Mario Kart Series as a whole

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  1. Mavimao macrumors 6502a

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    I bought Mario Kart DS and I fell in love with it. Everything in that game seems as close to perfection in a kart game as you can get: great physics, balanced characters and items (well, that blue shell can get annoying) and a lot of courses. I remember playing the original with a friend back in the day and remembering that I didn't like it a whole lot. I thought maybe my experience with the DS version would change that and I decided to give it another go. Well...it still wasn't all that great. So I tried the GBA version and the N64 version and still none of them really plays as great as the DS version. It just seems like the steering is so loose and sloppy; you end up sliding everywhere around the track.

    How does everyone else feel? Maybe I have no appreciation for the 2d sprite cart physics (but the original fzero plays fine...I play that to death), or maybe they just got things right with the DS version? I dunno.

    Opinions?
     
  2. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    I picked up the N64 version off of the VC and after playing the DS version haven't enjoyed it much. Other than that, never owned a Mario Kart game.
     
  3. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Ah, the DS version. I never liked the SNES or GBA ones, didn't like the handling or flat tracks at all. I can't really get into the N64 one either since that feels too loose as well. Gamecube one I like but the DS one is just as perfect as it gets.
    It was pure genius to stick in some of the more popular early tracks, really bumped up the track number and brought a big bit of nostalgia. Can't fault it at all, they're going to have to do an incredible job of the Wii version to compete!

    I'm going to have to start playing this online again.

    I like the way Nintendo (usually) sticks in that Rainbow Ride track at the end of F-Zero and Mario Kart. Always a fun level and always with good music.
     
  4. Chone macrumors 65816

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    I agree, 64 had loose handling and they ruined sliding from Super Mario Kart where you needed to use it to properly corner (like a real kart), not to get fancy letters out of your exhaust that magically give you a boost. Though that didn't stop me from becoming a Super Circuit addict when I had it on my GBA, I played that thing non stop. Never played the GC version.

    The DS version was awesome as well probably the best thus far, I really need to get a DS of my own :(

    If I had to rate them I would do so like this:

    Mario Kart DS
    Tie between Super Circuit and Super Mario Kart
    Mario Kart 64
     
  5. Dagless macrumors Core

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    The 64's redeeming feature was *that* battle mode map. That was worth the VC £7 alone.
    Then they went and added it into the DS game with 8 players... :D
     
  6. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    the N64 version was great, i really didn't like the GC one.
    Hopefully Mario Kart Wii will revive the game on the non-handheld market.
     
  7. pcypert macrumors 6502

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    I enjoyed the 64 version but we all played Diddy Kong a lot more...Now things are reversed. I'm so mad at them for adding stupid touch screen stuff to the DS version of Diddy Kong. The 64 version was fantastic. The 64 version of Mario Kart was just ok...not great, but ok to play with friends.

    Paul
     
  8. seenew macrumors 68000

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    I enjoy them all for different reasons, my top 3 being MKDS, 64, and the Double Dash on the Cube. My favorite is MKDS, for the sheer number of courses, and great multiplayer (during class, and other times back in high school)
     
  9. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I liked them all :eek:

    Super Mario Kart - Snes, was great. Easy to play, really tough to master.

    Mario Kart 64 - N64, had some great tracks, and I enjoyed (though I actually prefered Diddy Kong Racing because of the variety more, and it came before MK64)

    Mario Kart Double Dash - Cube (possibly my favorite), thought the two characters worked and added a level of strategy.

    Plus... It often gave you a fighting chance (save a shield for later use etc..) especially later on in the game (somthing which affects all mario kart games) when AI gets really unfair and just as your aproaching finishing line you are hit by a shell or somthing and lose.

    Mario Kart DS - great online and that too helps prevent the unfair AI issue, but single player game especially on 100 and 150cc cup still suffer for it.
     
  10. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Ditto here.
     
