Mario Kart DS for me. So many other kids on my bus had DSes, and we'd race each other all the time. Not only that, but this game had a pretty good battle mode (including the option for balloon battle with stocks), the mission mode, and the beginnings of online capabilities. Granted, it was still pretty basic, but for a DS game at the time I'd say it was fine. The retro tracks were a blast as well. Seriously, this game pushed the series forward in some big ways, and still does some things better than the newer entries.
My only complaint is they phoned it in a bit more than usual with some of the easier tracks, particularly in the Mushroom and Flower cups. I'm pretty sure everyone's made fun of Figure 8 Circuit and Yoshi Falls already. Though I guess all the games are guilty of this to an extent, so I wouldn't say it ruins the game. And even though this game dropped the ball with some of the beginner tracks, I'd say there are enough classic tracks here to more than make up for them, such as Waluigi Pinball, Airship Fortress, Tick Tock Clock, etc.
Last edited by Zach808 - on 17 December 2018