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Nintendo announces further details surrounding the DS Download Play options for Mario Kart...
Nintendo has today released further details about the DS Download Play options for Mario Kart DS, set for release on November 25th. Featuring 30 courses (some new and some classic tracks from Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and Mario Kart: Double Dash), Mario Kart DS brings classic characters from the Mario universe together once again for a series of races around the Mushroom Kingdom.
Wi-Fi multiplayer options obviously play a significant area of gameplay in the title, and as well as offering â??Multi-Card playâ??, Mario Kart DS will also be DS Download Play enabled so that up to eight players can race through eight different tracks on a single card. Although there are obvious limitations placed on gamers when playing DS Download Play â?“ for instance, players without a Mario Kart DS card are limited to playing as a Shy Guy, and vehicles are capped at 100cc class â?“ there should still be enough gameplay to keep the karting action going for hours on end. Obviously Multi-Card play has no such limitations, with gamers playing locally also being automatically added to the â??Friends Rosterâ?? so future play via Nintendo DS connection can be achieved. Ghost data is also saved when Multi-Card play is in action, as well as win/lose ratiosâ?¦
Players utilising the free online gameplay service, Nintendo DS Connection, will be able to engage in Mario Kart action with up to three other players simultaneously with gamers being able to choose whether they want to play with Friends Only, Rivals (player with similar skill levels), Recent Opponents, Regional Racers (players in their country) or World Racers. Track choice via Connection is democratic with players voting on the track they wish to race, the one with the most votes is chosen, when tracks receive an equal number of votes a random choice is made.
In order to access Nintendo DS Connection, players can either go to an official Nintendo hotspot, or use their wireless routers (configuring their DS with the relevant router information.) By using a DS to USB connecter players can also play via their Broadband connection without the need for a Wi-Fi router.
Weâ??ll have more coverage on Mario Kart DS shortly...