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Mario Kart DS (DS)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1231 reviews of Mario Kart DS (DS). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Nintendo DS Games for all reviews. Opinions about the single player gameplay and story are overall positive. The price and graphics are also appreciated, but there are some critical reviews about the reliability.

usability, graphics, price, story, single player


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Mario Kart DS (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 537 user reviews of Mario Kart DS (DS) from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Nintendo DS Games on People are impressed by the single player gameplay and story. The price and graphics also get good opinions, but there are some negative reviews about the reliability.

usability, graphics, price, story, single player


98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jul, 2015

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Mario Kart DS (DS)


If you've ever been the proud owner of a Nintendo system, or have at least befriended somebody with one, odds are you've encountered a Mario Kart game at some point. The popular racing series, which first appeared on the Super Nintendo in 1992, lets...

Nov, 2005

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Nintendo DS Mario Kart Bundle (Red)


Riding high on the success of the mega-popular Game Boy Advance (GBA) line of portables, Nintendo decided to take a risk when it released the Nintendo DS--short for dual screen. Forcing a second visual output and a touch screen on a generation of...

The Nintendo DS employs innovative dual-screen and microphone-enabled gameplay without load times on a higher-resolution display than Game Boy Advance SP while remaining backward compatible with older GBA games. The inclusion of Wi-Fi multiplayer...

Third-party support for the system hasn't matched the originality and ingenuity of Nintendo's games, and multimedia potential remains exclusive to Japan. The system is quite bulky. The much more stylish and comfortable DS Lite is available for the same...

While it lacks the multimedia and graphical finesse of the Sony PSP, the feature-packed Nintendo DS is a worthy successor to the Game Boy Advance--but the new and improved DS Lite is available for the same price.

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Coop (

Mario Kart - DS


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As for online play...I wish they left in the ability to drag an item behind you. That ability is in the rest of the game modes, but not online. And as for the custom decals, I keep coming across some really depraved individuals who think that penises...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Ryan Dean (

Mario Kart DS


Shh, there's no need to talk, for I can read your mind, loyal GAF reader. You're looking for something to use your post-Christmas cash on. This is a tough season, with so many games, movies, and CDs to buy. But we all know that in the end, there are...

Now, to me it seems there is no clear-cut winner, but this is GamesAreFun, so shouldn't we focus on the games? Mario Kart works extremely well on the DS, features awesome graphics and sound, and has enough replayibility to outlast the toughest of...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Frank Ling (

Mario Kart DS


During the holidays, I decided to pick a present for myself. My reasoning was this: who else would better know what I wanted besides me? The logic is impeccable, if not rather self serving. So I went to my local mega "big box" retail store and picked...

One of the best racing titles on the DS.

Dec, 2005

Expert review by: Josh Kramer (

Mario Kart DS - DS review at Thunderbolt Games


For me, it's the little things that make life so great. Watching the snow fall during the week before Christmas, hugging my girlfriend close and feeling the affection returned, munching Cheez-Its while watching Whose Line Is It Anyway? – and of...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by: Wayne (

Mario Kart DS



Dec, 2005

Expert review by: Dave Hulick (

Mario Kart DS


Let's face it. The DS isn't a terribly capable piece of hardware, but that doesn't stop Mario Kart DS from looking absolutely brilliant on it. Despite some painfully low polygon counts, the visuals in DS are vibrant and colorful. The 15 new tracks and...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by: John "TheFurryOne" Zeitler (

Mario Kart DS


It has become something of a time-honored tradition. Folks pushing themselves and their machines to the limits of their endurance and beyond, hoping to wrest a few precious seconds off of their lap times and ride away to glory. And, provided that...

By itself, and with a group of local friends, the game still remains an awesome party experience. Take it online, and it's a whole new game. While it has some ups and downs, Mario Kart DS proves that Nintendo is coming online with a vengeance. Gear...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by: Zachary Gasiorowski (

Mario Kart DS on Nintendo DS


Mario Kart DS has pulled up its recliner, sat its butt down, and made itself at home on the DS with its dual screens, online play, and outstanding gameplay modes. Back in the earlier SNES days, Nintendo created a new genre of video games: the Kart...

supports many types of multiplayer modes. Up to eight players can compete via LAN multicard or singlecard style. Naturally, the single card option does not contain all the features of multicard play, but still offers enough options to make multiplayer...

Nov, 2005

Product Specifications

Bundle:With Software


Basic Colour:Silver
Software Medium:Cartridge

General Features

System of Console:Nintendo DS
Table / Portable:Portable