From crazy new levels to complete thematic overhauls and wild twists, ROM hacks for the SNES classic “Super Mario Kart” are plentiful.
Download Name: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Save Editor. Category: Nintendo Switch.
Old-school graphics are much easier to mod so it’s no surprise that you can find well over 50 options for this game!
But to spare you the time of testing everything I’ve compiled my top picks for the best 15 rom hacks for this beloved retro title. So fire up your SNES emulator because there’s a lot here to test drive!
15. Super Mario Kart: F1 Tracks
With tracks named after some of the sport’s greatest drivers, this F1 mod will have you and your friends flying around some of the world’s most well-known courses.
A fun mod for when you want to do away with the gimmicks and obstacles typical of most Mario Kart levels, and play in favor of minimalist race tracks.
Make no mistake: you will be testing out your driving ability on the F1 tracks and they do require a need for speed. Find out once and for all if you truly are the best Super Mario Kart player.
14. Super Pro Kart
Super Pro Kart is one of those mods that only the masochists of the world will derive pleasure from.
A mod that tampers with the AI and make your fellow drivers uncharacteristically aggressive, and infuriatingly good, is just asking for trouble. This is for players who feel like they’ve mastered the original game and are looking for a greater challenge.
Having said that, this mod also includes 20 brand new maps to take on. The tracks have been changed so much that it’ll feel like playing a whole new game. And really, isn’t that the point of using mods?
13. Real World Imagined Tracks
With a bunch of new tracks creatively devised by one inspired user Theamdnator, Super Mario Kart: Real World Imagined Tracks brings a whole new lease on life to the classic SNES game.
After your 200th time completing the flower, mushroom, and special cups, you generally want something a little different.
Especially after playing through Rainbow Road for the billionth time in a row. Well if you’re getting tired of the exact same courses you might be in the market for fancy new levels—and that’s exactly what you’ll get in this rom hack.
12. Reversed and Remixed
Do you love the gameplay but want to overhaul the Super Mario Kart experience?
Then the Reversed and Remixed ROM hack could be the perfect option for you.
The first thing you’ll notice about this game modification is that all 20 of the original tracks have been reversed, meaning you start at the end and work your way towards the beginning.
If that isn’t enough of a change to keep you interested – which it should be – the developers of this mod also took the liberty of tinkering with the AI. These changes make the game a bit tougher but still playable and still very fun.
11. Sour Music Kart
Made with the developer’s real-life friends as inspiration for character models, the Sour Music Kart mod is a fun twist on the original with totally new characters.
As well as these completely new skins for the characters, with this mod you also get new backgrounds for the tracks, new music for each level, and even a newly altered title screen.
The levels themselves are based on real-life locations relevant to the developer and their friends, which gives this game a more authentic flavor while retaining its wonderful silly nature as you hurl banana skins all over the place.
Plus there are minor tweaks in this one to keep you interested: small obstacles, new victory screens, and a couple battle tracks to play with friends.
10. The Impala Battles
Super Mario Kart isn’t just about racing around tracks trying to get the best time possible and beat out the opposition.
It’s a game that’s also about destroying friends in crazy fun-filled battles.
With several balloons around your kart, the goal is to end the battle with more of them than your opponents while trying to pop theirs.
An engaging game mode and one which lends itself perfectly to playing with a group of friends, it only makes sense that there was a mod such as this one – The Impala Battles – to revamp the battle levels and give them a much-needed difficulty change.
9. Super NicoNico Kart
Sometimes you just fancy something completely off the wall and utterly insane.
Super NicoNico Kart pulls this off by completely changing the cast of Mario Kart in favor of poorly drawn characters, one of which is Ronald McDonald the clown.
But this rom also adds new level designs which take the shape of faces from shows on the Japanese streaming service NicoNico.
While you may not be familiar with the theme, the fun thing about this mod is just appreciating the wackiness of Japanese culture.
8. More Super Mario Kart
Made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic game, More Super Mario Kart is one of those mods that pays tribute to what made the game great. And it doesn’t try to mess with a winning formula so this really feels like an expansion pack of the original.
