Mario Kart DS

NDS ROM Mario Kart DS 2023-06-19

Mario Kart DS is a racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD Group No. 1 and published by Nintendo in 2005. It was made available for the Nintendo DS handheld game console in North America, Europe, and Australia in November 2005, and in Japan on December 8, 2005. The game is the fifth main entry in the Mario Kart series of video games, and the first to be playable via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection online service, which has since been terminated along with other games playable via the service.

The game features characters from the Mario series, who race against each other in karts on tracks based on locations in the Mario series. It received critical acclaim, with praise focused on the game's graphics and gameplay. Several awards were given to the game, including Editors' Choice Awards from GameSpot and IGN, G-Phoria's Best Handheld Game award, and IGN's Best Racing/Driving Game.

In Mario Kart DS, the player races in a kart against other racers as one of 12 characters from the Mario series. While racing or battling, the Nintendo DS's top screen offers a third-person perspective of the player's kart, while the bottom touchscreen shows the race's current standings, items carried by each racer, and a map of the course.

Each course features item boxes that the player can drive through to receive a randomly selected item, which the player can use to gain an advantage over other racers. The game has two new items: the Bullet Bill, which transforms the player into a Bullet Bill that autopilots the track, and the Blooper, which squirts ink on all racers ahead of the user, blocking their vision.

Unlike other versions of Mario Kart, Mario Kart DS allows players to avoid the Spiny Shell (Blue Shell) without any aid from items, although this requires precise timing and is one of the most difficult skills to acquire in the game.
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