#8 Mario Kart: Double Dash
It’s not the best Mario Kart game, but we certainly haven’t seen the like of Double Dash since its heyday on the GameCube. Alongside the normal 4-player racing expected from the game, Double Dash allowed you to partner up on one kart, with one character driving and the other throwing items. This, in turn, affected the special abilities you could use via a certain item, with each character having a different special. Swapping the driver/rider mid-race could be used to change up strategy. The mechanic carried over to single player mode, too, albeit with less effect.
This gimmick was paired with the expected updated graphics, new courses, and tighter racing mechanics to make a damn decent Mario Kart title that we all played the heck out of back in the day. It’s got nothing on Mario Kart 8, but there’s no denying it helped push the series to the lofty heights it has since achieved.
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