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Mario Kart: Double Dash‼
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This is the only game with two characters per kart.
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Distributor(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube
Released Japan November 7, 2003
Europe November 14, 2003
USA November 17, 2003
Australia November 19, 2003
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single Player, multiplayer
Ratings ESRB E rating
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (abbreviated to MKDD) is a racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube. It is the fourth game in the Mario Kart series.

Gameplay

Double Dash!!

The Double Dash!! technique, one of the new elements in this game.

Double Dash!!'s gameplay vastly differs from and improves on its predecessors in many ways; since the player can pick not one character, but two - one to drive, and one to use items. In addition, the player is able to use karts that are not the characters' (Mario and Luigi can use Yoshi's kart, for example) depending on their class, whether they are heavyweight, middleweight, or lightweight. Not only this, the power slide has been improved; if the player makes blue sparks while power sliding, a mini turbo is performed. The rocket start is also improved as the Double Dash!!, in which both team members perform it when the Pre-race countdown is finished. There are sixteen courses to race on. Each cup features four tracks. Five different cup races are available, one of which is the All Cup Tour, featuring all sixteen tracks in random order (except for the first, Luigi Circuit, and the last, Rainbow Road). Each track is also playable in "Mirror Mode," where the tracks are mirrored; however, Mirror Mode is only available for 150cc.

This installment also features multiplayer battle modes. As in previous installments, the battle arenas are enclosed, with varying architecture and a constant arsenal. In addition to the balloon-popping game, which has been the standard Mario Kart battle game, two new battle systems are included. The first, called "Shine Thief", involves capturing a Shine Sprite and maintaining possession of it for a set time period. The second, called "Bob-omb Blast", uses only colored Bob-ombs, and utilizes a trade-off point system that requires the players to succeed in attacks, while also avoiding those directed at them.

Aside from the many drivers available, numerous other Mario characters play minor roles in the game. Lakitu reprises his role as the referee, signaling the start of each race, alerting players when they complete a lap, warning them when they are going the wrong way, and returning drivers to the racetrack when they fall into dangerous areas. Shy Guys, Piranha Plants, Goombas, and Wigglers are also present in the game, and serve as obstacles for the driver to avoid. Toadsworth drives the winners of a cup during the victory celebration. Piantas and Nokis from Super Mario Sunshine also cheer players on certain courses, such as Peach Beach and Daisy Cruiser, and form much of the crowd at victory ceremonies (held at Peach Beach). Classic Mario series characters, including Donkey Kong Jr., can be seen in the crowds around Waluigi Stadium.

The game includes 21 karts to choose from. They are categorized by weight. Generally, lightweight karts have good acceleration and handling, and are easily able to traverse rough terrain, but have low top speeds, can be knocked around by larger karts, and can only hold light characters. Heavyweight karts usually have high top speeds, can knock around many smaller karts, but they have poor acceleration, steering, off-road handling, and can only be manned if there is at least one heavy character. Middleweight karts' performance are well-balanced, but they cannot hold heavy characters. However, there are exceptions to this, such as the Barrel Train and Boo Pipes. Of 21 karts available in all, only eight are available from the start. The other 13 may be unlocked by successfully completing races and finishing the game. Although everyone has one kart, the twenty-first kart is the Parade Kart that Toadsworth uses to drive the first place winners. This kart the best stat ratio (4 stars for speed and weight; 3 stars for acceleration) and any combination of characters can drive it, but it takes the longest to recover from flipping over.

A notable attribute of Double Dash!! is that it allows LAN play using the GameCube broadband adapter. Up to eight GameCubes can be connected, allowing for 16 player multiplayer games (two players controlling each kart).

Teams

Initially playable

Already Unlocked Initial Teams
Mario (Medium) and Luigi (Medium)
Peach (Medium) and Daisy (Medium)
Yoshi (Medium) and Birdo (Medium)
Baby Mario (Light) and Baby Luigi (Light)
Koopa Troopa (Light) and Paratroopa (Light)
Donkey Kong (Heavy) and Diddy Kong (Light)
Wario (Heavy) and Waluigi (Medium)
Bowser (Heavy) and Bowser Jr. (Light)

Unlockable

Unlockable Teams Unlock Criteria
Toad (Light) and Toadette (Light) Win the 100cc Special Cup.
King Boo (Heavy) and Petey Piranha (Heavy) Win the Mirror Star Cup.

Karts

Each character has one kart.

