- Year of Release: 1992 (first one)
- Developer: Nintendo Studios, Retro Studios, Bandai/Namco, Velan Studios
We should reference that this is more about the specific franchise, as it’s pretty much impossible to pick only one Mario Kart as the true “best” among them. We often discuss crossovers for television and movies, but Nintendo was the real first to properly do a crossover. They put all of their top characters in the Mario Kart world from Mario himself to Donkey Kong, the Koopas, Link, Toad, Princess Peach, Luigi, Wario, Bowser, and many, MANY more.
The characters you could play as will differ from game to game, so there are several that will not be available for all the games the way Mario or Luigi happens to be. Eventually, Nintendo sort of allowed the opportunity for creations or modding to take place, which allowed for some characters to pop up. Some fans included characters like Sonic in Mario Kart 8, for example. By doing this, fans could get what they wanted. Making an already fun game series even more entertaining.