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Mario Kart is a multiplayer go-kart racing video game series developed and published by Nintendo as a spin-off from the Super Mario series.
The first Mario Kart title, Super Mario Kart, was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. As of May 2014, there have been seven additional console titles released: Mario Kart 64 (1996), Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001), Mario Kart: Double Dash‼(2003) Mario Kart DS (2005), Mario Kart Wii (2008), Mario Kart 7 (2011) and Mario Kart 8 (2014). In addition, the series has released three arcade games, all of which are developed by Namco/Namco Bandai: Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005), Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (2007) and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013).
The Mario Kart series has been acclaimed as one of the greatest multi-player experiences for its diversity in game modes and variety of weaponry and items. In 2009, The Guinness Book of World Records rated Mario Kart as the number one console game. The series holds six Guinness World Records, including “First Console Kart Racing Game”, “Best Selling Racing Game” and “Longest Running Kart Racing Franchise.”
On November 10th, 2008, YouTuber Sam Hart uploaded a video featuring a song titled “Mario Kart Love Song,” which incorporates the Mario Kart characters into its lyrics. As of May 2014, the video has gained over 8.6 million views. On March 19th, 2013, the official The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon YouTube channel uploaded a clip from their show featuring Jimmy Fallon and Selena Gomez dressed as Mario and Princess Peach covering the song. As of May 2014, the video has gained over 4.5 million views.
As of May 2014, there are over 21,000 fan art submissions for Mario Kart on DeviantArt.
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The Spiny Shell, also known as the Blue Shell, is a type of projectile weapon that can be used in Mario Kart to attack and impede the racer leading in the first place. Due to its high success rate and game-changing ability, the item has gained much notoriety as a major source of frustration and rage among many fans of the game.
Rainbow Road YTPs
Rainbow Road is a Youtube Poop song based on music from the recurring Mario Kart course, Rainbow Road, that quickly became popular and spawned many remixes and parodies.
Real Life Mario Kart
Real Life Mario Kart videos are live-action parodies mimicing Mario Kart in the real world. The idea was pioneered by French humorist and prankster Rémi Gaillard in his 2007 video Remi Cart and spread virally throughout video-sharing hubsites like YouTube.
Luigi’s Death Stare
Luigi’s Death Stare refers to the odd facial expressions worn by the character of Luigi during gameplay in Mario Kart 8. Upon the release of the game on May 30, 2014, Luigi’s ominous glare quickly rose in notability and became the butt of many jokes and parodies.