We love an anniversary, over here at GAMINGbible. And today we raise a glass - well, a cuppa, since it's too early for the boozy stuff - to Mario Kart: Double Dash, the fourth game in the much-loved Mario Kart series.
Released for the GameCube on this day in 2003 (in the UK, at least), Double Dash switched up the traditional Karting formula by introducing vehicles carrying two characters at a time - and remains the sole entry in the series to feature this.
It was also the first Mario Kart to have racers drop their items upon being struck by something, be that a shell or a lightning blast - and that's something that has stayed present in the gameplay, to this day and 2017's exceptional Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Earning itself an excellent critical reception, Double Dash went on to sell around seven million copies, making it the second-best-selling GameCube title, after Super Smash Bros. Melee but comfortably ahead of era classics like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Metroid Prime.
Double Dash featured 16 tracks, some of which - like Baby Park, Yoshi Circuit and Dry Dry Desert - have reappeared in later games (indeed, those three can be raced in Mario Kart 8). Which leads us to a question for you, for your Wednesday afternoon (or whenever you're reading this):
What is the best-ever Mario Kart track?
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That's assuming, of course, you can even pick one, out of the many, many circuits to have starred in the eight main Mario Kart games to date (counting Deluxe and 8 as the same game, in that equation).
If pressed, I'd give a shout out to a few from the original Super Mario Kart of 1992 - like the rickety Ghost Valley 1 and its tricky shortcut, and the very first Rainbow Road, where the slightest wrong turn meant tumbling from the track. I was quite smitten with Mario Kart 64 for a while, so props to Choco Mountain and Koopa Troopa Beach.
But given that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the gold standard for Mario Kart, all told, I'd have to say my favourite track ever is... Uh, I don't know. I guess... If I had to... I'd say...
Mount Wario. There. I said it. What a course that is. Love it, love it.