So, why exactly is it that so many companies attempt to make kart racing games out of their characters, and why does it so often represent a franchise's dying breath?
I mean, we all know what a kart racing game looks like when it works. We have the Super Mario Kart games. There have been a number of others over the years, but somehow only Mario Kart (and Diddy Kong Racing) gets remembered.
Why is this?
How do you know your kart racing franchise has jumped the shark? Mario Kart Double Dash drew complaints. The DS game is dominated by snaking.
And that so many kart racers have been made, but so few are even remembered, likely itself leads towards the topic. Almost nothing excels beyond Super Mario Kart, and most are quite willing to settle for "mediocre" or even worse. Kart racers are a quick cash-in, and seem to appear when a franchise may be weakening or struggling to remain in the public eye.