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on November 19, 2005
God i never thought I would see a perfect video game ever again like The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time for the nintendo 64.This certainly is right on par with this!Every thing about this game makes me want to jump.I just did! I recently picked this up(opening day like every other mario kart) and thought it was going to be slightly disapointing.Boy was I wrong.The game begins with the normal 8: Mario,Luigi,toad,yoshi,bowser,wario,donkey kong, and peach.4 characters can be unlocked as well.Yet I was slightly disapointed by the character choice yet the new mario games have to much choice so it doesnt really disapoint.Now the characters have no class insted its in the karts.The karts have a drift meter*the higher it is,the better boost and drift you can get.,weight meter *the more this is,the more harder you are to knock of course and knock someone else off course*,handling meter*the more this is,the better turn you have*,acceleration meter*the more this is,the better boost or fastness,you get at the start of the race*,top speed meter *the more this is,the better speed you get*,and item meter *The more this is,the better items you'll get*.The karts are really cool like mario's B-dasher: a long white kart that gets amazing items or *spoiler* dry bone's dry bomber:a big tank with good weight,top speed,and drift.This can make everything harder and easier.And say,your favorite character is toad,but you really want to use *spolier* waluigi's zipper.If you beat the game,you can use any characters kart for any character!The main modes are time trials:race yourself or ghost and try to break your record.You will get a mushroom and then you race yourself in any track of your choice. Obviously a mario kart favorite and a competitive one,yet it is single player only.But you can trade your ghost and recieve ghost's via LAN or via WFC.Next is Grand Prix.The main mode is a group of races called a cup inside a giant prix either Nitro or Retro.Then you can also pick 50cc,100cc,or 150cc.Your pick as 50cc would be very easy and less fast.100cc would be medium difficulty.150cc would be very fast and hard.Nitro cup is in cups like:mushroom,flower,star,and special.Retro is in cups like this:shell,bannana,leaf,and lighting.Retro is a brand new cup that makes the game much more playable and feels fresh every time.Now it makes the total to 32 tracks insted of 16.The retro cup contains all of the classic tracks from the previous 4 mario kart titles.track listing is as follows:

Shell cup:

1.Snes:Mario kart circuit 1

2.n64: Moo Moo Farm

3.GBA:Peach circuit

4.GCN:Luigi circuit

Bannana cup:

1.Snes:Donut Plains 1

2.N64:frappe snowland

3.GBA:bowsers castle 2

4.GCN:Baby Park

Leaf cup:

1.Snes:koppa Beach 2

2.N64:Choco Mountain

3.GBA:luigi's circuit

4.GCN:mushroom bridge

Lighting cup:

1.SNES:Choco island 2

2.N64:Banshees boardwalk

3.GBA:Sky Garden

4.GCN:yoshis circuit

Now the retro cup is as follows:

Mushroom cup:

1.Figure 8 circuit(this track is in the shape of an 8 very simplistic yet awsome for drifting)

2.Yoshi falls(set on a dirt road very short but tons of cool short cuts in the water fall)

3.Cheep Cheep beach(my favorite!Contains 2 huge power jumps going across 2 islands!Watch out for cheep cheeps and crabs.Also 2 wooden ramps

4.Luigis mansion(go into the mansion and race in the courtyard.Watchout for moving trees and mud)

Flower cup

1.Desert hills(a desert with tons of sand dunes pokeys and even the angry sun from mario bros.3 who spits jumping fire balls at you)

2.Delfino Plaza(a really cool course with the best shortcuts and The biggest power ramp in the game.Watch out for stray boxes)

3.Waluigi pinball(possibly the most favored course this is a huge course on a pinball machine.Go through a giant warp tube,Speed bumps,Power ramps,Giant pinballs,bouncers,and those things that whack the pinball)

4.Shroom Ridge(this course let me down because i love the city car level except this is a boring track with no design at all)

Star cup*the best cup*

1.Dk alpine(a giant mountain with tons of ramps and giant snow balls,and snowmen.This is a really fun level)

2.Tick tock clock(ones of the most favored levels taking place in the mario 64 level.This has tons of moving gears and clocks)

3.Mario circuit(same old)

4.Airship fortress(one of my favorite courses with a giant ramp that sends you like the dk mountain*GCN*.My 2 fav has giant fire thingys and potholes)

Star cup:

1.Wario stadium

2.Peach garden

3.Bowsers castle

4.rainbow road

The new game has a bunch of new tiny fixes too.Like drafting when you are behing someone youll gain a huge speed boost.Now 2 karts have been dropped to one which means it ias easier to drift and the jump came back.This is a relief to all mario kart fans.Now vs.mode and battle mode can be played with bots.HALLUICHI!this is a refief because i cant have my friends over everyday to play this.

