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Mario Kart DS (Nintendo DS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

This is pure fun for everyone Bregalad (916) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Mario Kart continues to hit the right note... Kartanym (10777) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Racing's never been so funny NeoJ (428) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Good old fashioned racing fun but finally with online gameplay. An essential buy for any DS owner. Rensch (203) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Accessible, kid-oriented fun with outstanding gameplay Chris Wright (99) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall MobyScore (58 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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The Video Game Critic
Clinical tests have proven that nine out of ten gamers can't resist the simple yet entrancing gameplay of Mario Kart. Incidentally, one out of ten gamers is a friggin' moron, because Mario Kart kicks ass! At its core, the long-running series has always represented racing in its purest form, appealing to gamers of all ages.
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Nintendo Spin
Each version of Mario Kart has a uniqueness that I like more than the others. Super Mario Kart’s battle mode still remains the best while Double Dash is great simply because it’s so smooth and fast. If there can only be one Mario Kart, however, I’d take this one. Mario Kart DS reverts back to the classic Mario Kart formula, cleans up a few key areas, adds a whole bunch of goodies, and tosses in one of the best handheld multiplayer experiences ever. Don’t be a fool. Get this game.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Now, to me it seems there is no clear-cut winner, but this is GamesAreFun, so shouldn't we focus on the games? Mario Kart works extremely well on the DS, features awesome graphics and sound, and has enough replayibility to outlast the toughest of competitors, including Confessions on a Dance Floor. Forget what I said about the other DS games I've reviewed, Mario Kart is simply the best. And hopefully I won't say that again for the next DS game I review.
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GamesFirst!
Even with the limited online play, which isn't too bad considering it is actually free, Mario Kart DS is easily the best Mario Kart game ever. With 32 maps, even 64 if you count the mirror mode maps, the game has a great amount of replay value with its single player mode alone. But then add time trial mode, battle mode, multiplayer racing, and online play with other actual racers, and you've got what I am going to call the best DS game of the year, hands-down.
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Gameplanet
However, the prevailing emotion remains excitement, and so painless is the multiplayer experience that it is sure to become the mainstay mode - and a shining example of how to do online handheld gaming for years to come.
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1UP
Mario Kart DS really shines in the level-design department, with 16 all-new tracks. While many are variations on established themes (snow level, Bowser's castle, Rainbow Road, etc.), a few bristle with unexpected creativity--Waluigi Pinball, Tick-Tock Clock, and Airship Fortress easily rank among the best Mario Kart tracks ever. Too bad the 16 classic Mario Kart courses chosen for the Retro Cup can't quite stack up. Who chose these, anyway?
100
Mobile Tech Review
All that said, if Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow hasn't sold you a system yet, this ought to. If you've ever been a fan of the Kart series, you need this title in your collection. We're finally starting to see the real power of the DS at work, and all the promises made at launch are coming true. It's been a long wait for Nintendo fans, but if the quality of games of late says anything, the DS is truly the successor to the GBA. Likewise, Mario Kart DS is truly the successor to its great series.
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Snackbar-Games.com
As expected, the lion's share of the problems with MKDS are related to the burgeoning Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. The offline content is as solid as ever and worth the purchase price alone. When the Wi-Fi works (and works well), it's just hot sauce on an already delicious sundae of fun.
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TTGamer
Mario Kart DS is a must have game for the Nintendo DS and is possibly even good enough to make you go and buy a DS unit for it. Nintendo have really managed to put together an extremely fun game and with the online options, the Nintendo DS really does house the best Mario Kart game ever.
100
EL33TONLINE
You just have to get this game, if you are at all hesitant don’t be, you will not be disappointed, I can’t even count how many hours I’ve played in this game but I can assure you it is a lot. If Nintendo decided to bring out Mario Kart: DS 2 with different tracks, I’d be the first in the queue…you should be too!
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UOL Jogos
A espera valeu, e muito, a pena. O game é, desde já, um clássico, e a diversão da série no single-player e no "multiplayer local" é elevada a novos patamares com as funcionalidades da rede sem fio. Até o presente momento, trata-se do melhor título para o portátil Nintendo DS, e vale cada centavo nele investido.
100
3DAvenue
Mario Kart DS is a must have game for the Nintendo DS and is possibly even good enough to make you go and buy a DS unit for it. Nintendo have really managed to put together an extremely fun game and with the online options, the Nintendo DS really does house the best Mario Kart game ever.
