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Mario Kart DS

Nintendo / 2005-11-14

Sports / Sports - Racing

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Game Details

The ultimate Mario Kart race is on…and online via your Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in Mario Kart DS. Drawing on more than 30 courses and battle arenas from every game in the Mario Kart series - not to mention tons of new ones, Mario Kart DS allows you to play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Wario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Toad, Bowser and Shy Guy as you put the pedal to the go-kart metal, grab coins to max out your speed and blast rivals with the ever-popular arsenal of red, green and spiked Koopa shells in a race to finally put to rest the question of who is the true king of the Mushroom Kingdom racing circuit.

'Mario Kart DS' game logo
Race the Mushroom circuit
Mario looking tough in his kart in 'Mario Kart DS'

Mario is a veteran of the circuit.
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Character selection screen in 'Mario Kart DS'

Choose your favorite character.
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Princess Peach on here kart in 'Mario Kart DS'

Peach is a master drifter.
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Selecting your kart in 'Mario Kart DS'

Select the Kart you want.
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Bowser with his kart in in 'Mario Kart DS'

Bowser is the bruiser of the track.
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Racing stats in 'Mario Kart DS'

Watch your position in the pack.
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Progressing Through the Game

Place first in Grand Prix circuits or clear skill-based missions to open up increasingly difficult and thrilling circuits. Of course, players can have multiplayer races on any open courses or battle in arenas.

Game Modes: At Least Five Ways to Play
Whether you prefer to race by yourself or to mix it up with friends, Mario Kart DS is a game with something for everyone. Features five different game modes, these include a 'VS' and 'Battle' mode that are available in multiplayer for up to eight players via local wireless connection while all modes are available singleplayer. See a complete list and description of the play modes below:

  • Grand Prix Mode: In Grand Prix Mode, the driver who earns the most points at the end of a four-course cup is the victor. Mario Kart DS features eight different cups, with each cup featuring four different tracks.
  • Time Trial Mode: Your objective in Time Trial Mode is to get the fastest time that you can on a single track. . You can save your best runs as ghost data and share them with a friend.
  • VS Mode: A competitive mode that can be either singleplayer. or multiplayer. In the singleplayer. version you'll race against computer-controlled karts, while in multiplayer you'll race against human opponents who play using their own Nintendo DS systems.
  • Battle Modes: Mario Kart DS contains two battle modes.
    • Balloon Battle Mode: Your goal is to pop your opponent's balloons by attacking/stealing them by colliding into an opponent via a mushroom boost, before your own balloons are popped.
    • Shine Runners: In this mode the driver who collects the most Shine Sprites is the winner.
  • Mission Mode: In this mode you are given sets of specific missions that you must clear in order to move on to the next set of missions. What could wait at the end?
Special Powers, Weapons, Moves & Features

Turbo power-drifting and item tossing is the order of the day, whether players are racing around an obstacle-filled track or battling in an arena. Use familiar items taken from every game in the series like Green Shells, homing Red Shells, Bananas, Bombs, Lightning and the destructive Spiny Shell, not to mention new ones like the Blooper. The touch screen features a map that shows items being fired at players, who can even tap it with their fingers mid-race to zoom in or out.

Wireless Communication: Even More Ways to Play:
Mario Kart DS features three different forms of wireless game play: two kinds of local wireless game play and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection online game play. Mario Kart DS offers two different options for LAN Wireless game play: DS Download Play, in which only one player has Mario Kart DS and all players have Nintendo DS systems, and Multi-Card Play, in which all players have Mario Kart DS and Nintendo DS systems.

DS Download Play
As with all DS Download multiplayer games, the DS Download Play in Mario Kart DS requires that only one player has a copy of the game. Unlike past DS games, however, DS Download Play in Mario Kart DS allows multiple players who have the game card to play with multiple players who do not have the game card. DS Download Play offers the following features:

  • 2-8 player simultaneous wireless game play.
  • A choice of multiplayer racing, Balloon Battle, or Shine Runner modes.
  • Players who own Mario Kart DS can choose their own characters and use personalized icons, while players who do not own Mario Kart DS must play as Shy Guy and cannot use personalized player icons.
  • Track selection is limited to eight tracks for racing and three arenas for Balloon Battle and Shine Runner modes.
  • DS Download Play is limited to the 100 cc engine class
Multi-Card Play
Multi-Card Play requires all players to have their own copies of Mario Kart DS, giving players more options, modes and tracks to choose from. Multi-Card Play offers the following features:
  • 2-8 player simultaneous wireless game play.
  • Your choice of multiplayer racing, Balloon Battle, or Shine Runner modes.
  • Players can choose from different engine classes.
  • No limits on character choice.
  • No limits on track choice.
  • Player's win/loss ratio is saved and tracked.
  • Players who race locally are automatically added to each other's friend roster and then can race via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
  • Players can trade ghost data wirelessly, allowing them to race against each others' best times.
Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection:

