17 - Super Mario Kart

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Screenshot of the Rainbow Road track from Super Mario Kart

How Nintendo and its mascot created a genre, and a combat-racing franchise heavyweight, and in the process gave us a masterclass in game balance, with the best-selling 1992 Super Nintendo game Super Mario Kart.

All music and sound effects in this episode were composed and performed by me, except for the bits that I lifted out of Super Mario Kart.

If you enjoyed this episode, you might like to consider listening to the previous entry this season, on Sega Rally Championship. Or for other development-focused stories I've done, consider the episodes on Lode Runnerthe Tomb Raider grid (and part 2), MidwinterDogzFIFA 3DOcolour cycling/palette shifting, and Airfight — some of which feature interviews with the creators.

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