shaun832's Mario Kart DS (Nintendo DS) review

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Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS is one of the greatest DS games ever made. With new modes and old favourites, this is a must buy for fans of Mario Kart.


Many modes return such as Grand Prix and the Balloon Battle.
 The Grand Prix is about the same as the first 4. You have 4 cups with 4 tracks each. The higher you place on a track the more points you get. Whoever has the most points after the 4th track wins.
 The Balloon Battle is almost the same as the other ones where you shoot each other the burst all of their balloons. Now you start with one inflated and 4 uninflated. You blow in the microphone to inflate one or hold down select.
 In Mario Kart DS there is a new mode called mission mode. There are 6 worlds with 8 levels and a boss in each. On each level you have to do a goal like eg. Break all item boxes or go through all the gates.
 The VS mode also makes a return with a new option. You can split into 2 teams of 4.
 A feature in this game is the ability to create an emblem to put on your karts and as an avatar when you are online.
 The design of some levels are really unique. eg. A giant pinball machine. And, of course, there is another Rainbow Road!
 The game uses both screens because the game is played on the top and the map is played on the bottom.
 Some items make a return such as the classic shells and bananas.
 A new feature for each character is that there are multiple cars for each person with different stats.
 In this game 16 tracks from the previous Mario Kart games are put in and called the Retro Cup.
 A problem with online racing though is that is the only thing you can do online. Just race.
 On an item called the Blooper with turns some parts of the screen black, the effect is ruined when versing other people because you can easily see where you are by looking at the map.


The graphics are pretty much great except for the fact that some items don't seem 3D and it looks flat in some places.


This game has some nice music, sound effects and voices.

Replay Value:

With the mission mode and online multiplayer and unlockables you will keep playing this game for ages!

Final Note:

This is a great game if your a fan of the Mario Kart series and a must have if you have a DS.


Gameplay - 8/10
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 9/10
Replay - 8/10
Overall - 8.5/10

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