and you probably already figured this out, but just in case:
I see that happen a lot.
1) Snaking. There's lag, so sometimes, it looks like they are floating around like a crazy bee zipping back and forth on the track. If not you, then (s)he must have slower connection. But it's definitely snaking under induced lagging. There's no hovering existing.
2) No sparks seen from Karts while they are drifting/snaking/boosting:> Why? because in order to keep a smooth, non-skipping, game going, a few details had to be removed from the race in order to lessen the information being brought to your DS through the LAN connection (wi-fi). You don't see their spark details, because it's not "that important" to be transferred to your screen in order for the game to function well. So, you only see your OWN sparks being generated from your OWN DS...not theirs. Bummer
3) Items removed/Dragging items: Other things you'll realize that were removed to keep a game flowing is the removal of "3 shells" and the "3 bananas". Also, you can't "drag" the item behind your kart.
There's a lag that exists from DS to DS, no matter how fast teh connection is. usually, the lag is so minimal that it appears to be perfectly smooth. But, it's not...there's still a very minimal split second lag.
Think about how it looks when you throw a RED SHELL at the kart in front of you, and they are close enough for you see. You'll see that the shell will hit, but 1/2 a second later, the Kart will spin out.
Because of this lag, this is the reason why dragging your item (fake item box, shell, banana) isn't available on WiFi when you go Online. What if your opponent is dragging the item, there's lag, and you get hit by it from driving "too close behind him", but because of lag, in actuality, he's further ahead on HIS/HER screen and is still holding it. Equals-removed features.
4) Offline tracks in Online games: EXISTS! It's crazy, I know...i know.. But it does exist. A week ago, I was playing in the early morning (Pacific Time: Los Angeles) and "BOWSER CASTLE" was chosen from a RED TAGGED name (that means they are racing from Asia, and there were 3 of us, and both of them were RED: Asia). I got excited thinking that Nintendo finally released some Offline tracks from their server, so I quickly scanned the list for that track...Wasn't there. So I picked whatever track hoping that the voting system will choose BOWSER CASTLE. it didn't...and for the next race, an Online track was picked... I never saw offline tracks again after that race. I can vouch for offline tracks existing online. Whether you can race on them or not, I can't say for sure, but it looks like you definitely can.
Of COURSE, playing head-to-head with people in a room (WiFi Multiplayer. not online) will be as normal as playing by yourself. Every part of the game is in tact and you get all options opened (if unlocked) and usually there's no skipping in gameplay.
Sometimes, the game will have a 1/4 sec skip in the game for some reason. I think it has to do with the antennas (or DS's) being too close to one another, maybe...
Well, that's all I can think of that has affected my gameplay that I was able to research and figure out solutions to.
I don't know everything, but I do know quite a bit about gaming and this game in particular. If you are seeing anything weird or have questions about anythign about the game whether online or offline, post your question here and I'll try to figure it out for your via research or self-experience.
Have any rebuttles against my claims? Let me know, maybe I'm wrong on something and you can enlighten us! ^_^
Any other comments welcome and encouraged.
OH! I almost forgot, I'm new to this forum/group. My name is Jupiter in my game, Brian in real life, Peruru on livejournal. and my fried code is:
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