Which is a better game, gameplay wise (driving/levels/items etc): Crash or Mario?

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Poll Which is a better game, gameplay wise (driving/levels/items etc): Crash or Mario? (8 votes)

Mario (Includes any 1 Mario you think is best vs Crash) 50%
Crash (THIS ONLY INCLUDES CTR or the remake) 50%

Let's end the debate. Personally, I still do not think much of Mario is bad at all, in fact, it's fun and great. That said, I think Crash gets overlooked much like sonic racing games. Crash has tight and expert-level controls with the Tokyo drifting that's sorta hard to master so I see why people bounce off it and claim Mario is better. Mario has a lot of rubberband AI and the levels have been rehashes for a while and most new levels...are ok...

Crash had a great remake run with graphics I would debate, surpass Mario on switch though that's not a fair comparison somewhat cause Mario wasn't competing to look graphically intense.

Anyway, overall I love Mario but crash wins this one. Crash gets no love for how good a racer it is IMO. But I wanna know the 2022 opinion, now that more Mario has arrived and a remake put people's eyes on old crash team racing somewhat recently. plus I'm tired of talking about Elden ring for this week XD.

PS DO NOT INCLUDE CRASH's other lesser racers, crash only needed the first try to get racing right...the other games were just victory laps XD.

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#1  Edited By csl316

CTR is my favorite kart racer. The remake was fantastic and really solidified how good the core racing was, coupled with a ton of additional tracks (both original and from the rest of the series).

Mario Kart 8 is great, and Sonic Racing Transformed rounds out the top 3.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still the best kart racer control wise and it has way more maps than any other kart racer. I'd put that second Sega and Sonic racing game in front of Crash honestly, but that might be due to all the different characters and tracks from Sega games.

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#3  Edited By Justin258

Jak X.

EDIT: OK, actual answer, I grew up with CTR. And Super Mario Kart. And Mario Kart Double Dash. And Mario Kart DS. And I've played Mario Kart 8. And I usually forget that I've played Mario Kart 3DS.

I haven't played Mario Kart DS or CTR in over a decade, but I'd still say that Mario Kart DS was my favorite of them growing up. I played it with friends, played it by myself, played it a bunch. I played CTR a lot as well, I think I might have 100%d it.

I had some fun with Mario Kart 8. It looks great, runs great, controls great, and if I'm being frank, probably is the legitimate best of them. But I actually didn't play it all that much, even when I did know other people playing it.

...but really, I was in seventh or eighth grade when Jak X came out, which was just the perfect age to get a hold of that game.

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#4 chaser324  Moderator

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is mechanically the best kart racer of all time. As a full package, I do think Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tops it.

I really like CTR, but playing the recent remake, it didn't hold up for me as well as I thought it would. Admittedly, the load times did really hurt that experience for me, but even if that problem was resolved or if I just went back to the original PSX version, I would still probably prefer Mario Kart 8 or Sonic Transformed.