But most important:the multiplayer.This can be done by LAN(across 100 feet) but also this can be done online!This is the first nintendo game ever to be online and also helps set up the online service for nintendo.This is easy to set up to get online too.You need broadband working internet,a nintendo usb wifi connector which you can order,and a wireless router.This is as easy to set up as xbox live and is fun too!You can make your own decal and show it to everyone and have a friend code.If you have a friend code,You can play with them online!Up to 4 or 8 players can play online.No chat or voice is a big bummer and sadly no battle online!just vs. and trading time trials.But human compition makes the replay value soo much more and it cant get old.You can chose world wide or region play.

Now A new single player mode has been added to train your skill at mario kart and add even more replay value.The mode is mission mode and has 7 worlds of missions:8 missions in one including a boss battle.They can be easy or hard and usualyy involve collecting coins,doing 4 or more power slide boosts in one lap,kill the random enemy,steer through the gates,ect.At the end of each world is a boss.They are all from previous mario titles.They include big bully:N64,eyerok:n64,King Boo:N64,Big bomb omb:m64,wiggler:super mario sunshine,and chief chilly:mario 64 ds.They are realtively medium difficulty and are really challenging.

Overall this game is awsome and makes other games go to shame!
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on May 11, 2015
It seems just like yesterday when the original Mario Kart made its debut on the SNES in 1992. The game was a hit back then, and it isn't difficult to understand why. A racing game that emphasizes on sabotaging your opponents with weapons like banana skins, flying shells and lightning bolts was almost unheard of then, and to do so with your favorite Nintendo characters was, quite simply, pure bliss. Not surprisingly, the game captured the hearts of many gamers then.

Fast forward to the year 2005. Fans of the series have seen a few sequels through the years, but the DS version of Mario Kart was greeted with much more anticipation than its predecessors. The main reason, obviously, is the game's inclusion of integrated online play. For the first time in Mario Kart's history, gamers can now take on players from all over the world as long as they're using a wireless router that is supported by Nintendo. The game also allows up to eight players to multiplay in close proximity with only one copy of the cartridge, which essentially means that a gamer who decides not to buy the game can still perform a download play and race against a friend who owns a cartridge.

Of course, to enjoy the other features in Mario Kart DS, you'll still have to purchase the game, especially when you're interested in taking on the single-player campaign. As with previous instalments, Mario Kart DS has a grand prix mode, which comprises of four races each that are span across eight different competitions. This means a total of 32 tracks for your racing pleasure. 16 of these tracks are brand new, but the rest consists of classic ones from previous renditions of Mario Kart. These include the Moo Moo Farm from N64, Peach Circuit from the GBA and even the original Mario Circuit from the SNES. These will no doubt bring much joy for Mario Kart fans.

Yet, even in the presence of the classic tracks, the newer tracks do not pale in comparison. The innovative minds at Nintendo have once again developed a series of circuits that are visually stunning, mildly challenging and always entertaining. You'll get to race through a pinball machine, a clock and even an airship fortress! The combination of both old and new tracks is indeed a masterstroke that allows you to engage new challenges, as well as indulge in some nostalgia.

Mario Kart DS also has a mission mode that requires you to perform a series of tasks within a certain time limit. These include collecting a designated number of coins, passing through a series of numbered gates in sequence, and even hitting specified enemies with specified weapons. The missions are divided into "worlds", and each world various stages. Completing all stages in a world will unlock a "boss fight", which could involve winning in a race against the boss, or even to knock him out from a platform. Defeating a boss unlocks the next world, up to a maximum of six worlds and a total of 54 missions. Obviously, the missions get tougher as the game progresses, but they aren't exactly impossible to complete. Gamers who enjoy more than merely racing should find the mission mode in Mario Kart DS a fun and captivating feature.