100
Thunderbolt Games
Super Mario Kart is still the best Mario Kart ever, but Mario Kart DS is remarkably close to edging past the original in almost every way. If Nintendo had cleaned up the online issues and fixed a few other nitpicks here and there (those blue shells have to go, and the “jump into an obstacle and retain your speed” gameplay element from Super Mario Kart needs to be re-implemented), Mario Kart DS would have certainly overtaken the SNES classic. Regardless, it’s a fantastic game – the best on the DS – and worth purchasing Nintendo’s duel-screened handheld for this holiday season.
100
AceGamez
Mario Kart DS delivers one of the most exciting racing experiences for the DS so far and it's a game that will be played long into the future of Nintendo's latest handheld. Not only does it have great long-term playability thanks to a host of modes and full online play, but you can pick it up whenever you have a few extra minutes while waiting for a bus or on a short car trip. If you are a fan of racing games, the Mario family, or Nintendo in general, you should definitely pick up a copy of Mario Kart DS, and if you're not a fan, you should check it out anyway, because this is one game that cannot fail to please!
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G4 TV: X-Play
Handheld games are typically held to a lower standard than console games. The expectations are less because the system is smaller and underpowered. Mario Kart DS shatters those expectations by being the best kart racing game ever released--handheld or otherwise. If you're the type who buys one or two games for your systems, this is it.
100
Gaming Age
It’s amazing how close the GameCube retro tracks look on the DS given that it’s a much less powerful system. If you’re looking for the best Mario Kart game ever made, this is it. Mario Kart DS is loaded with unlockables, features excellent gameplay, and with both local wireless and Wi-Fi, it is the best multiplayer game on the Nintendo DS. You will be playing this one for a long time to come. Buy it. Buy it now.
100
Game Shark
So, as Nintendo’s first entry into the wonderful world of Wi-Fi gaming, Mario Kart DS presents us with a very nice racing package that has solid, though not spectacular, online play and a full roster of single-player and local wireless features. The sheer number of options make this game outstanding. And in the end any small criticisms almost feel like nitpicking when the package is considered in its entirety. The few limitations of the Wi-Fi play are easily forgivable in light of the realization that we will never be alone when we want to play another warm body in Mario Kart again. A solid “A” effort by the good folks at Nintendo for their innovative little handheld.
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NintendoWorldReport
Mario Kart has been a favorite game of many people over the years, and it’s nice to see the series return to the core of what makes it fun. The best features of past Mario Kart games are back, and when combined with the new ones in Mario Kart DS, the end result is the most impressive game to ever hit the Nintendo DS and also the best game in the Mario Kart series.
100
GameSpy
In the end, it really boils down to this. If you're a fan of Nintendo, racing games, and want some of the best digital excitement 2005 has to offer, you need to get Mario Kart DS. The online shortcomings are annoying, yes, but very minor, and they are more than made up for by the amazing single-player content and local WiFi gameplay. If you absolutely hate, hate, hate karting games, then fair enough. Just be sure to book that next appointment with your shrink to figure out why that is.
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VicioJuegos.com
Si eres un seguidor de Mario Kart o tienes NDS, este te parecerá el mejor juego de Mario Kart de la actualidad y un juego indispensable para esta consola. Múltiples opciones, 36 karts diferentes, 32 circuitos y doce personajes, una pasada. Gracias al modo Wi-Fi y el poder jugar contra tus amigos a ocho jugadores, la jugabilidad y la diversión son de lo mejorcito.
95
Meristation
Un juego completísimo, que engancha a la primera incluso a esos que sólo se acercan a las consolas como si fuera algo malo. Un control intuitivo, cómodo, directo, frenético e inmediato. La Asociación de Etiquetas de Champú se han quejado a Nintendo porque a partir de ahora dejaremos de leerla en el baño. Darle un repaso a corredores de todo el mundo desde la cama, el aeropuerto o el mencionado 'Señor Roca' es algo que no tiene precio.
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Nintendojo
If you’ve never, ever loved Mario Kart, then you aren’t going to be swayed. That’s a pretty insignificant audience: many non-gamers, casual gamers, and other people who generally shy away from games still fondly recall Mario Kart. Everyone else will love the title and find loads of fun to be had. It is darn near perfect in most ways, and the online mode adds more than it takes away. LAN mode racing is among the year’s greatest gaming experiences. You may well be looking at a contender for Game of the Year across any platform.
