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Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS

  • Publisher
  • Developer
    Nintendo EAD Group No. 1
  • Release date
    5 Nov 2005

Mario Kart DS is the continuation of the long running racing game series that began on the Super Nintendo. It features 16 new tracks as well as 16 tracks from the previous 4 games, with each set split up into the Nitro and Retro Grand Prix respectively. Eight racers are initially available, each with two go-karts to choose from. A number of characters and additional karts are also available to unlock. New items have been added to the arsenal, including a Blooper squid that squirts ink onto the screens of other players and a Bullet Bill power up that transforms the player into a giant, fast-travelling bullet on autopilot.

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AGM score 93%
IGN 9.5
GameSpot 9.2
Metacritic 91
e3 2004
dead multiplayer
vehicular combat
vehicle combat
record breakers
grand prix
polygonal 3d
digital distribution
power up
high score
e3 2005
mirrored maps
time limit
item container
virtual console
red vs blue
shy guy
multi-species roster
piranha plant
bullet bill
fan service
hidden character
ghost racer
standing start
upgradeable vehicles
countdown timer
item throw
ice stage
vision obstruction
chain chomp
falling object
finish line
speed boost
artificial intelligence
temporary invincibility
dry bones
food-themed stage
boss hands
difficulty level
throwing weapons
pack-in game
unlockable difficulty level
fishing rod
item box
lava stage
super mushroom
koopa shell
yoshi egg
music speed up
kart racer
screen splatter
lightning bolt
mascot sports
combat racing
playable skeletons
mirror mode
monty mole
fire snake
lakitu's start signal
lakitu's final lap sign
golden mushroom
solid cloud
segmented creature
italian accent
banana peel
ds microphone use
shine sprite
team deathmatch
overweight character
birthday acknowledgement
invisible wall
character select screen
bizarre weapons
download play
time trials
nintendo wi-fi connection
poltergust 3000
blowing into microphone
web integration
in-game controller
boost pad
arcade driving physics
traffic course
friend codes
vertical loop
lookalike hardware
pinball stage
starting grid
mario characters
rocket start
rocky wrench
boss bass
angry sun
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About Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS is released by Nintendo in 5 Nov 2005. The game is designed by Nintendo EAD Group No. 1. Mario Kart DS is a typical representative of the Racing genre. Playing Mario Kart DS is a pleasure. It does not matter whether it is the first or a millionth hour in Racing, there will always be room for something new and interesting. Thrilling levels and gameplay Mario Kart DS will not leave anyone indifferent. The complexity of gameplay increases with each new level and does not let any player get bored.

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Mario Kart DS is versatile and does not stand still, but it is never too late to start playing. The game, like many Racing games has a full immersion in gaming. AllGame staff continues to play it.

Mario Kart DS is perfect for playing alone or with friends.

At AllGame you can find reviews on Mario Kart DS, gameplay videos, screenshots of the game and other Racing representatives.

Mario Kart DS - game review

Date: 2006-01-10 11:58:00
The review was based on the NDS version.

Who doesn't know the legendary character of Mario? I don't think any valued gamer has heard of the mustachioed plumber who once won the hearts of C64 owners, and then other major platforms. We helped him overcome stages full of traps and hostile beasts, fight tennis duels and even play pinball. However, this is a thing of the past, his fathers from Nintendo decided to refresh the famous name a bit and move Mario to the realities of arcade kart racing. And yes, they did it two years ago, but not as brilliantly as in the case of the item in question. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mario Kart awaits you !

The menu is nice, clear and what is important - it can be fully operated with the Stylus. There are a lot of single-player modes, which does not mean that the creators could not attempt a slightly larger selection of mini-games. Unfortunately, the microphone will not be used throughout the game, not to mention other interesting solutions that took place in Another Code, for example . Although it is a different genre - DS is a platform famous primarily for its unconventional solutions, so the requirements must be sufficiently high.

Multiplayer looks very attractive, thanks to the possibility of competing with other Mario Kart owners without leaving your home. The whole picture in multiplayer spoils a detail that you may not like. Well, waiting for opponents is relatively long. The culprit is probably a poor search engine creating too many simultaneous connections and thus severing those almost established. Maybe this is not a significant drawback, but I must admit that sometimes such monotonous waiting gets on the nerves. Most of the next productions will undoubtedly support WFC, so Nintendo has a chance to improve the badly programmed network code.

