Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
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This game has a prototype article
This game has a prerelease article
The GameCube was a shaky transition for the Mario series. The quality of the other Mario games for the 'Cube were highly debated (the former considerably less) and seemed to be slightly rushed, given the massive amount of unused content in both games.
That all stopped when this game came out.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is the first and only Mario Kart game where players drive with two characters at once, and was the first title in the series to introduce the concept of choosing different vehicles. Highly praised for its unique mechanics, it's considered one of the poster children for the GameCube. Also, Toadette.
- 1 Course Dedications
- 2 Missing Stages
- 3 Debug Content
- 4 Unused Models
- 5 Unused Graphics
- 6 Japanese Contest Code
- 7 Misplaced Heart
- 8 Screenshot Feature
- 9 Regional Differences
Internal file names for the courses, which give the theme or character the track is dedicated to, indicate that some of the otherwise-neutral tracks were actually dedicated to certain characters.
- Mushroom Bridge: Koopa Troopa (Nokonoko)
- Mushroom City: Paratroopa (Patapata)
- Dino Dino Jungle: Diddy Kong
- Baby Park: while the course shows it is dedicated to both Baby characters, the file name is for Baby Luigi.
The internal course folders for the battle stages are marked as MiniX, where X is the battle stage number. These numbers range from 1 to 8, meaning that there was originally going to be 8 stages, but in the final game there were only 6. The 2 stage ids that are not used in the final are Mini4 and Mini6. The music track ids further help this theory, where the id of Mini3 (Block City) is 0x36, the id of Mini5 (Tilt-A-Kart) is 0x38, and the id of Mini7 is 0x3A: thus, rendering 0x37 and 0x39 unused.
Internally referenced in the game's code is something named TestMap. According to the list, there were a total of 27 test maps, from Test1 to Test27.
Codes for other versions.
The debug camera can be controlled with a second controller plugged into port 2. Pressing the D Pad Up/Down will enable the debug camera on the first controller.
Debug Camera Controls:
- B/A: Zoom In/Out
- Y/X: Move Up/Down
- L/R: Rotate Left/Right
- Stick Up/Down: Look Up/Down
- D Pad Up/Down: Move Forward/Backward
- DPad Left/Right: Strafe Left/Right
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Draw Debug Process Bar
Shows some bars at the bottom.
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Leftover debugInfoS.MAP file
The debugInfoS.MAP contains some original sources for Mario Kart: Double Dash.
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File: MarioKartDD-DebugInfoS.7z (656kb) (info)
Hot Air Balloon
A hot air balloon. It has two textures for it. It can be seen at a early screenshot of Dry Dry Desert.
Early Course Map
The file packs for Mushroom City contain an extra version of the mini-map from earlier in development. The file, named patapata_course_map is twice the size of the final mini-maps, and reads "patapata course map". The name of the used mini-map is patapata_map.
Being as the awards ceremony takes place on a copy of Peach Beach, the files for it also contain a mini-map of the course. However, like the unused course map above, this one is twice the size of the final mini-maps, and is rotated 180º compared to the final Peach Beach mini-map. Strangely, it follows the mini-map naming convention, with the name award_map.
The most interesting thing in the pack, however, is this early version of the course's logo. Note that Peach's hair is down, as opposed to tied up in a ponytail as it is in the final game. This is also notable for being the only course logo image to be included within the files for the course it belongs to.
Placeholder Trophies found at courseselect.arc/timg.
An icon related to the ability to switch between the two chosen characters' roles. Found in records.arc/timg.
Thank you for playing
The game uses a bfn font file to give out a "Thank you" message in the ending, making this graphic version unused. The message is also in English across all releases.
GameCube Controller Texture
An unused texture that would have been used for the controller in the Nintendo GameCube Stage.
Japanese Contest Code
A Japanese contest code can be seen in all versions of the game in Time Trials. You can see it by pressing L, R, L, R, X, Y, X, Y, Z once it gives you options after the race. Once the code is entered, a contest code will appear at the bottom of the screen.
A Flash application exists that can be used to decode the 16 character long code. Each code contains the track played on, which kart was used, which two characters were selected, total time for the trial, and the best lap time.
There is a misplaced heart outside the sky box of Rainbow Road. It has the texture for the heart on the front, and a yellow texture on the back.
A symbol map from a very early version of the game exists, and it contains a lot of symbols for unused features that were planned for the final game. However, there is code that doesn't exist in the final game, and it is a screenshot feature. The following functions are present in the old symbol map:
ScrnShot::createScrnShot(int, int, _GXTexFmt) ScrnShot::ScrnShot(int, int, _GXTexFmt) ScrnShot::capture() ScrnShot::saveFile() ScrnShot::convTextureToBitmap() ScrnShot::genMessage(JORMContext *) ScrnShot::listenPropertyEvent(JORPropertyEvent const *) ScrnShot::sScrnShot()
Due to none of this being in the final game, it is unknown on what these functions would have returned.
The Double Dash!! logo had a thinner font in the Japanese release.