Review by Master75
"A Reunion of Mario Karts!!!"
Nintendo has worked hard to bring us Super Mario Kart for Super Nintendo, Mario Kart 64 for the Nintendo 64, and Mario Kart: Double Dash for the Nintendo Gamecube. Finally, Nintendo has released yet another Mario Kart game, and its on everyone's favorite hand held!
Story : 5/10
It's a racing game, meaning that story is not important.
Music/Sound : 10/10
Keeping up with the other Kart games, Mario Kart DS's sounds will make you hum the tune even once the game ends. It continues to have addicting Nintendo sounds.
Controls : 9/10
The controls for this game are extremely easy to master. You must use the control pad to steer, 'L' to use weapon, 'R' to power slide, and the buttons on the right to accelerate and break. The touch screen shows a map of the current stage and shows helpful things like incoming racers or items.
Game play : 10/10
This game has so many possible game play options that will have you playing for hours. Not as easy as many of the other Kart titles, it will keep you in intense racing on over 30 tracks in GP mode. These 32 tracks are composed of 16 new fabulous levels, and 16 favorites from the past Mario Kart Games. Also, the player is able to enter into Battle mode by him/herself by using bots as enemies. With new maps, karts, and drivers to unlock, it takes a while for somebody to outplay the game. Finally, Nintendo added a mission mode to the game which is an excellent intense adventure.
Multi-player : 10/10
Mario Kart DS allows you to play on a local network with 8 people in Vs. Mode or Battle Mode. If everyone has the game, there are many options for tracks and stages for racing each other, but you can even use download play to play with 8 people even if only 1 person has the game! Also, Nintendo has expanded their multi-player field from 30 feet to...World Wide!!!! With Mario Kart DS, you are able to race anybody across the globe if you are in a hot spot. If you have a wireless router, you can even play in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Replay Value : 10/10
You can just kee racing because there are endless possibilities for on-line mode, and many challenges in single player mode. This game may even get updates from Nintendo that gives your Mario Kart even more hours of play fun.
Buy or Rent? :
Buy: If you have played a Mario Kart game before and have loved it, then buy this game!
Rent: If you have never player a Mario Kart game, then try this game out first, and it will result in your purchase.
Mario Kart DS will have you on the edge of your seat as you unlock new things and race people from across the globe. Altogether it makes an awesome kart experience!
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/17/05
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