Mario Kart has always been a fan favourite and this entry into the series is no exception. With 12 Characters, 32 tracks and the most options and game modes in a Mario kart game ever this game is arguably the best in the series yet.
Mario Kart DS doesn't stray from the winning formula but goes the necessary lengths to improve upon it's predecessors. Just like all Mario kart games the game centres around the Grand Prix mode in which you can race in a series of tournaments which comprise of 4 tracks each. Once you win each tournament you can move onto the next one until you have completed all 8 tournaments. The tracks include 16 newly designed tracks and for the first time 16 retro tracks taken from the previous games. This is a very welcome addition as you can play on some of your favourite tracks from the series.
The game also includes the usual time trial mode where you can race on any tracks which you have unlocked to try and set a record and battle mode in which you can now play single player. The game also includes a new VS mode in which you can set the difficulty, CC and what stage you want and you can race to your heart's content. There is also a new Mission mode with many different missions such as driving through a number of gates and driving backwards collecting coins. These missions may not sound like a whoile lot of fun but rest assured they are. They also include some very fun boss battles. These new modes add a much needed boost in replayability.
The original cast of characters
The most awaited feature of Mario Kart DS was definetley the WiFi. The wifi is easy to set up and use however there are a few drawbacks. While you can select any character there is a limited amount of stages to choose from. Also, you can only race againgst up to 4 players. The online mode is most fun when you play against a friend, rather than trying to find random opponents to race against who constantly drop out.
The game's controls are excellent. They are extremley easy to control and fun to play. The game has added a bunch of new items which are also fun to use. Each character has 3 karts to choose from, and eventually any character can drive any kart.
The graphics are colourful and fun and quite detailed for the nintendo DS. The animations are all there and everythign runs very smoothly. The sound is has the usual mario kart treatment, with fun tunes and voice clips. Each racer has their own selection of taunts and they all match the characters well. The new tracks are all designed incredibly well and are in the running for some of the best tracks in a mario Kart game so far.
The game controls beautifully however the snaking system may ruin it for some people who play online.
The game does not follow a storyline nor does it need one. The theme is well portrayed throughout the game.
Colourful, clean visuals make this game a joy to play.
Great music sets the mood for the game well.
Mario Kart DS is a fantastic buy for any DS owner. The game is fun, and you will probably never stop coming back to it. This entry into the series is a huge step forward for the series with a vast range of options, characters, karts and stages.