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Lawrence
At the end of the day, Mario Kart DS is a success in every way imaginable. The online experience is solid, the multiplayer mayhem is as fun as it has ever been and the robust single player modes have enough to keep anyone busy for several hours. This is inarguably the no-brainer, must buy, system-selling title that will lead the holiday charge for the Nintendo DS.
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Da Gameboyz
Mario Kart DS is one addictive game. With a great single player experience this game gets bonus marks for a great multiplayer experience as well. Nintendo's decision to take this venerable series online was a risky one but they did such a great job that is almost seems that this game was meant for it all along. I can't help but rave about this game. Anyone with a DS would be making a big mistake if hey didn't go out and buy this game. Way to go Nintendo and thank you for making my DS my portable machine of choice over the winter holidays.
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DS-x2
Not only the best kart racer ever made, but one of the greatest racing games of all time! Mario Kart fans have been desperate for internet-play a long time, and Nintendo has finally delivered, although it's quite rough in its current state. Fortunately, the singleplayer and local multiplayer are just about as polished and perfect as they could possibly be, and give an experience unparalleled on any console. Mario Kart DS is becoming widely accepted as the "killer-app" for the DS, should you choose to use that term, and is perhaps the best reason to buy the system if you haven't already.
95
Nintendo Spin
Mario Kart DS is most definitely a flagship franchise title for the Nintendo DS. Along with Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, if you were to own a Nintendo DS for any game, this should be an easy selection for you. There’s just no describing how fun this game is online and offline. Sure it’s not without its frustrations, especially in the 150 cc cup tracks, but it’s a very fun title overall. If you’re any kind of fan of the Mario Kart franchise, you will hardly be disappointed with this installment. Yes NWC may not be the greatest thing in the world right now in terms of doing what you actually want it to do, but we have time to allow it to evolve. But no matter, if you want a great racing title featuring all of Nintendo’s great characters, Mario Kart DS is for you. Mixing old and new, Mario Kart DS delivers, and ushers in a worldwide experience we’ve never seen before.
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Wham! gaming
The depth of what appears to be an initially incredible simple and one dimensional game is astounding as always with Mario Kart DS, and the delivered promise of online opponents only adds to the overall incredibly rewarding experience. All the addictive qualities of titles past are present and accounted for, and the opportunity to take home honed strategies out into the world is surely what makes Mario Kart DS so appealing. It's not just the best karting game Nintendo have ever developed; it's also quite possibly the best DS game they've made.
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Deeko
It's a fantastic addition and has been a long time coming, but is very fun and well worth the time. The single player mode, however, is really where the fun is and there is more variety in this incarnation of the game than in any other. Seventy missions to complete, over thirty tracks to race on, twelve unique racers, hidden karts and racers - - the list just goes on and on. If you own a DS, you owe it to yourself to pick this game up. It may not be perfect and the online mode may be slim pickins, but the overall experience is simply incredible and must be played to be appreciated.
95
Christ Centered Game Reviews
Riding on the Mario Kart success wave, Nintendo thought it would change things up a bit and released Mario Kart: Double Dash!! for the GameCube. It was sort of a mixed bag. On the one hand it was incredibly fun to play with the new options (such as having two people on the same kart) but it also seemed like it wasn't very deep with few unlockables and an underwhelming battle mode. Then Mario Kart DS came along and peaked almost everyone's interest. It was a mixture of classic control and new graphics and Nintendo sure got it right!
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Sliced Gaming (GameBiz)
Mario Kart DS sets the standard that all future titles in the series will be compared to. With a deeper single player mode, great LAN capabilities and free online play, it will offer hours of enjoyment for you, and your mates. While it's let down a bit by a bare-bones online network, and some little control issues (don't play for too long), it's still one of the greatest titles for the DS yet, and a must-have for the system.
95
Purojuegos
En conclusión, Mario Kart DS es el juego solido dentro de la franquicia pero que destaca sobre todo por su excelente modo en linea del cual les va a costar un buen rato despegarse.
