As of March 2015, the "Super Mario Kart" games are only available on Nintendo video game consoles and handheld systems. The exceptions to this include three games in the "Mario Kart Arcade" series, which can only be played in arcades.
Gameplay in "Mario Kart" games involves racing around tracks in go-karts in an attempt to come in first place. Playing these games requires skillful driving as well as the careful deployment of special weapons and items players can pick up along the track. Players can play against the computer by themselves or against several other players. "Double Dash" for the Nintendo Gamecube allows two players to operate one kart cooperatively, with one player driving and the other aiming and firing weapons.
"Mario Kart 8" came out in May of 2014 for the Wii U video game console. This game allows players to use the Wii U gamepad screen as well as the TV to play. "Mario Kart 7" was released for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system in 2011 and makes use of the system's 3D ability.
The first two games in this series, "Super Mario Kart" and "Mario Kart 64," can be downloaded to modern Nintendo systems through the Wii Shop. Players may find the Wii Classic Controller is better suited to their style of gameplay.