Adding 20 new courses – to compliment the 20 existing ones – this mod aims to create levels as faithfully accurate to the original level designs as possible.
Playing through this mod feels like you got 2 for the price of 1 with your classic copy of Super Mario Kart.
7. Character Chaos
Playing as the original all-star Mario universe cast is great. But it’s definitely nice to revisit the classic games when there are completely new characters to play with.
Featuring iconic characters such as Bomberman, Pacman and a Cactuar, this character mod for Super Mario Kart will have you loving every minute of your race time.
Take on the same familiar tracks that you’ve always played, but now you can race through them with the not-so-nimble yellow blob that is Pacman.
6. Mario Kart R
Mario Kart R takes things to a whole new level with enhanced graphics, a handful of new courses, new music and introduces the lovable Kirby as a playable character in place of Toad.
Like an expansion pack for the original game, this mod will make you feel like you’re back in the original game but with a slightly more modern, updated feel to things.
To be honest though it almost feels like a “SMK 2” in a way. The colors and backgrounds are different, the graphics are quite different, and in many ways this feels like a true successor to the original. Just with its own sense of flair.
5. Crazy Tracks
Altering the difficulty level of this already challenging game, the Crazy Tracks mod does just what you think it would: adds some infuriatingly difficult tracks to test your mettle on.
Another fantastic mod for finding out who has the best driving skills in Super Mario Kart, this will have you and your friends fighting it out on some of the craziest tracks you can imagine.
A good way to extend the replayability of the game significantly and this gives you something to really test your skills on.
This rom is worth considering if you can’t get enough of the Mario Kart series and want something a little more challenging. Or in this case, a lot more challenging.
4. Hyper Street Kart
Hyper Street Kart is the mod that gives you the best game crossover you never knew you needed: Street Fighter and Mario Kart.
With renamed and redesigned courses like the cleverly named “Hadoken Cup”, this mod brings a lot to the classic game that’s perfect for Street Fighter fans.
The best part of Hyper Street Kart is obviously the character models.
If seeing Blanka and Guile race around Rainbow Road isn’t enough to convince you to try this one out, then maybe Zangief’s bulging biceps bursting out his kart will be.
3. Super Parigo Kart
A complete overhaul of the game making it almost unrecognizable, yet keeping the addictive gameplay that we all know and love.
Super Parigo Kart is an amazing mod that you should definitely give a go.
Like Mario Kart R (number 6), this mod offers an incredible amount of new content ranging from an entirely new cast of characters, to new backgrounds based on real locations such as Paris and even new graphics.
One thing to note: this is a PAL rom hack only so you’ll need to patch an original PAL version to play. This is much easier on a computer so an emulator might be the easiest choice to test this out.
2. Super Mario Kart World
Like More Super Mario Kart (number 8), Super Mario Kart World looks to improve on an already amazing game with some minor tweaks.
The idea here is to make the gaming experience that much more enjoyable by slightly adjusting the classic formula.
Leaving no stone unturned, this mod edits all 20 racing tracks and even all of the battle tracks to give the original game a facelift.
Adding new shortcuts to give you more to think about for each track, this mod even adds the option to have infinite balloons in battle mode so you don’t have to worry about the duration of your next battle. As soon as you start playing you’ll see how crazy this can get.
1. Super SpongeBob Kart
Leaving the best for last, the rightful #1 spot on this list has to go to Super SpongeBob Kart.
Mixing two incredibly popular franchises often brings fans from both series together. And this SpongeBob mod is no exception.
Changing the title screen to feature Bikini Bottom and SpongeBob’s iconic pineapple house, this mod will make you feel like you’re really driving under the sea.
This mod really is a complete overhaul of all graphics, music, and levels. Super SpongeBob Kart adds all of your favorite characters from the show, all new battle stages and bonuses, new SpongeBob inspired level designs, and a whole lot more.