95
Next Level Gaming
What can I say? Mario Kart DS is the best DS game to date. It is like having the best from every Mario Kart game and bundled into one great package. The graphics are colorful and detailed. Also having the game run at a fluid 60 fps does not hurt as well. And we finally have a Mario Kart game that is online. What more could one ask for? Mario Kart DS is totally addicting and fun to play. I you have a Nintendo DS and have not experienced it online, buy this game! As a matter of fact you might as well pick up the extremely cool Mario Kart DS – Red Nintendo DS bundle for $150. It would make a great Christmas present. Now… Bring me the Nintendo Revolution version of Mario Kart online and I will be in Heaven. Oh yeah baby… that would be so sweet…
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Game Freaks 365
Is Mario Kart DS the perfect Nintendo DS video game? I'd say so. Despite the fact that I haven't gotten the chance to play WiFi Multiplayer, everything else about Mario Kart DS is flawless. The controls are spot-on. The new tracks, combined with the classic ones, are superb. The visuals test the DS's hardware more than most DS games at this point. The music is catchy, the gameplay is addictive...what more could you want from a handheld racing game? If you own a DS and didn't already have this pre-purchased, you need to get on the ball and buy this game now that it's out on the market.
95
Portable Review
The most important aspect to return to Mario Kart is definitely the addicting and fast-paced gameplay.
95
GameZone
Mario Kart DS lives up to its legacy of having inventive courses, stellar multiplayer, and more replay value than any other racer in its class. The controls, the speed, the familiar-yet-original environments – this is the kind of Mario Kart game I would have developed! It combines elements from every Mario adventure, including his kart exhibitions.
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IGN
After experiencing Mario Kart DS, it's hard to imagine how Nintendo's going to improve on what they've done for this stunning portable rendition. There's so much gameplay and depth in this design, moreso than the series has ever had in the past. It's an amazingly addictive racer both in single and multiplayer modes, and even with the limitations of the online functions, it's impossible to avoid becoming addicted to the long distance Mario Kart match-ups. The only way to finish this review is just to say it: this is the greatest Mario Kart game ever developed, and is without a doubt the best DS game of 2005.
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Kombo.com
Mario Kart DS is not only the best game to be found on the Nintendo DS, it's also the best kart racer ever developed. The replay value of this title is through the roof and the challenge surpasses every one of its predecessors. Whether you can round up eight guys for some crazy multiplayer or if you're a bit of a lone ranger, you'll find plenty to be satisfied with in Mario Kart DS.
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N-Zone
Klarer Start-Ziel-Sieg für Nintendo. Mario Kart fesselt von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute. Der Mix aus alten und neuen Strecken ist perfekt gelungen und wird mit neuen und innovativen Extras garniert. Die Sahne auf dem Rennkuchen ist aber der fantastische Wi-Fi-Modus, denn endlich kann ich auch von zu Hause aus gegen den Kollegen Fabian antreten. Friss Staub, du Raser-Lusche!
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DarkZero
Overall, Mario Kart DS builds on the already successful Mario Kart composition. It brings to the DS the best-to-date multiplayer experience, more modes, higher detail and of course, online play. The single player modes are deep and inviting, with positive additions such as Battle and VS without the need for friends, while the online mode calibrates the DS with online play, and a window of the service Nintendo is yet to provide. With unlockables, over thirty tracks, a wealth of items and other minor add-ins, Mario Kart DS is the killer app for the DS this holiday season.
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Video Games Daily
Not only is this the best game to come from Nintendo in 2005, nor is it simply the best game available to date for Nintendo DS or the first showcase of Nintendo's excellent online WiFi service, but it's the greatest Mario Kart game ever made. Consequently this makes it an essential purchase for anyone who has ever felt the joy of planting a shell up someone's backside. Go my pretties - experience the bliss of Mario Kart DS.
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Retro Gamer
We’ve had some wonderfully tense races in the office and the ability to play against other DS owners online is the final icing on a wonderfully sumptuous cake. Utterly superb.
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NZGamer
All in all, Mario Kart DS is another terrific dose of karting excellence, and if you've enjoyed other Mario Kart games in the past, you'd be a fool to pass on this one.
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Just RPG
In conclusion, even though there are some flaws in the design for this particular game, the results are still nothing short of spectacular and Mario Kart DS is one of the year’s best on the system. The gameplay is rock solid, the replay value is very high, and graphics and sound are very sharp and detailed. Overall, the good qualities definitely overcome any flaws that could be found and make Mario Kart DS a must-own title on the Nintendo DS this winter.
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Mygamer.com
If you own a DS, you need to own Mario Kart DS. This is the kind of game you shouldn’t have to give a score too. Just go out and buy it. After you purchased your copy of the game, it then becomes your job to order all your friends to buy it. And if they don’t agree, it is time to find new friends. Mario Kart DS will please retro fans of the series with its kart hoping, power sliding, classic tracks, unforgettable weapons, and high edge competitive gameplay. But they will also love everything new about the game. All the new tracks, weapons, characters, and karts will keep players entertained for hours. The amount of things to unlock and online play will keep this game in your DS for a long time. Go out and buy this game right now. I will see you online.
