It would be easy to write an article about the best kart racing games ever made and include pretty much every Mario Kart. But while the popular franchise pretty much created the genre and on more than one occasion improved it, there are other noteworthy competitors to mention. Below, you’ll find some of the best kart racing games ever made.
Crash Team Racing
Leave it up to Sony and Naughty Dog to create a worthy competitor to Mario Kart. Although Crash Team Racing felt way too similar to Mario Kart, it looked great, it had a lot of charm and it played really well. If you have a couple of friends to play with, a copy of Crash Team Racing and a PlayStation are the only things you need to have a terrific time.
Mario Kart DS
Some think that Mario Kart 64 is the best game in the series, other think it’s Double Dash and others think it’s Mario Kart 8. Personally, I think Mario Kart DS is the best, not only because it made the experience portable, but also because it had a bunch of innovations, including online multiplayer, a large selection of tracks, several modes, new items and a rock solid gameplay.
Diddy Kong Racing
Diddy Kong Racing is Rare’s response to Mario Kart. The result was a colorful racing game that was extremely fun to play. On top of that, Rare’s racing game featured not only karts, but also planes and hovercrafts, making it more appealing and creative. There’s also an adventure mode where you can explore a free-roaming environment and take on bosses. By the way, I’d stay away from the DS version of the game.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Sega wanted to make a fun Sonic racing game for a long time and they failed miserably over and over again (cough * Sonic R * cough,) until they decided to follow the footsteps of Mario Kart and create a traditional kart racing game. All-Star Racing looks good, it’s charming and has some of the most popular characters from Sega, so you can’t go wrong with this game. Other features include responsive controls, excellent track design, varied multiplayer modes and a lot of fan service.
Mod Nation Racers isn’t a traditional kart racing game. It does let you race using karts, but the game also features the possibility of creating and sharing content. This made the game extremely creative and technically, you could play this game for hundreds of hours and still see new things. It does borrow elements from popular franchises (read: Mario Kart and Little Big Planet,) but it combines those elements in an innovative way.