The launch of a £100 Mario Kart DS bundle pack on November 25 should turbo boost Nintendo’s sales of the twin-screened handheld. Presumably, sales of hand cream will also rise, as Mario Kart fans race to take advantage of the game’s DS Download multiplayer mode, that lets eight players race wirelessly using just one game cartridge. Non-owner players, of course, will not be able to choose their own character to drive, and will limit all players to a choice of eight tracks and 100cc mode. But, we reckon, the single player game is good enough to warrant everyone having their own copy.
Mario Kart DS will also be the first title to use the DS’ Wi-Fi online capability to race players around the world, using their home broadband connection, or one of several thousand Nintendo-approved Wi-Fi hotspots. An announcement on this is planned in the next couple of days – watch this space!
Game play will be similar to, and feature courses from, previous Mario Kart incarnations, including Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Courses will be unlocked by getting first place in Grand Prix races or completing skill-based missions – all of which will involve a healthy amount of disabling opponents with pick-up weaponry and special moves. Battle arena mode will undoubtedly also be a multiplayer favourite, too.
There’s only one person in the Stuff office that isn’t looking forward to the launch of Mario Kart DS, and that’s the person who sets our deadlines. As mentioned, it’s out on Nov 25, as a £100 console bundle, or £30 for the game. Here be Nintendo, and here be the Mario Kart mini-site.