I played this game a bit as a kid, but I'm much more familiar with Mario Kart 64. Pretty cool to see this, and remember the designers were pretty much sailing blind as to how much people would accept Go-Karting with Bowser.
^^ Good question. There are a few reasons. First, it takes time and work to get up to full speed. In some games (Mario Kart 64 is an example) you can use just three or four seconds and reach the same speed you'd have after a minute of beautiful drifting, but in Super Mario Kart it can take a full lap to race fast at all. So there's a big difference between a player who works hard to keep his kart moving fast and one who just takes turns by letting up the gas and tries to rely on cutting corners or using items to win.
Also, shortcuts and items are less powerful in this Mario Kart than the others. If you're in last place, for instance, you're likely to get a single red shell; even the star is kinda crappy on most courses since it messes up your drifts. Item use is more reliable in Mario Kart 64 where even the first place racer gets good stuff like triple green shells and golden mushrooms. SMK is also light on the zippers which appear all over the place in Diddy Kong Racing and Mario Kart: Super Circuit. In those and most other kart racers, it's more important to know where the track's speed boosts and shortcuts are and to use (and avoid) items well, but the reverse is true in Super Mario Kart.
Here's my third video. Next time I'll try to make my explanations clearer and quicker.
When I first played Super Mario Kart, I had no idea you could drift (I didn't even know what drifting was until I got into Ridge Racer). I always thought the jump buttons were just there to be used to jump over obstacles. I practiced drifting on Mario Circuit 1 last night w/ the Koopa Troopa, and get some of my fastest times ever.
Glad to have helped! :)
It's still processing, but here's me playing through the Mushroom Cup with tiny Donkey Kong Jr. In addition to being shrunken, I'm playing with another Self-Imposed Challenge—I get myself crushed at the beginning of each race (besides the first one) so I can start in last place and catch up. I hope the gameplay becomes more exciting. Things are gonna get a lot tougher in Star and Special Cup.
I do! I'm honored that you're honored! It's an incredible hack and I definitely look forward to Let's Playing it—though I'll need to improve a lot to win consistently tiny. I've spent hours practicing just Bowser Castle 3. Your levels are everything I could have wished for and more in a sequel to Super Mario Kart.