Keyboard Controls:

A:      X or Alt Key
B:      Z or Ctrl Key
Start:  Enter Key
Select: Space Bar or Shift Key
D-Pad:  Arrow Keys or WASD

Web version supports Gamepad, Keyboard and even Touch on Mobile Devices!

A new classic coin-op arcade game for your NES!

Minekart Madness is an homage to the simple coin-op games of the 80's. It takes inspiration from classics such as Donkey Kong and Pac-Man.

In Minekart Madness you are a dwarf piloting an out of control minecart! There is no way to stop, only slow down slightly. Navigate the winding tracks, while avoiding hazards and collecting precious gems. 

But you only have a few minutes; when the clock hits zero it's game over! So optimize your route, exploit the looping levels, and shoot for that high score!



A - Jump
B - Slow Down
Up/Down - Hold to Switch Tracks
Start - Pause


Minekart Madness was created over a few weeks in the fall of 2022 for the annual nesdev competition.

Design & Coding by Matt Hughson (

Music and Sound by Tuï (

Art by Zolionline


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minekart_madness.nes 64 kB

Install instructions

Once downloaded, the *.nes file can be run in a free NES Emulator (like Mesen or FCEUX 2.3+) or on real hardware with an EverDrive (or similar.)

Development log


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Really nice game! Our German-language review can be found in our recorded livestream starting at 05:24:46. Automatic subtitles should be available soon (switch on, if necessary). Subscription to our YouTube or Twitch channel is welcome. :-)

Fun and addicting! Brutal fourth screen, 37500 is my best so far.

Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

Awesome game !

It's like Game Gear Tazmania, but fun

I haven't played that, but I'll check it out.

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Nice, looks sweet.

Sweet - love it!

Thanks for playing!

Great work! :)


Thanks Abdel! Sorry that Blades of the Lotus didn't happen this year!

Lovely game, here is my tribute...

Thanks for sharing! I'll watch a bit later.

que bonito,gracias

You are welcome!


It's really good!

Thanks again!


This look amazing.

A few more hours and you can give it a shot!


The game looks amazing ! When do you realise it Matt ?

I'll be uploading the game tomorrow night around midnight here, so it should be available most places sometime on Tuesday.

It will be free.


The name sounds exciting already!

haha thanks!