Next to Super Smash Bros, the long running Mario Kart series is Nintendo’s most popular Mario spin-off property, with eight games released to date since the franchise roared to life in 1992. Unlike Smash Bros, which has incorporated characters from third-party games as well as Nintendo-owned franchises over the years, Mario Kart has always stuck to characters from Nintendo games whenever the series has made roster additions. Still, even with a smaller pool to choose from, the Mario Kart series has made some surprising omissions over the years, with some of the Nintendo’s most popular characters being left out of the mix. Although Nintendo took steps in expanding the roster with characters from The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing in Mario Kart 8, they should consider adding these 10 kart racers in future installments.
Seeing as how we’re probably not getting a new Earthbound game anytime soon, series protagonist Ness needs something to do and Mario Kart racing may be just the ticket. Although Ness got his start in the Mother franchise, his popularity can largely be attributed to his inclusion in Smash Bros, as he has appeared in every game in the series.
Ness arguably comes tailor-made for Mario Kart, as his trademark baseball bat could make for a great offensive weapon and his kart design has the potential to be something really special (somethings tells me Ness would roll with a homemade boxcar design, which has charming written all over it). Lucas would be a good addition to the roster too but if Nintendo is going to choose one Earthbound star, it has to be Ness.