When I first got this game and I booted it up on my DS, I automatically loved it. The great thing about this title is the classic characters and the classic tracks. Every character that you love is here. Now then, let's talk about the gameplay, overall, excellent and fun, for a handheld game, the action is fast-paced. The graphics are great and vibrant for a portable system. The only quirk that I had was that the single player mode was a bit too short and I wish you could change the amount of laps you could do. In the end, if you have a DS, this should be the first game you get. A MUST HAVE!
The first time I ever played this game,I was playing with some friends and did'nt know the controls,from other racing game experience thinking B was accelerate, I pressed that instead of A,word of advice, DONT DO WHAT I DID!!!!!
On to the subjecct, the game has about the best graphics for a hand-held game and can support up to 8 players.Dont worry about enemy AI, pretty easy!a big selection of karts but when doing multi-player if your not hosting the game,you allways get stuck with the same player.
This is a great new rendition of Mario Kart, with lots of surprises and lots of multiplay options. The "power boost" mechanics in this one (which change subtly in each new version of Mario Kart) are pretty accessible, which makes for more interesting multiplay. In fact, the multi is so good that you might want to buy the cartridge just so you can have it on hand.
One down side, though. This is really only a downside for the old fogeys (over age 25) out there. You end up holding down the accelerator key (the "A" key) throughout the entire play experience, and you can't remap the buttons. After about a half hour, I found the hand positions to be very awkward, and I couldn't play for very long without severe hand pain. This put a big damper on my multiplayer fun. If they had only let me remap the keys, I could have found a more accomodating set up. This made me pretty sad. If you're young and still have good hands, of course, this isn't anything to worry about.