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    TABLE OF CONTENTS...........................[CTRL+F]|
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    A - Legal Crud.................................[LGL]|
    B - Mario Kart Double Dash!!...................[MKD]|
    C - Karts......................................[KTS]|
    D - Top Speed..................................[TPS]|
    E - Acceleration...............................[ACL]|
    F - Weight.....................................[WGT]|
    G - "Invisible" stats..........................[IVS]|
      | - Offroad Top Speed........................[OFR]|
      | - Handling.................................[HND]|
      | - Width....................................[WDT]|
      | - Shocks...................................[SHK]|
    H - So what IS the best Kart?..................[OMG]|
    I - Frequently Asked Questions.................[FAQ]|
    J - Thanks.....................................[THX]|
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    Legal Crud [LGL]
    
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    personal use.
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    me at high_mage_yoshi@yahoo.com.
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    Mario Kart Double Dash!! [MKD]
    
    So lemme guess: You want to know what Karts are the best, do you? Is that
    Bullet Blaster something hot, or should you go with the Turbo Yoshi? Is the
    Parade Kart really worth the effort? Which one goes from zero to forty the
    the fastest? Who loses the least speed offroad? Who takes items without much
    slowdown? Or maybe you're just reading this because you can't for grass seeds
    find out how to unlock the Bloom Coach (Actually, now that I think about it,
    that's kinda pathetic, no offense).
    
    Mario Kart has been around for a while, and there's always been a good
    selection of characters with varied stats to satisfy the technical racer or
    the speed demon in us all. But never before have you been able to select
    between different Karts. Before, everyone was driving cheap-looking FARTS that
    look like they once were shopping carts. Now, you get a selection of pretty,
    shiny, ACTUAL KARTS to use. And it's the ACTUAL KARTS that have the stats, not
    the characters. This means that you can use Yoshi and still get an uber high
    top speed and the ability to knock all who dare oppose you to the side.
    
    The Karts use a five-star rating system to show their stats. You can generally
    rely on these to pick a Kart you think you'll like, right? Wrong. The Red Fire
    and Waluigi Racer look the same statwise, don't they? Well, drive the Red Fire
    up to the Waluigi Racer, and Mario goes flying. Waluigi's Kart is a bit
    heavier.
    
    Not only that, some stats are a whole star off. The Green Fire, with four
    stars in Top Speed, goes exactly as fast as the Koopa King, at 58mph. So do
    the Piranha Pipes, DK Jumbo, Parade Kart, and Bullet Blaster - All of which
    have only four stars in speed. Starting to doubt the power of the stars, eh?
    
    Well, there you go. The stars lie.
    
    Not to mention that you really can't tell exactly what they're trying to say.
    How fast is five stars? Does the Mushroom Kingdom measure speed in stars
    instead of miles-per-hour? And just five? Seems awfully loose.
    
    This guide, however, tells the truth. I'm giving you the most exact stats
    possible. Exactly how fast Karts go, exactly how long they take to get to
    their rop speeds, who will shove who, and on from there. Let's find out which
    Kart really is the best.
    
    
    
    Karts [KTS]
    
    What would I be thinking if I didn't include a list of the Karts in this? Here
    you'll find the mostly false ratings the game gives you, who you can expect to
    see driving it, the weight class, the works. If you can find the information
    on the Kart select screen, you can find it here.
    
    
    Red Fire - Mario
    Top Speed - ***
    Acceleration - ***
    Weight - ***
    Class - Medium
    Unlock - Have at start of game
    
    Green Fire - Luigi
    Top Speed - ****
    Acceleration - **
    Weight - **
    Class - Medium
    Unlock - Mushroom Cup 50cc
    
    Heart Coach - Peach
    Top Speed - **
    Acceleration - ****
    Weight - ***
    Class - Medium
    Unlock - Have at start of game
    
    Bloom Coach - Daisy
    Top Speed - ***
    Acceleration - ***
    Weight - **
    Class - Medium
    Unlock - Flower Cup 50cc
    
    Turbo Yoshi - Yoshi? No, couldn't be...
    Top Speed - **
    Acceleration - ****
    Weight - ***
    Class - Medium
    Unlock - Have at start of game
    
    Turbo Birdo - Birdo
    Top Speed - ***
    Acceleration - ***
    Weight - ****
    Class - Medium
    Unlock - Flower Cup 150cc
    