The other modes in the single player campaign include a VS challenge and a battle mode. The VS challenge basically pits you against seven CPU-controlled racers in a never-ending series of races. This is the perfect training ground for learning the techniques of the game. The battle mode consists of a balloon battle and a shine runners game. The balloon battle requires you to burst the balloons of your opponents, while the shine runners game requires you grab as many shines as possible. These two mini-games are quite forgettable when played alone, so it's recommended that you engage them with a friend or two. Bursting balloons has never been so much fun.

A Mario Kart game is never complete without an array of usable weapons against your fellow racers. In Mario Kart DS, the arsenal gets even better with the inclusion of some new items. One of these new weapons is the Bob-omb, which causes an explosion. If used accurately, the Bob-omb's impact on an opponent is tremendous, as it drastically slows down his or her progress. The Bullet Bill is another new item that is extremely cool. Using it will turn you into a flying bullet. You'll find yourself bursting forward with much speed, knocking over anyone who dares stand in your way, and most importantly, covering a lot of ground. The Blooper, one of Mario's nastiest enemies, is the third new addition. It'll squirt ink onto your opponent's windscreen, causing a temporary loss of vision. The range of old and new items more than complement each other, and you'll no doubt find great usage with them as you progress.

The controls of Mario Kart DS are extremely simple, making it a game that anyone could pick up and play without much hassle. Of course, learning more techniques are useful when you intend to go online for some real challenge, and the game does give you a repertoire of skills to master. One of them is turbo drifting, which requires you to drift, and then quickly press the left and right button on your D-pad to cause your tires to catch fire. Releasing the drift immediately after that will result in a temporary burst of speed. This technique is extremely useful in chasing a seemingly loss cause.

The real meat of the game, obviously, is the online feature. Once you get connected, you'll be able to search for players who're also online at the same time. It may take a while for you to get a full quota of four players, but the game works with one or two opponents as well. You'll have to race through a standard Grand Prix in an online game. You'll also get to vote on which track you want to race, so that you can at least gain an upper hand by (hopefully) getting a track that you're familiar with. It's also advisable for you to practise on the various tracks before proceeding, since you won't want to finish last all the time!

As mentioned earlier, you can also play with fellow friends with the use of only one cartridge, but the player who doesn't have a cartridge will, by default, be using Shy Guy as a character. The player only needs to turn on his DS when another player hosts the game, and he should be able to "download" the game into his DS for a quick race. As with online play, it takes a while for the connection to be established, but my experience with multiplaying has found no lag at all during the gameplay, which is definitely great. Beware, however, when you send a bolt of lightning towards your friend - regular attempts at this could possibly lead to a loss of friendship at the end of the races!

If you're a fan of Nintendo-style graphics, Mario Kart DS will not disappoint you. The game retains the usual awesome graphics from the past, and provides a great sense of details even for a supposedly "cartoony" presentation. The DS' dual screen also comes in handy here, as you can watch the action on the top screen, while still referring to the touch screen for a real-time map. The map is especially useful for dodging attacks from behind. The audios are also highly enjoyable, combining great music and sound effects seamlessly. Somehow, the sound of "vroom vroom" seems to blend perfectly to the lively, catchy tunes in the background. If only prime time radio is that good.
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on May 15, 2016
I had my doubts about Mario Kart DS in the early stages of its development. Mario Kart: Double Dash (Gamecube) was never one of my favorite games, and I was hoping that Nintendo would stick to the roots with their DS edition of the high-selling, fan-favorite racing game. With Mario Kart DS, they've done just that.

It seems that the developers took everything great from Super Mario Kart (SNES), Mario Kart 64 (N64), Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA), and Mario Kart: Double Dash (GC) and put all of those elements into a single Mario Kart game. When you consider how wonderful all of these games have been and how much fun they still are today, that's quite an achievement. Mario Kart DS features some of the same gameplay modes that fans have seen for years: Grand Prix, Time Trial, and Battle. They're the same as always, with three ranks of difficulty in Grand Prix and several different battle modes in Battle.

Nintendo didn't stop with the classic game modes. In fact, they added another interesting mode called "Challenge" in which you pick up certain numbers of coins or do a set number of power slides in a lap under a certain amount of time. These challenges can be excruciatingly difficult but they make you a much more weathered Mario Kart player and therefore are a great addition to the game. Also, Multiplayer has come in the form of Nintendo's first WiFi-enabled online multiplayer DS game. The races in WiFi multiplayer are relatively simple but it's a great addition to the game nonetheless.