  11. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    I loved N64, but it is too dated to play now for me. I still love the Double Dash, but once the Wii Mario Kart comes out, who knows if i'll drop that too :p. I enjoy the series very much, my favorite of all cartoony style racing games. And in regards to DK racing, Mario Kart was far better in my opinion :)
     
  12. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    The DS version got it right. Besides the uber-refined controls, I really liked that Nintendo put elements from all of the previous MKs into it. It was the first MK I played, where everyone had their own screen. I couldn't convince my friends to buy the broadband adapter for the Cube.

    For me, my MK favorites goes like this:

    MK DS
    MK SNES
    MK Cube
    MK N64

    Even though I liked Double Dash better than MK64, I was annoyed that they had removed things like the red-shell and double jump.

    SNES version was great for its time. I played it all of they way through with my friend up til 100cc. 150cc cheated way too much.

    Back to playing Alone Doom In the Zelda Dark. I mean RE4 Wii.

    <]=)
     
  13. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.

    ...

    This is not my batman glass Lois!

    :cool:

    There wasn't red shells in DD?
     
  14. zflauaus macrumors 65816

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    There were red shells in DD. I don't know what you are thinking of. And also, what's this double jump?
     
  15. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    I loved all the MK games. The original SMK had a battle mode that was just so much fun in its day.

    64, I felt, played great and really improved the racing aspect of the game - battle mode was fun still, but the racing was now just as, or at least almost, as much fun.

    MKDD was good, was really just an evolution of 64, though, with better maps and the added co-drive which made it a bit more interesting strategy wise.

    MK Advanced was one of my favorites. Brought back the feel of the original for me.

    I thought DS was OK, but the stupid power slide thing ruined it for me. The online play was AWESOME except that you ran into people who just "snaked" though all the courses using the power slide boost constantly. Clearly not what was intended and just made the game lame online. I also didn't think the karts we balanced all that well. It seemed like there was clearly a "right" kart to use which I don't like in MK - they should all be pretty close to equal, with small bonuses that equal out, more or less, and you can pick whichever fit your personality... MK has always been about fun to me, not "being the best".
     
  16. Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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    The upcoming Wii version of the series will provide a fresh approach this time with the wireless steering wheel and online gameplay. I'm curious to see how that will bode.
     
  17. Antares macrumors 68000

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    I loved Mario Kart 64. For me, that's my favorite of all the Mario Kart games. The steering and control were perfect and I preferred the hop/jumping/power slide in that version. MKDS was a lot of fun and seemed to include the best of everything. But I don't have a DS...so that kind of causes me to rank it lower. MK64 also had the best original tracks. Double Dash was disappointing on a lot of levels most strikingly track-wise and control-wise.

    I hope the Wii version of MK controls more like the MK64 version and has as many tracks/more tracks than the DS version.

    I downloaded MK64 on the VC...it's still a great game but I miss the rumble and the outdated graphics make it hard to play now.
     
  18. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I've played them all also and like the N64 version the most.
     
  19. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    I liked Double Dash!! the best, but I think the DS one was the most balanced (aside from 'snakers' online).

    Toadette/Waluigi FTW :D
     
  20. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    True. I was going off my vague memories of the game, which until today, I haven't played for more than 3 years, so I just needed a refreshing.

    Here's what I miss when playing DD:
    -triple red shell defense This is the red shell thing I was trying to recall.
    -triple green shell defense Forgot about this one.
    -jumping I don't know why I stated double jump either?
    -holding an item behind the cart as a defense.

    <]=)
     
  21. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    Yes! I can't believe they took that out of the DS one.
    That was a great strategy in DD.
     
  22. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    Did you mean took it out of DD, it's in the DS version. :)

    <]=)
     
  23. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    You can get the triple shell items if you played as one of the Koopa Trooper characters. That was their "special" item. I have only played the Gamecube version, but I love it. Looking forward to the Wii version when that comes out.
     
  24. A Pittarelli macrumors 6502

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    i thought the 64 was bunk but the rest of them are quite good, the gamecube one and super nintendo are my favorite
     
  25. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's in the DS version but only in 1p mode, not multiplayer. (which is stupid)

    Yet they add in snaking which ruins the game...:rolleyes:
     

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