It may be true that SpongeBob never got his driver’s license. But that doesn’t stop him from burning rubber in this sleek rom hack!Browse:SNESSuper MarioVideo Games
It’s always a great idea to throw on some Mario Kart for fun with friends.
While sports fan might prefer games like NBA 2K or Madden, there’s just something about Mario Kart that makes it accessible to everyone. Young to old, ladies to gentleman, Mario Kart is a blast.
And thanks to modding, there’s always new content to dig into.
We can add pretty much any character we want, along with other cool features like new race tracks and sound mods as well.
For this post I’ll specifically be covering add-ons for Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U.
Just as a heads up, this process is tricky so if you’ve never done it before look into some guides first. This one is good but there’s plenty online to check out!
15. Diddy Kong Official
Donkey Kong’s nephew Diddy has only made two official appearances in Mario Kart games – the first being in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and more recently in Mario Kart Wii.
But he wasn’t included in Mario Kart 8, leaving fans feeling like something had been taken away.
Well thanks to modder Don Jon, Diddy Kong makes a comeback in Mario Kart 8 as a completely playable character.
As an added easter egg of sorts, Diddy drives a plane kart as he did in his stand-alone racing title Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64.
14. Sonic The Hedgehog
Of course, our favorite cartoon racer wouldn’t be complete without our favorite cartoon speedster.
Who else would we be talking about other than Sonic The Hedgehog?
Modder CorBond actually ported Sonic to be compatible with Mario Kart 8, just note that he’ll have to replace Metal Mario to work.
The mod comes with a completely playable Sonic skin, along with an updated voice pack, custom emblem, custom vehicle colors, and even UI icons.
This one’s pretty sleek!
13. Sonic’s Speed Star Car
What better way to race with Sonic than in the famous Speed Star?
For those who aren’t familiar, the Speed Star is actually a blue convertible which is Sonic’s personal sports car for the exact purpose of racing competitions.
The skin here looks just like as it appears in the original Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
There is a tradeoff here, though. As the Speed Star will have to replace the P-Wing kart from the base game. Up to you whether it’s worth the trade-off or not.
12. Doctor Eggman
Now that you have Sonic in Mario Kart 8, why not complete the roster with his arch nemesis Doctor Eggman?
Doctor Eggman is not a completely playable racer in MK8, and has custom colors for each of the vehicles as well.
Other than the character himself, the mod even comes with two options for custom vehicles.
You’ll be able to choose between the Egg mobile as seen in Sonic Colors, or the All-Stars Racing versions.
The Egg mobile skin replaces the Landship from the base game, so you’ll only be able to use one of the two.
11. Dr. Eggman Voice Mod
Your Doctor Eggman skin isn’t complete just yet, as you’re going to want to pair it with this custom voice mod by JoshdaBoss.
The mod doesn’t really add any new content, as the original Eggman mod already comes with custom voice clips.
Yet JoshdaBoss did notice that the volume of the voice clips was a bit too low, so he made them a bit more audible. A very nice gesture!
Still, you’re going to want to get this one to go along with the skin just so everything works well with the rest of the game.
10. Peachette from Mario Kart Tour
Another nod to an older Mario Kart game, modder MagnaDR brings back Peachette from Mario Kart Tour.
This one’s a bit more special as that was the only one appearance Peachette ever made in a Mario Kart game.
The mod replaces Peach with a Peachette skin, either in a bike suit or the standard Peachette mushroom dress.
9. Luma Bike Texture
While Rosalina is a playable character in Mario Kart 8, we only get a much younger baby version.
Well most fans thought that the original older Rosalina was much cooler, with her ability to get help from Lumas.
Modder Swiftie_Luma felt the same way.
And as a result, they bring us the Luma Bike Texture for MK8.
With this mod you’ll be able to replace the Sports Bike texture with a Luma powered bike.
You’ll still only have Baby Rosalina to race it with. But the bike comes complete in blue with a Galaxy Air stamp, which is still pretty cool.
8. Cappy (over Boomerang)
Boomerangs have always been a part of Mario Kart games.
