Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. It cannot be compared (favorably) to the console versions, but it's the only iteration of Mater-National that improves upon its predecessor, and is not a bad option for race-loving tykes this holiday season.
  2. If you can have only one racing game on the DS, get Mario Kart DS. However, after that, you’d do well to check out Pixar’s Cars: Mater-National Championship.
  3. 80
    Mater-National features more of everything: more tracks and more opponents. It is a great game for kids and one of the best racing games on the Nintendo DS.
  4. 68
    It's definitely a better decision to get Cars Mater-National over the DS prequel, but, unless the recipient is in the elementary school age bracket, it's still not recommended.
  5. If you fancy a bit of no-frills drifting action, this is a safe bet. [Issue#17, p.92]
  6. The game will be far too easy for all but the youngest set of players, making it hard to recommend for anyone but really young fans of the film.
  7. 80
    THQ had an opportunity to cash in on an expensive license with a barely-there effort, but instead decided to spend the time and resources necessary to build a racing game that offers lots of fun for kids and fans of the movie.

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