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GameCola.net
Mario Kart DS delivers in spades. Fans of the series will sing songs of praise after sitting down for a few hours, and I can’t imagine very many people not finding this game an absolute joy. With the multiplayer options, time trials and multiple unlockables, Mario Kart DS has near infinite replay value. The game is incredibly well worth the cost of admission.
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4Players.de
Mario Kart DS ist ein absolutes Muss, nicht nur für Rennspielfreunde, sondern für alle DS-Besitzer. Ein dermaßen ausgereiftes, abgefahrenes, liebevoll präsentiertes, durchdachtes, im Mehrspielermodus unschlagbares und nicht zuletzt perfekt spielbares Racing Game werdet ihr so schnell nirgends wieder finden!
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GameSpot
If you've ever been the proud owner of a Nintendo system, or have at least befriended somebody with one, odds are you've encountered a Mario Kart game at some point. The popular racing series, which first appeared on the Super Nintendo in 1992, lets you race your favorite Nintendo characters against each other in karts that can be armed with such devastating weapons as banana peels, opponent-seeking red shells, and opponent-shrinking lightning bolts.
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Gamesmania
Schon beim ersten Anspielen auf der diesjährigen e3 war es eigentlich schon um mich geschehen. Mario Kart DS erfüllt die hohen Ansprüche und Hoffnungen, die man an den Titel im Vorfeld gestellt hat mit Bravour. Das gewohnt grandiose Gameplay bleibt auch in der neuesten Hosentaschenversion des Flitzers erhalten und wurde sogar noch ein wenig verfeinert. Die Kombination aus Windschattenfahren, Kurvendriften und Turbopilzen bringen neue taktische Aspekte ins Rennen. Die genialen Missionen und natürlich der völlig reibungslose Online Modus setzen dem Ganzen die Krone auf. Definitiv die DS Killer Application des Jahres – kaufen und losflitzen!
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Game Revolution
But Mario Kart DS certainly does, even as the fifth game in a series older than many current DS owners. It goes the distance with its plentiful single-player content, provides intelligent, affordable local multiplayer and actually lets you race online. Some more work on both the user and server side of that experience would have been great, but as it stands, that adjective could be applied to this as a package. Will it turn you into a fanboy? Let's hope not, but it will definitely turn you into a fan.
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Gaming Target
I can say without reservation that Mario Kart DS is the “killer-app” for the DS. With it's finely tuned gameplay and insanely high production value, this title will make a worthy addition to any DS library. Despite the lackluster implementation of the online play, there is still more than enough fun to be had in single-player and LAN modes. Even if you don't have access to a wireless router, missing this title is not something you'll want to do! Highly recommended.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
I can say without reservation that Mario Kart DS is the "killer-app" for the DS. With its finely tuned gameplay and insanely high production value, this title will make a worthy addition to any DS library. Despite the lackluster implementation of the online play, there is still more than enough fun to be had in single-player and LAN modes. Even if you don't have access to a wireless router, missing this title is not something you'll want to do! Highly recommended.
90
Nintendo Master
Ce jeu est tout simplement un hit en puissance, tout comme ses prédecesseurs ! La possibilité de jouer en wifi est vraiment un des gros avantages de ce jeu long, beau, maniable et très plaisant à jouer ! Tout possesseur de DS et joueur qui se respecte se doit d'avoir ce must dans sa ludothèque ! Un jeu conseillé à tous !
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WiiDSFrance
Au final, ce " Mario Kart DS " se pose comme un digne représentant de la série à succès de Nintendo. Se basant sur les acquis de ses aînés, le titre s'impose comme une référence qu'il sera difficile de détrôner sur Nintendo DS. Avec une jouabilité au top, des graphismes plaisants et un mode en ligne enfin disponible, ce nouvel opus se pose comme un incontournable pour tous les possesseurs de la console au double écran. Vous devriez d'ailleurs déjà être parti l'acheter !
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Jeuxvideo.fr
La grande série des Mario Kart nous revient sous sa plus belle forme. Fun, beau, plaisant à jouer, addictif seul comme à plusieurs, les mots manquent tant le titre est riche et mérite toutes les éloges. S'essayer à Mario Kart DS, c'est l'adopter… vous voilà prévenu !
