Mario Kart Advance: Super Circuit
- Kart-racing game based on the Nintendo 64 hit
- 20 all-new tracks, plus additional hidden tracks and classic multiplayer battle mode
- Collect coins to increase your kart's speed and durability
- The courses are packed with traps, tricks, shortcuts, and speed-affecting elements
- For 1 to 4 players
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- Platform: Game Boy Advance
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Wario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Toad, and Bowser put the pedal to the go-kart metal in 20 all-new tracks, plus many hidden courses. Each track has its unique challenges, ranging from the crabs skittering across Shy Guy Beach to the Piranha Plants lurking in the quicksand of Yoshi Desert. Grab coins to max out your speed and blast your rivals with the ever-popular arsenal of red, green, and spiked Koopa shells. You'll earn points with every high-place finish and you'll win trophies with the completion of every four-race cup. Doing well will earn you a high rating and unlock more tracks. Get a couple of link cables and you can compete against three friends--there's a basic multiplayer track that only requires one cartridge amongst you all, though for the full multiplayer experience you'll need a copy of the game each. The game features multiple scrolling planes that move in perspective as you zip through high-speed turns.
Mario Kart 64 was one of the finest games released for the Nintendo 64 platform so it's no surprise that the brilliant racing game would make it onto Nintendo's powerful new handheld Game Boy Advance. And rest assured the game clearly takes full advantage of the graphic power and speed of the GBA. But this version owes more to the seminal Super Mario Kart on the SNES in that it doesn't use the 3D environments of the N64 version.
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 BowditchSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great apart from the fact it doesn't save? Maybe the internal battery needs replacing...Published 5 months ago by GearShiftGaming
Great game, in great condition from seller. Arrived quickly, very happyPublished 15 months ago by Jude Landels
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