Mario Kart: Double Dash
There may be no greater joy in life than turning on a Mario Kart game and entering a Grand Prix. The sights, the sounds, the colors, the turtle shells hitting your caboose, the wacky and varied tracks transporting you to several worlds all at once and engulfing you in all things Mario. It makes me feel like a kid with no worries and that’s a great thing for an adult with a mortgage.
My journey back through Gamecube is being taken with my 8 year old daughter, Savannah, and we’re having a blast. Mario Kart as a game is pure enjoyment; it’s racing, so it has an elevated excitement level and difficulty, because you’re competing against other players, be them computer controlled or your friends, but it’s Mario, so it also just embues you with a fun nature and good spirit.
I’ll always hold Mario Kart in the highest regards; sure, the teammate on the back is a little unnecessary but that’s a minor quibble to franchise that is just as great as the red plumber’s own legacy.
SIDENOTE: I recently got Savannah her own 2DS for her birthday and she’s since become obsessed with Mario Kart 7- it brings such joy to this geeky dad.
Mario Party 7
Here we are holding our favorite characters! We teamed up and crushed each and every level/game/play mode on this entry in the wildly fanatical Mario Party family. We literally played this for 3 months, exploring each and every combination of game, increasing our # of turns until we actually tried (and won!) a 50 turn Party.
I won’t be too harsh on the review of the actual game because it’s a formula that either works for you as a gamer, or is everything you detest about games, either way, you either like this type of title or you don’t. Everything about it is given top notch treatment, from the graphics (which are among Gamecube’s brightest and dynamic), to the music, gameplay and depths of the Mario universe. Who even knew there was a female Toad character? But, now that we do, we’re happy to have her aboard!
Just know this: there may not be a better game to start playing with your kids that will gie them a challenge and keep their attention than something from the families of either of these two massively addicting and enjoyable franchises.