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GF Rating
8.4

4659 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Mario Kart fans will not be disappointed

posted by Bulkoth (STATE COLLEGE, PA) Sep 26, 2006

Member since Sep 2006

10 out of 10 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game takes everything you loved about previous Mario Kart games and puts it in the palm of your hand! There is a reasonable selection of drivers and each has multiple cars available. The single player games is a series of races known as cups and the game uses a point system to determine who wins the series. You'll find all the lovable gameplay normally associated with a Mario game. Turtle shells, star power, and chain chomps just to name a few. The tracks are well done and challenging and you'll get many hours of fun if you find a friend to race against or battle in the different multiplayer modes

In short, if you have a DS and you haven't played this game you NEED to and you might as well convince a friend or two to rent it too just so you get the most of your rental.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

AUSOME GAME!!!!!

posted by Martinez (GLENDORA, CA) Jan 3, 2009

Member since Mar 2008

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is a great game! ESPECIALLY FOR MARIOKART FANS!!! Ever hate how with other Mariokart games(Mariokart, Mariokart 64, Mariokart Double Dash) you need another controller + in some cases an adapter and another game(Mariokart advanced, Mariokart Wii) to play multiplayer or online? Well with this all you need is the two DS'(or up to 8 max) and one game thanks to game download. You start with 8 characters and 2 karts per character and unlock multiple grand prix. there are 2 battle modes in which you may battle CPU's or friends. The only thing think sucks is if you are the downloader you can't choose you're character. If you like this game you may like any other Mariokarts(Check GBA, GC, Wii at GameFly and if you want put it on Game Q) or "The New Mario Bros."

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Simply Amazing

posted by gamerfan22 (HOLDEN, MA) Aug 8, 2008

Member since Feb 2008

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Mario Kart ds is one of those games where your just gonna say "WOW". With 32 unlockable tracks,(16 old tracks and 16 new tracks) 16 unlockable characters, and 36 karts, this game never gets old! Also this game features 3D graphics and beautiful music how can you pass up such a great game!
This game features 6 modes: Grand Prix, Time Trials, VS., Battle mode, and an all new mission mode! In mission mode you will face some fun challenges such as, Drive through the 8 rings, collect 30 coins...Backwards! and many, many more. There are 6 sets of missions. Each set of missions include a final boss battle. You'll find that many of the bosses you will face are from Super Mario 64.This game has a two player mode with ds download play and wireless play. This is the game that first introduced Nintendo Wi-fi and is quite amazing. You get to connect to the internet, and then race with people around the world! You are allowed to race up to 3 other people at a time.
I really recommend this game it is my favorite and I bet it will be your favorite to!
~Gamerfan22

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Awesome

posted by TC2390 (POWDER SPRINGS, GA) Jun 3, 2008

Member since Jan 2008

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is definitely the best racing game on the ds. It drives smooth, and ha pretty good graphics for a Ds game.definitely worth renting.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

The Best Racing Game On DS

posted by HybridMark (SAMMAMISH, WA) Apr 8, 2008

Member since Apr 2008

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Fans of racing games: do not hesitate. Check this game out. Fans of Mario Kart: You won't be disappointed. This game has all the fun previous Mario Kart installments offer plus more (online play!!!) It's fun racing people not knowing if they're in Japan, France or right next door to you. It's even more fun winning and imagining their anger. This game has a fun single player full of unlockables, as usual, and you can customize your own emblem using the stylus. The emblem will go on the front of your cart, and it can be anything you want. You can get pretty creative. So go out there and start racing.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

I love this game!!!

posted by Linkinpark (TOOELE, UT) Apr 8, 2009

Member since Mar 2009

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I loved this game!! Although i beat it very fast. i loved the part when ii got r.o.b. i loved playing as him on the super smash bros brawl and when i saw that u could play as rob it just made my day!!! even though it was probably the quickest game ive ever played it was fun while it lasted and i enjoyed every minute of it!! especially cuz u can play battle mode without having to have another player to play with u! great game, great game!!!!

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Mario Kart DS

posted by siani2000 (FRONT ROYAL, VA) Feb 4, 2009

Member since Apr 2008

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

My Daughters Siani and Vianca rated this game a 10 they said it was awsome.....

