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Battle Kart 64

Hack of Mario Kart 64

Description:

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): https://github.com/kfkaplan/battlekart64

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

Links:

Screenshots:


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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
triclonOriginal Hacking

User Review Information

Big improvement to multiplayer

Reviewed By: Pr1me on 12 Jun 2021

In my opinion Mario Kart 64’s battle mode always paled compared to Crash Team Racing’s, since the latter had way more options, cheats and arenas for flexible game modes. This hack closes the gap though, adding arguable more features than the latter game had, such as Hot Potato mode. The CPU drivers aren’t clever at all, and battling on the race tracks often results in players clustering around one set of item boxes, but both are neat bonuses which simply give more ways to play (especially when the game only has four battle arenas to begin with). Definitely worth it if you’re looking to renew the MK64 multiplayer experience.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

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