- 1 Introduction
- 2 Involvement in other Mario Kart games
- 3 World Titles and Records in a few other games
- 4 Sami Cetin's Super Mario Kart PAL Time Trial Videos (Some are current or former World Records or UK Records)
- 5 Sami Cetin's Super Mario Kart NTSC Time Trial Videos (Some are current or former World Records, or UK Records)
- 6 Sami Cetin's Multiplayer Tournament Achievements
- 7 External Links
Sami Cetin of London, is the Founder and Director of the Super Mario Kart (SMK) Time Trial World Records Site for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System SNES. He is the chief times and news updater of the SMK community since November 1998, and continues this job since the 2006 automated reincarnation of the site as a Global Director. His dedication and long-service to Super Mario Kart have earned him the title 'Godfather of SMK'. Sami is a two time PAL Time Trial World Champion of Super Mario Kart (also holding the title of the longest reigning PAL Time Trial World Champion by cumulative number of days) and is currently 2nd in the World following his rival Guillaume Leviach of France. Sami first held the Time Trial title from September 1998 to April 2004 (at one point holding all 40 WRs) and has also maintained the title as the UK National Champion on SMK for all of the modes from 1998 to present. He is most famous for his achievements on Mario Circuit 1 (the first race track in the entire Mario Kart franchise), by being the first to reach a Non-NBT 1'00"99 in August 2000. This led to an eventual Guinness World Records entry in 2012 with a 58.34 seconds World Record time. On Christmas Day 2013 he became the first person on Earth to break the PAL 58 second barrier with a 57.90 seconds World Record and broke a similar barrier in November 2014 by going sub 56 seconds on NTSC with 55.97 seconds. Sami won the overall Multiplayer Title one time at the Super Mario Kart World Championships 2012 held in Thil, near Reims, France during 21st - 26th August 2012. He was also the overall PAL and NTSC Super Mario Kart Online Multiplayer World Champion from 2011 - 2014 on the SNESOT Rankings based on a combined overall points system (not individual years). Sami is a senior moderator of the SMK forum and a popular member of the kart community.
Involvement in other Mario Kart games
Sami's prowess extends to the other kart games, and he is one of the best all-round Mario Kart players: currently ranking in 9th in the Combined Mario Kart Rankings which were created as a fun side statistic combining all Mario Kart games. He was briefly in 1st place years ago. He was formerly the Non-Shortcut Time Trial World Champion in Mario Kart 64, where he had many impressive WRs and broke milestone barriers such as Wario Stadium 3lap in which he got 3:39.99 as an NTSC time. He was also world champion of Mario Kart Super Circuit for the first few months of competition including taking many former World Records during a visit to Germany in early 2002 before retiring from the GBA title. He has spent a bit of time on Mario Kart Double Dash and a little more on Mario Kart DS. He competed on Mario Kart DS becoming UK Champion during the start of 2007 but retired within a few months to make a return to Super Mario Kart where World Multiplayer Competition was picking up. Following winning a Nintendo Wii U at the SMK World Championships 2014, Sami acquired a copy of Mario Kart 8, but had no plans to play this to a professional level.
World Titles and Records in a few other games
Sami is often asked at gaming events if he competes in other games for records. This was true as he did back in the day used to play a few other titles. These were mainly SNES games... Stunt Race FX (Wild Trax on SFC) was released in 1994 and Sami is known for being the current Time Trial World Champion there on both PAL and NTSC versions of the game holding all 16 respective Free Trax Time Trial World Records on PAL and almost all on NTSC. Sami's main rival on NTSC is Dave Phaneuf from Canada.
F-Zero SNES was also a big favorite for Sami where he also enjoyed PAL Time Attack competition, and he holds the UK Records for Mute City 1 and Big Blue, amongst many other strong times that are some of the best in the country. The competition on this game has been huge around the globe, making it tough; nevertheless Sami has reached 12th in the World on F-Zero Combined PAL and NTSC World Rankings not taking into account some additional professional F-Zero players from Japan who are unranked. Combining these it is expected that Sami would be in the Top 16 overall at the most. His Mute City 1 time is officially joint Top 16 in the World ever (with the Brazilian Champion and 3rd fastest in USA). Above them in the Top 15 are the Canadian, Dutch, German and Swedish records, plus the two fastest in the USA. And as National Competition was so great here; a great 9 players in Japan hold records in the Top 15, including the Official World Record Holder, Legend.
