This is part three of a feature on the history of Mario Kart. Today's selection is Mario Kart Super Circuit for the Game Boy Advance.
Mario Kart Super Circuit was Nintendo's first attempt at a portable Mario Kart. Long story short, they did not disappoint. Since the Game Boy Advance was similar to the SNES in terms of graphical power, Nintendo decided to create a Mario Kart in the same style as Super Mario Kart (SNES). So while the game plays in 3D, there are no hills and valleys.
To add value to the game, Nintendo included every SNES Mario Kart track as a bonus. The game features a whopping 40 tracks, a number that may never be beaten (unless we get the option of creating custom tracks).
The game featured multiplayer via link cable. Plus, if you had friends that did not own the game, you could still play a few select tracks via download play, which was a very innovative feature at the time (to be honest, it's still a great feature. More games need download play).
The problem was that I lived in a very small town, and the only way to get the game was to either drive 90 miles, or buy it online. I did not want to wait 3-5 business days to play this game. Luckily, one of my friends was heading into town, so I gave him the money for the game. Knowing it was multiplayer, I also told him I'd give him $10 if he bought a GBA and this game. He didn't bite. His loss.
That night, I put on my headphones, turned out the lights, and played it for hours. I played every track at least once before I went to bed. It was a grand old time, and I continued to play it for months. Even now, I pull it out every six months or so and give it a good run-through.
When Nintendo dropped the price of the 3DS, they gave early adopters a handful of GBA and NES games on 3DS Virtual Console. One of these was Mario Kart Super Circuit, which is not available on Virtual Console any other way. So take that, weirdos.
(Mario Kart Super Circuit is not yet available on Virtual Console, however it was given to early adopters of the 3DS as part of the 3DS Ambassador Program)