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Gamereactor (Sweden)
Mario Kart DS är ett av årets bästa bärbara spel. Charmig, färgglad och sprudlande grafik varvas med trallvänlig musik och utsökt bandesign samtidigt som kontrollen känns mer träffsäker än någonsin. Enda felet som jag verkligen irriterar mig på är just den artificiella intelligensen som kunde ha varit bättre. Nintendo kan bara de vill, låt oss nu hoppas att de vill lika mycket, om inte mer, med New Super Mario Bros som kommer nästa år.
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N-Europe
If Revo-Europe would allow me to give half numbers this game would get a 9.5, though I’ll have to stick with a 9. I’m not giving this game the full score because of the little WiFi errors I experienced and the availability of only one online mode. But don’t get me wrong. Apart from this, Mario Kart is one hell of a game. It’s the best Mario Kart of all-time and an essential DS purchase. You shouldn’t be allowed to own a DS without it.
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Bordersdown
Nintendogs caused DS units to fly off the shelves; this game deserves to put even that achievement in the shade.
90
Gamervision
Mario Kart DS is far and beyond the best in the series. None of the other titles can even come close to the number of maps, characters, and overall fun to be had. I have played against people all across the country and I've even enjoyed playing local games on airplanes or in the back of cars. This game has everything any Kart lover would want.
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Yahoo! Games
From the creative track design to the expertly balanced difficulty levels, nearly everything about Mario Kart DS screams quality. Whether you're plowing through the single-player game trying to unlock the hidden goodies, or battling it out in multiplayer, there is little to complain about. Nintendo has managed to take the best elements of every game in the series, roll them up into a little ball and spit out Mario Kart DS. It really is that compelling.
90
Cheat Code Central
I know some of you are really pissed off that Mother Nature is snowing on your parade and making it impossible for you to get this game. I'm on the West Coast, the real West Coast, where the city of Washington isn't, (but the State is right next door, maybe that's what he meant...a little injoke for those who know what I'm talking about....) and this game is readily available as far as I know. Yeah I know not everyone likes this series simply because and let's be honest, it can feel like deja vu after awhile. However there are those gamers that look at Mario Kart as comfort food. It's an old familiar friend who has learned some cool online and Wi-Fi multiplayer tricks. It features over a dozen new tracks, new modes, new weapons....so what's not to like? If I were you, I'd curl up with this one while the elements play havoc with the world outside because inside the Mushroom Kingdom, it's burning rubber!
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Beyond the significance on multiplayer Mario Kart DS manages to re-invigorate the series far more so then the gimmicky Double Dash, however the core fun factor remains as compelling to this day as it was 13 years ago – better then the original it’s hard to say, but little doubt it’s sitting on its own for many reasons.
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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
There, in a nutshell, then is exactly why we're prepared to proclaim this the best Mario Kart ever. Sure it might not be the best looking version (although it's damn pretty and make no mistake) and, okay, certain modes have been done better before, but it's hands-down the absolute most complete Mario Kart package yet. We're not going to go quite as far as to say it's the best game on the DS at the moment but it's definitely a strong contender - and way up there as one of the finest, most polished and simply most massively entertaining games of the year. Buy it.
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GamersMark
Whether playing against people you don’t know, playing against your friends, or playing against the computer, the joy of Mario Kart’s jolly chaos still holds sway in its DS version. Nothing beats the raw thrill of homing in on the finish line while perfectly lobbing a banana peel exactly where the leader turns to avoid a nearby bomb explosion. Moments like these are now not only just portable and in 3D but also online capable, which is pretty much every Mario Kart fan’s dream come true. Even if you had lost interest in the series a few games back or never played any of them, you owe it to yourself to try the most full-featured Mario Kart game ever made.
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GamerDad
It seems like Mario Kart should've worn out its welcome by now but it's not even close. With a number of unlockables, Mission mode, Battle modes and of course both off and online multiplayer, this is one series that's still going strong in its latest iteration. You can't go wrong with Mario Kart DS. It doesn't use the touch screen in any major capacity, but it does use one more unique feature of this deceptively amazing little handheld that hasn't been exploited until now. It provides all the excitement expected from online action. With McDonald's participating in the Wi-Fi plan of Nintendo, you can even go to your local McD's and hop on the Internet for some game time if you don't have wireless at home. Just don't eat too many burgers while you're there.
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Jolt (UK)
Overall Mario Kart DS is the brilliant title that we've all been waiting for, making the DS that extra mile more appealing and helping seal my growing contempt for the PSP even though I'm not in the least bit a "fanboy". Sure, the online multiplayer might be inherently flawed, restricted to a meagre 4 players when single boasts 8, and completely devoid of battle modes, but get a group of friends organised and it's still top top fun.
