You know what’s great about Super Mario Kart? Besides the fact that Nintendo actually allowed this image — which makes Mario look like the Lollypop Guild version of Jack Black and reduces Princess Peach to a swimsuit-clad race queen (because girls can’t race cars, silly! That’s only for men and, and… mushroom things, and turtles, and baby monkeys) — to go out the door, the best thing about Mario Kart is that it’s basically one step removed from this. Due to the nature of Mode 7, which would take a flat image and stretch it and scale it to create an illusion of three-dimensionality, Mario Kart was really little more than a high-tech (for the time) means by which to make the way you used to race your Hot Wheels cars around a vinyl placemat that looked like a track seem more exciting. And yet, as Luke Osterritter rightly points out, it was great. I would say it was great despite that flimflammery, but in all honesty I suspect its greatness is because of that.