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Here's Why Mario Kart: Double Dash Is Still Worth Playing In 2020

Take your favorite Italian plumber, throw him and all his friends in go-karts, give them themed items, and you've got a recipe for success. That's the magic of Mario Kart.

As part of Mario's 35th anniversary, fans began clearing rooms in their houses to make way for the latest Mario Kart product, which combines a physical course with digital gaming. While Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is certainly a fun and unique way to race as your favorite Super Mario characters, traditional games in the series are still worth playing. Since the odds of getting a new Mario Kart sequel any time soon are not high, you might want to revisit some older installments.


While Mario Kart 8 may have been the fastest-selling game in the series, that doesn't necessarily mean it's the best one. Going through your retro library, you might come across Mario Kart: Double Dash. Generally considered one of the best in the series, this is why it's still worth playing in 2020.

It's a fan favorite

In an article on GameRevolution, Tyler Treese made an argument for why Mario Kart: Double Dash is the best entry in the series. Claiming that Nintendo has yet to top this GameCube racing classic, Treese discussed the driver-swapping and how it offered greater depth than any of the other games. Having the ability to trade driving duties between different characters gives the player the opportunity to exercise more strategy.


This feature is only enhanced when playing with a friend, forcing players to coordinate while one drives and the other takes charge of advanced item duties. Other highlights, as discussed in Treese's article, are the maps, the battle mode, and the game's superior handling of multiplayer.

Treese is not alone in his assessment of Mario Kart: Double Dash as the best in the series. On Reddit, several users have come together to share a mutual love of Double Dash. A user named ThaRoastKing believed it was overhyped until playing it themselves. After getting their hands on it, ThaRoastKing called it their personal favorite. 

Mario Kart: Double Dash may be 17 years old, but it still holds up for gamers in 2020.