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Okay Racing Game with Good Multiplayer Aspect

  • Mar 19, 2007
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Pros: Good opportunity for multiplaying via Wifi or wirelessly

Cons: You never feel like you are going fast in the game

The Bottom Line: If you are into racing by yourself the slowness of the graphics can be annoying, but if you are into multiplaying then this game can be a lot of fun.

This is not the best Mario Kart game, but it still is worth playing if you like racing games. The basics of the game are very similar to the Game Boy Advance version of the game, as it very minimally utilizes the touch screen capabilities of the DS system. It does use the second screen as a way of giving you a view from above of the track up ahead, so you can see obstacles such as banana peels sooner, and view behind you, so you can see shells being shot at you and try to avoid them. Overall I like the game, but it just is not much different than the GBA game. I expected it to utilize the touch screen more. It also feels like you are not going very fast in the game, although none of your opponents appear to be going any faster. It just feels very slow moving and more like you are driving on a regular road (as is all your opponents) and not a race track. If you want to feel like you are actually speeding and going fast then this is not the right racing game for you. The one thing that does make it an improvement over the GBA version is that you can play using a Wifi connection or wirelessly between DSs (this one you can do with up to 8 others with only one game card), so if multiplaying is something you enjoy then the downfalls of this game will not be too bad because the multiplayer ability is good.


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Mario Kart DS (マリオカートDS Mario Kāto Dī Esu?) is a racing game developed and published by Nintendo. It was released for the Nintendo DS handheld game console in North America, Australia, and Europe on November 14, 2005, and in Japan on December 8, 2005. The game is the fifth installment in the Mario Kart series of video games, and the first to be playable via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection online service. Like other games in the series, Mario Kart DS features characters from the Mario series, and pits them against each other as they race in karts on tracks based on locations in the Mario series.

The game was well received, receiving an aggregated score of 91% from Metacritic. Praise focused on the game's graphics and gameplay, while criticism targeted its repetitive single-player mode. Mario Kart DS received several awards, including Editors' Choice Awards from GameSpot and IGN, G-Phoria's Best Handheld Game award, and IGN's Best Racing/Driving Game and Game of the Year awards for 2005. In the United States, Mario Kart DS was the best-selling game in its first month of release, and also held that position the following month. Overall, Mario Kart DS is the sixth best-selling game for the Nintendo DS as of December 2010, with 20.70 million units sold worldwide.
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ESRB: E - (Everyone)
Number of Players: 4
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Racing
Release Date: November 14, 2005
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