    Waluigi Racer - Waluigi
    Top Speed - ***
    Acceleration - ***
    Weight - ***
    Class - Medium
    Unlock - Flower Cup 100cc
    
    Goo-Goo Buggy - Baby Mario
    Top Speed - *
    Acceleration - *****
    Weight - **
    Class - Light
    Unlock - Have at start of game
    
    Rattle Buggy - Baby Luigi
    Top Speed - **
    Acceleration - ****
    Weight - **
    Class - Light
    Unlock - Mushroom Cup 100cc
    
    
    Koopa Dasher - Koopa Troopa
    Top Speed - **
    Acceleration - ****
    Weight - **
    Class - Light
    Unlock - Have at start of game
    
    Para Wing - Paratroopa
    Top Speed - *
    Acceleration - *****
    Weight - **
    Class - Light
    Unlock - Star Cup 50cc
    
    Barrel Train - Diddy Kong
    Top Speed - ****
    Acceleration - **
    Weight - ***
    Class - Light
    Unlock - Star Cup 150cc
    
    Bullet Blaster - Bowser Jr.
    Top Speed - ****
    Acceleration - ***
    Weight - *
    Class - Light
    Unlock - Special Cup 50cc
    
    Toad Kart - Toad
    Top Speed - **
    Acceleration - ****
    Weight - **
    Class - Light
    Unlock - Special Cup 100cc
    
    Toadette Kart - Toadette
    Top Speed - *
    Acceleration - *****
    Weight - **
    Class - Light
    Unlock - Mushroom Cup 150cc Mirror
    
    Wario Car - WARIO! DA-NA-NA-NAAAAAA!
    Top Speed - ****
    Acceleration - **
    Weight - ****
    Class - Heavy
    Unlock - Have at start of game
    
    DK Jumbo - Donkey Kong
    Top Speed - ****
    Acceleration - **
    Weight - ****
    Class - Heavy
    Unlock - Have at start of game
    
    Koopa King - Bowser
    Top Speed - *****
    Acceleration - **
    Weight - *****
    Class - Heavy
    Unlock - Have at start of game
    
    Piranha Pipes - Petey Piranha
    Top Speed - ****
    Acceleration - **
    Weight - *****
    Class - Heavy
    Unlock - Star Cup 150cc Mirror
    
    Boo Pipes - King Boo
    Top Speed - **
    Acceleration - ****
    Weight - *****
    Class - Heavy
    Unlock - Special Cup 150cc Mirror
    
    Parade Kart - Somebody you can't play as...
    Top Speed - ****
    Acceleration - ***
    Weight - ****
    Class - 00b4r!!!1 (You can use it with any combination)
    Unlock - All-Cup Tour 150cc Mirror
    
    
    Okay... I said earlier that the stars lie, didn't I? Yeah, I did. So why did I
    waste space with all that? Just for completeness. You want the REAL scoop?
    Read on, and I'll give it to you...
    
    
    
    Top Speeds [TPS]
    
    With all due speed... I give you the exact peak of the Karts' mileage. Why
    the stars say mostly incorrect things, I don't know... And while the
    difference may seem trivial and slim, believe me: You'll notice. A single mile
    per hour is a lot more than you think.
    
    
    -58mph:
    Green Fire
    Bullet Blaster
    DK Jumbo
    Koopa King
    Piranha Pipes
    Parade Kart
    
    -57mph:
    Red Fire
    Bloom Coach
    Turbo Birdo
    Waluigi Racer
    Barrel Train
    Wario Car
    
    -56mph:
    Heart Coach
    Turbo Yoshi
    Rattle Buggy
    Koopa Dasher
    Toad Kart
    Boo Pipes
    
    -55mph:
    Goo Goo Buggy
    Para Wing
    Toadette Kart
    
    
    So... If there's only four top speeds, why are there five stars? This just
    goes to show how flawed the game's rating system is.
    
    If you like high top speeds above all else, now you know what your best (and
    worst) picks are.
    
    
    
    Acceleration [ACL]
    
    So how do you measure acceleration? Normally, it's the time it takes for the
    vehicle in question to reach 60mph from a standstill. So... What if the
    vehicle in question NEVER REACHES 60mph? I guess we'll have to settle for a
    bit lower: 40mph.
    
