Race your way through different courses and assure your victory alongside Mario and the gang in this arcade racing game â Mario Kart DS! Mario Kart DS is an arcade racing game for the NDS released in 2005 for the NDS. The game features various racing maps along the 12 playable characters where four of them can be unlocked when you win different trophies. Win through 16 different courses in various game modes such as the Grand Prix, time trial mode, versus mode, balloon mode, shine runners mode, mission mode and the battle mode! Reach your way to the finish line and delay your opponent by using different powerups that you can pick up on the course against them! Ride on! Enjoy!