Mario Kart: Super Circuit was the first (and so far, only) Mario Kart game not developed by Nintendo EAD, Nintendo's largest in-house development team known for their work on the many Mario platformers and the entire Legend of Zelda series. Instead, it was developed by another Nintendo first-party developer, Intelligent Systems, who are known for their tactical RPG series such as Fire Emblem and Advance Wars. Some elements from its predecessor, Mario Kart 64 were included, however. Along with that, Mario Kart: Super Circuit was the first to have 5 cups instead of the usual 4. It is the only known Mario Kart to own that feature.
Contrary to what the character selection screen suggests, lightweight characters do not have the best speeds. The instruction booklet makes these corrections, stating that the "Speed" rating listed on-screen actually refers to acceleration.
"Excellent acceleration, but low top speeds.
Not slowed much by dirt.
Easily knocked aside by heavier karts."' (Super Circuit instruction booklet)
|"Check out true lightweight racing!"|
|"No one has faster acceleration!"|
|"Dirt is no obstacle!"|
"Balanced alternative to the Lightweight and Heavyweight karts." (Super Circuit instruction booklet)
"Very high top speed, but acceleration and steering require careful attention.
Bumps lightweight karts out of the way.
Suffers from tremendous slowdowns off-track." (Super Circuit instruction booklet)
|"There's nobody faster!"|
|"True Heavyweight power!"|
|"Better steering than Wario!"|
- Banana Peel
- Green Shell/Triple Green Shell
- Red Shell/Triple Red Shell
- Mushroom/Triple Mushroom
- Spiny Shell
- This is the first game in the Mario Kart series to have retro courses.
- This is also the first Mario Kart game made for a handheld system.
- This game lacked a few items including Fake Item Boxes, Triple Bananas and Golden Mushrooms.
- The Lightning Cup was first introduced to this game. It was brought back in Mario Kart DS as a retro cup which ironically had Sky Garden in it which is in the Lightning Cup in this game. The Lightning Cup is also in Mario Kart Wii and 7.
- This is the last game in the Mario Kart series until Mario Kart 7 to feature the classic go-karts and this is the last one to not have any unlockable characters.
- No game after this one would equip coins as items that increase your kart speed, until Mario Kart 7, which would come out ten years later.