90
PlayDevil
"Mario Kart DS" for Nintendo's portable console, the DS has scored very high here @ PlayDevil. The single player gameplay is, as ever, pretty much perfect, and MKDS has so much to do that it is probably the biggest Mario Kart game yet. Packed with wonderful multiplayer (and wi-fi) with absolutely no lag makes this game worth buying. If you own a DS, this game is unmissable!
90
videogamer.com
It's not just the wonderful aesthetic feel to the game, nor the pureness of the handling of the karts, it's that sensation that everything is just right. It's hard to explain, but it manifests itself the most when you play other people. Despite the sweet cartoon looks and catchy teeny-bopper soundtrack, Mario Kart is one of the most evil games created by man. It's the sheer callous, calculated cruelty of it all.
90
Armchair Empire, The
By no means does Mario Kart DS try to go out and reinvent the racing game experience. What it does, and it does this extremely well, is pluck the best elements from previous Mario Kart games, and implements an online mode. Regardless of whether one is playing the game alone, or online with a few other people there is a ton of fun to be had with this game, and it should be in every DS owner’s library.
90
Jeuxvideo.com
C'était prévisible, mais cet épisode DS de Mario Kart n'a aucun mal à se hisser parmi les meilleurs titres de la console. Concentré ultime de fun et de convivialité, ce jeu est à posséder absolument pour ses parties endiablées, ses circuits de folie et son gameplay aux petits oignons. La cerise sur le gâteau reste quand même l'option Wi-Fi qui permet de saisir tout le potentiel du titre en multijoueur.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Played alone, it's another satisfying Mario Kart game. I doubt anything will ever dislodge Super Mario Kart from the throne in my mind, but it comes close as the best of the series. But the beauty of Mario Kart DS is that it's really, genuinely practical to play with other people, wirelessly or online. There's not much more to say. Except that if the DS in Mario Kart DS stands for anything, perhaps it's "default state", because it's hard to imagine a time when I'll be reluctant to return to the multiplayer racing - and as long as there are people who feel likewise, it'll be a game that richly rewards anyone's investment.
90
GamePro (US)
With a veritable buffet of racers, courses, modes, and multiplayer options, Mario Kart DS is a must play for any Nintendo fan and a requisite for any DS owner.
88
Fragland.net
Mario Kart DS is like always a lot of crazy fun, but if you don't have any friends with a DS or you don't have wireless internet, the game is over soon. The missions you have to accomplish bring some variation, but without any doubt, the strength of the game lies in the multiplayer mode!
88
Gamer 2.0
Mario Kart DS is the DS’s newest hit, and is quite possibly the best game available for it right now. With a flawed, yet fun, online mode, a great deal of single player modes, and enough courses to choke a horse, Mario Kart DS is almost infinitely replayable. If you own a DS, and you have even the slightest bit of interest in racing games, Mario Kart DS is a wise investment. If not, you should still check it out because it’s one of the finest portable games available.
85
GameCity
DS Besitzer, holt euch jetzt sofort dieses Spiel! Einfach nur Genial und Abwechslungsreich wie immer. Die neuen Charaktere sind zwar etwas schwierig zu meistern, ebenso die unterschiedlichen Karts mit dem schwierigen Handling, müssen einfach ignoriert werden. Die Grafik dient wohl eher dem Zweck und die Musik ist typisch für Mario Kart. Retro Levels wurden komplett übernommen und an DS Standard angepasst. Kleinere Schmunzler bei Torten klecksen im Peach Cake Level werden nicht verkneifbar sein. Der online Modus ist einfach Hammer, leider kann man keine Items als Heckschutz benutzen, wieso ist mir ein Rätsel. Dieses Spiel kriegt von mir auf jeden Fall einen Ehrenplatz in meiner Sammlung. Ein bereits altes Konzept wieder in neuem Glanz auffrischen lassen ist unglaublich. Schade nur, sind die geringen Einstellungsmöglichkeiten des Online Modus.
85
Game Informer Magazine
Mario Kart has held a special place in gamers’ hearts since the 16-bit era, and has always delivered well-made variations on its simple, fun, and power-up laden racing formula. If you’re the type that longs for the days of video game racing before vehicle physics came along and ruined everything, you’re probably already a fan. Although this game certainly won’t win over those who feel that it’s become a bit dated over the years, Mario Kart DS goes out of its way to please the faithful, and adds a varied and excellent selection of multiplayer modes to boot.
