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Generally favorable reviews- based on 707 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 217
  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. OliverE.
    Aug 31, 2007
    10
    Mario Kart is the best ! I like it because it is really challenging and all the characters are so cool ! I love the item attacks because they Mario Kart is the best ! I like it because it is really challenging and all the characters are so cool ! I love the item attacks because they seem so weird ! I hope this gets into you. It's the best game Nintendo have ever created Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2019
    10
    My favourite Mario Kart game. Sure, it is very easy when playing against the cpu's. Sure, some of the tracks feel very empty. Sure, especiallyMy favourite Mario Kart game. Sure, it is very easy when playing against the cpu's. Sure, some of the tracks feel very empty. Sure, especially in 2019 the graphics barely hold up. And sure, there are now newer mario karts to play. But honestly, i think this is one of the best, most progressive Mario Karts in the series. Mission mode, first inclusion of the bullet bill, great tracks such as waluigi's pinball and tick tock clock, and the first in the series to be able to connect online to race. I wish maybe the game felt a bit faster like my second favourite mario kart, Mario kart double dash, but it is my favourite mario kart and i love it to pieces. Expand
  4. Jul 15, 2011
    9
    Mario Kart has lots of tracks, they look great, and they are really fun. There are lots of characters, who also look great, and are a lot ofMario Kart has lots of tracks, they look great, and they are really fun. There are lots of characters, who also look great, and are a lot of fun. There are lots of vehicles, that, surprise surprise, look great, and are lots of fun. Basically, everything looks great, everything is a lot of fun, and there is a lot of everything. This is Mario Kart, with great controls, lots of gamemodes, and tons of replayability. This is the perfect mobile Mario Kart game, and one you shouldn't miss. Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2021
    9
    I'll say,this is actually quite good. The gameplay is amazing and so are the controls. The graphics are nice,and there's super cool modes toI'll say,this is actually quite good. The gameplay is amazing and so are the controls. The graphics are nice,and there's super cool modes to play like the mission mode. Expand
  6. Aug 13, 2021
    8
    Este juego está a la par que Mario Kart 7, puede que tenga peor calidad y menos opcines de juego. Incluso, circuitos un poco peores. Pero loEste juego está a la par que Mario Kart 7, puede que tenga peor calidad y menos opcines de juego. Incluso, circuitos un poco peores. Pero lo compensa con los personajes, que son mucho mejores, y con los modos de juego individuales. Expand
  7. AnonymousMC
    Nov 24, 2006
    0
    DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks PSP Rocks PSP Rocks PSP RocksDS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks DS Sucks PSP Rocks PSP Rocks PSP Rocks PSP Rocks PSP Rucks DS SUCKS PSP ROCKS Expand

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#1 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
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#1 Most Shared DS Game of 2005