Excerpt: I can see Trackmania DS becoming an instant classic in the year of our Lord 2009. What makes Trackmania DS so interesting to us at Family Friendly Gaming is Atlus is not known for this kind of a video game. So I did a double take to make sure I had the publisher right. Sure enough it is Atlus, and this is very encouraging. It is great to see a publisher like them spread their wings, and actively fly towards families.
Conclusion: Concept: Bring the popular PC racing franchise to DS
Graphics: Simple, yet surprisingly smooth
Sound: Zippy engine noise mixed with Euro techno
Playability: Racing controls smoothly. The same cannot be said for the track editor
Entertainment: You'll be fine if you focus on the racing mode
Replay: Moderately High
Conclusion: So, yes, while Trackmania's much-loved online gameplay isn't available here, local multiplayer is at least an option. Stadium races can be shared between friends via single cart download play, or up to four players that all own copies of the game can compete in the full roster of courses and multiplayer game types. Where you'll probably end up spending most of your time, however, will be in the single player mode.
Excerpt: What’s the deal with 20 hour-plus RPGs on the DS? I enjoy the genre and all, but Nintendo’s handheld isn’t exactly the best platform to spend hours staring at tiny, pixelated sprites. I like my DS games fairly mindless and without the need to put on headphones when playing the game in public. The small screen also doesn’t help with the immersion factor that’s needed to get into a quest to save the world.
Excerpt: There really aren't enough racing games on the Nintendo DS. I always thought that a racing franchise like F-Zero would make perfect sense on the DS. They could theoretically port F-Zero from another system and then include a level editor or something extra. That's why I was glad to hear that TrackMania would be coming to the Nintendo DS. The ultimate level editing racing game is now on DS.
Conclusion: Trackmania DS is your typical above average game: its racing isn't anything to write home about but it gets the job done by providing unique gameplay modes. Its visuals are pretty but its sound is a bit lacking. All in all, the game provides gamers with a good deal of content but suffers the most in its lack of online multiplayer. If you're up for some track editing and interesting game modes all on a handheld, you may want to pick this game up.