My Mario Kart Quest

Reaching new heights on the game of my childhood

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When I was just 4 years old my parents got me and my brother @SamBlockhan Mario Kart Double Dash and we were immediately obsessed. We played the the game almost every day and thought we were the best. However, when we got Lego Star Wars for Christmas, we put Mario kart back on the self. However, when we were about 10 or 12 years old we started to pick up the game and we realized that we had never finished it. So that is what we did. Then I took it a step further and on the all Cup Tour for each CC (50, 100, 150 and mirror) I won all 16 tracks in the tour. We had unlocked all the carts and all the characters and we thought that we were the best.

After that point my brother and I played the game on and off and we even started over and played it again. However after 2017 we stopped playing the game again. It sat on the shelf until late 2020 after my XBOX 360 came and went. I had bought the console myself because I wanted to try Forza, and I loved it . However, after nearly completing Forza Horizon 2 the unthinkable happened. In 2020 my XBOX crashed and we lost game. After much sadness and consideration I decided to sell the console as there were no longer any games that I wanted to try from that era.

So, naturally, looking for something else to play I found my way back to Mario Double Dash. At this point being 16 I looked at the game with a new sense of understanding and a desire to go faster.

All 16 tracks in order by column

All 16 tracks in order by column

So, I started playing again and started making discoveries. New game play strategies started to form and I learned how to fairly consistently dodge red shells without items. Heck, I even dodged a blue shell. So, I started trying to get back to perfect 160's on the 16 Track All Cup Tour again. That was a quest that I finished again today. However, Sam still holds the time records for those runs, but I will take care of those later. For now I am on a quest to beat all the staff ghosts on all 16 tracks. One day I felt compelled to push my limits on Baby Park and one day there was second ghost on the track. That was when I learned that for every track there was a staff ghost time to beat. So, the quest started. As of right now I have completed 13 tracks with three hard asks ahead: Dino Dino Jungle, Bowser's Castle, and of course, the infamous Rainbow Road.

So far the journey has consistently made me realize, "Man I sucked at this game". It has been a fun journey learning new cuts and ways to save time while pushing my limits for those extra tenths of a second.

However, to my chagrin my brother is better than me at the game. Sam has a special ability to hyper \focus and once he gets locked in he can consistently whip out lightning runs. I was hoping to beat all the ghosts before he started trying, but I failed, so we will have to see how many records he steals before I reach my goal.

Comment down below what your favorite character combo is your favorite. I like to stick with toad and Paratroopa. Those triple reds and mushrooms come in clutch.

Character list

Character list

Comment which combo is your favorite!

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Comments (6)

  • My preferred combo is King Boo and Diddy Kong in the Parade Kart. The Parade Kart has the optimal stats and King Boo can use all of the Special items. The Special items can only be used by certain characters. Diddy Kong's item is the Big Banana, which can be placed on difficult-to-avoid locations to preserve and increase a lead (because the CPUs have a knack for running into them).

      1 month ago
  • I have fond memories of playing Mario kart wii every Saturday morning with my siblings during the summer. I got to the point where I could win on rainbow road with all opponent difficulties maxed out

      1 month ago
    • Nice, I am pretty much there too, I just suck and dodging items that are on the ground in tight places and I have terrible luck. Sam can vouch on that one.

      The crazy thing about Mario kart is that you have never seen it all.

        1 month ago
    • Yeah, and I'd argue (on wii anyway) that rainbow road isn't even the hardest rack. That might be one of the many variations of Bowser's castle, or maybe Ghost Valley

        1 month ago
  • Odd fun fact: Double Dash has a LAN mode in it which means you can play with up to 8 people using 2 GameCubes, a LAN cable, 2 TVs, 8 controllers, and of course 2 copies of the game. Something not many people have used but from what i heard it is let’s of fun.

    www.nintendo.ca/2002/english/downloads/MKDD_LAN_English.pdf

      1 month ago
    • yeah always wonder what that was as a kid but we never had the set up for it

        1 month ago
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