Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo 64 games
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Mario Kart 64 (N64)
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Mario Kart 64 (N64)
Date: 03/12/09, updated on 03/12/09 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Addictive, fun, colourful
Disadvantages: Unlockable content would have been good.
Mario has appeared in such a sheer quantity of games in his lifetime that you'd expect there to be a good few duds out there, a few outings where Mario fails to shine, and with the exception of Mario Tennis astonishingly all his games have been top notch. As is certainly the case with Mario Kart 64.
The first Mario Kart appeared on the Snes (Super Nintendo), it combined simple but competent graphics, racing and fighting to produce a title that at the time was unique and very, very addictive.
The years passed and eventually MK was released on the N64, would the game survive the transition with all it's addictivity (D'oh that's not a word) in tact. Thankfully the game not only keeps it's original merits but expands them and even has a few of it's own.
For those who have never played, Mario Kart 64 challenges the player to whizz around colourful and at times interactive tracks in go karts that come in 3 engine powers (50cc, 100cc 150cc). You can choose to play as 1 of 8 characters, including Mario, Yoshi, Bowser and Donkey Kong as well as 4 other well known characters.
There are four game types, grand prix (straight forward racing in a leaders table), time trial (race to achieve the perfect time), versus (race against friends and family) and battle (possibly the most enjoyable game mode, each player starts in an arena with 3 balloons, the idea, be the first to pop your opponents balloons).
The idea....to finish in as high a position as possible, to help you along the way you can run into small question marked blocks, in a one armed bandit style (a rotating reel) you will receive either a weapon or defensive measure.
Weapons include green shells, fire in a straight line and bounce of obstacles, red shells, heat seeking shells that lock onto the nearest target, mushrooms that give a sudden burst of speed and a star that renders you invincible and gives a slight increase in speed for a short time.
As mentioned earlier the tracks are somewhat interactive, by that I mean that aspects of the scenery will change and move. In a race known as the Kalamari Desert there is a train whose tracks cut right accross the raceway causing unweary characters to bundle headlong into the 5:15 express. In Bowsers castle there are whomp blocks that do their best to squish our plucky plumber and his petrol propelled pals.
The races are split into four cups, the easiest Mushroom cup, the flower cup, the star cup and finally the special cup which features dramatically more difficult race maps.
I do have one small gripe with the game, it's not something wrong just something missing. I think the addition of heaps of unlockable content (new characters, carts and so on) would have added a new depth to the game, only a small grumble though in an otherwise brilliant game.
The games cartoony style and mixture of fast paced racing and cunning traps and weaponary make Mario Kart 64 an absolute winner. Those of all ages will love it and the various game modes will provide something for the racer and something for the battle hardened. Definately reccomended to everyone, games don't get more fun than this.
Summary: So much fun.