When it comes to video games, Mario Kart has to be the most prominent and important series in my life. Mario Kart 64 was the first Nintendo game I owned and was the whole reason I ever got into Nintendo as much as I did. It’s also the main reason I met everybody I’m great friends with today. If it wasn’t for my love for Mario Kart, I never would have joined my first internet message board, Mario Kart Central, and I never would have met the person who would lead me to meeting all the people I am currently associated with today. Mario Kart means more to me than any other video game ever could. Hell, my internet handle was Toadkarter for many years. Needless to say, I frickin’ love Mario Kart.
|Admittedly, this is still the best racing game with Pac-Man in it|
|He's in first because he trolled the others off the cliff.|
It seems like every time Wario gets his own race course in one of these games, it’s always awesome. Wario’s Gold Mine in Mario Kart Wii is fun, if not a little frustrating and Wario Colosseum in Double Dash is awesome. But my favorite Wario based track has to be Wario Stadium from Mario Kart 64. This track always felt so big to me as a kid. It just seems to last forever. Not as long as Rainbow Road, but pretty darn long. Which made it all that much important to win. You were always trying to keep the enemy off of you and just hoping the final lap would win before you can get by a blue shell. I also always loved placing bananas or using a lightning bolt as other drivers were going over the huge jump. They’d fall right down and be way behind the rest of the racers. I was kind of a jerk as a kid. Wario Stadium is one of the few tracks from Mario Kart 64 that has yet to come back as a retro course in any of the subsequent games and that’s a shame because I love this track. It’s simply one of the best.
|It is a road, it's called a Rainbow Road...|
|It also has an amazing lens flare.|
|Green Thwomp for Mario Kart 7!|
|Thankfully, Ke$ha had nothing to do with this.|
|You can't tell me this doesn't look like fun.|
|This is probably really dangerous but I don't care!|
|I thought I was the mighty table king...|
|Maybe Mushrooms aren't the best example here...|