F-Zero helped inspire the creation of Mario Kart

Long live Koopa Troopa Beach

Nintendo producer Hideki Konno recalled the origins of Mario Kart in an interview with IGN, and it seems F-Zero helped inspire the beloved kart racer. F-Zero became a successful single-player racer, and the Nintendo team back then wanted to continue that success with a multiplayer focused racer next.

With F-Zero having such large tracks the design team had work out how to scale race course down to factor in the split-screen play. “The series got its start on the [SNES], but there were a lot of limitations to the 16-bit format from that time,” Konno stated. “It was necessary to make the maps and courses more compact for a game like that.” 

The developers weren’t sure what kind of vehicle they would let players use until someone suggested go-karts. The idea of karts fit better with courses being more compact, and, well, the rest is history. 

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