Street Racer for the SNES was a Super Mario Kart clone (although had different handling) but still followed the same Mode 7 graphics. It had a Time Attack mode aswell where you could specify how long a course time you wanted to do and a system to do Best Laps primarily. Sami is the unanimous Time Trial World Champion of NTSC on this game and holds most of the World Records on PAL (17 out of 24). His main rival being Pierre L'Hoëst of France who holds the other 7. However on an overall basis this makes Sami the Time Trial World Champion of both PAL and NTSC versions.
Sami has also competed on Micro Machines 2 : Turbo Tournament for the SNES for Time Trials. But didn't favour the game for Multiplayer as much. To add another racing game to his list of professional competition from the 16 Bit era, Sami is currently the UK Champion based on overall points on Cyberscore, although his UK rivals Chris Clark and Ben Allen have many faster records, they are due to complete timesets. He has expressed interest in competing with the World Records there as well as a side project for the future.
Micro Machines V4 for Playstation 2 was well enjoyed and introduced to Sami around the Norway 2007 meet time. The current Time Trial World Champion based on full completions average finish is Marius Hukkelas of Norway. However a faster player currently holds 29 World Records out of a possible 51 and is considered to be a Champion on this category; Super Mario Kart's Multiple Championship winner Florent Lecoanet of France. Sami doesn't have any World Records here but is the UK Champion of this game.
Sami was a keen player of many Nintendo 64 Titles, although mainly for recreational purposes such as Banjo-Kazooie. However prior to that, a racing game called Diddy Kong Racing was released which was a huge hit. Time Trial competition was also fierce here and he is the London overall Time Trial Champion on combined charts.
Another game which Sami had some moderate success in was Banjo-Pilot on the Game Boy Advance. He is currently the 2nd fastest player in the UK on Time Trials following Ben Bayntun.
Sami Cetin's Super Mario Kart PAL Time Trial Videos (Some are current or former World Records or UK Records)
- PAL NBT Mario Circuit 1 Course - 0'57"90
- PAL NBT Mario Circuit 1 Lap - 0'11"23
- PAL NBT Donut Plains 1 Lap - 0'13"67
- PAL NBT Donut Plains 2 Course - 1'25"55
- PAL NBT Donut Plains 2 Lap - 0'16"79
- PAL NBT Bowser Castle 2 Course - 1'41"21
- PAL NBT Bowser Castle 2 Lap - 0'19"86
- PAL NBT Mario Circuit 3 Course - 1'26"98
- PAL NBT Mario Circuit 3 Lap - 0'17"05
- PAL NBT Bowser Castle 3 Course - 1'29"41
- PAL NBT Bowser Castle 3 Lap - 0'17"61
- PAL NBT Ghost Valley 3 Course - 1'14"66
- PAL NBT Ghost Valley 3 Lap - 0'14"69
- PAL NBT Vanilla Lake 2 Course - 0'48"33
- PAL NBT Rainbow Road Course - 1'26"64
Sami Cetin's Super Mario Kart NTSC Time Trial Videos (Some are current or former World Records, or UK Records)
- NTSC Mario Circuit 1 Course - 0'55"97
- NTSC Mario Circuit 1 Lap - 0'10"83
- NTSC Mario Circuit 4 Lap - 0'17"88
- NTSC Koopa Beach 2 Course - 0'53"95
- NTSC Ghost Valley 3 Course - 1'12"27
- NTSC Ghost Valley 3 Lap - 0'14"28
- NTSC Vanilla Lake 2 Course - 0'46"29
Sami Cetin's Multiplayer Tournament Achievements
- Sami's SMK profile
- Sami's MK64 profile
- Sami's MKSC profile
- Sami's MKDS profile
- Sami's MKDD profile
- Sami's MKWII profile
- Sami's MK7 profile
- Sami's MK8 profile
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