#1 Posted by Drace (164 posts) -

Quick question for you guys: Does Mario Kart: Double Dash hold up today?

Lately my friends and I have been playing a lot of Mario Kart 64 and we've been having a great time with it. As a way to add a little variety to the mix, I proposed getting a Gamecube and Mario Kart: DD off of eBay. None of us have played the GC version and I thought it could be a good way of leveling the playing field. So duders, what do you say? Worth a pickup? Also if there are any other good multiplayer GC games to consider I'd love some recommendations. Thanks!

One last thing - I found this gem while looking for reviews. Personally, I like 2013 Ryan more than 2003 Ryan.

#2 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2309 posts) -

I'd say it holds up pretty well.

#3 Posted by xMEGADETHxSLY (446 posts) -

Yes, but SD. The four player spit screen was awesome.

Also Smash Bros Melee and Mario party are great multiplayer games too

#4 Edited by blueinferno (442 posts) -

If you've been enjoying Mario Kart 64, I see no reason you wouldn't enjoy Double Dash!!. Not that I've played it recently, but I'm sure it still holds up. As for other multiplayer GameCube games, SSBM is a no brainer, Super Mario Strikers is also a lot of fun. And Soul Calibur 2 is fun to play with friends as well, I still play it here and again to this day when I have a buddy over.

#5 Edited by aquamarin (555 posts) -

I was determined to hate DD 10 years ago because I thought 64 was basically a perfect game so I'm not a good person to ask.

#6 Posted by Giantstalker (1533 posts) -

Not the answer you wanted, but F-Zero GX was my multiplayer racing game of choice on the Gamecube. It has split screen for up to four players, get that instead!

#7 Posted by Drace (164 posts) -

Thanks guys! How could I have blanked on SSBM? That was a ton of fun. I'll look into F-Zero and Strikers as well!

#8 Posted by HistoryInRust (6274 posts) -

Double Dash was the Mario Kart of choice for us in college. Fuck that 64 bullshit.

#9 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5806 posts) -

@Giantstalker said:

Not the answer you wanted, but F-Zero GX was my multiplayer racing game of choice on the Gamecube. It has split screen for up to four players, get that instead!

Double Dash is good, but I agree that F-Zero GX is probably the best racing game on the GC.

#10 Posted by liquiddragon (222 posts) -

Double Dash!! has a much different "feel" than any other Mario Kart. I would say it feels sort of "loose" and it took me a bit of time to get use to but it has some fun tracks that you may recognize if you've played Mario Kart on the Wii. Maybe it's not worth it to get a Gamecube just for this game but GC has some gems so maybe sleep on it.

#11 Posted by aquamarin (555 posts) -

@HistoryInRust said:

Double Dash was the Mario Kart of choice for us in college. Fuck that 64 bullshit.

Well I started college several years before you and I respectfully disagree.

#12 Posted by egg (1450 posts) -

I dont think it holds up well, for one thing you'll find the courses are pretty bland compared to MK64 since they have much fewer corners.

#13 Edited by SagaciousJones (143 posts) -

I love Double Dash. I consider it the best of Nintendo's party games thanks to its accessibility to inexperienced players. Whenever I play Smash Bros or Mario Kart Wii outside of my core friend group, the skill difference between experienced players and casual people is huge enough for some of the entertainment to leak out, despite all of Nintendo's efforts to even the field. With Double Dash, the co-op mechanics allow the weight to be carried by the better players as drivers with the others as back-up.

Even if you're playing with all experienced, skillful players, the side-dash attack the shooter has allows for some intense competition. Two teams of two skilled racers each is the best Mario Kart I've ever played, period. Learning to communicate and function as a team is essential and there's no party game experience quite like it. My best friend and I grew to be a symbiotic racing entity, implicitly knowing and trusting the other when to line up for a shell shot or making a life-saving side-dash.

#14 Posted by smallmanoncampus (115 posts) -

I just recently played it with a bunch of friends. Hardly looks great, but still a ton of fun.

#15 Posted by Drace (164 posts) -

@SagaciousJones said:

I love Double Dash. I consider it the best of Nintendo's party games thanks to its accessibility to inexperienced players. Whenever I play Smash Bros or Mario Kart Wii outside of my core friend group, the skill difference between experienced players and casual people is huge enough for some of the entertainment to leak out, despite all of Nintendo's efforts to even the field. With Double Dash, the co-op mechanics allow the weight to be carried by the better players as drivers with the others as back-up.

Even if you're playing with all experienced, skillful players, the side-dash attack the shooter has allows for some intense competition. Two teams of two skilled racers each is the best Mario Kart I've ever played, period. Learning to communicate and function as a team is essential and there's no party game experience quite like it. My best friend and I grew to be a symbiotic racing entity, implicitly knowing and trusting the other when to line up for a shell shot or making a life-saving side-dash.

That sounds like as good of an endorsement as you're likely to hear to me.

#16 Posted by jhevans51 (35 posts) -

Blue shell overabundance ruined that game for me. Other than that, it was as good a Mario Kart as there has been and the concept was novel.

#17 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Double Dash is still pretty awesome; played it about 4 months ago in my friend's dorm with a bunch of people and everyone had fun.

