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Start Your Engines!: The 'Mario Kart' Quiz
by Staff
"Mario Kart" is one of Nintendo's most successful franchises. Do you know all the tricks and cheats when it comes to playing "Mario Kart"? Kick your quiz-taking skills into high gear, and find out how much you really know about the series.

What does the Needle Bomb do?

  • pops an opponent's tires
  • damages an opponent's engine
  • impales an opponent

Which version of "Mario Kart" is the best-selling in the series?

  • "Mario Kart 7"
  • "Mario Kart Wii"
  • "Mario Kart 8"

In "Mario Kart 8" wood tires have the same characteristics as what other tires?

  • cushion tires
  • slick tires
  • gold tires

In a Japanese edition of the game, what do Bowser and Princess Peach drink after races?

  • champagne
  • sake
  • beer

The Tiny Tug kart is exceptional in which area?

  • acceleration
  • sea speed
  • mini-turbo

What year was the first edition of the game released?

  • 1992
  • 1993
  • 1994

How many playable characters appear in "Mario Kart 64"?

  • eight
  • six
  • 10

Why was the Blue Shell power-up introduced?

  • to make the game more difficult
  • to prevent one player from winning every race
  • to reduce processing demands on the console

Which edition of the game first featured hang gliders?

  • "Mario Kart 8"
  • "Mario Kart 7"
  • "Mario Kart Wii"

How many different versions of the game exist?

  • eight
  • 10
  • 11

What's the maximum number of players that can race in a time trial?

  • one
  • two
  • four

Which character has appeared in every version of the game?

  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Bowser

What effect does the Thunder Cloud have?

  • It makes your kart fly.
  • It speeds your kart up.
  • It damages an opponent's tires.

What happens to the game as the difficulty level increases?

  • There are more weapons available.
  • You can have more than one player per kart.
  • Vehicles travel faster.

Which version of the game was the first to feature 3-D graphics?

  • "Mario Kart 64"
  • "Mario Kart DS"
  • "Mario Kart 7"

Which famous character only appears in the arcade versions?

  • Pac-Man
  • Sonic
  • Agent 47

Why did developers reduce the brightness of the Lightning power-up for "Mario Kart 64" on Wii Virtual Console?

  • to prevent epileptic seizures
  • Game testers did not like the color.
  • It damaged some computer screens.

Which graphic is animated for the first time in "Mario Kart 8"?

  • Mario's mustache
  • Luigi's hat
  • Bowser's skin

The Bumble V kart has which characteristic?

  • poor handling
  • low acceleration
  • awful off-road capabilities

Game developers released downloadable content for "Mario Kart 8" that includes racetrack designs from what other game?

  • "The Legend of Zelda"
  • "Need for Speed"
  • "Mega Man"

Which edition first allowed players to drive on ceilings and walls?

  • "Mario Kart Wii"
  • "Mario Kart 8"
  • "Mario Kart 7"

Who developed the "Mario Kart" series?

  • Genyo Takeda
  • Shigeru Miyamoto
  • Satoshi Tajiri

Wario's name essentially translates into what?

  • Evil Mario
  • Bad Mario
  • Mean Mario

In which version does kart customization first appear?

  • "Mario Kart 7"
  • "Mario Kart 8"
  • "Mario Kart: Super Circuit"

In "Mario Kart 64," how many times must the music on the results screen repeat before it finally changes?

  • 32
  • 64
  • 128

Which character is brand new in "Mario Kart 8"?

  • Baby Rosalina
  • Birdo
  • Diddy Kong

What is the top engine class in the series?

  • 150cc
  • 200cc
  • 100cc

How was the sound that the Thwomps make in "Mario Kart 64" created?

  • by slowing down Wario's laugh
  • by dropping cinder blocks on cement
  • by slamming a heavy metal door

Wood tires offer the best handling on which surface?

  • air
  • land
  • water

How many tracks are there in "Mario Kart Arcade GP"?

  • 18
  • 22
  • 24