M&M's Kart Racing

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M&M's Kart Racing
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Developer(s) Frontline Studios
Publisher(s)
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Wii
Release Nintendo Wii
  • NA: October 25, 2007
  • AU: November 29, 2007
  • EU: April 25, 2008
Nintendo DS
  • NA: March 24, 2008
  • PAL: April 25, 2008
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player

M&M's Kart Racing is a video game of the racing genre for the Nintendo DS and Wii video game consoles based on the M&M's license and developed by Frontline Studios. It was the fifth of the seven M&M's video games. The game allows players to play one of M&M's characters in fifteen race environments (despite the package claiming ten).

The game was critically panned upon release, and has been cited to be one of the worst video games of all time.

Gameplay[edit]

M&M's Kart Racing is a kart racing game in which the player controls one of the selectable characters who race in karts in different race tracks that vary in shape and theme.

Players can choose from 7 different race vehicles which can be customized in the M&M'S garage. Races take place in street, dirt, ice and sand environments which affect vehicle handling in different ways. Unknown to many is that cups of coffee placed on the ground around the tracks cause the player to get a boost resulting in the utterance of the infamous "Approaching sound barrier". When the player reaches 200 mph the player will begin "Approaching sound barrier". You will also pick ups nuts scattered across the raceway too but they have no purpose outside of arcade mode where you must collect all the nuts to proceed to the next raceway. To get a turbo boost at the start of a race you must spin your Wii mote. Unlike other racers to turn your vehicle you also must spin the Wii mote as opposed to tilting the controller like a steering wheel like GuyOnAChair.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (Wii) 22.5%[2]
(DS) 22.33%[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot (DS) 2/10
GameZone (DS) 2/10
IGN (DS) 3/10
(Wii) 2.5/10

M&M's Kart Racing was critically panned upon release. It has a GameRankings score of 22.50% and 22.33% for the Wii and DS versions respectively.[2][3]

IGN gave the DS version 3/10 and the Wii version 2.5/10 citing that "commercial mascots make terrible videogames" and that the game "barely uses the license at all".[4][5] GameSpot gave the DS version 2/10 stating that the game "could put you off M&M's for life".[6] GameSpot also awarded the game "Flat-out Worst Game" award in GameSpot's "Best and Worst of 2008" awards. GameZone also panned it, giving it 2/10. The game was also awarded the lowest-rated kart game by Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2011, stating that the game's nearest "rival" was Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway, the latter of which has a GameRankings score of 26.40%, 3.9% more than M&M's Kart Racing.[7]

Gameplay footage of the game was featured as Joystiq's "Today's most hilariously atrocious video",[8] stating that the gameplay footage "is a true testament to the wrong way to build a kart racer".

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/oxDirzcYSIQoqovRW1LV-waiAlV7VbNM
  2. ^ a b "GameRankings Wii". GameRankings. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "GameRankings DS". GameRankings. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "IGN DS". IGN. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "IGN Wii". IGN. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "GameSpot review". GameSpot. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2011. Guinness. 2011. p. 80. 
  8. ^ ""Today's most hilariously atrocious video": M&M's Kart Racing on Joystiq.com". Retrieved 2007-11-17. 

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