After years of
waiting, the next installment of the Mario Kart series has
come to the GameCube. Meet Mario Kart: Double Dash!!; a game
that it bound to add more twists to videogame racing as we know it.
The main thing
that will separate MK: DD from past Mario Karts or
Diddy Kong Racing is that one vs. one is no more. Now, each car
contains not one character, but two. Pick from Mario, Peach, Luigi,
Baby Bowser, Wario, Diddy Kong, Koopa Troopas, and many more. And the
best thing is that there are no assigned pairs; you can pick any team
that you want to race with. Hey, that means that we may be able to
see Bowser and Peach work together!
Donít get too
excited, for picking your racers shouldnít be a careless action. The
character in front of the kart is the driver, and therefore handles
the vehicle. From the sound of it, the famous (or infamous) racing
stat called ďhandlingĒ will most likely be based on the driver. The
character in the back seat serves as the attack unit on the kart.
They will be in charge of the legal cheating, having the ability to
throw various items at opponents. There are 6 different items, plus 8
others that can only be used by specific characters. Donít like the
passengerís choice of weapons? You can switch the position of the
riders at any time.
The game looks
visually exciting, with a variety of courses and karts. The courses
vary from highways to tropical getaways to jungles. Iím sure that
each track has its own signature difficulty. The appearance of the
kart depends on the rider. For example, Yoshiís kart has a stunning
resemblance to him, and DKís looks like a barrel. Itís an interesting
twist that hasnít appeared in any past Mario Karts.
Of course the
game has multiplayer. Up to 4 players can play using the same TV and
GameCube. You and your friends can race or duke it out in a battle
arena. But notice how I specified on the same TV and ĎCube. Thatís
because MK: DD takes advantage of the GCNís broadband adaptor. Get
online, and you can play with up to 8 other players. Letís see if
those idle message board threats hold up nowÖ
months to go (not counting delays) Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
already looks great. Many have complained about the speed of the
game, but weíre confident that Nintendo will fix that issue before the
game ships in November given how universally complained about itís
been. Even if racing games donít usually whet your appetites, it will
probably be worth a rent just to try out the broadband technology.