January [Games] 19

This next game is another one that I was a bit late to the party on. No pun intended this time.

Mario Kart and I didn’t really happen until the last 10 years or so. Which may not seem like a lot, but apparently with how old the game is, I beg to differ. I believe the first one I really played was for the Wii. I had lots of fun with the competitive side, and as I’ve said in the past, if it has split screen, I’m interested. Like Mario Party I liked the variety that I could get in every race. Sometimes I’d play really aggressive, others I would just see how fast I could blaze around the map.

I tried different characters but I admit I always came back to the cart. Many of my friends liked the bikes but for me they were too grippy, even if they were fast. In fact, when my fiancé and I first started dating we purchased a pair of Nintendo DS’ together and got Mario Kart for them. So at night we could call each other and play races. It was a lot of fun, and helped with giving us something to do together.

One of my favorite tracks

I for one think it would be great if they could incorporate every Mario Kart course into a remastered game. The mechanics are pretty solid now. I would even accept a game that instead of buying new versions, just buy add-on packs. Maybe patch the game time to time with new items and special stages, something like that.

On a final note, even though I was late to Mario Kart I won’t say that I never had a brush with racing games at a young age. I did have one that I still love to play on occasion even now.

Yes, you see that correctly. I first started playing Diddy-Kong Racing. I will even argue that I still think had it kept going, would have been the victor in which was best. I mean, come on. You could race in a cart, hovercraft, or even a plane. They even made it so every course was playable with each in its own unique way. I think the game was ahead of its time, and it paid for it. It’s a shame it won’t ever return.

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