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Mario Kart

Mario Kart is a series of racing games where players race around a track, using go karts. There are different tracks to choose from, and players can boost their speed and attack other players’ karts using weapons like slippery banana skins. The games are developed and published by Nintendo and can be played on numerous gaming platforms such as Nintendo Switch iOS and Android.

The games can be played alone, with other players who are with them using console controllers, or online with multiple players (who they may or may not know). Some Mario Kart games allow for in-game purchases, for items such as additional karts.

Although Mario Kart games don’t have in-game voice chat or messaging, players can communicate using dedicated apps such as Discord. Some games on the Nintendo Switch allow voice chat for players aged 13+ using the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.

Nintendo consoles (such as Nintendo Wii) provide parental controls for games such as Mario Kart and there is a Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app where parents can access additional parental controls features. In addition, ‘Nintendo Family Group’ enables parents to supervise their children’s Nintendo Accounts – this includes preventing purchases. Additional safety settings will be available on iOS and Android if these platforms are being used to play Mario Kart games.

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Safety restrictions available

Harmful Content

Block or limit access to content that could be harmful to children e.g. videos that contain bad language or sexual, violent or discriminatory content.

In-game Purchasing

Disable option to buy extra content, goods or subscriptions when using apps e.g. buying TikTok Coins when using the social media app TikTok


Block a user’s ability to communicate privately with one person or a group of people e.g. send or receive direct messages

Time Limit

Decide when and for how long a user can access a piece of technology e.g. set a schedule on a broadband router so that internet access turns off after 8pm

Multi Player

Block a user's ability to play games with other players online