Yeah, I see more and more submissions that are like this. I think this is one of my favorites, if only because I'm such a huge Mario Kart fan. I'm fairly certain I remember the sprite design. I appreciate you paying tribute to such a classic series. Did you guys all have art pages on other websites back then? There was no art portal.
I'd love to see entries from a contest made now that we have one. I especially love the expression in Bowser's eyes. He's just so stupid looking but still menacing. There are even some really nice things with the background. I can see that's a rainbow, but it looked more like lava at first. There's some great shading here.