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

this game is awesome i have had it since 18 to the 27 of september that's how much i love it

posted by jazzgirl31 (BURIEN, WA) Sep 29, 2008

Member since Sep 2008

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

this game is awesome i have had it since 18 to the 27 of september thats how mutch i love it

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

At the Races

posted by traceman11 (FAYETTEVILLE, NC) Dec 19, 2007

Member since Oct 2007

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

this game rocks it is simply fun me and my sister have a blast with the multiplayer and wi-fi even much better for those who go it alone if there wasnt a better mario kart i dare you to find it!

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

One of the best DS titles out there!

posted by pushpops07 (LAFAYETTE, CO) Nov 8, 2007

Member since Oct 2007

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

It's totally worth that $35 price you would see at the store! This game features that amazing Wi-Fi Connection, and even besides that, it is still a great game. For the first time you can do single player VS (Which is like Quick Run in Super Circuit) and Battles. There are 16 new tracks, along with 4 remade tracks from each of the previous MK titles, making a total of 32 race tracks, a record. (Actually, Super Circuit for GBA had 40, but they weren't all so detailed or long.) Also, there are missions in single player mode which have some pretty fun tasks. You will love the experience of racing other players around the world. Also, the graphics are awesome, they are between N64 and Gamecube quality. You can also unlock other karts for racers, there are like 5 total for each character, and you can use other characters karts with a different racer. This game is awesome anyway you think of it, I would rate it a 10 even without the Wi-Fi! I am not returning this one, I'm keeping it, It is worth the money to keep it.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

omg total AWESOMENESS!!

posted by solion (CUMBERLAND, RI) Apr 20, 2010

Member since Nov 2009

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

So when I first played this game a few years back i thought it was dumb. Now i realize its awesome!!! So...why is it so awesome solion? im glad you asked random guy on the computer. so you see nintendo has taken all the mario characters and joined them to race. same as before right? WRONG!!! you now have many more abilitys, and many more in to come in later games. new coreses and retro coreses,meaning from past games, just given a little boost in graphics. And dont forget...the ds has wi-fi,so...you can race anyone!!!anywere!!! well you have to have connection wich means you might want to get a dsi cause it makes it easier to program it. i thought atleast... well i ment the other person can be anywhere around the globe! luckly you wont chat so you wont see any chinees language. you cant be anywhere but where you programed the wi-fi. so if you buy it now you can see ds or dsi on tv with people playing mario kart and say...hey i have that game!

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

MARIOKART!

posted by Pyrospazz (BROOKFIELD, MA) Apr 3, 2010

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Member since Mar 2009

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

VERY impressive. For one of the first ds games to release, it was put together very well. The graphics were stunning, there was a huge selection of characters, and for each character there were three different carts.

One cool feature is that you can design your own racing logo and put it on the cart(s) of your choice. The designing process is easy and precise. It comes out very well.

There are many race courses. Some old, some new. It's neat to see some older courses from the 64 and other systems. But the new courses are very exciting.

The sound track isn't amazing, but it fits good ol' Mario, so nobody minds.

Oh, I almost forgot. The multiplayer mode! It's awesome. You get multiple specially designed courses for battle mode. And you can also do regular races. It's so much fun to play with your friends.

All and all, this game is excellent and never gets old. Definitely worth renting.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Awsome!

posted by Tibbles95 (EL PASO, TX) Jan 24, 2010

Member since Apr 2006

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

It was the first ds game i hever had and i loved it! Dont rent Just Buy!

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Don't even rent it. Just buy it.

posted by 360PS3Wii (JENKS, OK) Jun 8, 2006

Member since Oct 2005

10 out of 11 gamers (91%) found this review helpful

Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 64 were some of the best games around, and they still are. They started it all. Too bad Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart: Double Dash!! didn't live up to fan's expectations. Mario Kart DS, however, is quite possibly the best Mario Kart ever made.

So, what's new here? Probably one of the best additions in the Nintendo Wi-Fi. That's right: Mario Kart is finally online. Although you can't chat, and you can only play with 4 players, It's still pretty nifty. And you can make your own decals for your racers.