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is a free online game-play service provided by Nintendo to Nintendo DS owners. It offers seamless access to online game play and an environment that is welcoming to gamers of all skill levels. Features include: Whether it's the updated graphics that retain the side-scrolling feel of classic games in the Sonic franchise, an expansive world to race through and explore or the multiple and new ways to play, Sonic Unleashed offers something for players of any age or level of ability.
  • 2-4 players racing simultaneously.
  • Choice of playing with:
    • Friends only (players registered as Friends)
    • Rivals (players with similar skills)
    • Recent opponents
    • Regional racers (players in their country)
    • World racers (players anywhere in the world)
  • No limit on course choice, but each player votes for a course and the course with the most votes wins (in case of a tie, the course is chosen randomly)
  • No limit on character choice
  • Players can create and use personalized player icons
Connecting to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will be quick, easy and seamless. Players can go to an official Nintendo hotspot and immediately go online and start playing. To use their home Wi-Fi routers, players first must configure the DS to connect to their routers by entering the router's network ID and optional security key or install the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector on their PC and configure the DS to enable it to share the PC's broadband connection. After that, players can go online anytime without further configuration. Friends are registered to the friends roster either by exchanging and entering Friend Registration Keys or by playing local Multi-Card Multiplayer mode together.

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Reply #69

2010-12-18 00:00:00

this isnt a cheat or anything but u people should add me as a friend on mariokart ds my friend code is 4899294089935 im always on so why dont u add me and race me. im really good so u might want to pratice before u try to race me.

Reply #68

2009-06-22 00:00:00

What do I need to get the characters and karts from Mario Kart Wii in Mario Kart DS? the reason why Iam asking this is because this Nintendo Channel that I downloaded for my wii and the CodeBreaker is not doing me any good

Reply #67

2009-05-15 00:00:00

Try to get a B or over to unlock other tracks

Reply #66

2009-01-12 00:00:00

my friend code is;

my name is Lemonn. Full stop n'all.
i get bored alot, so add me and play?

Reply #65

2008-12-13 00:00:00

i added everyones friend codes so please add mine if you added me please tell me my friend code is 403836182380 and my name is nffalcons i hope to play with you guys/girls soon!

Reply #64

2008-12-11 00:00:00

peeps i have a question about mario kart ds how do u shoot blue shells over and over?

Reply #63

2008-08-31 00:00:00

for lvl100raichu: mine is 189133031459

my name is jmt.y

Reply #62

2008-08-26 00:00:00

To be able to launch weapons, who's only default way of going is forwards (shells and bombs), backwards you press and hold down on the directional pad then press the L button to shoot the item backwards.

To be able to launch weapons, who's only default way of going is backwards (banana skins and cubes), forwards you press up on the directional pad then press the L button to shoot the item forwards. You have to be careful though and make sure you don't accidentally end up running over your own banana skin if you shoot it forward though.

Reply #61

2008-08-25 00:00:00

Hello there fellow nerdies!

I have a question about 'weapons' and wonder if anyone could help me out?

The default way of launching shells and bombs seems to be forwards while the only way to use banana skins and cubes is to leave them behind you.

However, my opponents are able to launch shells and bombs backwards (particularly useful if you are in 1st position and have picked up a green shell!) and also to throw banana skins and cubes in front of them.

Pray tell, how, oh how can I do this?!

Ta so much!

Reply #60

2008-08-17 00:00:00

first unlock all carts to all carictors then use mario and R.O.B. s standerd cart and its the best combo because the speed can help and you can drift good too. and sorry i cant accses the wi-fi thing yet so i dont have a code yet. and if you want to email me its


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Cheat Codes / Walkthroughs

Unlock Alternate Title Screen:
Complete all classes with Gold Trophies on all cups

Unlock Daisy:
Win Gold on every cup in Retro Grand Prix on 50cc

Unlock Dry Bones:
Win Gold on every cup in Nitro Grand Prix on 50cc

Unlock Waluigi:
Win Gold on every cup in Retro Grand Prix on 100cc

Unlock 3rd Kart for All Characters:
Win Gold on every cup in Nitro Grand Prix on 100cc

Select from 7 Karts for All Characters:
Win Gold on every cup in Nitro Grand Prix on 150cc

Unlock 150cc Mirror Mode:
Finish 150cc Retro Class with Gold trophies on all cups

Select from any Kart for each character:
Win Gold on every cup in Retro Grand Prix on 150cc Mirror mode

Unlock R.O.B. As a Racer:
Finish 150cc Mirror Mode Nitro Class with Gold Trophies on all cups

Unlock Mission 7 in Mission Mode:
Win a 1-Star ranking on all levels of every mission in mission levels 1-6

Unlock Lightning Cup:
Win Gold on Leaf Cup

Unlock Special Cup:
Win Gold on Star Cup

Unlock Star Cup:
Win Gold on Mushroom Cup and Flower Cup

Unlock Leaf Cup:
Win Gold on Shell Cup and Banana Cup





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