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Battle Kart 64

Hack of Mario Kart 64


Battle Kart 64 is an exciting rom hack by Triclon for Mario Kart 64 that brings new features and options to the game’s Battle Mode. It is console compatible (note: Expansion Pak required).

Version 2.1 is a minor update that fixes various bugs that were found in version 2.0. See the readme for details.

Game Modes:

  • An expanded traditional battle mode.
  • “Hot Potato” featuring a timer on whoever was hit last and counts down to zero. Whoever is the “hot potato” when the timer reaches zero loses 1 HP.
  • “Squish” where you need to hit, lightning shrink, and then run over the shrunken player to score.
  • “Capture The Flag” where you must capture a flag and bring it back to your base to score.
  • “Keep Away” where there is one flag to fight over and each player must try to hold onto it as long as possible.

Scoring Modes:

  • Stock scoring where you can now set set the number of hit points, instead of just having 3 balloons.
  • Point scoring for Capture the Flag and Keep Away
  • Timed matches where whoever has the least amount of hits or most points when the timer reaches zero wins. Ties go to sudden death.
  • Free for All (FFA) or Teams of 2 vs. 2 or 2 vs. 1 with both point and time scoring.

CPU bots in Battle Mode!

  • Now you can play battle mode by yourself.
  • A lot of work has gone into making bots that will actually track you down and aim their items at you.
  • Best played in Block Fort or Double Deck or on wide open race courses.
  • Now you can play 1 player in full screen if you are just playing against the bots

All the race courses now will load in Battle Mode!

  • All 16 race courses can now be played in Battle Mode.
  • Great for Koopa Troopa Beach or Kalamari Desert.

Item toggling!

  • You can turn items on and off like in Super Smash Bros.
  • Hate stars? Just turn them off.

And a whole slew of other options!

  • Flat courses!
  • Ludicrous speed!
  • And more!!

Battle Kart 64 will continue to be under active development so the future will bring even more game modes and features.

See the readme for details on how everything works.

You can check out the source code for Battle Kart 64 here (although seldom updated):

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Mario Kart 64 (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo 64 (v. 20180814-043336)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 579C48E211AE952530FFC8738709F078D5DD215E
  • File/ROM CRC32: 434389C1



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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
triclonOriginal Hacking

User Review Information

Very Impressive; Looking Forward to More

Reviewed By: Phaxuji on 26 Dec 2020

When I first noticed this hack, my jaw dropped. Bots in Mario Kart 64? Really? The one thing that kept the battle mode of Mario Kart 64 from being infinitely played by friends and family was the lack of bots. I’m sure that those who have played enough competitive games can appreciate how sometimes such battles can lead to hurt feelings and real-life confrontations. It’s not always fun.

But having a computer for everyone to gang up on is always a crowd-pleaser. Take Perfect Dark (also on the N64) for example. This game heavily encouraged cooperative play, including awards for challenges that were bestowed based on how many players worked together! For a lot of people (myself included), that opened up playing together with others who would have otherwise never bothered to even try. Not everyone wants to best others - sometimes they just want to have a good time without the determination (sub-conscious or otherwise) about who is “better”.

Thus, seeing this hack made me giddy. I tried it almost immediately after I saw it. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much (if it even worked at all). This seemed like a pretty tall order. But having played it, I’ll admit - I’m very impressed.

Sure, it’s rudimentary. The opening screen feels like a debug program or something that developers would use rather than something slick for the playing audience. And the bots are complete buffoons.

But does that really matter? Someone actually put bots in the battle mode in Mario Kart 64! Let that sink in. This is a massive achievement. Think about the time and effort that must have been dedicated to accomplish such a feat. Think about all the other games that would benefit from having bots. It doesn’t matter if the bots are idiots - that’s entirely beside the point. The fact that bots exist at all means the door is now open to improving upon the foundation that has already been laid down.

And the different modes were brilliant! Even if the bots are wholly ignored and unused, the different modes have added a dimension to the battle aspect that breathed new life into an ancient game.

If you’re looking to play with bots and have a challenge, you’ll likely be disappointed. But to me, that’s not what this hack is about. We had fun just watching four bots beat each other up - it was hilarious. And even without the bots, the new modes are terrific and we all had a blast playing them.

I very strongly recommend this hack for those who can look past inferior A.I. and see what this means for Mario Kart 64 going forward. It’s very exciting what has been done here.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Big improvement to multiplayerPr1me12 Jun 20211.0Yes
Very Impressive; Looking Forward to MorePhaxuji26 Dec 20201.0Yes
CPU bots lack intelligenceWireByte26 Dec 20201.0No