And here's another game that's aged poorly. The DS port of Diddy Kong Racing. Yikes.
Let me rewind. I have never played Diddy Kong Racing on the N64. I never cared to. I wasn't a fan of the Donkey Kong Country series after that first SNES game. I don't have any attachment to Diddy Kong. And I wasn't a huge N64 fan back in the day. (I'm a bigger fan of N64 now). But most importantly: Mario Kart 64 existed. Why on earth would anyone play Diddy Kong Racing instead of Mario Kart 64? I don't know.
That said, I found the DS port at a yard sale for $2, so why not? What I quickly found out was that the racing itself is a perfectly fine rip off of the Mario Kart series. BUT the game is stupid. It has a hub world and you do missions and collect balloons and OMG there's A STORY. Ugh.
SO much of the momentum is killed in that hub world. Just let me race! I don't want to collect balloons to unlock doors. I don't want to find hidden doors. Just let me race.
Nope. I'll just stick to Mario Kart. Thank you.