I became curious in class the other day when the Mario Kart players were selecting characters to play as – we got two Waluigis, for example, and some people were playing as characters I’d never even seen before. The couple of times I’ve played Mario Kart in the past year or so, I’ve almost always picked Yoshi, mostly because that was the character I happened to pick the first time I played the game. So, I was wondering what motivated peoples’ choice of characters, and this is a post where I’m hoping people will comment and talk about whether they have character preferences and, if so, why? Not just for Mario Kart necessarily, but really for any game that lets you pick from a large pre-set list. Do you tend to pick characters whose individual games you’ve played before, or do you pick based on certain character traits or skills that are more useful in the competition?