Get on that kart NOW, you Nintendo hater !
When you start the game for the first time, it will be exactly the same as when you start it for the 100th time. Except, of course, the prizes you've won and the karts and maps you've unlocked. You can choose between three different game types: Single Player, Multiplayer and Nintendo WFC. For an explanation of the Wi-Fi Connection, please go to nintendowifi.com. But first read this review. Thanks.
The Single Player game type consists of Grand prix, Time Trials, VS, Battle and Missions. When you enter Grand Prix, you can choose between the well-known 50cc, 100cc and 150cc races. Then, you can pick your racer: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Toad, Donkey, Wario or Bowser. Each racer has its advantages, but of course some disadvantages, which can be quite annoying in several situations. Each racer starts out with a total of 2 karts, which you can choose from, but more karts are unlockable. Then, you can choose between the Retro Grand Prix (which is a compilation of the best tracks of previous Mario Kart versions), and the Nitro Grand Prix (which are the new tracks, exclusively designed for the Nintendo DS, or, Nitro.
The Multiplayer is a little more complicated. First, you'll have to create a group, which consists of max 8 players, and choose the Normal (compete with player who own Mario Kart DS) or Simple (download players) game type.. Then, you can choose your kart, but if you're a downloader, you can only race with Shyguy. Then, the host chooses the 50, 100 or 150cc, perhaps enables the CPU kart drivers and so on.
There are also some new items, like Bullet Bill, Bob-Ombs, and so on. Each item's effect differs from another one's, and watch out, cause you might drive ino your own Bob-Omb's explosion.
GAMEPLAY: Perfect. Each driver's handling differs from another one's, but that's nothing but normal.
GRAPHICS: The DS isn't a graphical power machine, but Mario Kart DS does a great job of bringing the sometimes childish (like NGC Baby Park) but sometimes really beautiful (like Airship Fortress, my fav) environments to the two tiny screens.
SOUND: Hmmm. The sound isn't "bad" but sometimes it can be a little annoying. It creates a funny ambience, though. Also, this is the first driving game with realistic engine sounds. Of course, they sound a bit "buzzy", but that's normal, because karts have a smaller engine.
VALUE: Omfg if this doesn't deserve a 10 for Value, then I'm a plumber with a mustache. It's sooooo bloody addictive that it's really, really hard to put down.
CONCLUSION: Mario Kart DS might seem a bit childish, but I've never seen a game more addictive. And OMFG this is sooooo funny !!!!!! Really, I've been laughing my teeth out.