Excerpt: Developed by: Nintendo Published by: Nintendo Release Year: 2005 ESRB Rating: Everyone For: Nintendo DS *Time to race...no wires attached. The acclaimed Mario Kart series has gone wireless, letting players race and battle with up to eight karts at once, regardless of whether everyone has a game card. An all-star cast that includes Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi?
Excerpt: Mario Kart has been around since the Super Nintendo days. In fact just about every video game machine Nintendo has released since the SNES has gotten a Mario Kart game. Nine days shy of eleven months since the release of the Nintendo DS - Mario Kart DS arrived. This is the father of all kart racing games. Do not expect a real life racing simulator. This is more about racing fun.
Excerpt: ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s like clockwork. Every new Nintendo system inevitably sees another iteration in the Mario Kart franchise, and each time, we eat it up. The venerable series continues to be solid, colorful and most importantly, fun.
Pros: + 3D effect looks good, + Multiplayer is still the best, + Game sharing, + Tracks are fantastic
Cons: New features feel tacked on, Feels like going through the motions, Single player drags on
Excerpt: Mario Kart hangs over the precipice of chaos. With weapons that can change positioning in a heartbeat, racing in this enduring franchise often takes a backseat to the item-flinging festivities. It's a tenuous position, and each iteration has dealt with how to balance these two disparate components--the skill of driving and the randomness of items--in different ways.
Pros: Excellent track design, Competing against the AI or humans is always exciting, Rebalanced items shift the focus to driving, Hang gliding is a great addition
Cons: No mission mode, Questionable online decisions
Excerpt: There's probably an unwritten rule somewhere: If you're a keen gamer, at some point you're undoubtedly going to own a copy of (or at least play) Mario Kart. The First Law of Nintendo, if you will. It's not really surprising, given that Nintendo have produced a version of Mario Kart for practically all of their consoles since time immemorial, which means that this particular version has a massive reputation to live up to.
Excerpt: I was first confronted with this situation in my local multimedia retailer. A strange elf-like fellow held these two products up before my eyes. With little to spend, I found I had to make a hard decision. In order to prevent you from facing the same situation, I've wrote a comparative analysis.