Character/Kart Guide by wiichr97
Mario Kart DS on SuperCheats.com
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| Table of Contents | (.001.)
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Table of Contents - (.001.) +=-=-=-=+~~~~~~~~~~+~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+
Overview of Karts - (.002.) | Title | (.Code.) | Credit for the section here. |
Light Karts       - (.003.) +-=-=-=-+~~~~~~~~~~+~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+
Light Awards      - (.004.)
Medium Karts      - (.005.) Here is an outline of how you will read the guide &
Medium Awards     - (.006.) titles. The information will be here. Sometimes you
Heavy Karts       - (.007.) you will find a chart or list. I'm pretty sure it
Heavy Awards      - (.008.) will be pretty self-explanitory. I just thought 
Hidden Stats      - (.009.) that I would tell you what the titles n' such mean.
FAQ               - (.010.) 
Version History   - (.011.)
Thank You to...   - (.012.)

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| Overview of Karts | (.002.) | ripped_steve , The Canadian Jay6              |
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Ah, Mario Kart DS. SO GOOD! (bum, bum) SO GOOD! (bum)... Sorry for breaking in
to song. It's a habit of mine. Okay... BUT! This game features many karts, and
an odd feature is that you can use a heavy character in a light kart. There are
many features that are unlockable in the game like that. Note that the primary
and standard karts come with the character if no features are unlocked. Now, 
you may need help knowing what the stats mean. If you do, here is an overview:

Speed        - A high speed stat means that a kart has a high top speed, but it
               takes a while to get to said top speed.
Acceleration - A kart with high acceleration gains speed very quickly. However,
               in the long run, it won't go very fast.
Weight       - I'm pretty sure you can guess this one. Generally, the lighter
               the kart, lower the top speed will be.
Handling     - A high stat in this category means that when not drifting, the 
               kart will lose almost no speed.
Drift        - A higher drift stat means you will drift inward. The lower the
               stat, the more you swing when you drift.
Items        - The higher this stat is, the better your items will be, AND the
               less damage will be done to you from an item.

 Enjoy, the guide and make sure when you're done, you're a total kart expert!!

Oh, and P.S. If you don't know what weight classes are I have something for ya!

Light Characters  - These have good acceleration and handling.
Medium Characters - These are well rounded out.
Heavy Characters  - These have good speed and wild drift/item stats.

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| Light Karts | (.003.) | Games                                               |
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Here is a list of the light karts. If you like acceleration, look here!

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Peach               | Royale            | Standard PC       | Light Tripper   |
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Speed               | 4.0               | 4.6               | 5.0             |
Acceleration        | 7.0               | 7.2               | 7.5             |
Weight              | 6.7               | 5.4               | 4.1             |
Handling            | 4.3               | 4.8               | 5.0             |
Drift               | 9.3               | 9.8               | 10.             |
Items               | 10.               | 6.5               | 3.2             |
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Yoshi               | Egg 1             | Standard YS       | Cucumber        |
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Speed               | 6.0               | 5.4               | 5.0             |
Acceleration        | 9.1               | 9.0               | 8.9             |
Weight              | 3.3               | 5.1               | 5.8             |
Handling            | 9.0               | 8.3               | 8.0             |
Drift               | 4.0               | 3.9               | 3.6             |
Items               | 3.2               | 6.5               | 10.             |
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Toad                | Mushmellow        | Standard TD       | 4-Wheel Cradle  |
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Speed               | 4.1               | 3.9               | 3.1             |
Acceleration        | 8.9               | 8.4               | 8.2             |
Weight              | 3.2               | 5.0               | 6.0             |
Handling            | 7.0               | 6.4               | 6.0             |
Drift               | 7.0               | 6.5               | 6.3             |
Items               | 3.1               | 6.5               | 10.             |
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Dry Bones           | Banisher          | Standard DB       | Dry Bomber      |
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Speed               | 2.3               | 3.0               | 3.2             |
Acceleration        | 9.8               | 10.               | 10.             |
Weight              | 5.0               | 4.5               | 4.0             |
Handling            | 9.1               | 9.8               | 10.             |
Drift               | 4.2               | 4.6               | 4.9             |
Items               | 10.               | 6.5               | 3.1             |
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| Light Awards | (.004.) | ripped_steve , The Canadian Jay6 , Games           |
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Here, I will give awards to the light karts.

Best Speed        - Egg 1
Best Acceleration - Standard DB
Lightest Weight   - Mushmellow
Best Handling     - Dry Bomber
Most Inward Drift - Light Tripper
Best Item Power   - Royale
Best Light Kart   - Dry Bomber       

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| Medium Karts | (.005.) | Games                                              |
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Here is a list of medium karts. If you like to be all-around, look here!

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Mario               | B Dasher          | Standard MR       | Shooting Star   |
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Speed               | 5.8               | 6.4               | 6.6             |
Acceleration        | 7.0               | 7.2               | 7.3             |
Weight              | 8.2               | 6.5               | 4.6             |
Handling            | 5.1               | 5.5               | 6.0             |
Drift               | 5.5               | 5.7               | 5.9             |
Items               | 10.               | 6.5               | 3.2             |
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Luigi               | Poltergust 4000   | Standard LG       | Streamliner     |
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Speed               | 7.5               | 7.1               | 6.5             |
Acceleration        | 7.5               | 7.2               | 7.0             |
Weight              | 4.9               | 6.3               | 7.2             |
Handling            | 7.7               | 7.2               | 7.0             |
Drift               | 3.2               | 3.1               | 3.0             |
Items               | 3.2               | 6.5               | 10.             |
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Daisy               | Power Flower      | Standard DS       | Light Dancer    |
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Speed               | 5.8               | 6.4               | 6.6             |
Acceleration        | 6.0               | 6.3               | 6.5             |
Weight              | 6.0               | 5.8               | 4.5             |
Handling            | 3.4               | 4.0               | 4.1             |
Drift               | 8.4               | 8.8               | 9.0             |
Items               | 10.               | 6.5               | 3.1             |
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Waluigi             | Gold Mantis       | Standard WL       | Zipper          |
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Speed               | 7.5               | 7.1               | 6.6             |
Acceleration        | 6.4               | 6.2               | 6.0             |
Weight              | 6.3               | 6.6               | 7.0             |
Handling            | 6.0               | 5.6               | 5.1             |
Drift               | 5.9               | 5.7               | 5.5             |
Items               | 3.2               | 6.5               | 10.             |
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| Medium Awards | (.006.) | ripped_steve , The Canadian Jay6 , Games          |
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Here, I will give awards to the medium karts.