    Rocket Starts and Double Dashes were not factored in this, because if they
    were, all Karts would have a 0-40 (0-60, in fact) of about 0.5 seconds. Blah.
    So all I did was wait five seconds, accelerate, pause when I hit 40, subtract
    those five seconds from the time, and voila. Some of the results startled
    me...
    
    In order from slowest to fastest:
    
    DK Jumbo ------- 00:03:363
    Green Fire ----- 00:03:236
    Koopa King ----- 00:03:214
    Wario Car ------ 00:03:108
    Piranha Pipes -- 00:03:108
    Barrel Train --- 00:03:002
    Red Fire ------- 00:02:821
    Turbo Birdo ---- 00:02:777
    Waluigi Racer -- 00:02:700
    Bullet Blaster - 00:02:672
    Parade Kart ---- 00:02:661
    Turbo Yoshi ---- 00:02:661
    Heart Coach ---- 00:02:610
    Bloom Coach ---- 00:02:563
    Goo-Goo Buggy -- 00:01:791
    Boo Pipes ------ 00:01:704
    Rattle Buggy --- 00:01:704
    Toad Kart ------ 00:01:619
    Para Wing ------ 00:01:576
    Toadette Kart -- 00:01:551
    Koopa Dasher --- 00:01:551
    
    
    Whoa! Upset! Well, not really, but these are some pretty odd results. The
    biggest surprise: The Green Fire. Who knew it'd be that bad? Boo Pipes earns
    honorable mention for shoving the Goo-Goo Buggy aside. The Parade Kart is a
    lot higher up than I expected, as well. And I must admit that I thought the
    Koopa King would wind up in last. I guess it must be tough for a Kart like
    Kong's to get a good grip on the road, what without any tires...
    
    
    
    Weight [WGT]
    
    Well... I WAS going to have a whole section on Weight variations, but a bit of
    investigation on my part revealed that there is only one variation: The
    Waluigi Racer, which would have a true Weight rating of three point five. So
    much for that idea.
    
    
    
    
    "Invisible" stats [IVS]
    
    Invisible? What? You mean there's some stats we can't see? Bingo. All five of
    which will have a very large effect on your racing. You absolutely, positively
    NEED to memorize all this in order to know which Karts will be best for you,
    because the game is not going to remind you with any pretty but worthless
    stars.
    
    
    
    Offroad Top Speeds [OFR]
    
    So we know how fast they get going on the roadway. That's all well and good,
    until you slip off the track. Will you cruise back into action, or drag behind
    the competition trying to get your wheels out of the mud?
    
    Now, of course, your speed loss is determined by the terrain in question.
    There's too many different types of terrain, and too many different offroad
    speeds to measure. So, I'm only measuring one: Grass, which is pretty much the
    "median" of all terrains, so others can't be too far off. Maybe one day I'll
    compile a list of speeds on all terrains.
    
    It is interesting to note than on the deep sand in Dry Dry Desert, all karts
    are slowed to 16mph regardless of the speeds listed below, which were tested
    on Mario Circuit, on the long stretches of grass beside the starting line.
    
    
    Waluigi Racer -- 37mph
    Goo-Goo Buggy -- 37mph
    Rattle Buggy --- 37mph
    Toad Kart ------ 37mph
    Toadette Kart -- 37mph
    Boo Pipes ------ 37mph
    Koopa Dasher --- 35mph
    Para Wing ------ 35mph
    Barrel Train --- 34mph
    Piranha Pipes -- 34mph
    Heart Coach ---- 33mph
    Red Fire ------- 32mph
    Green Fire ----- 32mph
    Turbo Yoshi ---- 32mph
    Bloom Coach ---- 31mph
    Turbo Birdo ---- 31mph
    Wario Car ------ 29mph
    Parade Kart ---- 29mph
    DK Jumbo ------- 28mph
    Bullet Blaster - 27mph
    Koopa King ----- 27mph
    
    
    So, the fastest Karts offroad are the Waluigi Racer, Goo-Goo Buggy, Rattle
    Buggy, Toad Kart, Toadette Kart, and unexpectedly, the Boo Pipes, at a nice
    37mph. The slowest belong to the Royal Koopa Family, at a pathetic 27mph. And
    so, out the window goes the old "Weight determines offroad speed" trend. Good
    riddance.
    