On the track itself, the controls are easy but don't utilize the DS very much--driving is done with the directional pad, acceleration and braking are done with the A and B buttons, power sliding is done with the R trigger, and item usage comes from the L trigger. This simple system goes alongside several classic items and three new ones. The Bullet Bill thrusts you forward knocking anyone in your path off of the track. The Bob-Omb explodes, causing anything in its blast radius to spin out and slow down considerably. Last of all, the Blooper spits ink on every other racer's screen, making steering very difficult due to limited visibility.

Visually Mario Kart DS stands out as one of the best-looking Nintendo DS games to date. It faithfully recreates some of the classic 3D tracks from Mario Kart 64 and Double Dash (like the ghost house level from MK64 and Luigi's Circuit from MKDD) while also bringing SNES and GBA tracks to life in 3D. Of course, there have also been sixteen new tracks added to the mix, making a grand total of 32 different tracks that all look unique but beautifully show off the wacky Nintendo universe. The music from all of the classic tracks return as well (even the GBA tracks) and the new beats are as catchy as the old ones. Sound bytes, like the different celebrations and yelps of pain when a character is hit with a shell, sound just like they always have.

Mario Kart DS is the essential Nintendo DS game. If you've almost given up on the DS, than you clearly haven't played Mario Kart DS and for that reason you're missing out. MKDS is being sold for $35, and if you see it how I do, that's $1.09 per race track and you could easily get more than a few dozen hours of enjoyment out of this before you want to play something else. Is Mario Kart DS worth it? I'd say so.
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on September 15, 2015
Finally getting around to reviewing this! It's old generation at this point, but truly a classic for the DS system. What I love about writing this review, is that when I bought it originally it was for me. Now it's been passed down to my kid who is loving this on his 3DS. The gameplay is solid, expected, and fun. The controls are fine for a DS/3DS system and this is just one of those games that should be considered a 'staple' game on any Nintendo platform.
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VINE VOICEon December 9, 2006
This is the one game you have to buy for your DS. It's one of the most fun, and one of the best games. It's a lot of fun multiplayer, and it's also a lot of fun single player. Plus it combines almost all the tracks from previous Mario Karts.

Just buy it, you need this.
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on December 29, 2015
I inherited a Nintendo DS earlier this year and figured I'd find something entertaining for it aside from the brain-type games which came with it. Having played MarioKart on other platforms, I figured I'd give it a try, especially since there were some new copies of the game still for sale here.

For a decade-old game, the graphics are pretty good. The courses, as expected, were well-done. Nintendo's classic characters are present and come with their quirky personalities. One of my favorite features of this game is the ability to play battle mode without a second player, something not possible on the other older MarioKart games.

The online features don't work anymore, as Nintendo has shut down support for older systems, but there is still enough game in this cartridge to make up for that. There are plenty of unlockables to keep one busy for a while, and the AI seems a little brighter at higher levels than on the older MarioKarts. (Be aware 50cc is incredibly easy).

Pick this game up if you have an older DS laying around; it's one of the better ones and a nice diversion from the more serious DS titles which were popular when the system was new.
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on October 29, 2006
It was inevitable that mario kart would finally make its way onto the DS. The question that was on everybody's mind was: is it going to be fun. We can answer that question with an unequivocal "YES! AND A BAG OF CHIPS!". While it is not as pretty and intuitive as its big brother "Mario Kart: Double Dash" on the GC, it makes up for that tiny flaw with moxie and great design. There are great new weapons at your disposal as well as more than a few familiar ones. The single greatest weapon addition would have to be the ink bullet that temporarily blinds the driving screen forcing the gamer to navigate using the map on the upper screen. And of course the new game brings in a new design feature that allows you to speed up if you tailgate your opponent for long enough, allowing you zip past the competition.

But the single greatest design aspect of Mario Kart DS that makes it a contender for greatest kart game ever is summarized by two simple words: Wireless Gameplay! Now you can battle people as far as the other side of the world provided that you have useable WiFi in your area (and if you don't you can easily remedy this by buying the Nintendo Wireless dongle that attaches to your USB port on your PC for blissful online gameplay). I have had my buttocks handed to me on numerous occasions by players from Japan, Mali and even in the good ole US of A as well as narrowly squeeking by with undeserved victories. Player skills range from relatively new to god-like (mostly the japanese players), so you might want to brush up on your skills before entering the online arena, but rest assured that once you get into it you'll fall hard.

