1. Introduction 2. The Battle Modes 3. Balloon Battle 4. Shine Runners 5. Closing 1. Introduction This guide describes the Battle mode of Mario Kart DS. I will cover both modes in the game. 2. The Battle Modes There are two battle modes: Balloon Battle and Shine Runners. Let's start off with Balloon Battle. 3. Balloon Battle Ah, Balloon Battle... to say the least, everyone knows what this mode is, so if you know it well, skip this section, if you wish. In this mode, you and seven other players will be competing against each other to pop the other players balloons. Unlike the past Mario Kart games, you inflate the balloons at the top right corner of the screen into the Mic (you can also press and hold Select). All the items except for the Spiny Shell and Thunderbolt are included in this mode, so use them to your advantage. There are four ways to lose your balloons: 1. Fall off the stage, depending on the one you're playing. 2. Get hit by an invincible player. 3. Get hit by an item in some way. 4. Get rammed by a player using a Mushroom (in other words, its stolen!). If you perform number four on an opponent, you can steal a balloon too. 4. Shine Runners This mode is kind of like Shine Thief in Mario Kart Double Dash!!, but there are more players, and you can do this by yourself. In this mode, you compete to get more Shine Sprites, little sun-like things, than anyone else. Depending on the stage, they will apear in many places. There are three ways to lose a Shine: to find out the ways, see above (you CANNOT lose/steal a Shine by using a Mushroom). Unlike Balloon Battle, the Thunderbolt can be used. 5. Closing Well, another day, another guide, so if you need to print this out, go ahead. Until next time, farewell.