Racing games sure have been the talk of the town as of late. For one, Sumo Digital’s latest Team Sonic Racing drew positive attention for its unique team play mechanic, as well as comparisons to some of its peers in the genre. Next, Nintendo’s upcoming Mario Kart Tour could be coming around the bend on mobile devices at any time. On top of that, we also have the looming release of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled on June 21. Since it’s the season apparently, I’ve reminisced on some of the racing games I played since youth, but with teamwork racing on my mind, none stood out as a favorite racing game more so in distant memory than Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
A Mario Kart like none other
I was no stranger to the Mario Kart series when I was a child. My neighbors had a Nintendo 64, so a lot of sleepovers were spent on Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros., and Super Mario 64. My grandparents owned a SNES for the grandkids, so it was me, my siblings, and cousins all racing for gold and popping each other’s balloons in Super Mario Kart. Heck, I can’t forget whole days spent on Mario Kart: Super Circuit when my parents got me my first video game system—my Game Boy Advance and I were inseparable!
But Double Dash!! though.
Nintendo often shakes up the core gameplay formula of its hallmark titles, but the GameCube installment to the Mario Kart series was legendary. As a kid, it became one of my most frequent Blockbuster rentals and for good reason. My little brother and I did not have to compete against each other in one of our favorite series with the end result being me always winning (sorry bro!) this time around. We could share a kart, zip around amazing tracks, and lay waste to the competition with our combined skill!
The Mario Kart: Double Dash!! formula is one that I sorely miss, despite the series excelling in quality with each subsequent mainline release. With the Nintendo Switch’s focus on two-player thanks to the Joy-Con, I hope it’s a formula that Nintendo will consider revisiting for Mario Kart 9.
Also, it’s an absolute tragedy that Wario Colosseum has yet to return as a retro track since its debut in Double Dash!!. What the heck, Nintendo!?
But enough about me. What are some of your favorite racing games over the years? The sleek and edgy Sonic Riders? The cute and fluffy Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends Racing? Or are you more of a Need for Speed kind of racing game enthusiast? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!