Greetings Source Gaming fans, and welcome to another Dream Roster article. If you missed out on our previous entries, be sure to check out the articles looking at Nintendo Kart, as well as MvC4, Kellogg’s vs. Capcom, Fire Emblem Warriors and Konami-Smash.
Nintendo has never produced a cross-company themed Kart racing game before, but they have progressively taken the Mario Kart franchise away from being entirely Mario-centric. The Mario Kart 8 DLC contained characters and stages based on other Nintendo IPs such as The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Excite Bike and F–Zero. Mario and co’ have also met Namco characters such as Pac-Man, Mametchi and Don-chan on the track in the Mario Kart Arcade GP games.
Mario and Mickey are two of the biggest pop culture icons of all time, and while they have never met under any official circumstances yet, Disney are enthusiastic about the idea of it happening sooner rather than later. So what better setting than a Kart racing game for these characters to finally shake hands? After all, they both have a history of appearing in racing games. Mickey’s first racing appearance was in Rare Ltd’s underrated Nintendo 64 game: Mickey’s Speedway USA. He has also gone on to star in Mickey’s Racing Adventure for the Game Boy Colour. Other notable Disney racing games include Disney Infinity 3.0, and Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, this Dream Roster article will be focusing on Disney X Mario Kart.
If you’d like to see the reasoning behind some of the character choices, be sure to read below!
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Most of the Mario regulars are present in some form. We of course have the usual 4 plumbers, Mario’s trusty steed Yoshi, faithful friend Toad (this time as Captain Toad), original rival Donkey Kong, with his sidekick Diddy, the 3 Princesses as well as of course Bowser and his son.
The new character additions focused on two main criteria. Firstly by fleshing out the side-series Mario Kart has thus far touched upon in varying degrees. Yoshi series staple Kamek finally makes his appearance in a Kart game after being previously omitted at least 2 separate times. Ashley, the WarioWare Witch who has become a very popular character in her own right, would be a rather interesting addition to add diversity to the cast. We also have Dixie Kong, who has thus far only made a handful of appearances in the Mario spin-off games. She is perhaps more overdue than anybody.
Fans have long-been clamouring for Nintendo to dig a little deeper with their Mario Kart rosters, which lead me to feel that fleshing out the heavyweight class with notable (albeit forgotten) villains from Mario’s past was a good idea. This includes Wart from Super Mario Bros. 2, and Count Bleck from Super Paper Mario, who simultaneously adds that Paper Mario flavour.
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While the Disney umbrella incorporates a rather broad spectrum of characters these days, including the likes of Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and… Willow; for the sake of unity and artistic integrity, I focused solely on Mickey and Friends, as well as the Classic Movie Collection. Even then it was extremely hard to narrow down.
Characters were generally chosen based on relevance or historical significance, while trying to represent every era of Disney’s extensive history. Unfortunately some characters such as those with traditional animal proportions such as Scar, or small characters such as Chip ’N’ Dale were not included due to incompatibility with the Karts.
Mickey’s gang consists of the usual suspects, including Donald, Goofy and Minnie, as well as Donald’s love interest; Daisy Duck, Mickey’s ‘Bowser’; Pete, and his (until recently) long forgotten half-brother; Oswald The Lucky Rabbit.
Snow White, the original Disney princess from Walt Disney’s first feature length; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a no brainer, holding unparalleled historical significance above practically any other Disney princess. The other, very notable classic Disney character Pinocchio joins her. While Moana, the most recent addition to the lineup of Disney princesses bookmarked her
Characters like Olaf, Judy and Wreck It Ralph represent the latest string of Disney’s successful cinema hits. WreckIt Ralph is also no stranger to racing games, having previously appeared in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
Cruella De Vil, filled the role of being a notable Disney villain, I also loved the idea of her trademark vehicle being converted into a Kart inside the game.
The Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland, as well as The Beast from Beauty and the Beast are notable classic Disney characters who have had, or will have their films remade in live action.
Rounding off the roster, we have the ever popular Winnie The Pooh, one of few Disney characters to see consistent new content produced spanning several decades. As well as Stitch, who has been a part of numerous movies, a TV show and a Japanese anime!
Would you like to see a Disney x Mario Kart? Which characters would you like to see focused? Let us know in the comments section!