Retro Game Friday: Mario Kart Double Dash

Michael Blaker
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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering one of my favorite racing games! It’s Mario Kart Double Dash!

Gameplay: We all know that there’s no plot to a racing game, excepting of course my favorite racing game of all time DKR, but that’s not why people play Mario Kart. They play it to screw with their friends by hitting them with Blue Shells. The real interesting thing that sets Double Dash apart from every other Mario Kart is the fact that every racer is manned by two characters, both of which are playable if desired. This could lead to some really interesting fun by allowing a couple of friends to team up to wreck havoc on their other friends, or each other if they so desired. And switching between who was driving was an essential skill for higher level play as the drifting boost from 64 wasn’t as effective if you didn’t switch between characters. This could lead to interesting races.

Art: It’s a 3D game, it didn’t age all that well, which is a pity as I love this game quite a bit.

Music: It’s classic Mario Kart.

Overall: If you’ve never played this Mario Kart, you really need to do so.

For those who like: Racing Games, Mario Kart, Multiplayer Mayhem, Great Gameplay.

Not for those who don’t like: All of the above.


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