Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Basic Game Info
|Much like the other games in the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is a game about racing--beating your opponents, whether human or computer-generated, at zooming around any track with any number of obstacles facing you. But this game, unlike any of the others, throws another little monkey wrench into the process: this time, you control not one, but two characters. The driver of your kart directs the action; the passenger can collect items and use them. And you can switch them at any time, so that you get a good balance.
With 9 "default" pairs of characters and many different abilities/special items represented, MK:DD!! gives you both customization and challenge. It's no longer just a racing game, but a bit of strategy thrown in, too!
Classic Character Combos|
Why I Like the Game So MuchThough at first I wasn't sure about the game throwing two characters at me instead of one, I loved it from first play, for the following reasons:
- Having the option of using two characters, each with their own strengths, played right into my affinity for versatility and being prepared for anything. (Plus, it gives you something else to think about besides the track and jockeying for position.)
- You don't just have to play the default character pairs--in fact, the game subtly encourages you to step out of the comfort zone of pre-chosen pairs and try characters that have different skill sets. (For instance, I like to play Peach and Birdo together; Peach, with her Hearts, gives the kart a little defense against shells, and Birdo's Special Item, a pink-and-white egg, is an AWESOME ranged weapon, a Red Shell with even greater punch!)
- The other reason I like this game? It furthers the idea of Peach being strong and independent, as a future ruler of Mushroom Kingdom should be!
Personal Tips and Tricks
- Try different combinations of characters on the 50cc level until you hit on one you really enjoy playing. Then take on the higher levels with greater confidence!
- Lighter karts, as usual, tend to get up to speed faster, but can be knocked aside by heavier karts. Heavier carts, unfortunately, can get bogged down in terrain more easily. So, if you're a more aggressive driver who sticks to the tried-and-true paths and never goes off the side of the road, get a heavier kart; if you're more about speed, agility, and using unconventional means to get ahead of your opponents, get a lighter kart.
- Don't be afraid to switch your driver and passenger multiple times during driving, especially if you're hunting after a particular Special Item (like Peach's Heart or Birdo's Egg). Make it almost second nature to flip them around so that it doesn't interfere with steering.