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Mario Kart DS (DS)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1048 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. Reviewers are impressed by the single player gameplay and story. The price and graphics are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive 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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Mario Kart DS (DS)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 479 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 Reviews about the single player gameplay and story are on the whole positive. The price and graphics are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative opinions about the reliability.

usability, graphics, price, story, single player


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

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May, 2018

Expert review by : Luke Guttridge (

Mario Kart 7


The 3DS is starting to live up to its potential, with a great selection of quality games being released over the last two months. Mario Kart 7 hopes to continue this trend but can the glider and underwater sections - two bold additions to a series so...

Super Mario Kart

Feb, 2012

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Mario Kart DS

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Matt (

Mario Kart DS


How long have we all been playing Mario Kart games now? In some ways I'd rather not think about it (easy way of getting round it being early Tuesday morning and my addled brain not remembering). Throughout my gaming past the series runs like a spinal...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Iain McCafferty (

Mario Kart DS


With new tracks aplenty, wireless internet play and perfectly balanced gameplay, you'll want to play Mario Kart until your fingers drop off.

Flawless presentation ; Support for online play

Ow! My fingers ; Hit-and-miss wireless router support

It's not just the wonderful aesthetic feel to the game, nor the pureness of the handling of the karts, it's that sensation that everything is just right. It's hard to explain, but it manifests itself the most when you play other people. Despite the...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Hartland (

Mario Kart DS Reviewed


Again, About time i reviewed this game, I went through 3 different revisions of this review and I'm still not happy with it, but screw it, it's my opinion..

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : Jon Jordan (

Mario Kart DS


Is the first DS Internet-enabled online game mode enough to take Nintendo's favourite racing license up another gear?

Still, karting remains the place where the next wave of Schumachers and Buttons test their mettle. And it's a good thing they don't have to go up against Mario and his friends. In the Mushroom kingdom, karting is more like dangerous dodgems, with...

Nov, 2005

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Mario Kart DS


Mario and friends race over the finish line with the best Mario Kart game yet. Gentlemen, start your engines!

Mario and friends race over the finish line with the best Mario Kart game yet

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Nick (

Mario Kart DS (Nintendo DS) review


Mario Kart was the beginning of an entire wealth of games in the kart racing genre. Its roots on the SNES as a fast paced, item staged free for all competition have inspired many clones, but nothing yet has come close to what Mario Kart is. At its...

Overall, Mario Kart DS builds on the already successful Mario Kart composition. It brings to the DS the best-to-date multiplayer experience, more modes, higher detail and of course, online play. The single player modes are deep and inviting, with...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : James Temperton (

Mario Kart DS


Mario Kart DS is a title that Nintendo hope will define not just their latest videogames console, but also one of their most striking advances into a new service ever, the Wi-Fi Connection. Since the SNES days the announcement of a Mario Kart game from...

An inspiring way to launch Nintendo's first major foray into online gaming. Every aspect of this game just screams perfection to us. Not only is this the best Mario Kart title to date, but it is also the best DS game to date and one of the best...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Alex Yau (

Mario Kart [DS] Review


Mario is back and he's in racing form this time. This installment of the franchise promises to bring together old favourites and add some new ones to the mix. How does Mario Kart DS fare?

Old formula still works quite well; Visuals and soundtrack are fantastic; Easy control scheme

Not much use of the touch screen; Some controls are unnecessary; Could be a little too easy for some

Product Specifications

Koopa Shells will be flying world-wide with the release Mario Kart DS. The acclaimed Mario Kart series is going wireless, letting you race and battle with an all-star cast that includes Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, Bowser, and Toad! With over 30 courses and all the crazy items and frantic speed players would expect, this game is a Mario Kart fan's dream!


Elements:Racing / driving - kart
ESRB Rating:Everyone (6+)
Max Number of Players:8
PEGI Rating:3
PEGI Rating Exception:Portugal 4+
USK Rating:Freigegeben ohne Altersbeschr


Compatibility:Game console
Model:Kart DS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Mario


Package Type:Retail


Licence Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - racing / driving
Type:Nintendo DS