A life is a set amount of karts required to continue racing if a player places 5th or lower in a cup in Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Super Circuit.

If a player runs out of lives, the player will get a game over and he/she has to start the cup all over.

However, lives are unlimited in Mario Kart 64.

As of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, lives are no longer a thing and instead you just go onto the next race regardless of your place.

No more Mario Kart Lives! Yay!

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The game over screen from Super Mario Kart.

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