Mario Kart Source aims to bring the fun and excitement of the Mario Kart series to the PC though the powerful Source engine used in Half Life 2. We hope to create the ultimate version of Mario Kart (MK) by combining all of the best aspects into one game. We're not simply recreating one version of MK, but using the best parts of each. We want to have all the traditional weapons, characters, and maps but also bring out new weapons that make game-play interesting. We're redesigning the maps so that they keep their appeal, but truly utilize the power of the source engine. We plan to have at least 16 different characters, all the ones you know and love as well as some others from the Super Mario World. We want this mod to reflect what you guys want in a Mario Kart game. Have some cool weapon ideas? What special characters do you want? What about maps? We want to know! And now the question on everybody's mind, a beta release. “When is it?” “Is it a closed beta?”...

RSS November news.

Like every month, find the latest development of Mario Kart Source, even if nothing new has been made. This month, most of the dev-team doesn't have lot of time (or no time at all), some are busy with school / work, other with life problems... so only a few progress has been made.

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Most of the dev-team doesn't have lot of time (or no time at all), some are busy with school / work, other with life problems... In fact, the progress is really slow, since only the menu selection progressed (code side only). Coders got all the work from Ramu, a coder which helped us a few time ago and which isn't available now. More details on the Team status bellow.
Another important fact : we're now trying to contact Nintendo to know what they really think about us and if they want to let us making this. Lot of people (public) asked if Nintendo agree with MKS, if they won't close the mod, then we decided to talk with them, trying to finally get an answer.
We're doing this not for shutting down the mod, but just for not losing all this time making models, music and other things for deleting them later because of an eventually negative answer from Nintendo.
If Nintendo are OK, we continue.
If Nintendo disagree, we DO NOT close the mod. We'll just delete everything using Nintendo and Mario theme. That means we'll have to make new models of original characters, new music, modified maps... It won't be Mario Kart Source anymore of course, but an original racing game inspired from Mario Kart. The code can be used, fortunately.
If Nintendo doesn't answer... We don't know yet what we well do. Probably sending another email on another address. We'll try everything to get a contact with them.

We already sent an email to them recently. We're now waiting an answer.

About the Team status:

Spike and OneEyed (coders) are too much busy with school work. Same for Klusark (coder), and will probably quit us.
Ramu (another coder) has still problems in his life (about his new flat not achieved) so he can't work. He gave us all his code about items at least a few days ago.
That means no coders (except Dragon) can work, which blocks music / sound work (sounders need to hear their sounds in game), and limit models and maps work (no new entities, no models in game without code).
Potteh, the new UI artist, has some life problem (he wants to keep details private). He was working on the menu selection design, so no progress on that too.
Wind (artist) is too busy with his school too. He also moved from Corsica to Marseille, which takes some extra time too. But he just got back his computer, so he may be present now.
TheSlaminJ (animator) isn't in the team anymore. But he's always providing us a SVN.
Chenapan (animator) may be available soon, but now, like others, school takes lot of time.
Gto47 (model / animator) hasn’t enough time now for MKS and another mod he was already working on before (+ school work), so he stopped working with us for now.
Sh4rk (modeler) is probably who have most free time.
Milky, Nova and Joey (sounds / music) are waiting code progress to get their sounds in game.
Then mapping section, KillerMapper, Dragon and Qmaster... KillerMapper and Dragon have some free time, also Dragon is coding too (character menu selection), but we need for maps entities and models... And textures too. Most of work which can be done is brushwork is almost done for most of current maps. Qmaster, our latest coder, was busy with school and other projects; but he got more free time recently.

We are really sorry for the lack of progress, I know how you can be disappointed (We are too, seeing how still the mod is after 5 years being on this project) but it's impossible to force everybody to work when there is no time for that. Remember that we’re not professional game makers, just fans who are trying to recreate this fabulous game on Source engine. We have studies, jobs and a life too, and we’re making this project on our free time.
Now we just hope that Nintendo will answer our mail and that people will be less busy as soon as possible.

Thanks for everybody who is supporting us. Please come on our forums to show your support to show Nintendo that MKS is expected by many people ;)

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Pat.Lithium
Pat.Lithium

Sad face.

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk]

This is sad but i kinda knew it all along. You keep trying to hype it up with big media updates then stop work all together. Everyone has time issues it's a big thing when you are just hobbyists. you may aswell just give this up it's not going to work if you don't have a strong team because this project is massively ambiousous anyway.

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MrTimm
MrTimm

just to give this project up after all those days of work no think its better to release it with the state it is currently in with some little bug fixes if it is possible and hope some one else wants to continue this mod,.

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therealgordonfreeman
therealgordonfreeman

keep trying guys, dont let the mod die!

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx

Come on, Nintendo must say yes, if not, MW2 fanboys will nuke them lol

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deadrawkstar
deadrawkstar

screw what they think, they should be giving YOU guys money for supporting them.

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VirusxXx
VirusxXx

Damn, just dont let it die out, this mod is already freaking awesome!

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CakeMaster7
CakeMaster7

I really hope you guys succeed!

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Vcc2cc
Vcc2cc

One of the biggest mistakes is saying to the world "Hey we're making a mod based on a product of another company". This usually leads to being shut down.

I think it'd be best to just continue with the mod and not say a word to Nintendo. IF they just so happen to hear about the mod, you could potentially have an alpha/beta out before (if at all) they send a cease and desist notice.

However, if Nintendo says no to their trademarks, which they probably will (tho I hope they allow you to continue) you've only brought the unknown matter to their attention and now Mario Kart: Source will be Not-Mario Kart: Source. If they do say "no", just set up a new website under different names, and release it. Again, the worst they could do is say "stop" and you can just let the internets cycle an installer, all the while denying it was you/your crew that asked them prior.

I've been following this mod for years, and I really hope you release it as Mario Kart: Source. P.S. Yoshi rules.

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Luigisno1
Luigisno1

I doubt Nintendo will stop you, they didnt stop the Mother 3 English patch and thats now been out for over a year and still doing just fine :3

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb

This is an incredible and large team of coders. Best of luck with the licensing.

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AmazingRedd
AmazingRedd

:(, if only i could code i would help, i was really looking forward to this mod, hope thing pick up for the team and can work on making this happen again.

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