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The History of Super Mario Kart

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Ever wanted to know the origins of the kart-racing phenomenon? Join us!

Ever curious about where the Mario Kart franchise started? Us too! In this week’s episode of The History of Fun, Polygon’s new weekly podcast, we explore the hidden backstory behind Super Mario Kart.

We know, it’s not the most well-loved of the Mario Kart games. And yeah, the graphics haven’t actually aged super well. But there’s still a lot of charm and mystery to be found within that SNES cartridge. Not to mention a newfound importance, thanks to its inclusion on the hard-to-find SNES Classic.

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New to The History of Fun? Every Monday, Russ Frushtick, Allegra Frank and Chris Plante explore the hidden backstories behind the things we love to do. Ever wonder where dodgeball came from? Or the origins of the creepy Chuck E. Cheese robots? Or how about why Beanie Babies exploded and then vanished into the sands of time? We’ll seek to answer those questions and have some fun along the way!