4) Crash Team Racing
Sony and Naughty Dog’s, Crash Team Racing was more than a match Mario Kart 64, and probably would have been the best kart racer of the PS/N64 era if Nintendo hadn’t published another non-Mario karting game (which we’ll get to soon enough). Crash Team Racing looked great (it was fully 3D unlike Mario Kart 64), played smoothly and packed in a lot of depth. I was never a huge fan of Crash Bandicoot’s platforming games, but he has a hell of a kart racer to his name.
3) Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
There was a lot of disappointment and grumbling about Mario Kart: Double Dash when it was first released, but I think history has judged the game well. The game’s pared-down, intentionally streamlined tracks are some of my favorite in the series, and the whole two-players per kart co-op thing was a hell of a lot of fun in retrospect. I’ve never totally exhausted a racing game like I did Double Dash — I mastered every track forward, backwards and upside down. That says something I think.