http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89_oVXlJPg Homie Rollerz should be on this list.
Thank you all for your patience. I know it took a while but things came up but here it is, I had to do some serious research to find the worst games that dared tried to copy the MK formula and there are some stinkers on here.
#5 Pocket Bike Racer
It's probably not fair to put this one on the list becauase most of us got it free from Burger King and it's like complaining about a crummy Iphone game that was free but still, Burger King and MS collaborated to make what is essentially a commerical. Though most people I know who got this one said it wasn't awful and was the best of the 3 BK games but still, I was amazed BK had enough mascots to make a racing game.
#4 Kinect Joy Ride
I have to take a moment to go piss on Kinect once more. Here's a brilliant idea, make a racing game with an invisible steering wheel. And since MS doesn't have cuddly mascots of it's own, you get to use your Mii....er Avatars and it's probably not right to lump it in with MK clones because it has a lot of other modes besides standard racing but it is another reminder of how poorly any Kinect game not called Dance Central fails. I had found a video of a guy playing this where he basically sits there and barely moves and gets third place.
#3 Wacky Races: Crash and Dash
You'd think this classic Hannah Barbera cartoon would make for an excellent kart racing experience and from what I've heard, other illeterations of this are pretty good but this one for the Wii which my nephews owned is abyssmal. There's no acceleration button, the items are useless, the controls suck and the races are boring. It has very little challenge or excitement as you don't accelerate or break, just steer through an autoscrolling stage until you finish.
#2 Sonic Drift
I had to put the first Sonic Drift on the list especially since I gave Sonic's most recent racing game the #1 slot. This came out not long after Super Mario Kart and it's easy to see this was Sega trying to quickly cash in on Sonic's sudden populairity as well as the populairty of Mario's kart racer. But it was only on the Game Gear, a handheld that sucked up batteries like Honey Boo Boo sucks up spagetti. The first one wasn't even released in the US and if you played it, it was probably unlocked on Sonic Adventure DX. You get a whopping four racers to pick from, Sonic, Tails, Robotnick and Amy. The screen is so small, it's hard to see and it's cut in half with a map taking up the top part, also due to the hardware, the draw distance is pitful. Sonic Drift 2 slightly improved it, adding Knuckles, Fang and Metal Sonic and having slightly better track design but overall, one of those games that not even the most idiotically devoted fans will defend. "Why am I in a car? And that's why Sonic Drift sucks!" -Sonic Shorts
#1 M&M's Kart Racing
Talk about a shameless tie in. I like the M&M's characters in the commercials. They made one of the more memorable Christmas ones with a fainting Santa and who doesn't love M&M's but of all the shamless ways to make a buck. One of many games out there that's just a commercial tie in and hopes to make a few quick bucks off unsuspecting kids and casual gamers. Awful controls, bad graphics. Even got Gamespots Dubious Honor of 2008.
So there's the worst MK clones around. It was hard to find worth contenders as many either had no reviewes to read or weren't as bad as I thought because when it comes to bad kart racers, we tend to avoid them so if you don't like my picks or think something was left out, go write you're own list.
I knew Sonic Drift was gonna make this list. One of my cousins wasted money on that turd. Poor dude.
I enjoyed Kinect Joyride to be honest. Sure controls weren't super tight but not a bad effort all the same!
I quite enjoyed Kinect Joyride, though the idea was unoriginal the controller-free, erm, controls? Were really good and the game was quite fun
Although these games are indeed rubbish, i think Mario Kart 64 was the best MK ever! After that it never regained it's greatness ;)
Wow, some of these I've never even heard of. It's about time they made a Wacky Races game, too bad it's not up to par with the classic nature of the show.
Got the first Mario Kart on SNES for Christmas when I was a kid. Had a lot of fun (read: fights:P) playing this with my older brother. Mario Kart 64 was also in my collection, and also absolutely classic.
Kinda lost track of mario kart after that. Still. good times.
Mario Kart 64 is still one of my favorite games ever... Except for the socialist nature of the game. If you're in first place, you get friggin' bananas and green shells. If you're in last, you get lightning and spiked shells. Racing games aren't supposed to punish you for leading. -.-
When I got my Wii second-hand from one of my mom's friends 3 years ago, we got M&M's Kart Racing. Good thing we never played it and just turned it in with most of the other games for some easy store credit.
When I was a kid I used to play a kart racer called Wacky Wheels. I enjoyed it at the time. No idea how well it holds up 15+ years later, but in the eyes of a young kid it was pretty fun.
EDIT: Make that 20 years. God how time does fly.
The very concept of mascot Kart Racers is an outdated and lazy game design basis, Nintendo can have it since they are the only ones making the one that originated the trend and is still relevant to people.
I'm surprised you left out Myth Makers Super Kart GP for Playstation 2/Nintendo Wii