85
Extreme Gamer
The lowdown for Mario Kart DS is an easy decision, pick this one up. Only if you despise the site of Mario should you pass on this title. Mario Kart DS is as good as ever and now you have the bonus of being able to play online. Pure brilliance, keep the Mario Kart games coming.
80
Modojo
All complaints aside, this is a damn good videogame. It must be, because for the first time in my life I actually care about a Mario Kart to such a degree that I'm going back and replaying all of the prequels to see what I've missed. As for the online quirks, yeah, Nintendo made some weird decisions and I hope these friend codes don't keep popping up in future games, but being able to pick up my DS and blaze through a quick four races against someone across the world is always too enticing an opportunity to pass up. Loaded with goodies and irresistible to resist, Mario Kart DS is fun in its purest form.
80
Cubed3
Mario Kart Wii is definitely up there with the other installments. A fairly limited single player appeal is enhanced by a comprehensive online service and a slightly toned-down but throughly enjoyable and flexible offline multiplayer mode. A solid battle mode and single player additions/refinement would have bumped up the score a notch, but that said Mario Kart Wii should definitely be one for the pocket money.
80
Gamestyle
Mario Kart DS is a general mish-mash of the best bits of Mario Kart combined with a slew of new features in one overwhelmingly complete title. It may be lacking focus, but there's undoubtedly something here to suit everybody. Ultimately, it's Mario Kart, and it's online - what are you waiting for? See you on the tracks...
80
Gamezine
Visuellement, le jeu est correct, un cran au-dessus de la version Nintendo 64. C’est sûr qu’on est loin d’une PSP, mais au moins le jeu a le mérite d’être fluide du début à la fin. Cependant, après la version GameCube (que j’ai adorée), cette version DS me refroidit par ses graphismes un peu cheap. Heureusement, la possibilité de jouer en réseau suffit pour relever l’intérêt du jeu, d’autant plus que le challenge est très complet en solo également. On peut peut-être regretter le trop grand nombre de vieux circuits mais, après tout, il ne faut pas oublier que nous avons ici droit au double de circuits par rapport aux autres versions. L’esprit Mario Kart reste donc intact, même si on peut regretter des graphismes parfois un peu vieillots, notamment sur les vieux circuits. Prévoyez de longues journées, car vous n’aurez désormais même plus besoin d’avoir plusieurs amis à portée de bras pour pouvoir vous éclater à plusieurs.
80
Gamernode
As far as racing games go, I,d say MarioKart DS is a whimsical and welcome change in the racing genre. It has humor, it has action, and it has game appeal. People who want a light hearted racing game will love MarioKart DS. The more hardened racing fan may think it is too simple, but MarioKart DS makes up for this with its entertaining game play and different game modes. If you are looking for a nice racing game that has lots of action and smooth graphics, MarioKart DS would be an excellent choice.
80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
There's no question this is a great piece of software for a console that doesn't seem like it can fit anymore. It's also undeniably disappointing in spots, showing its age and flaws quickly. You can't help but think of a sequel with more to offer while playing it. Mario Kart DS isn't the best entry in the franchise, but it's a well constructed Nintendo title, and the type die-hard fans buy the companies products for.
80
Press Start Online
A symptom of the regularity with which Nintendo churn out reiterations of their franchises has been a dumbing down of what were once competent titles, with party aspects all-too-frequently spoiling the show. That Double Dash!! was unable to avoid this fate was unfortunate. Mario Kart DS however has bucked this recent disappointing trend, which is something to be celebrated. No one likes a back seat driver, after all.
75
Netjak
By itself, and with a group of local friends, the game still remains an awesome party experience. Take it online, and it's a whole new game. While it has some ups and downs, Mario Kart DS proves that Nintendo is coming online with a vengeance. Gear up, strap in, log on, and take off. It's gonna be one heck of a ride.
75
Game Informer Magazine
As someone who's never fallen in love with this series, I can understand its basic appeal, but I feel that few besides than hardcore fans will get much more than a passing enjoyment out of it.
70
Pocket Gamer UK
Offline Mario Kart DS is a well designed if rather unambitious cartoon racer but the anticipated online mode adds plenty of frustration.
60
AllAboutTheGames.co.uk
Overall this is one of the most impressive releases so far for the DS, and will ensure that a fair few machines shift this Christmas when little Timmy can't get hold of a PSP because someone screwed up the deliveries.