Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
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Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart DS (DS)
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Mario Kart DS (DS)
Advantages: Classic Game - Hours of Entertainment
Disadvantages: As with every game, it has a shelf life
The Mario Kart franchise is one that has been around for ages on the Nintendo and seems to be getting improved upon with each new genre of the game. There are no real surprises then, that this game is still retailing around the upper levels of DS games, £25-£30, despite having been round for five years now.
If you've never played the game in one of its many formats, where have you been?!? The game is a karting race between yourself and seven other competitors, who can be controlled by the computer or your friends via the DS wireless link up system. To do this, your friends do not need a copy of the game, just a DS and the game really comes in to its own when you're frantically racing around against a pal!
Along with a choice of different karts and characters (expect the usual friends of other Mario games to pop up) the race is made more competitive by the choice of items that can be collected throughout each race, liberally sprinkled throughout each lap of each course. The items are provided in an unofficial handicap so expect to get the best or most destructive items if you're in last place and you'll soon find yourself finishing on the podium. This can be frustrating if you're an experienced player and you find yourself getting beat by someone playing for the first time, but how else do you think people get addicted to this game?!?
With more play and succesful completion of the 30 odd courses, more characters and karts can be unlocked to improve your gaming options. Fans of earlier incarnations of the game will recognise that some of the courses have been re-created from the N64 version of it.
Whether you want to play this game against friends, or enjoy the highly entertaining solo mission mode, this game has something for everyone. If you've got a DS and you still haven't bought this game, go out and buy it now, you will not be disappointed!
Summary: A must have DS purchase
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