So we've seen karts gliding through the air and racing underwater in Mario Kart 3DS but that's nothing compared with the controversy stirred up when we first saw two characters sharing the same kart in Mario Kart Double Dash. We would argue that it really split opinion but judging by the reaction to the GameCube racer on the ONM forum, it seems that most of our readers loved it, with some going so far as to claim that it is the best Mario Kart game ever.
In fact, when we asked ONM readers to list their favourite Mario Kart memories, many picked out the kart sharing gimmick as their number one. RobertK explained why it worked so well. "This is actually my favourite of all the Mario Kart games. Two players on each kart meant getting two items from each item box and that led to so much more mayhem and fun. I especially enjoyed the little animations of the characters swinging around and switching. It took real skill to pull off a two person powerslide and the amount of characters always meant you heard random noises all around the track. I love the Double Dash format and I wish that Nintendo would give it another go."
BlueSoup8 agrees, saying "Underrated game, I love the concept of teamwork on the game."
Double Double Good
You see, Double Dash added an extra dimension to the series. While it's always been a great multi-player game, this time it could also be a brilliant co-op game with two friends in the same kart. This often led to some heated arguments in Dark nemesis' house.
"I remember playing on the same Kart with my brother," he says. "We always agreed on the characters we chose and even the kart but we never agreed on when to use the items and there was always a fight about who should drive and who should throw items. Unforgettable memories. It's a shame there is no double dash co-op style option in the recent releases."
Loryuken is another who would like to see the return of two characters in one kart. "I also think that using two characters is better than using one and I really hope that's something they bring back in a future game in the series," she says.
In fact, toffeeman30 is the only poster who will admit that it does split opinion. "Double Dash always stirs up controversy. It's one of those love or hate games. It's either your favourite Mario Kart or your least favourite Mario Kart game. I have yet to find a person who's in the middle. My personal favourite is still Super Mario Kart on the SNES, but I still think that this is still one of the best games for the Cube."
To be honest, even if you weren't a fan of switching characters, Mario Kart Double Dash was still a fun and hectic racer packed with great tracks. You've listed some of your favourites.
cheatmaster30 says: "I absolutely loved Mushroom Bridge and City, DK Mountain, Bowser's Castle and Wario Colosseum. The items were pretty cool as well, and ones like the giant Bowser shells made the tracks absolutely chaotic."
In fact, some of the tracks are so good that Toastie wants to bring them back for Mario Kart 3DS. "I remember playing it round a friend's house and getting totally hooked. I was completely astonished when I unlocked the Special Cup. They need to bring back Wario Colosseum and Dino Dino Jungle!"