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Three Tried and Tested Mario Kart Alternatives

If you have even a passing interest in gaming, you will have certainly seen all the recent coverage of Nintendo’s...

Three Tried and Tested Mario Kart Alternatives

If you have even a passing interest in gaming, you will have certainly seen all the recent coverage of Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8.

 

The game launched to rave reviews and is riding high in the gaming charts across the world. However, unless you’re lucky enough to own Nintendo’s Wii U console, you won’t have a chance to play it.

 

 

Having played plenty of Mario Kart 8, both on and offline, we don’t think anything quite lives up to it, but there are a few alternatives on other platforms that do a rather good job of providing a kart-racing fix. Here are the top three:

 

1. The multi-platform option: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

The title is a bit of a mouthful, but Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed is a very worthy gaming experience and available across several formats including the PS3, xBox 360 and Wii U.

 

Many Wii U owners were very impressed with this game, especially as it arrived early in the console’s lifespan. For owners of other consoles, it’s the only option!

 

The game menus could be better; setting up a multiplayer game is unnecessarily complicated—but it all other respects this is a worthy alternative to Mario Kart 8.

 

2. The mobile option: Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2

Crash Nitro Kart’s history can be tracked back to the popular Crash Team Racing on the very first PlayStation. Owners of the Sony console had no Mario Kart alternative when it came out, and Crash Team Racing proved a surprisingly great substitute.

 

 

Now, the Crash karting series has found its way to mobile in the form of Crash Nitro Kart. There are two games in the series for both Android and iOS.

 

Yes, the controls are simplified and the weapons are shamelessly copied from Mario Kart, but if you want a mobile karting fix these games are cheap and surprisingly absorbing.

 

3. The retro choice: Diddy Kong Racing

You’ll need to dig out an old Nintendo 64 for this one, or find one on eBay, but it’s worth the effort.

 

Back in 1997, many would argue that this game was in fact better than Mario Kart 64. The single player “adventure” experience was unique, as was the ability to pilot planes and hovercrafts in addition to karts.

 

Unfortunately the game has yet to appear on a retro games service such as Nintendo’s Virtual Console, but it’s so good that it’s worth looking out for next time you pass a yard sale!

 

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