#18 Posted by Drace (164 posts) -

@liquiddragon: I figured between Mario Kart, SSBM, F-Zero and another Mario game like Strikers or Tennis we'd have enough to make it worth it. I can't see myself playing any of the single player classics like Eternal Darkness at this point. That said, I never did finish Wind Waker...

#19 Posted by liquiddragon (222 posts) -

@Drace: Strikers is fun but rather shallow. I think the Wii one might be better. Probably better off getting Tennis.

#20 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2211 posts) -

I thought Double Dash was great back in the day, haven't played it in a few years but it's definitely worth adding to the GameCube collection.

#21 Posted by evanbower (1210 posts) -

It holds up about as we'll as Ryan Davis, which is to say, flawlessly.

#22 Posted by fuzzybunny566 (448 posts) -

i played through Double Dash a few months ago for the first time, and had a hell of a fun time with it, so I'd say yes.

#23 Posted by Skyfire543 (658 posts) -

Double Dash is great! Yes, it holds up.

Another GC game I had a tonne of fun with Multiplayer was Star Fox Assault. I haven't played it in a while so I don't know how well it holds up, but you can probably get it cheap on eBay. I'd say it's worth checking out.

#24 Edited by SagaciousJones (143 posts) -

Some other Gamecube party games:

007: Agent Under Fire has aged terribly, but it's worth $5 for Q-Claw Spider-Man Multiplayerand fun with laser trip-mines.

X-Men Legends is a Diablo-esque action RPG that supports up to four players. There's also a sequel.

Phantasy Star Online 1+2 is another Diablo-style action RPG. Originally an instanced MMO on Dreamcast, but the GCN version supports 4-player split-screen.

Time Splitters 2 and Time Splitters Future Perfect both have 2-player co-op and zany 4-person arcade multiplayer with tons of bizarre maps, characters, and gametypes.

Star Fox Assault has some novel multiplayer features, notably getting to fight an arwing as an on-foot character that's not totally broken. Try playing Crystal and abusing the bubble shields. Instant rage-induced hilarity.

None of these party games are really as good as the core Nintendo stuff, but they're all worth collectively pitching in a few dollars for a fun evening (the shooters) or starting a lengthy weekly session thing (the RPGs).

Now, if you really want to go balls-to-the-wall with your Gamecube multiplayer, you've got some options. First, check out the GBA Link Cable system. Particularly, the set-up required for Zelda: Four Swords Adventure and Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. If you're willing to go deep and shell out for 4 GBAs (SP?) and 4 Link Cables, you'll get to try the most unique co-op in gaming history. Everybody gets their own screen and there are tons of mechanics in each game that require both cooperation on the big screen and solo play with the GBA. Both games are lengthy, complex, and satisfying. And if you want to get completely crazy, you can get 5 TVs, 5 Gamecubes (or 4 gamecubes and one Wii), 4 Link Cables, and 4 Gameboy Players for the ULTIMATE CO-OP EXPERIENCE. Secondly, you could also try attaching a Gameboy Player and play Advance Wars, which supports 4 players on one cartridge.

Edit: One more game to add to the list: Gauntlet: Dark Legacy. Stupid mindless button-mashing fun. Steal your friends' gold. Eat their food. Blow stuff up. It's more Gauntlet Legends.

#25 Posted by RE_Player1 (7549 posts) -

I liked it more than Mario Kart 64 but that isn't saying much.

#26 Edited by nintendork666 (203 posts) -

I'm a big Mario Kart fan, and Double Dash!! was my favorite of the series when it came out, and still is today.

The ability to hold 2 items at a time, and having special items for each character really adds a lot of strategy to DD which isn't found in any other MK game. Also there's a real nice amount of unlockables, and the ghost trial mode rules. Be sure to master drifting/power-sliding; and remember that spinning the analogue stick while doing so will 'cause your sparks to change color. Wait till they're blue and let go for a killer boost!

Also pick up F-Zero GX.

#27 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2198 posts) -

Double dash is my favorite Mario kart game manly because the great 8 player LAN experiences I had.

#28 Posted by Drace (164 posts) -

@SagaciousJones: Man, that was a serious write up! I forgot how much fun we had with Time Splitters back in the day. Always felt like that was an under-appreciated series but I understand why it catered to a more niche audience. Might look into Star Fox as well. Since the group is fairly causal, the deep dive that would be Four Swords and Crystal Chronicles may turn off some in the group. The full Four Swords experience was something I always wish we could have tried.

Thanks dude!

#29 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Yup. Best Mario Kart game, I'd say.

#30 Posted by mikey87144 (1664 posts) -

Double Dash is the last great Mario Kart in my opinion. Loved it first time I played and still loved it when I played it a couple of months ago.

#31 Posted by Eldave0 (29 posts) -

Double Dash was, and still is, an excellent Mario Kart; probably my favourite of the bunch in fact. Loved the fact you could play it co-op with a buddy.

#32 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1525 posts) -

I'm more of a fan of Mario Kart 64 (probably more than anything because it was my first and I've played so much of it), but I'm sure Double Dash holds up just fine. I'm not a huge fan of the course selection, but it's got some gems — DK Mountain feels like nothing else in the series, and Baby Park leads to some totally ridiculous races.