|Mario Kart DS|
The North American boxart for Mario Kart DS.
|Released||December 8, 2005 (JP)|
November 14, 2005 (NA)
November 25, 2005 (EU)
November 17, 2005 (AUS)
|Modes||Single Player, (Online) Multiplayer|
Mario Kart DS is the first DS installment of Mario Kart for the Nintendo DS. It is the fifth installment in the Mario Kart (series) game series. It was the first Mario Kart game to use an online play feature. It was released in November 2005 in the United States, Europe, and Australia. In Japan, it was released in December 8, 2005.
The game itself has a which is the kiosk demo and the beta version of the game.
As in previous games, the player can participate in a Grand Prix, each containing four tracks in which points are gained for the player's position at the end of the race. The player must come within the top three players at the end of the Grand Prix to win a trophy.
There are thirty-two tracks in Mario Kart DS. There are four sets of 'new' tracks, along with four sets of tracks which have appeared in previous titles in the Mario Kart series. Each set contains four tracks, and can be played entirely in Grand Prix mode.
The game supports up to four players in multiplayer modes including Versus and Battle modes, as in Mario Kart Wii. Players can play against each other or in a team in both modes. It isn't possible to unlock trophies or any other awards in multiplayer mode.
The game also includes DS Download Play. This mode lets the person with the cartridge in his/her system compete with someone else not having the cartridge in their system. The person not having the cartridge also gets to play as Shy Guy with the color choice picked for that player.
There are 12 Characters for this game, There are 8 Starting Characters and 4 Unlockable Characters. This is the only game in the main Mario Kart (series) to have Diddy Kong as an nonplayed character (Diddy Kong is also nonplayed in Super Mario Kart).