This is part five of a feature on the history of Mario Kart. Let's move on to the second portable Mario Kart, and the fifth overall: Mario Kart DS.
Mario Kart DS is also the first Mario Kart to feature online play. You could play against people in your region, or against anyone in the entire world. Or, grab some friends and play against each other over the internet. You could even design your own custom logo for your kart to show off to people.
In addition, Mario Kart DS featured a Mission Mode, which has strangely been absent from the series ever since. In it, you would complete various challenges, such a finish a section of a track in a specified time, or hit crabs with turtle shells, or various other racing tasks. It even featured boss battles, with enemies from past Mario games, such as the Chief Chilly, an ice version of the wrecking ball/bull boss from Mario 64.
Mario Kart DS also featured a single-player versus mode where you can set the computer difficulty and kart speed separately, along with being able to select which tracks you play, and how many tracks you play. At the end of the match, the person with the most points wins. It's nice to be able to race using fast karts without always playing against cheating CPU players (although, the difficulty is reasonable compared to previous Mario Kart games).
Shortly after I bought the game, I was in cousin's car as he drove on some snowy roads. His car broke down, so we were stranded while we waited for a lift. Luckily, I had Mario Kart DS, so I stayed warm with the joy of beating stupid computer players. So it was actually an enjoyable time for me, and I think about it whenever I pass that spot in the road. My cousin was not so happy. He complained about how some people parked nearby had Wendy's and they wouldn't share it with us (because why wouldn't strangers offer him fast food for no reason when he doesn't ask?)
(Mario Kart DS is still available at stores everywhere. It can be played on the Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and 2DS.)