Baby Mario Kart is a racing game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System released in 1992 and re-released in 1996 as the Player's Choice. It is also released in Japan on June 9, 2009, in United States on November 23, 2009 and on April 2, 2010 in Europe and Australia as a Virtual Console. It was the first game in the Baby Kart series, and the game that popularized the kart racing style of video game.
As well as the eight playable drivers, various other Mario series characters appear in Baby Mario Kart. Thwomps, Piranha Plants, Monty Moles and Cheep-Cheeps are enemies that serve as obstacles in certain tracks, and Baby Boos appear in the background of other tracks, as well as serving as a usable item.
As stated in the Baby Mario Kart manual, Lakitu is the owner of the Baby Mario Kart Race Track, and as such, he oversees all races. He holds up the starting signal and various other signs, and for the price of two Coins, he uses his fishing rod to lift any fallen drivers back onto the racetrack.
Baby Mario Kart has eight available drivers, divided into statistically identical pairs of two. These four categories have no official name, but are referred in the manual as different classes. Later Baby Kart titles categorize characters into weight classes to organize their stats.