Mario Kart 64 will be downloadable on Wii U from this Thursday, 21st January, priced 8.99.

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The N64 classic hosted some of the series' best tracks, such as Kalimari Desert, Moo Moo Farm and Yoshi Valley.

Then again, it also included Toad's Turnpike, so y'know.

It is also remembered for introducing the series' infamous blue shell, and for allowing you to troll your friends by repeatedly choosing Toad so he continuously shouted "I'm the best!".

Mario Kart 64 originally launched in Japan almost 20 years ago, in December 1996. Just to make you feel old. It then turned up in Europe in June 1997.

Nintendo re-released the racer on Wii Virtual Console in January 2007, exactly nine years ago.

Here's another fun fact: Mario Kart 64's Rainbow Road holds the record for the longest track in a Mario Kart game, according to the Guinness Book of World Records Gamer's Edition. (Although, if you know the secret shortcut, it is also one of the shortest.)

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