Of course, this new installment comes with 16 fun new tracks. Also, there are 16 Retro tracks that contain circuits from SMK, MK64, MK:SC, and even MK:DD!! Still no Rainbow Cup, though. Curses.

And let's not forget the new Mission Mode. Many of them are fairly easy, but going through them again and going for a 3 star rating on them will prove to be difficult. Very difficult. Now, how about some more?

And let's all welcome the racers! Mario, Luigi, Wario, DK, Bowser, Peach, Yoshi, Toad... And 4 secret contestants. Ooh! Secret! Although some are easy to unlock, there are some that'll be pretty tough to unlock.

While the graphics aren't the best in videogaming history, they are some of the best on the DS, aside from Metroid Prime Hunters. The controls are easy to get used to as well. Just don't wear out the R button! :P

In conclusion, MKDS is a truly amazing game. Despite the score of 10, it's not perfect, but if you own a DS, you simply MUST buy it. It'll make a great addition to your library of games.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Almost no flaws!

posted by Strongbad1 (ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL) Jan 13, 2007

Member since Aug 2006

9 out of 10 gamers (90%) found this review helpful

4 Difficulty levels, unlockables, 8 cups, a new mission mode, online play, and more make this one of the best games for your DS. One of the few flaws is the online matchmaking. It can take quite a while to get matched-up with four people, and most of the time, you just end-up with only one opponent by the fourth match (you play in sets of for races per match with four players, and most of them leave before you are done.)
Other than that, I really can't complain m
about this game at all!

Graphics 9.5
Gameplay 10
Frame rate 10
Multi-player 9.8
Duration 10
overall 9.7

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Must Play Game

posted by Tyzore (ABERDEEN, WA) Apr 13, 2006

Member since Jan 2006

6 out of 7 gamers (86%) found this review helpful

Mario Kart DS is the best DS game so far. It has some cool new courses and gives you the retro cup to play some old course favs. I would give it an all out awesome. Its only real flaw is that the graphics could be a bit better. but if you just enjoy a good, clean, fun, high speed racing game, this is the game for you. For old time Mario Kart players, it's like Mario Kart 64 with a whole new twist and set of characters. And let's not forget the wi-fi connection, it brings the series to a whole new level. There is no doubt that this game should receive a 9. If you have a DS, you have to get this game.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Mario Kart DS = Great time

posted by Marioman (LAS VEGAS, NV) Apr 17, 2006

Member since Mar 2006

10 out of 12 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

As many peopel know, Mario is an icon for gamers everywhere, pumping out great games every year. When the game Super Mario Kart was released, many thought the game was flawless with great gameplay and a new concept. And as we have seen, many games have wore out their characters *cough megaman cough*. With this fifth installment of the mario cart series, do we have this same tradgedy? Absolutly not! Not only does it let you take the famous kart racer game with you where ever you want, it improves on it. The graphics are BEAUTIFUL for a handheld, and hold up during multiplayer. Speaking of multiplayer, Nintendo has dipped into the unknown waters of the internet. With the new Nintendo Wi-fi connection you can connect to with a wireless internet modem or at McDonalds, you can play people all over the world. However, as I have found out lately, with Tetris DS out, no one is on WI-fi. With the DS being touchable, you think there would be touch controls. Not at all! All classic controls, so you will be familar. Plus, is your favorite Nintendo character Donkey Kong, but he is SOOOOOOOOOOO SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW? Well, you can swich karts so he can ride a much faster ride. Overall, the game is PERFECT! Well, it would be, but like other Mario Kart games, it has a limited gameplay. It is a definite rent, here on Gamfly

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

a must get

posted by awgalindo (Myrtle Beach, SC) May 21, 2009

Member since May 2009

5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

for anyone (child or adult) who loves racing games...this one's the one for you! it's simple enough that a child could do well, yet challenging enough to keep an adult occupied and amused. not only does it bring its own new tracks to the list, but it includes a few favorite tracks from all the prevous mario kart games!!! unlocking new characters and karts is always fun, and the mini-game style challenges are actually challenging (if you're aiming to do WELL and not just pass them...). this one is a definite rent, and for someone who is an avid mario kart fan, this one is definitely a collector's item! enjoy!