Name Image Owner Speed Acceleration Weight Availability
Red Fire Red Fire - Artwork - Mario Kart Double Dash!! Mario Gold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Medium
Green Fire MKDD Green Fire Luigi Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Gold starGold star Medium
Heart Coach Heart Coach Peach Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Medium
Bloom Coach MKDD Bloom Coach Daisy Gold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Medium
Turbo Yoshi Turbo Yoshi Yoshi Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Medium
Turbo Birdo Turbo Birdo Birdo Gold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star Medium
Goo-Goo Buggy Googoobuggy Baby Mario Gold star Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Light
Rattle Buggy MKDD Rattle Buggy Baby Luigi Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Light
Toad Kart MKDD Toad Kart Toad Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Light
Toadette Kart MKDD Toadette Kart Toadette Gold star Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Light
Koopa Dasher Koopa Dasher Koopa Troopa Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Light
Para Wing MKDD Para Wing Koopa Paratroopa Gold star Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Light
DK Jumbo Dkjumbo Donkey Kong Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star Heavy
Barrel Train Barrel Train Diddy Kong Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Light
Koopa King Koopaking Bowser Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star Gold star Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star Heavy
Bullet Blaster MKDD Bullet Blaster Bowser Jr. Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Gold star Light
Wario Car Wariocar Wario Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star Heavy
Waluigi Racer Waluigi's Waluigi Racer Waluigi Gold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Medium
Piranha Pipes Piranhapipes Petey Piranha Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star Heavy
Boo Pipes Boopipes King Boo Gold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star Heavy
Parade Kart MKDD Parade Kart All Gold starGold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold star Gold starGold starGold starGold star All (Light, Medium and Heavy)

Tracks

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
MKDD LuigiCircuitLogo
MKDD MushroomBridgeLogo
MKDD SherbetLandLogo
MKDD WarioColosseumLogo
MKDD PeachBeachLogo
MKDD MarioCircuitLogo
MKDD MushroomCityLogo
MKDD DinoDinoJungleLogo
MKDD BabyParkLogo
MKDD DaisyCruiserLogo
MKDD YoshiCircuitLogo
MKDD BowserCastleLogo
MKDD DryDryDesertLogo
MKDD WaluigiStadiumLogo
MKDD DKMountainLogo
MKDD RainbowRoadLogo

Battle courses

Cookie LandBlock CityLuigi's MansionNintendo GameCubePipe PlazaTilt-A-KartBattle Track Icons DD
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Items

Normal Items

Ordinary items in Mario Kart Double Dash
Green Shell
Red Shell
Spiny Shell
Mushroom
Triple Mushroom
Banana Peel
Star
Thunderbolt
Fake Item Box

Special Items

Every character has their own special item. Different combinations means a wide variety of items. For example, if someone were to play as Toadette, another player were to play as Baby Mario/Luigi and they controlled the kart together, they would be able to get Golden Mushrooms and the Chain Chomp occasionally.

Special Item Owner
Fireball Mario & Luigi
Heart (New) Princess Peach & Princess Daisy
Yoshi Egg & Birdo Egg Yoshi & Birdo
Bowser's Shell (New) Bowser & Bowser Jr.
Triple Green Shells & Triple Red Shells Koopa Troopa & Paratroopa
Bob-omb (New) Wario & Waluigi
Giant Banana (New) Donkey Kong & Diddy Kong
Chain Chomp (New) Baby Mario & Baby Luigi
Golden Mushroom Toad & Toadette

Unlocking Criteria

Almost all cups in the game will unlock something new once the player completes it. Here is a list:

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup All-Cup Tour
50cc Green Fire (kart) Bloom Coach (kart) Para Wing (kart) Bullet Blaster (kart) N/A
100cc Rattle Buggy (kart) Waluigi Racer (kart) Special Cup (cup) Toad & Toadette (character team)
Toad Kart (kart)
N/A
150cc Luigi's Mansion (battle course) Turbo Birdo (kart) Barrel Train (kart) All Cup Tour (cup) Mirror Mode (class)
Mirror Toadette Kart (kart) Tilt-A-Kart (battle course) King Boo & Petey Piranha (character team)
Piranha Pipes (kart)
Boo Pipes (kart) Parade Kart (kart)

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.

Soundtrack

For this game's soundtrack, see [[{{{1}}}]].


Trivia

  • This is the only Mario Kart game to feature Shine Thief and Bob-omb Blast.
  • This is the only Mario Kart game to have two players on a kart.
  • This is (by far) the only Mario Kart game to have Petey Piranha as a playable character.
  • This (by far) is the only Mario Kart game to have Toad as an unlockable character.
  • This is the last Mario Kart game to feature just new courses.
  • A first run production of the game included a limited bonus disc inside the case in a second holder with exclusive content related to other Nintendo games.
  • This is the only Mario Kart game to feature 3 battle modes.
  • This is the first Mario Kart game that has "Mirror Mode" (though Mario Kart 64 has Extra Mode).
  • Oddly enough the retro tracks for Mario Kart: Double Dash!! are labeled GCN which stands for Game Cube Nintendo. It should be initially written as NGC which makes it called Nintendo Game Cube, which is used that way in Japan.

External Links

Mario Kart games
Main Titles Super Mario KartMario Kart 64Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Mario Kart DSMario Kart WiiMario Kart 7Mario Kart 8
Arcade Titles Mario Kart Arcade GPMario Kart Arcade GP 2Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

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