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Mario Kart 64

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Reviewed by Tim FitzRandolph I'd have to say Mario Kart 64 is about the most fun I've had with my N64 since Wave Race came out. But I think I'll have the give MK64 the nod for best racing game because of its multiplayer features. But first, the rest of the game.

GRAPHICS 9.8 out of 10

The graphics, although they didn't impress me at first, are incredible. Although they're not as detailed as some may like, they are FAST!! And they provide enough variety to make the game remain interesting. The only exception to this rule is the Rainbow track, which looks cool in the screen shots, but is too long for my taste. The characters and their karts look flawless, despite the fact that they're sprites. Even in 4 player mode the frame-rate is unbelievable, with no loss in detail. I much prefer simpler, fast graphics over slow, detailed ones.

SOUND 9.7 out of 10

The music in this game, although not classic, fits the title well. Each song for blends well with the mood for the track it represents. But the sound effects are where the game really shines. Every character has a recognizable voice, and the crash sounds are right on. The feeling you get when your red shell slams an opponent into oblivion is incredible.

CONTROL 9.8 out of 10

Although it may seem slightly sluggish at first, once learned the control is fantastic. Power-slides abound, especially on the ice levels.

MULTIPLAYER 9.9 out of 10

Wow. This is why I bought this game. Don't get me wrong, I love the 1 player mode [however unfair it is] but the 2,3,and 4 player modes are incredible! 2 player VS. mode is extremely fast and entertaining, but the game really rocks in 3 or 4 player mode. Personally me and my friends had no trouble playing 4 player mode on a 15" television. Even though it was small, it was well worth it. And now that my 40" TV is working again it'll be even better. Although everyone seems to like the BATTLE mode most of all, I tend to enjoy the multiplayer VS. battles. Making your move as you come around the last bend to win is the most fun to me. But believe me when I say the BATTLE mode is all its cracked up to be. The balloon idea is fantastic.

OVERALL 9.9 out of 10

Although many people complain the tracks are too long, I disagree (with the exception of Rainbow road, which IS too long) My personal favorite track for VS races is Wario's stadium track. So although the 9.9 rating may seem high, it really isn't. For what the game sets out to accomplish (fast, fun, cartoonish racing), it delivers flawlessly. I say it's better than Wave race only because I like the style of MK64 more than Wave race. But overall, this game is a MUST HAVE for any racing/Mario/N64 fan. A truly classic game.

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