SNES version was a bit flat, The Nintendo
64 was a bit smudgy with Character's, Yet had
beautiful Detail. I think, The Gameboy Advance has
the best graphics of the current three, Everything
from course's to Character's. Absolutely Brilliant.
The sound, May not be the best in the series', and It
is not the worse, But it is still deep with
satisfactory. The character's have voice's, and more
improved than that on the Nintendo 64. My favorite
voice is indeed Yoshi, as he goes "Yoshi!" all the
time! Bless his little cotton sock's! The track music
is also great, as are the sound effect's.
Brilliant Gameplay! I knew this before I even got the
game, I knew it would have the best Gameplay, and
when I found out, I was right. I love both the
Gameplay and the Replaybility. The car's, whether in
50, 100 or 150 CC handle like sweet dream's. Laid out
in the track are Power Up's, If you get these power
ups, Like Turbo Boost's, Shell's or Star's etc, You
can use them and they may have devastating effect on
you're opponent's. This is easily the best game on
the Gameboy Advance, Even the single player mode has
difficulty (Unlike the Nintendo 64 Incarnation) and
the multi-player mode is a barrel of laugh's. Every
fan of Mario Kart, Or Newcomer's need to buy the game NOW!
Overall: 10 out of 10