Who says the DS doesn't have great games? Liars, that's who! And with DS Mario Kart you can say you've got one of the best titles to hit the DS! And with Nintendo DS now with Wi-Fi Connection, you can play online and enjoy the fun with up to seven other players!
Mario Kart DS, like all the others, features grand prix races for you to race in. Most of them won't be availible until you complete other races, but that's the fun of Mario Kart. The races are not too hard, and they're a load of fun! Four of these tracks are brand new, but several are taken from previous Mario Kart titles. From the SNES, to the GBA release just a couple of years ago. You can enter cups at 50cc, 100cc, or 150cc. This, of course, is the difficulty level. You'll not only notice your opponents get faster, but they'll get more aggressive as well.
There are eight characters with two vehciles each. Well, at first. As you progress through the game you'll unlock more. When deciding on a character you of course are looking at speed, acceleration, etc. but you may also want to look at things like... the drifting... or their item attribute. A low item attribute will often net you items that are pretty much useless.
This is NOT just a rehash of an old game, though. I noted that there are four new tracks, and that it actually combines earlier titles. But there are also new powerups in this one. You now have a Bullet Bill power up which will increase your speed (and send you temporarily into auto-pilot). You'll also be able to fire off a Bob-omb (that'll really mess your opponents up) and you can now release a blooper (those squid guys) to squirt ink on the screen of your opponents. These new editions are worth it.
In addition to the new power ups and tracks, you've also got "Mission" mode. This will pit you into courses where you'll have to perform certain task to move on. For example, you may need to pass through gates in a certain order. There are six groups with nine levels each. Each group ending with a boss.
Now let's move on to the best stuff. The reason a lot of us still play Mario Kart games. The battling! You can do the balloon battles and shine runners in a single player mode, but not do them on multi-player would be a sin. Mario Kart DS takes complete and total advantage of Nintendo's Wi-Fi usage. So challenge some people!
Getting on the Wi-Fi has great oppurtunities. You can have up to 36 rivals, and you can challenge people all over the world. The problem of course, being you could lose the connection. There's little problems with the Wi-Fi connection, though, and it's much more fun than it appears to be.
As you might have guessed, the game looks and sounds great! It's smooth, like the visuals of the N64 version, only smoother--not as blocky. The sounds are great and so are the sound effects. And because the DS in Stereo, you'll love it with all your heart.
Mario Kart DS is another must own DS title. It isn't just some port of an old game, it throws in a ton of new stuff. So don't think of passing this up by saying, "I've got it on N64!" The N64 version has nothing on this. So grab it!
+FUN STUFF TO UNLOCK!
+You can play multiplayer with a single pack!
+Fully takes advantage of Nintedno Wi-Fi
+Not just a rehash of Super Mario Kart 64, it's actually it's own title!
-Your friends and family will certainly feel neglected--unless they have this game!