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Mario Kart DS!

The highly accredited "kart" racing series has drifted onto the Nintendo DS, but will it live up to its prestigious name?

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Carts? No, Karts: The MK series has always been around for a quick race with friends that always ended in words like "you shelled me!" and others, but the entire series hasn't always been great.

Many considered the GC exclusive Mario Kart Double Dash! to be the worst in the series, and some wondered if the DS version would follow in its footsteps. I can happily say that MK DS is nowhere near as bad the DD.

Race. Race. Race. Race: I have to say that MK DS is one of the best games in the series, but sadly like the others, this game suffers from the same flaws that past games did. By far the worst thing about MK DS is the horrific repetitiveness. It won't take long at all for you to start to get sick of the race after race after race formula.

Kast Of Racers: The cast of MK DS is pretty slim. Each racer is categorized into "light" "medium" or "heavy" classes. The classes are pretty self explanatory, so I will just go into the racers themselves. One of the biggest problems with the MK DS roster is that fact that there are really only three different racers.

One light, speedy racer that can easily be knocked over by heavier racers, a medium racer with decent speed, and the weight to dual with the heavier ones. The last class comes in the heavy class; they are slower, bulkier, and have the ability to knock over anyone who comes close. Anyone else that falls into one of those classes all play the same.

Rent vs. Buy: MK DS is a pretty decent game, and the only biggest problem that it suffers is the repetitiveness. But then again, you pretty much know what your getting into when you even look at this game; a shallow but enjoyable racer with your favorite Mario universe characters.

Report Card

MK DS is a pretty decent game, and the only biggest problem that it suffers is the repetitiveness. But then again, you pretty much know what your getting into when you even look at this game; a shallow but enjoyable racer with your favorite Mario universe characters. (Krakrabbit.com)


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