So, to summarize: Mario Kart DS good, so you should buy. Seriously. Click on the buy now button right now! You won't regret it
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on December 14, 2005
As you can see from the title of this review, this game is Amazing! The graphics are the best so far for the Nintendo DS(thats pretty good). The power of Wi-Fi Connection is in your hands. Online action folks and it's better than ever! This is one of the first games for NDS to be online enabled. Looks like Nintendo did a good job.

Mario Kart DS has a new missions mode as well. It's sort of based on Super Mario 64 except that you drive a cart. At the end of ever mission, there is a boss to beat, race, or whatever.

My favorite thing about this game is the Battle mode. I just love the Balloon Battle. I don't want to spoil it for you so... get the game ^^.

It is now time for a list of Pros and Cons...

First off... Pros!

-Great graphics

-Nice colors

-New missions mode

-Unlockable Karts and Characters(Yoshi is awesome!)

-Wi-Fi Enabled(THATS RIGHT! ONLINE TIME!)Free by the way...

-Ability to go against seven of your other friends with only one game card! (eight players in total)

-Just good old throwing bananas and shells action.

-FUN!(by the way, no loading times but you should already know that)

Cons >.<

-Not enough circuits... 32 I believe right now. It could use some more.

-My sisters keep bugging me to play it =P

-That's all the problems I had...

So as you can see, this game is awesome! So buy it for your children or for yourself or even for your parents... its great for all ages and isn't hard to play.

By the way... MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY!

Oh yeah, can you kids spell a bit better? There is something called school and you should go to it! Your reviews are hard to read...
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on July 4, 2006
I jumped on board when the DS Lite hit the market. The initial DS didn't do anything for me as it resembled a game console that was made during the PS1 era. Kudos to Nintendo for the re-design.

On to the game... I never really played Mario Kart on SNES where all the fun started. I did however enjoy it on the N64 and was addicted to it. The colors, sounds, tracks, etc. All my senses were put to their max.

Now Mario Kart DS... All the fun of the previous games has been brought to the DS with great results! The graphics are absolutely gorgeous. The use of the second screen is terrific which allows you to see not only where the other players are, but the `bad things' the other plays have left for you. Things like shells, banana peels, etc.

The online game play is a blast too! For the most part I play online as it is fun playing with people of all different skills. I'm not a pro at this game, so it's fun seeing how the `pros' do their thing and it helps me learn.

In a nut-shell if you own a DS Lite and enjoy fun game play then Mario Kart DS needs to be added to your library! The replay value is really high as the online play always keeps it active and fresh.

The ability to play with or DS owners with only one cart (which I have yet to try) seems very cool!

It keeps my attention and I love playing it. I have the attention span of a goldfish, so any game that keeps me playing over and over is a winner in my book!

This game is highly recommended for anybody. Age is not an issue! :)

This game gets all 5 stars! Graphics, game play, replay value, and sound are all top notch!
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on September 27, 2006
Mario games, over the years have been some of the most succesful of all of the systems, and this one is no different.

Gameplay: Excelent gameplay. New items, new characters, and four modes is non-stop fun. I have logged atleast 50 hours into this game, and still play more. Even after beating all of the courses once, you have the challenge of beating them all with one star. Don't forget battle mode aswell! 5/5 for Gameplay.

Sound/Graphics: Now, we know that nintendo isn't the greatest at graphics, but, these I think are good. They have put gameplay first, which I think is fine. There is one glitch I found with the graphics, that sometimes people dissapear. But it's kind of funny. The sound was great. nice and clear. You can't mistake a noise for something else. Well-done! 4/5 for graphics/sound

Characters/Levels: hmm, I think that nintendo should have added about 4 more characters to the game. I also think, that they should have brought back more levels from double dash. Other than that, it's amazing! Just when you think you know each level, something new happens and you discover an amaziong shortcut! 4/5 for Characters/levels

PROS

*Wi-Fi makes this game even MORE fun

*tons of levels and characters make this game last a long time

* High replay value

CONS

* Online gets boring if everyone leaves during the game.
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