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Nintendo and online a perfect match!

posted by Justy8 (BURBANK, CA) Apr 12, 2006

Member since Jan 2005

8 out of 10 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

Mario Kart in itself has always been a classic and a staple on every console since the SNES. Each one being better than the next. Mario Kart DS is no different. Why? Wireless Wi-Fi. Nintendo was berated for not having the Gamecube be online compatible and it hurt them dearly. They have more than made up for it by having online play in your hands. Without Online play Mario Kart is still a strong racing game. Many characters, new tracks, and classic tracks from all previous versions. The Online play just makes this game over the top. To be able to race your friend or someone across the world, it is a great experience that will keep bringing you back for more. If you have a DS this is a must buy. If you do not own a DS, get one and buy this game. Even if you do not have wireless access, you will still be playing this game for hours on end.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Multiplayer gaming, done right, with polish

posted by Kagenin (ROCKLIN, CA) Apr 18, 2006

Member since Jan 2006

10 out of 13 gamers (77%) found this review helpful

This game sets the bar for multiplayer gaming. Its frickin simple to get into a game, and a blast once you get going.

The game itself is awesome. The graphics and game play are top notch. Its a blast.

No DS catalogue is complete without it. In fact, I'd say that this is required DS gaming.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

THIS IS THE BEST RACING GAME EVER

posted by jagman3 (ORANGEVALE, CA) Oct 23, 2009

Member since Oct 2009

4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

This is the best game on the Nintendo DS and not a nother game can be as amazing then this

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Great mix of Classic and New

posted by Pizzalogic (DAVIE, FL) Sep 13, 2006

Top Reviewer

Member since Sep 2006

6 out of 8 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

Who of us does not like Mario Kart games. They are fun addicting, and easy to pick up and play. Especaily with Friends. Mario Kart DS continues this style and adds more features we have always dreamed of in a Maro Kart.

First, the game brings back the Classic courses from other Mario Kart Titles. Like the original game from SNES, Mario kart 64, Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA), and Mario Kart Double Dash (GC). Not only are the race courses back but so are some of the battle arenas.

Second, Game play is perfect. Easy to just pick up and play. The game handles great and offers fun items new and old. It also takes good advantage of the touch screen with a map. Not only does it show the racers around you, but it also shows whats coming up behind (like shells for example).

Third, ONLINE PLAY! Do i have to mention that its beyond fun to play this game with other people. No body around, then just use Nintendo's FREE WiFi connection to play others online.

The cons, well the game isn't perfect. But it is close. Down sides are, you can only play up to 3 opponents online. Also there is no Online Battle mode. But there are bots in battle mode.

Closing comments:
If you like Mario Kart, or havnt even played on before. Your will love this game. Good Multiplayer, good singleplayer. And a ton of lasting apeal.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

mario cart

posted by julsey57 (SOMERS, NY) Dec 9, 2008

Member since Nov 2008

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

IT ROCKS OUT LOUD

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Not Far from perfect!

posted by gamerboy17 (BRUNSWICK, OH) May 12, 2008

Member since Jan 2006

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

This is probably one of the best Mario Kart games, it tops the slightly dumbed down Wii version. From the cool shine runners and balloon popping are fun breaks from the Grand Prix mode. The Grand Prix mode is the coolest mode in the game . It's where you can unlock more characters and tracks. You will find that you're racing on some new tracks and some older ones from the NES, SNES, GBC, GBASP and GC. There are 32 tracks total and 16 are new to the series. Overall the graphics are very good considering that the DS is far from a graphical powerhouse. The only thing that bothered me was that Nintendo didn't really make use of the DS coolest feature. The stylus, all that it is used for is navigating menus. Overall it is a very good buy and should be part of every DS owner's library. Enough said.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

awesome game

posted by JPCCool (Shiloh, OH) Mar 31, 2008

Member since Aug 2007

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

The game is awesome there is fighting and racing in one.I think it is a little to easy.The graphics are awesome.

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