Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library


Three... Two... One... GO! The signal light changes and you drop the pedal to the metal. Take on up to three friends in the split-screen VS games, or race solo in the Mario GP. Tell your friends to bring it on in the highly competitive Battle mode. Advanced features allow you to race with your "Ghost." The driving data from your best run appears as a transparent character on the screen. No longer must you simply race against the clock -- you can actually race against yourself!

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese マリオカート64
Korean 마리오 카트 64

Release timeline

Console Country of origin Date
Nintendo 64 Japan December 14, 1996
Nintendo 64 USA February 10, 1997
Nintendo 64 UK June 24, 1997
Nintendo 64 (re-release) USA 1998
Wii UK January 25, 2007
Wii USA January 29, 2007
Wii Japan January 30, 2007
Wii South Korea April 26, 2008
Wii U Japan January 6, 2016
Wii U UK January 21, 2016


A VHS tape titled "Mario Kart 64 Perfect Video" was released about a month after the North American release of the game. Like the Super Mario 64 VHS, it features the same host from that video and runs for 40 minutes in length, and was distributed by Pioneer, GTV, and Mario the Video.


Sequence Title Original MIDI Release Date
1 Mario Kart 64 Theme
2 Luigi Raceway/Mario Raceway/Royal Raceway/Wario Stadium September 1997 or earlier
3 Moo Moo Farm/Yoshi Valley
4 Koopa Troopa Beach
5 Kalimari Desert September 1997 or earlier
6 Toad's Turnpike
7 Frappe Snowland/Sherbet Land September 1997 or earlier
8 Choco Mountain/Battle Arenas
9 Bowser's Castle
10 DK's Jungle Parkway
11 Banshee Boardwalk
12 Rainbow Road September 1997 or earlier
13 Battle Arenas (Big Donut/Skyscraper)
14 Star Power September 1997 or earlier
15 Menu Select
16 Grand Prix/Time Trials Results
17 Grand Prix Losing Results
18 VS/Battle Results
19 Trophy Presentation September 1997 or earlier
20 No Trophy for You
21 Ending Credits September 1997 or earlier

Regional differences

Of the following facts, these show what is different in the Japanese version of Mario Kart 64:

  1. Some of the characters' voices, as well as the announcer throughout the game, are different.
  2. The sponsor tag for "Luigi's" was changed to "Luigip", an imitation of Agip.
  3. The word "MARIO STAR" is now "Marioro", a parody of Marlboro.
  4. The Yoshi logo, along with the paw print, is now "Yoshi 1", which is a ripoff of "Mobil 1".
  5. The Nintendo logo is now blue instead of red.
  6. "Koopa Air" changes colors, to make it look a lot like Goodyear's logo.
  7. The "64" changes from blue and white to orange and blue, making it look like the "76" logo.



Box Covers


December 1996

See also