Kart Fighter
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Kart Fighter's title screen.
Publisher Ge De Industry Co.
Developer Hummer Team
Console Famicom
Date 1994(?)
Engine Street Fighter II Engine
Sound engine Hummer Sound Engine
Alternate names/hacks AV Bishoujo Senshi Girl Fighting

Kart Fighter (瑪莉快打) is a fighting game for the Famicom developed by Hummer Team. The game was possibly made in early 1994 because AV Bishoujo Senshi Girl Fighting reuses assets from Kart Fighter. It's well known due to having characters from Super Mario Kart beating each other up, Street Fighter II style.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Kart Fighter's gameplay.

Kart Fighter uses the Street Fighter II engine, albeit slightly altered. Everyone's movesets are pretty similar overall. Every character, except Nokonoko, can throw a projectile. Also, some characters have charge attacks and some have stationary attacks. A handful of the background graphics seem to have been taken from Little Nemo: The Dream Master, Mario & Wario, and, obviously, Super Mario Kart. The music mostly consists of 8-bit renditions of songs from Mario & Wario, but the songs from Peach's stage, the title screen, and the ending theme are all remixed from Super Mario Kart.

Kart Fighter has five difficulty levels to choose from, like in most of the games based on this engine. The AI, however, seems to have a predefined pattern on the second round no matter which difficulty level is selected (ex: ducking will cause them to shoot a projectile if they have one, jumping leads to either a charge move or an uppercut, etc.) Kart Fighter also has a versus mode; to join, press the 'a' button on a second controller.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Character select screen.

There are a total of 8 playable characters in Kart Fighter. The character's names in-game are in parentheses.

  • Mario (Mari)
  • Luigi (Luigi)
  • Princess Peach (Peach)
  • Yoshi (Yossy)
  • Toad (Kinopio)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (Donkey)
  • Koopa Troopa (Nokonoko)
  • Bowser (Koopa)

Move Commands[edit | edit source]

Mari (Mario)

  • D, DF, F, a: Fireball
  • B, F, a: Uppercut (Can only hit grounded opponents)
  • B, B, b: Flying Kick

Luigi

  • D, DF, F, a: Fireball
  • ?, ??, ?, ?: Uppercut (Can only hit grounded opponents)
  •  ?, ??, ?, ?: Flying Kick

Peach

  • D, DF, F, a: Fireball
  • D, DB, B, b: Spin Kick
  • Hold Back, b: Hair Whip

Yossy (Yoshi)

  • D, DF, F, a: Fireball
  • D, DF, F, b: Tongue Attack
  • F, DF, D, b: Tail Dance

Kinopio (Toad)

  • D, DF, F, a: Mushroom Shot
  • B, B, a: Uppercut (Can only hit airborne opponents)
  • F, FU, U, b: Flying Kick

Donkey (Donkey Kong Jr.)

  • D, DF, F, a: Banana Slide
  • D, DB, B, b: Uppercut (Can only hit airborne opponents)
  • B, DB, D, a: Spin Attack

Nokonoko (Koopa Troopa)

  • D, DB, B, a: Charge
  • B, F, b: Shell Spin

Koopa (Bowser)

  • D, DF, F, a: Fireball
  • B, DB, B, b: Charge
  • D, D, a: Tail Flop

Connections[edit | edit source]

  • Selecting Start or Option on the title screen or changing the levels in the options menu plays the unused Chaos Emerald jingle from Somari, although it is slightly shorter in this game.
  • The option screen uses Super Mario World's Super Mushrooms as the border around the difficulty levels. The spin-jump sound effect from the same game is played when choosing one, although slightly different.
  • The lava in Luigi's stage is also from Super Mario World for the Famicom.
  • The song in Donkey Kong Jr.'s stage is a slightly altered music track from Jing Ke Xin Zhuan.
  • Kart Fighter was likely developed sometime after Garou Densetsu Special, since Donkey Kong Jr. has a grounded projectile similar to Terry Bogard's Power Wave.
  • Some of the sound effects in Kart Fighter were reused in Harry's Legend.

Music[edit | edit source]

Name Description Source Audio
Title Theme Super Mario Kart [1]
Select Screen Super Mario Kart [2]
??? [3]
??? [4]
Mari / Luigi Stage [5]
Peach Stage Super Mario Kart [6]
Kinopio Stage [7]
Yossy Stage Songs Without Words [8]
NokoNoko / Koopa Stage [9]
Donkey Stage [10]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Since Kart Fighter is an unlicensed game, it doesn't have feedback from any commercial gaming magazines. However, with the ROM being available to the public, there are plenty of user reviews on GameFAQs, YouTube, and several independent review sites.

  • Kart Fighter on GameFAQs has an average user rating of 3.5 out of 5 with three reviews. One reviewer praised both the graphics and sound, as well as the gameplay, and said 'Overall this is quite possibly THE best Bootleg game EVER made. And its also simply a very good 2-D fighter game as well.' They gave a score of 4 out of 5.
  • Another reviewer on GameSpot stated that Kart Fighter 'is like a poor man's version of Super Smash Bros.', but is still worth a play. They gave the game a 7 out of 10.
  • Siliconera said that Kart Fighter is clearly Street Fighter II-inspired, and 'As a pirate NES game Kart Fighter is fairly advanced.' Their feedback was mainly positive.

Unused Tiles[edit | edit source]

Unused "Game Over" tiles.

Going through Kart Fighter's tiles, one can find some that spell out "Game Over". These were left unused. This suggests Kart Fighter was planned to have a Game Over screen, but it was scrapped.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Kart Fighter, Toad, Koopa Troopa, and Bowser are referred to by their Japanese names. Yoshi is sometimes called Yossy in Japan. Mario's name being Mari may actually be a corruption of his name in Chinese.
  • Mario and Luigi have their hat colors swapped on the title screen when compared to Super Mario Kart's. Also, their in-game sprites are only palette swaps of each other.
  • The inputs for Luigi's Uppercut and Flying Kick seem to be executed by a command that only the CPU can do. This is likely a bug in the game, seeing as Mario's commands work.
  • Bowser is the shortest character in the game. This is because the size of the CHR banks prevented his sprite from being any larger. Going through the tiles shows that he was likely the last character developed.
  • Peach has black hair instead of blonde and wears a different outfit then her usual dress.
  • The song played on the Top 8 screen, which is loosely based on the 'Mario's Rank' song in Super Mario Kart, has been reused in many of Hummer Team's other fighting games. Kart Fighter, being the only Mario-themed game to use this music track, is likely where it originated from.
  • On the Top 8 screen, the last 0 in each score on the board is different compared to the other 0's.
  • The game does keep score; it'll appear on the Top 8 screen if you get enough points.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

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