Of course, Mario Kart is also a competition between people not necessarily thousands of kilometers away. I mean the standard (for portable consoles) multiplayer, it does not lack anything, and in addition as many as seven (WFC = max. 4 people including each other) people can play on the server set up by the host without a cartridge inserted in the slot.

The number of configuration options is not impressive. First of all, I regret the inability to disable interface elements. This one is quite good, but I can't distract myself from the square that draws the bonus.

I like what we see on the lower screen much more. As a standard, there is an approximate piece of the track, including other interactive details. There was also a list of opponents and a slightly more distant throw of the route, which helps us to say how much advantage we achieved. An interesting addition is help in the form of information about the currently owned power-up in the hands of another kart driver. Advanced multiplayer players should remember to pay attention to this little hint.

Let me put it straight - the multiplayer drew me much more than the single player mode. What can I say - apart from the aforementioned disadvantages, it is wonderful. Constant competition with flesh and blood players is great fun, no matter what position we end up on. This was a bit missing in the single, so after turning on the console, I much prefer to kill myself a bit, find a few companions and fight an exciting duel on one of the tracks.

Is Mario Kart then worth its price if our goal is only to play alone? The answer is no! The game is very enjoyable, although it lacks the flash that the mode that classifies our achievements on the Internet can boast of. The reason is not the poor AI of the opponents, wide tracks or a moderate feeling of speed (no worries, in the case of this production these are not disadvantages!). As for my taste, the reason is the loss of the specific atmosphere that accompanies the game on handheld with the inhabitants of different continents of our globe. AI presents a relatively passive attitude compared to our aggressive actions. As a result, the lonely player has no incentive to play the role of heroes-giants, as the benefits of aggressive driving are slim. Still, it's fun to play.

Let me explain the basic thing - Mario Kart is purely arcade. This is not the type of racing that constantly counts the mistakes made, but relies on luck and the correct use of numerous bonuses. Here we do not fall into uncontrolled skidding (at most we procure them ourselves), we do not demolish the vehicle, and we do not even know the speed at which we are driving. We're just having a great time and trying to beat the opponent. It may sound trivial, but it works great in practice!

There are many methods to neutralize the opponent or improve our car. There are turbo boosters, murderous mushrooms looking for the closest rival, ghosts dirtying the screen of another player (contrary to appearances, an effective gadget!), And even an extremely effective bonus that turns us into a living projectile! It's hard not to get the impression that there is a lot of it. There are no fewer types of karts, and I would say that their number will satisfy everyone. Mario drives Dasher, the great gorilla Rambi Rider and Princess Peach Royal. It is worth noting that each character can choose one of two cars that do not differ significantly. Each of the vehicles determines six coefficients: speed, acceleration, weight, torsion, effectiveness of objects and slippage. Personally, I usually sit at the helm of Dasher Mario, because his statistics are very even, and the use of bonuses brings many profits.

I address a separate praise to the route designers. Importantly, there are really a lot of them, more than twenty! All varied, colorful and full of shortcuts - nothing more, nothing less.

The graphics are of a similar quality to that of Super Mario 64 DS , which means "very good". Each element has been made with great care. Most of all, the models of karts and characters are liked, although in places it would be useful to apply a bit more polygons. The routes mentioned in the previous paragraph are also impressive - the artists deserve loud applause!

There is no fault with the sound setting, although the musician may get bored after some time, but before it happens, you can make it louder. Malcontents will complain anyway that it's too sweet, only for kids. I really liked the detail - while completing the last lap the music becomes more intense and motivates us to drive even better. Such seemingly insignificant elements bolster the final evaluation of the game.

I have to say this - Mario Kart DS is great! For more than a week, I have been firing the console non-stop and fighting another duels with virtual or live players. I don't feel any weariness, on the contrary - my appetite is constantly increasing. I have no doubts that this review looks like a conglomerate of praise and admiration. It is not a coincidence. Mario Kart is a game that may not be revolutionary, but how addictive, and it can boast great graphics and sound. Nintendo has been creating the product in question long and carefully, so the effects are as they should be.

Szymon "SirGoldi" Błaszczyk




Screenshots will help you evaluate the graphics and gameplay of Mario Kart DS.

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