Mario Kart 64
Reviewed by Earmouse
First off, I don't review games based on what I think 7 year old
kids would like. Is this game good for a 21 year old person? Absolutely.
Anyone who hates this game either a) doesn't have any friends
to play it with ... or b) stinks at it. If you only play video games
by yourself (and that's cool if you're into that) then go get
Zelda or Mario 64 because Mario Kart 64 was not made for
you to play by yourself (even though they did throw in a single
player mode .. I still don't know why).
THIS IS THE BEST VIDEO GAME EVER MADE.
Graphics 10 out of 10
The graphics are great (of course this is the case with most
Nintendo 64 games). Tracks look good. Everything is smooth.
It's hard to be disappointed here.
Music and Sound 9 out of 10
As far as music I don't believe there are any Mozart
masterpieces ... actually, I can't even recall what the music
sounds like. But if it's music you're into that's what CD players
were made for, so who cares. The sounds are good though. Each
player has quirky little remarks. The only complaint I know of is
that Wario cries too much (I thought he was suppose to be a tough guy).
If this refers to the challenge of the computer, well then, there is
none. Some people might enjoy this aspect (if you like thrashing
computer opponents). Don't try to make this into a fun one-player
game ... that only tarnishes the greatness that this game actually possesses.
If this refers to the challenge in multi player action, then it should
be a 10 out of 10 (of course, anything should be challenging against
another person .. assuming skill level of players are equal).
Game Play-Fun 11 out of 10
It is just plain fun. For me it can be extra fun because I can't
find anyone to play who is as good as myself (although I've had
some steep competition). Multi player racing is alright ... but
battle mode is just awesome. Four player action makes this game
a party in itself. It is flat-out the best multi player game I have
ever played (Goldeneye is pretty good too, but I get too dizzy
Replayability 11 out of 10
Once again, don't try to play this by yourself. Don't think you
should have to. Unless all of your friends die, the replay value
is second to none. I find this game hard to stop playing what's
you've started. I can't tell you how many times you have to say,
"OK, last game" before you can put it up.
Game Value 20 out of 10
If you ask me, this game is worth the price of the game, the price
of a Nintendo 64, and the price of 4 controllers. Get three friends
to pitch in for the game (if you can't find any friends, then don't
waste your money).
Game Control 10 out of 10
This is something I feel is very important to a game (of course,
some people will throw this in with graphics). I don't know how
many games have "great graphics" but when it comes to controlling
your guys ... good luck. This game does not fall short in this aspect.
What you see on the screen is what you get, so to speak. The speed
of the game is great too, in opposition to some games where you can
feel like you are playing in slow motion.
How could it be improved?
The only improvements that could possibly be made are:
1) Add a couple more "good" battle levels (donut and skyscraper
don't count as levels).
2) Get rid of the single player option.
Overall 11 out of 10
Once again, DON'T try to judge this game as a single player game.
Like I said before, "I don't even know why they put that in there."
If you have a couple friends into video games then this game is a
"must buy". If you liked the original classic for the Super NES,
then this game is a "must buy". If you sit in your basement playing
games by yourself ... then don't even think about buying this game.
And if you play this game by yourself, don't try rating it because
you are rating some other game that shouldn't be associated with
the title "Mario Kart 64".