    
    
    Handling [HND]
    
    Hmm. How does one measure handling? The first option is how tight a Kart can
    turn, right? Right. So let's try that... Oops, I forgot: What will be the
    control? How can we make sure the tests are reliable? We can't just pick a
    random turn in the track, because there'd be no way to get us lined up right
    every single time. Human error would produce innacurate results. We need
    something more constant. Unfortunately, something more constant does not
    exist, at least to the extent of my knowledge. Do YOU know a way? If so,
    email me!
    
    There are, however, two other variables of handling: Speed loss and turn type.
    Speed loss refers to the amount of speed lost during a normal, drift-less
    turn. Turn type refers to how the kart turns; I'll explain later.
    
    So, here's the speed loss list:
    
    
    -1mph:
    Heart Coach
    Wario Car
    
    -2mph:
    Bloom Coach
    Turbo Yoshi
    Turbo Birdo
    Waluigi Racer
    Goo-Goo Buggy
    Para Wing
    Barrel Train
    Toad Kart
    Toadette Kart
    Koopa King
    Piranha Pipes
    Boo Pipes
    Parade Kart
    
    -3mph:
    Red Fire
    Green Fire
    Rattle Buggy
    Koopa Dasher
    Bullet Blaster
    DK Jumbo
    
    
    Well. I must admit, I expected more Karts to be on the "-1" list, and let me
    tell you, the Wario Car was NOT one of them.
    
    Now, about that turning thing... watch when you turn your Kart. Some Karts
    turn the back ends first and then slide the front wheels in to turn, while
    some turn their front ends inwards first and then swing their back ends out
    when they turn, and some are in between.
    
    Generally, Karts whose front ends swing first turn tighter and smoother than
    Karts whose rear ends slide first (and are therefore easier to control in a
    turn), but ususally lose more speed. However, those whose rear ends swing out
    first tend to drift easier, though it takes them a bit longer to start the
    drift than front-enders.
    
    
    -Front end first:
    Heart Coach
    Bloom Coach
    Turbo Yoshi
    Rattle Buggy
    Koopa Dasher
    Toad Kart
    Toadette Kart
    Koopa King
    Boo Pipes
    Parade Kart
    
    -Median:
    Red Fire
    Turbo Birdo
    Goo-Goo Buggy
    Bullet Blaster
    Wario Car
    DK Jumbo
    Piranha Pipes
    
    -Rear end first:
    Green Fire
    Waluigi Racer
    Para Wing
    Barrel Train
    
    
    
    Width [WDT]
    
    The Koopa King is fat. The Goo-Goo Buggy is slim. The Turbo Yoshi is somewhere
    in between. What does this have to do with racing? Lots. Say you're driving a
    wide Kart, and someone tosses a Green Shell at you. Obviously, a larger Kart
    would be a bit easier to hit. Thinner Karts would be able to avoid them a
    little easier. Of course, anyone competent would screencheat and drift around
    anything thrown at them, but if a CPU throws something or you're playing over
    LAN, you'll need to rely on your opponent's hopefully mediocre aim and your
    Kart's ability to dodge items. If you're a master at dodging, you can likely
    afford to select a wider Kart in favor of better stats, but if you're still
    getting it down pat, you'll want to give one of the slimmer ones a go.
    
    Another noteworty detail: The wider your Kart is, the farther the camera is
    from your Kart. This lets you see more of the road ahead, and more to your
    sides.
    
    In order from widest to thinnest:
    
    Koopa King
    Parade Kart
    Waluigi Racer/DK Jumbo
    Wario Car/Piranha Pipes/Boo Pipes
    Turbo Yoshi/Turbo Birdo
    Red Fire/Green Fire/Toad Kart/Toadette Kart
    Heart Coach/Bloom Coach
    Koopa Dasher/Para Wing/Bullet Blaster
    Goo-Goo Buggy/Rattle Buggy
    Barrel Train
    
    The Barrel Train is without a doubt the thinnest Kart in the game, and
    therefore is the best choice for those who like to dodge items easily. The
    Koopa King takes up the most roadspace out of all of them, so you should have
    little trouble nailing this SUV.
    
