CheatCC says - Mario Kart is a series that stays the same as much as it changes. And for the most part, fans of the series like it that way. In fact, the only time that the series really went off the rails and switched things up was in 2003, with the release of Mario Kart: Double Dash. Fans didn't respond well. Mario Kart Wii was a glorious return to form for the series, and won the praise of more than a few gamers when it was released early in the Wii's lifecycle.