There’s nothing like taking the top spot after hitting a perfectly aimed boomerang at the dweeb taking 1st place.
Well with the incredible Super Mario Odyssey’s design, we’re introduced to a new Mario friend in the form of Cappy.
Cappy is Mario’s trusted top hat that helps him overcome pretty much any obstacle. And he’s adorable.
This mod brings Cappy to Mario Kart 8, making him useable instead of boomerangs.
Install this and you’ll get it complete with FX particle models, red wind effects, and new UI icons.
Another easter egg character skin for Mario Kart 8 – modder DarkyBenji brings us Bowsette.
Now you might be wondering who Bowsette is.
Well Bowsette is actually a fan-made Mario character that reimagines Bowser in female form. Bowser transforms himself with a power-up to resemble Princess Peach, at least that’s how the story goes.
In any case, Bowsette isn’t really an official Nintendo character. But can be added to Mario Kart 8 as a playable racer thanks to this mod.
6. BLgotswag’s Skybox and Lighting Pack
Before we get into more added content for Mario Kart 8, I wanted to throw in this little graphical upgrade. Definitely worth a mention.
There aren’t many mods out there that improve on visuals for MK8.
But BLgotswag’s Skybox and Lighting Pack is definitely worth checking out.
This adds a ton of custom skyboxes and lighting effects to the game, including a giant Majora’s Moon from the Zelda games.
You may think this won’t do much. But the added atmosphere just makes the race tracks come alive, and the change of scenery is also refreshing to see.
5. Nightshade Mansion
Another great way to make your MK8 experience all the more exciting is by playing some of the community’s custom maps.
There are loads to choose from, with some being completely original, while others being sort of throwback maps that bring tracks from older games to MK8.
Nightshade Mansion is a customized version of the Twisted Mansion track that’s part of the base game.
The map is recolored along with all the items found on it, as modder Ravage656 wanted to give it a scarier look overall.
4. Waluigi Pinball CT
Waluigi Pinball is one of those throwback maps that’s just too good to pass up on.
Making its first appearance in Mario Kart DS, and again being featured in Mario Kart 8, MK fans just can’t get enough of this track.
Modder Divengerss brings the same track to MK8, with this ported version from the revised Mario Kart Tour map.
Textures are now at much higher resolutions as well, so this map shouldn’t have any problems fitting in with the rest of the game.
Give it a try, I think you’ll love it.
3. Luigi Circuit from Double Dash
Modder MagnaDR doesn’t just make skin mods for MK8, as proven here where he brings us another favorite map from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
That’s right, this is a completely playable remake of Luigi Circuit from the older MK titles.
Many Mario Kart fans will probably recognize this one instantly, as it most resembles a real world race track, with the signature bright Mario colors.
The track comes complete with upgraded HD textures and even the original Luigi Circuit soundtrack.
This track will replace GBA Cheese Land, so you won’t be able to have both in the game at once.
2. GCN Peach Beach
Yet another throwback race track, this time of the popular Peach Beach map.
The course only ever appeared in Double Dash and Mario Kart Wii. But thanks to popdoo3234, we can now race the track in Mario Kart 8!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Hack Download Pc
As it’s Princess Peach’s personal race track, the map features signature Peach pastel colorways. Naturally.
The mod is a direct port of the older map and is still pretty new, but the modder does promise to make frequent updates to improve it – so it might be worth watching out for those updates.
1. Luigi’s Mansion CT BETA v3
With the recent Luigi’s Mansion release on Switch, you’re probably itching to race Luigi’s Mansion on Mario Kart 8 as well.
Thanks to modder victormr21, we can do exactly that with this Luigi’s Mansion custom race track.
The track has already made appearances in both Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7, but this mod lets us race the same map in MK8.
It’s not just a direct port either, as it already features improved HD textures, custom icons, as well as coins and item boxes.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Hack Download Windows 10
This one’s sure to add tons of fun racing hours to your Mario Kart 8 sessions.Browse:Super MarioVideo Games