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Generally favorable reviews- based on 792 Ratings

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  • Summary: Race and battle with up to eight karts at once, regardless of whether or not everyone has a Game Card. The all–star cast includes Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, Bowser, and Toad. With courses drawn from every Mario Kart game - Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart:Race and battle with up to eight karts at once, regardless of whether or not everyone has a Game Card. The all–star cast includes Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, Bowser, and Toad. With courses drawn from every Mario Kart game - Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart: Double Dash - players may tour many of their favorites as well as all-new tracks and battle arenas. The game has a new dimension of fun, since players can battle others around the world by connecting to Nintendo's new wireless gaming service, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, via Wi-Fi. With over 30 courses and all the crazy items and frantic speed players would expect, this game is a Mario Kart fan's dream. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. 100
    The online shortcomings are annoying, yes, but very minor, and they are more than made up for by the amazing single-player content and local WiFi gameplay.
  2. 100
    Mario Kart DS takes the best of all of the Mario Kart games and puts them together in a game people will still be playing when the next generation of Gameboy comes out.
  3. Play Magazine
    95
    Probably the best Mario Kart game since the original. [Dec 2005, p.75]
  4. It is refreshing to see the DS stand up and do some things that can't be done on the GBA, allowing it to stand out as its own system rather than being used to play GBA titles on.
  5. 90
    With a veritable buffet of racers, courses, modes, and multiplayer options, Mario Kart DS is a must play for any Nintendo fan and a requisite for any DS owner.
  6. I’m not giving this game the full score because of the little WiFi errors I experienced and the availability of only one online mode. But don’t get me wrong. Apart from this, Mario Kart is one hell of a game. It’s the best Mario Kart of all-time and an essential DS purchase. You shouldn’t be allowed to own a DS without it.
  7. games(TM)
    70
    Mario Kart DS is a polishing of the Mario Kart concept and little else. [Christmas 2005, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 234
  1. Sep 24, 2010
    10
    No question, one of the best video games I've ever played. I've played this game for nearly 5 years, and I'm still hooked on Mario Kart DS. I love it!
  2. DJT
    Dec 15, 2007
    10
    It's mario kart. Nuff said! You get a simple pickup and play game with great addictive multiplayer action on or off the Wifi. Nonstop It's mario kart. Nuff said! You get a simple pickup and play game with great addictive multiplayer action on or off the Wifi. Nonstop action - an instant DS classic. Expand
  3. Dec 28, 2019
    10
    The best Mario kart with great courses, characters, versus mode, battle mode and a mission mode. Great game
  4. Nov 11, 2011
    9
    I wouldn't call it the best in the series, but other than having its moments, it has fantastic gameplay that captures the feeling similarly toI wouldn't call it the best in the series, but other than having its moments, it has fantastic gameplay that captures the feeling similarly to Mario Kart 64 and Super Mario Kart. Expand
  5. Apr 10, 2022
    9
    extremely fun game, its my first and currently only mario kart game. pulling off a mini turbo always feels satisfying. it has amazing tracksextremely fun game, its my first and currently only mario kart game. pulling off a mini turbo always feels satisfying. it has amazing tracks but also some bland ones that i can excuse. i felt as if there wasn't enough variety in the missions which just seems like wasted potential to me. there's WAY too much blue shells up your ass at all time i like the idea of a blue shell but sometimes I'm at the end of the match and i get blueshelled causing me to come 3rd or something. racing on rainbow road was very annoying cause it's a very pretty and iconic track but every time i bump into anyone i get sent flying behind into the void. tick tock clock makes me cream everytime i play on it. Overall love love love! Expand
  6. Nov 7, 2022
    8
    Diversión, amigos, sencillez. Valores que otorgan a este videojuego un puesto históricos dentro de las consolas portátiles.
  7. AnonymousMC
    Nov 24, 2006
    0
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#1 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
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#1 Most Shared DS Game of 2005