This is part four of a feature on the history of Mario Kart. We're almost half-way! Time to look at Mario Kart Double Dash!! for the Nintendo GameCube.
Another cool feature of Double Dash!! is that characters have unique items. For example, Toad and Toadette have the Golden Mushroom. This is not a new item, but only Toad and Toadette can get it. Mario and Luigi can throw fireballs, Yoshi and Birdo can throw eggs, and Wario and Waluigi can throw bombs. Plus, there are some new special weapons. Bowser and Bowser Jr. have the Giant Green Shell, which works like the standard green shell, but is humongous and spiky. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have the Giant Banana. Again, like the standard item only huge. And Baby Mario and Baby Luigi get the Chain Chomp, which carries you around the track for a short period of time, taking out enemies in the way. Sweet. Plus, there are double item blocks you can find that will snag two items: one for each of your characters.
As is expected, Mario Kart Double Dash!! has some really great tracks. They're probably the most elaborate Mario Kart courses up to that point. And of course, no Mario Kart game would be complete without an epic soundtrack. Rainbow Road, Mushroom Bridge, Peach Beach, and pretty much all the other tracks have great tunes to race to. It's an all-around good time with this game. If you can find it, buy it, because it's a blast! And if you have a Wii, you can probably play it (some Wii's made in the last couple of years do not have GameCube compatibility).
Luckily, I was able to not ruin everything. There's a lot of responsibility when you have to sit there and throw bananas at people. Yup. I did manage to make us fall off the track a few times, though, by trying to punch someone and flying off the edge instead. Hey, I'm just doing my part. Fortunately, I was not so much a hindrance as to lose the GP. We got first place, and in doing so, unlocked the golden parade car for use. I'm so good.
(Mario Kart Double Dash!! is not yet available on Virtual Console, but is playable on most Wii's, provided you have a GameCube controller)