Unlike Mario Kart: Super Circuit or Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart Arcade GP and its sequel are huge freakin' machines, weighing hundreds of pounds (they are not portable...). On top of that, they cost thousands of dollars. Most Mario Kart fans will not be able to afford their own arcade game.
By owning a Mario Card though, there's no need to buy one. Saving all the cups and unlockables you've obtained can be done with this special card. After all, who wants to play Mario Kart and not get ★★★ ranking on every cup? (People who don't take gaming seriously, that's who.)
There's many different card designs, including Pac-Man vs. Mario (the title art for Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 and assorted poses), the roster of racers, and a few more. In addition to the design, this data is also featured on the Mario Card:
- The player's Nickname
- The amount of Mario Coins obtained
- Ranking score
- The player's Special Item (e.g. 70 SP Item Get!, 64)
- VS wins to losses ratio
- The card's password for Internet Rankings for Time Attack mode.
- Completed Cups and Engine Classes.
- Instead of Mario Cards, the latest Mario Kart arcade, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, uses a Banapassport Card. They are basically the same thing, though.