Mario Kart DS is such an amazing game. Nearly everything in it is flawless. If you are not familiar with Mario Kart games, it is a racing game where Mario characters race in karts and try to reach the finish line first. But the fun part comes in on the items. There are items like Mushrooms, Shells and Banana Skins you can use to hinder your opponent or help yourself surge ahead. The game has a surprising amount of depth, strategies like using mushroooms to cross terrain, placing banana skins where the opponent is very likely to trip over, and many more just shows the amazing gameplay of Mario Kart. The tracks are also very creative, like jumping over lava pits, racing across a rainbow, it doesn't have to be realistic, where is the fun in that? And also, there is also a luck factor in this game, like when you are about to win, some person throws a blue shell to mess you up and drop you from 1st place, so the message of every race is "This can be anyone's race". But skills are also required, like snaking, so experts can be distinguished from amateurs. The graphics of the karts may appear a bit pixelated, but you are certainly not going to let that stop you from enjoying the game. There also many other modes like Time Trials and Mission Mode to keep you occupied, and you can certainly improve your ratings from a "B" to an "A" or "triple star", so it is going to keep you playing for a long long time.
All in all, an awesome game, and I highly recommend it.
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