Mario Kart DS

(DS, Wii U)

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For all the talk of Mario Kart be­ing an ac­ces­si­ble se­ries, the list of tricks you should know go­ing into one of these games has been in­creas­ing for a while now, and if your main ex­pe­ri­ence is get­ting your arse handed to you at a games night be­cause you can’t come to grips with the pow­er­slide you’re go­ing to want a way to find the fun in Mario Kart. The ob­vi­ous can­di­date would be Mario Kart 64, but Mario Kart DS has an ad­van­tage over ev­ery other game in the se­ries – a sin­gle-player mis­sion mode. It’s a blast, throw­ing you into unique sce­nar­ios that none of the other games fea­ture, and it’ll get you better ac­quainted with Mario Kart’s in­tri­ca­cies. The track de­sign is also won­der­ful, and the game has aged well. Mario Kart 8 is far and away the se­ries high­light, but you’ll want to go in hav­ing been trained by this ex­cel­lent ear­lier en­try.

Se­ries best: Mario Kart 8

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