Super Mario Kart games have always been one of the most lovable and enjoyable games on Nintendo consoles. Due to its popularity among gamers, Super Mario Kart has been able to develop into a series of titles that continue to grow to this day. Unfortunately for many, it doesn’t look like we will be seeing a Mario Kart PS4 release or even a Mario Kart Xbox One release in the near future as all of the current Mario Kart games are exclusive to the various Nintendo consoles with the latest one being released on the Wii U.
There is definitely a demand for Super Mario Kart games on other consoles as players don’t wish to spend $400 to buy a console just to play one game. Owners of the PS4 and Xbox One may have game titles such as Need for Speed, Project Cars, and Driveclub but these games just aren’t as wacky and fun as the Mario Kart games we love to play.
So why exactly doesn’t the PS4 and Xbox One have their own versions of Mario Kart games? We’ve got a few theories as to why.
Other genres shadow over racing games
With the rise of many popular titles on both PS4 and Xbox One, racing games are not given that much attention compared to other genres like First Person Shooters and Action-Adventures. Though there are some good titles out there such as Need for Speed and Driveclub, it seems like other game genres take the spotlight on the PS4 and Xbox One which further reduced the chance on seeing a Super Mario Kart PS4 type of game.
Games today are serious, dramatic and/or dark
Popular games today are usually involved in either a dramatic and heartwarming atmosphere, a dark desolate world, or a place where it’s just serious business (The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, GTA5, etc). Although some games do have their own way of comedy such as Drake’s witty comments in Uncharted, many of the most anticipated games of 2016 usually have a touch of realism to them that it makes throwing in cartoon cliches a little difficult. These storylines might just deliver more bang for the buck, hence, developers focusing efforts here rather than games similar to Mario Kart.
The games did not fare well compared to Mario Kart games
Compared to their Nintendo rivals, Sony, Microsoft, or any third party developers have yet to develop a title which can become as popular as Mario Kart games. Although there was a title available for both PS3 and Xbox 360 called Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed that came close to Mario Kart’s feel but didn’t quite catch the players attention. In the past, the PS1 had Crash Team Racing with also gave a similar feeling but we can only keep our fingers crossed that we can see a Crash Team Racing PS4 remake in the future.
They’re still working on it, possibly…
Since there are numerous titles on the way to both the PS4 and Xbox One, it might be possible that a contender against Mario Kart 8 is in development. Back when the PS3 was the latest console, Sony had already attempted an emulation of Nintendo’s Smash Bros when they created PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. PlayStation All-Stars could also be created as a racing game as there are a bunch of characters we all know and love that could provide us with hours and hours of fun. Unfortunately, a Mario Kart PS4 or Mario Kart Xbox One release is unlikely but let’s hope that titles like Crash Team Racing and PlayStation All-Stars make a comeback and provide us with some whacky and fun racing.