Mario Kart is Back


Since its release in 1992, Mario Kart has taken the world by storm, captivating people of all ages. From the first in the series, “Super Mario Kart,” which was only available on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, to the most recent update, “Mario Kart Tour,” which was released for iOS and Android systems on Sep 25, 2019, parents and children all over the world have been competing within the game. 

“I think the mobile game is way easier and more fun,” said sophomore Rico Brown, “The best thing is the drift controls, and it’s hard to fall off the map.” 

“Mario Kart Tour” is different than previous versions of the game. In every version of the game, players try to beat their opponents and reach first place. In “Mario Kart Tour,” though, players try to accumulate the most points in order to achieve Grand Stars that will help them move through each two week tour. 

“The main difference is the online aspect in the mobile game. On the Wii, you couldn’t play with your friends unless you were standing two feet away from them,” said senior Shang Andrews. 

The new mobile version of the game has taken Potomac Falls by storm. Everywhere you look, people are playing Mario Kart, whether it’s on the bus, in the cafeteria, or even walking through the hallways. It’s hard to be in a room in Potomac Falls without hearing Mario Kart come up at least once in conversation. 

Once level seven is achieved, the opportunity to add friends on the app becomes available. This feature allows players to see their scores and their friends’ scores. Soon, multiplayer mode will be introduced, where players can compete against their friends within each race. 

Andrews currently holds a score of 14,780, and is ranked first among his friends in the Tokyo Tour.