Mario Kart DS

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Mario Kart DS
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
System Nintendo DS
Release Date US November 14, 2005
AU November 17, 2005
EU November 25, 2005
JP December 8, 2005
KO April 5, 2007
Genre Racing
Gallery GH Gallery
Rating ESRB: E

Mario Kart DS is the fifth Mario Kart game (not counting Mario Kart Arcade GP), which was released for the Nintendo DS.



The usual cast of characters (from Mario Kart 64 and Super Circuit) return with several unlockable characters. The game returns to the original style of kart-racing. The game has twice the amount of normal race tracks due to having two seperate cups - the Nitro Cup (which contains all the new tracks) and the Retro Cup (which contains cups from the previous four Mario Kart games, not counting the recently-released Mario Kart Arcade GP).

In addition, there is a challenge mode where players can perform a variety of tasks. The challenge mode includes boss races for the first time in the Mario Kart series. Battle mode again returns as well.

The game can be played with up to 8 players in a immediate group of players. It can be played online against three other players with a variety of options to play with. The game itself launched alongside the Nintendo DS WiFi system and was the first game to use it.


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Yoshi Falls Delfino Square Tick-Tock Clock Peach Gardens
Cheep Cheep Beach Waluigi Pinball Mario Circuit Bowser's Castle
Luigi's Mansion Shroom Ridge Airship Fortress Rainbow Road



The next Mario Kart game to be released was Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. The next console game was Mario Kart Wii, while the next handheld game would be Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS.

Ports and Remakes

  • Four of the tracks from Mario Kart DS appeared in Mario Kart Wii as Retro Courses.

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