Review by Nintendo4eva92

Reviewed: 01/03/08

Vroom, vroom, yahoo!

Gameplay: 10/10.
The gameplay in this game is incredible. What’s not to love about this game? There’s a wide variety of courses to play, along with a great variety of characters. With so many different karts to try to use, you may never stop playing. Let’s not forget that there are missions and battle modes too. Are you playing 50cc and you think you need more of a challenge? You can bump yourself up to 150cc if you want. What’s even greater is that half of the courses are from different Mario Karts. The different systems are SNES, GBA, GCN, and N64 to be exact. Did you miss those good old days? Now they’re back.

Graphics: 9/10.
These graphics are great. They look almost real, and you can feel like you can just jump into your DS and start driving. You can see the people ahead of you (if you’re close enough) and using the touch screen, you can see the location of all of the other racers. But at points, you can tell something’s not real. With some of the old courses, the graphics aren’t as great, but they are changed a bit. There’s not much more to say about these wonderful graphics.

Controls: 9/10.
The controls in this game are pretty simple. Hold down A and use your control pad arrows to move. Press B to move backwards. To shoot an item or change the map on the touch screen is a bit more difficult. To shoot an item you have to press X or L. Sometimes you might accidentally press the wrong button. Whoops, your item wasn’t shot. To change the map on the touch screen, you must either touch the touch screen or press Y. You might not want to touch the touch screen if you’re racing. Try to remember where the Y button is. Don’t concentrate too hard on that, though. You don’t want to lose the race!

The sound on this game is pretty good. Most of the time it will match the course you’re playing. Sometimes the sound can be annoying. When somebody hits somebody else with an item, they make a sound or say something. It’s the same when somebody runs into an item. You’ll get used to it after a while, though. Lucky for you, if you don’t like the sound, you can always just turn down the volume on your DS.

Online Play:6/10.
The online play on this isn’t as good as playing offline. When you go online, chance are you will encounter a hacker every so often. Sometimes you’ll meet somebody who just disconnects if they’re losing. Maybe you meet somebody who’s just very good. Keep practicing, and you’ll be very good, too. Sometimes there are people who might do the course backwards or just stay at the starting line. Now, you can’t do anything about hackers and people who disconnect. You also can’t do anything about people who go backwards or do nothing. The best thing you can do is add people you know to your buddy list so it will be a fair match. Or just avoid online play all together if you want.

All together, this is a great game that is definitely worth buying. Start those engines!

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Product Release: Mario Kart DS (US, 11/14/05)

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