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Nintendo's Forgotten Racers

 

Who doesn't love Mario Kart? Apparently next to no one, since each entry stays on top of the sales charts for months, and remains pretty much the undisputed king of the kart racing genre. But, with the overwhelming success of the Mario Kart series, Nintendo seems to have abandoned its other racers. Here are some Nintendo racing games that I wouldn't mind taking for another spin.

Kirby Air Ride (Gamecube, 2003)

Kirby's first trip into the racing genre wasn't the best experience, but it was still fun nonetheless. Being able to power up your ride in City Trial before going to a race or event was something I'd like to see more kart racing games do. Sure, the racing was chaotic, and not really in a good way, but given a second chance, I think Kirby and pals (who are really just different colored Kirbies, now that I think about it) could really make a comeback. As long as Hal remembers to get rid of those dumb invisible walls. (I mean, why can we even fly if we have no freedom to go anywhere?)

 

Kirby! Wake up and make a sequel already!

 

This concept is just so good though. Kirbies racing around on warpstars through familiar Kirby environments? Yes, please. Even Kirby's famous copy ability was implemented as a clever way to replace standard powerups.

Probability (on a scale of 0 to 5): 0.25

F-Zero (Last console game: F-Zero GX, Gamecube, 2003)

Is Captain Falcon destined to just be remerbered at the “Falcon Punch!!!” guy in Smash Bros.? I hope not. F-Zero GX received favorable reviews, so why Nintendo hasn't released a console sequel in almost 10 years is a mystery to me. The gameplay of the F-Zero series is quite different than Mario kart and the other racers mentioned here, which is a good thing in my book. A surprise Wii U F-Zero announcement would be welcome, Nintendo.

Probability: 4.5 / 5 (I'm sure it will happen... eventually)

Diddy Kong Racing (N64, 1997)

Diddy Kong Racing got a remake on the DS a few years back, but I'd love to see it get a full-fledged sequel. Racing through levels in either a car or plane was a blast, and was enough to make me forgive the hovercraft for sucking so much. The levels were well designed and colorful, and the adventure mode was a creative way to make single player feel like more than just playing race after race. Though Donkey Kong Racing was apparently in the works at one point, I still have hope that there will be a sequel to Diddy Kong Racing, and that it isn't destined to be forever hidden in Mario Kart's shadow. 

Probability: 1 / 5 (A remake shows that Nintendo hasn't forgotten, so there's always a chance.)

In the meantime, we'll always have Mario to keep us entertained.

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