I have now concluded that in mario kart ds, your item statistics matter not in online play with 1-3 people. You get the same luck as everyone else. I was online, and i was very far behind the person in first (there were only 2 of us) and i was using a kart that gets the best items and my opponent had a kart that got the worst items, and on the final lap, all i got were a red shell, a green shell on a banana. Then i was playing on a different level with him, and i was in first by barely anything, we were neck and neck, and i got a banana and he got a freakin star. I just wanted to warn everyone that your item statistics aren't as important as youwould think.