Still, Nintendo's expertise at sucking players into the game world is strongly evident, and Mario Kart Advance offers enough challenges to keep players, both young and old, entertained. Placing a familiar Nintendo personality, such as Mario, Luigi and even the mushroom man behind the wheel of a sputtering go-kart powered by a 50, 100, or 150-cc engine, the game lets players race computerised opponents or up to four other players (via a cable) on a variety of well-designed tracks. Multiplayer is the key to Mario Kart, and though you'll need four cartridges for the full multiplayer experience there are some limited options for four-way play from a single cartridge.
Because karts lack the power and speed of games (and let's face it you aren't in it for the Gran Turismo 3 adrenalin-pumped experience), drivers must focus on collecting power-ups and non-lethal weapons, such as the snowball and minimiser, rather than negotiating hairpin turns on two wheels. Grabbing and using on-track items is the heart of the game's fun: a strategically placed banana peel sends the unlucky victim into a spin, nailing an opponent with a turtle shell launches their vehicle skyward, and a rocket provides a quick boost to near-breakneck speeds.--Kristen Bowditch
8 characters, 3 difficulty settings, 20 tracks (plus bonus one's I haven't yet got) too many power ups to list. FANTASTIC!
Graphically, this game rules- crisp, clear, nigh on perfect. The characters are well aminated- each having their own voice characteristics too.
The control system is easy to use, but why the jump button is also the powerslide button is anyone's guess.
Gameplay wise, nothing beats this game. Only tetris is more addictive. Unfortunately the single pak multiplayer mode only has 1 character (Yoshi, but in four colours) and four tracks- which are pretty dull in comparision with the rest of the game. And it's just standard racing, no battle mode which made the SNES version infamous. But hey- everyone with a GBA will own this game anyway, so there'll be no problem finding a few people for a multipak battle game.
Overall, I can't fault it. An amazing conversion of the SNES classic that somehow is so much better.
Mario Kart Advance allows you to play one of the best racing games anywhere. You can play as all the characters from the N64 version, each one having there own special abilities, and the graphics are just like that of its N64 counter part (even thought the console is only 32 bit). The controls are very easy and comfortable, A is accelerate, B is brake, L is to fire weapon and R is to jump. The makers have also manage to encorpurate all the weapons from the orignal (fast mushrum, invincible star, homing red shell etc) which all add together to give this game some really good action and game play. Plus the best feature of the game must be the inclusion of all the original race courses from the Super Nintendo version. Infact, the only thing that would have been better would have been the inclusion of the levels from the N64 version.
Apart from this, Mario Kart Super Circuit is one of the best games on the Gameboy Advance and demands attention from every GBA owner, even the ones who are not big racing fans. I do not hesitate in giving this game 5 Stars.