    
    
    Shocks [SHK]
    
    You take a jump. You drive over some odd terrain. Do you lose much speed? Your
    shocks will keep you from dropping to a standstill, but not all springs are
    the same. Some Karts bounce a bit more than others, while some know not how
    to leave the ground. The higher a Kart bounces, the more speed it loses from
    adverse terrain. So you'll definitely want a Kart that doesn't bounce much,
    unless of course you think you're fine without it, in which case, be my guest.
    
    In order from bounciest to least bouncy:
    
    Waluigi Racer
    Bullet Blaster/Turbo Yoshi/Turbo Birdo
    Red Fire/Green Fire/Parade Kart
    Koopa Dasher/Para Wing/DK Jumbo
    Goo-Goo Buggy/Rattle Buggy/Wario Car
    Heart Coach/Bloom Coach/Toad Kart/Toadette Kart/Koopa King
    Barrel Train/Piranha Pipes/Boo Pipes
    
    Wow, Waluigi really needs some help. Able to leap tall buildings in a single
    bound! The Train and the Pipes have the best shocks here, and the Coaches are
    the best Medium Karts in this category.
    
    
    
    So what IS the best Kart? [OMG]
    
    So. We've gone over what Karts do well in different areas, and which need
    improvement in those areas. Put this data together, and which Kart comes out
    on top?
    
    
    The Green Fire, Bullet Blaster, DK Jumbo, Koopa King, Piranha Pipes, and
    Parade Kart are the fastest.
    
    The Koopa Dasher has the best acceleration.
    
    The Waluigi Racer, Goo-Goo Buggy, Rattle Buggy, Toad Kart, Toadette Kart, and
    Boo Pipes lose the least speed offroad.
    
    The Heart Coach and Wario Car lose the least speed when turning.
    
    The Barrel Train is the thinnest.
    
    The Barrel Train, Piranha Pipes, and Boo Pipes lose the least speed from
    falls.
    
    And all the rest take a little from everywhere.
    
    
    So which one is the REAL Best Kart? It's...
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Drumroll, please...
    
    
    
    
    
    ALL OF THEM.
    
    
    Really. I can't pick your Kart for you. Neither can the guy next to you. Only
    one person can decide which Kart you will use: YOU. Only YOU can decide
    whether you prefer speed over acceleration, or handling over offroad, or width
    over shocks, or whatever. YOU. Not me. Not another person.
    
    Now you fire up Mario Kart and pick your own Best Kart.
    
    *Chased by hordes of rabid Barrel Train fanboys*
    
    
    
    Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]
    
    
    Q: How do I unlock [Kart]?
    A: Check the Karts section. CTRL+F "[KTS]" to find it.
    
    Q: Do the characters affect the Kart's stats?
    A: Absolutely not! You can pick whichever characters catch your fancy, and the
    Kart's attributes remain the same. Even using an Action Replay to plop Bowser
    and Petey Piranha into the Goo-Goo Buggy will not raise its weight from 2.
    
    Q: If I unlock the Toadette Kart before I unlock the Toad Kart, will I get
    Toad and Toadette with it?
    A: Nope. Toad and Toadette come with the Toad Kart, not the Toadette Kart.
    Same goes with Petey Piranha and King Boo; They come with the Piranha Pipes,
    not the Boo Pipes.
    
    Q: I heard that if you select a certain character/Kart combination, I get
    double Special Items! Is this true?
    A: BUZZ! FALSE! Even though this is flouted on mariokart.com, the official
    Mario Kart website, there are no such combinations. That screenshot of Daisy
    and Wario with the Wario Car has nothing to do with this cheat, because this
    cheat doesn't exist. Don't be fooled into thinking you can become an uber 1337
    racer because you use Daisy and Wario in the Wario Car.
    
    Daisy's and Wario's Special Items are subpar anyways.
    
    Q: You missed something/You got something wrong/You made a spelling error!
    A: That's not a question, buddy. Nevertheless, it may need addressing. Contact
    me at high_mage_yoshi@yahoo.com and I'll see about an update... maybe.
    
    Q: Your guide is awesome!
    A: Isn't it?
    
    
    
    Thanks [THX]
    
    Myself. Where would I be without him?
    The gang at the MKDD!! board for their feedback and support.
    Nintendo, for making this awesome game in the first place.
    
    
    
    v1.00, completed 06/24/2006 1:14pm
    (c) 2005-2006 Adrian Vaughn

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