Best Speed        - Gold Mantis
Best Acceleration - Poltergust 4000
Lightest Weight   - Light Dancer
Best Handling     - Poltergust 4000
Most Inward Drift - Light Dancer
Best Item Power   - Power Flower
Best Medium Kart  - Poltergust 4000

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| Heavy Karts | (.007.) | Games                                               |
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This is a list of all the heavy karts. If you like good speed, look here!

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Wario               | Brute             | Standard WR       | Dragonfly       |
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Speed               | 9.2               | 8.9               | 8.2             |
Acceleration        | 5.2               | 5.0               | 4.5             |
Weight              | 6.7               | 7.5               | 9.1             |
Handling            | 5.1               | 4.8               | 4.4             |
Drift               | 5.0               | 4.6               | 4.3             |
Items               | 3.1               | 6.5               | 10.             |
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Donkey Kong         | Rambi Rider       | Standard DK       | Wildlife        |
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Speed               | 7.3               | 8.0               | 8.4             |
Acceleration        | 4.2               | 4.7               | 5.0             |
Weight              | 9.0               | 7.2               | 6.3             |
Handling            | 3.0               | 3.3               | 3.6             |
Drift               | 7.3               | 7.7               | 8.0             |
Items               | 10.               | 6.5               | 3.1             |
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Bowser              | Tyrant            | Standard BW       | Hurricane       |
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Speed               | 9.0               | 9.8               | 10.             |
Acceleration        | 2.2               | 3.0               | 3.2             |
Weight              | 10.               | 8.1               | 8.0             |
Handling            | 2.3               | 2.8               | 3.1             |
Drift               | 6.3               | 6.6               | 7.0             |
Items               | 10.               | 6.5               | 3.2             |
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R.O.B.              | ROB LGS           | Standard RB       | ROB BLS         |
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Speed               | 9.0               | 9.6               | 10.             |
Acceleration        | 4.7               | 5.2               | 5.5             |
Weight              | 8.9               | 8.3               | 7.5             |
Handling            | 6.1               | 6.5               | 7.0             |
Drift               | 2.5               | 2.7               | 2.8             |
Items               | 10.               | 6.7               | 3.3             |
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| Heavy Awards | (.008.) | ripped_steve , The Canadian Jay6 , Games           |
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Here, I will give awards to the heavy karts.

Best Speed        - Hurricane
Best Acceleration - ROB BLS
Lightest Weight   - Brute
Best Handling     - ROB BLS
Most Inward Drift - Wildlife
Best Item Power   - Dragonfly
Best Heavy Kart   - ROB BLS

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| Hidden Stats | (.009.)
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There is one stat that is not shown. That is offroad. The higher the offroad,
the less speed is taken away when off the track. Here are karts with offroad...

Dry Bomber
Egg 1
Poltergust 4000

There are your offroad karts. Note that generally the lighter the kart, the 
better the offroad stat is. Now this makes the Dry Bomber EVEN more awesome!!

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| FAQ | (.010.)
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Here is a list of some FAQ's. These are just made up, I've gotten no questions!

Q - Who is the best light character and kart?
A - I think that Dry Bones in the Dry Bomber makes a killer combo.

Q - Who is the best medium character and kart?
A - I think that Luigi in the Poltergust 4000 is a good medium combo.

Q - Who is the best heavy character and kart?
A - R.O.B. in the ROB BLS is by far the best heavy combination.

Q - Who/What do you use?
A - Either Daisy in the Power Flower, or Dry Bones in the Dry Bomber.

Q - What is the best weight class?
A - Light. I think light is best for snaking.

Q - What's snaking?
A - Check a different guide. :-P

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| Version History | (.011.)
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Version 1.00 - Just a complete guide with charts.
07/16/2008

Version 1.20 - Added (.009.) and (.011.) to the guide.
07/18/2008

Version 1.25 - Made corrections to (.009.), (.010.) and (.006.)
07/19/2008

Version 1.4  - Fixed headers, stats, character boxes, and (.002.)
07/62/2008

Version 1.45 - Added things and corrected in (.012.) Fixed headers.

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| Thank You to... | (.012.) | llamaman2 , vinheim                             |
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Nintendo             - For making this game.
The ASCII Generator  - For making my art. www.network-science.de/ascii
Shigeru Miyamoto     - For making Mario and such.
The Mario Kart Staff - Oh, my those ghosts are good.
The Reader (you)     - For reading this character guide.
The Writer (me!)     - Not selfish. This was hard.
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CJayC                - For the site.
SBAllen              - For posting all the guides.
Games                - Reviewed my guide. Credit for 1.4
ripped_steve         - Pointed out my drift stat. Credit for 1.4
The Canadian Jay6    - Same as above^. Credit for 1.4
llamaman2            - Helped with thanks. Credit for 1.45
vinheim              - Same as above^. Credit for 1.45
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