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10 Closest Games To Mario Kart For PlayStation & Xbox Owners

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Even the biggest Xbox and PlayStation fans are jealous of Mario Kart, but at least there are some decent alternatives for both camps.

When it comes to kart racing, it's difficult for any game to come close to Mario Kart. It effectively created the entire genre and somehow continues to find ways to get better. It has intricacies that make it enjoyable for seasoned racers and is inviting enough that even people who don't usually play video games can have fun with it.

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It's a formula many companies have tried to replicate and bring to the PlayStation and Xbox with moderate success. Often, it's a lazy attempt that barely manages to be half as fun as a Mario Kart game. Some are worthy of being competitors, a few of which have well-known characters anchoring the game.

Updated by Lauren Turner on September 16, 2022: Mario Kart is a mega-popular mainline Nintendo game. Players get to race around various courses as their favorite Nintendo characters. Wave 3 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course DLC is coming out in Holiday 2022. PlayStation and Xbox owners will want to know more about similar racing games available on their respective systems, so we've revamped this list with more information.

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When players consider alternatives to Mario Kart, Crash Team Racing is always at the top of the list. There's a reason for that, and it's the closest PlayStation owners ever got to play a Mario Kart game. In 2019, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled gave the racing game a remaster for modern systems.

Its course designs are on par with Mario Kart, as are the seamless controls. The power-ups are a little different, and that's part of its charm. It brings enough to the table that it doesn't feel like a lazy clone. The only thing that separates the two racers is the cast of characters: Most of Crash's friends and enemies are forgettable and don't hold a candle to the legendary lineup in any given Mario Kart game.

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