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Mickey's Speedway USA; May Game of the Month
Topic Started: May 1 2017, 09:39 AM (333 Views)
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This was an immediate get for me thanks to Nintendo Power hyping it up so well. Even years later on this message board I've said it deserves to be a notable third alongside Mario kart 64 and Diddy Kong racing. How do I feel at this moment? Not as passionate as I was but it's still a good game.

The game itself plays fantastic. The controls are as tight as you'd expect from a first party or Rare game on the system. The racetracks are compelling and have some cool features to them, even if their generic city names (as opposed to Rainbow Road or Walrus Cove) make them harder to remember. Contest mode provides a decent add-on to Mario Kart's Battle mode and the Steamboat arena is notable for just being a really cool and well executed stage.

The problem lies with the presentation. I get that it's a Mickey Mouse game, but it all just seems too "kiddie" for me. The interactive menus are really neat to look at, but it's a constant reminder that this game is made for the younger set. When I played the game when I was younger, I had the music turned all the way down so I can't say much about it, but what I do remember also gives off that "kiddie" vibe. The most egregious example of this aesthetic, though, is the voice acting. Donald and Pete fare pretty well here, but everybody else's one liners sounded like things either little kids (whee! oopsie!) or old people (why I never! The very idea!) would say. The character-specific lines (Mickey would say something different if hit by Minnie or Donald, for example) was a neat idea but ultimately flopped because of the execution.

I may be griping a lot about this game, but it's still a good time with friends. Just think of it more as an "expansion pack" to Mario Kart and Diddy Kong Racing, rather than as an amazing game by itself. Most characters have some kind of parallel to each other between all three games (Peach/Pipsy/Minnie or Bowser/Krunch/Pete for example) and they all have that tight control so if you can play one you can most likely enjoy all three. Mickey's Speedway USA may be the clear third place, but it's a darn good trifecta :)
Edited by ItalianBaptist, May 10 2017, 07:02 PM.
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