Mario Kart is a series of developed and published by as spin-offs from its trademark series. The first in the series, , was launched in 1992. In the Mario Kart series, players compete in , controlling one of a selection of characters, typically from the Mario franchise. Up to twelve characters can compete in each race. Mario Kart introduces motion controls, performing tricks, 12-player racing, and . Six new playable characters were introduced : Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, , Funky Kong, Dry Bowser, and two outfits for characters. It also introduced three new items: the , Thunder Cloud, and pow block .