Move over Gran Turismo,
I never quite loved you anyway, here's the clear winner in the racing
sweepstakes for sheer fun, Mario Kart Double Dash! Now whilst that's a bit of
an overstatement, this game is sensational fun and has to be experienced to be
I must say that this is
my first time playing a Mario Kart title and despite all the good things, I
had heard about the 64 version, I'd never gotten around to sitting down with
the game. This great game doesn't take huge steps from it's predecessors so I
have heard, so please realise that this review and it's score are written by
someone whose hands on experience with the 64 version was limited.
This fun game will work
it's magic best when you are playing with friends as you can share a kart and
one of you goes weapons master and the other one drives. A simple press of the
Z button by each player and the roles are reversed and you see both characters
swing from their seats and into the new job at hand. The gameworld races by in
all Nintendo's finery and the graphics are absolutely sweet and sturdy with a
constant framerate helping the gameplay along nicely.
There are numerous
tracks and about 20 characters to choose from. I found my personal favourite
team to be Mario and Yoshi in the Yoshi Kart. You will find your own personal
combo to suit your interests as well, but be aware that your choice will
affect the quality of your game, as the game takes into account the weight of
characters and the vehicles that they can use. It forces you to think just a
little as each combination will have a different outlook to the way you take
on the title. It's a clever idea and one that will have most gamers trying out
different characters just to see what happens.
Whatever you do, it's
best to mention that you should change drivers as much as possible as both
characters have the ability to pick up special weapons and other powerups
based on character type. So for best results, or at least to have a greater
choice of weapons, you would not choose Mario and Luigi together unless you
were happy with the powerup those two together provide which is essentially
the same thing.
As is to be expected
from a first party Nintendo title, Double Dash looks magnificent and you do
not see a drop in framerate at any stage in the game at all as mentioned
previously. There is enough in the title to make it fully worth your purchase
and I can guarantee that it's a title that you will put into your Cube even
after you think you have played the game inside out making it a title that is
a must have.