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Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)

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Description

Mario Kart 7 is the seventh installment of the fast paced kart racing game which features an all-star cast from the Super Mario universe. The game continues the tradition of featuring various courses for eight players to race through while using a number of different power ups; avoiding banana peels, and launching red shell projectiles at rival opponents. The mechanics of Mario Kart have evolved allowing the race karts to transform in the middle of a race between a hang glider and a hydro submersible vehicle upon encountering aerial of underwater course segments respectively. The customization also introduces new features in building the ultimate vehicle, choosing from various frames which range in weight, a selection of tires which affect the handling of the vehicle on certain surfaces. There are 32 selectable tracks of which sixteen are new tracks, and the others are enhanced tracks from previous games. Several returning items like Koopa Shells, Banana Peels, and Super Mushrooms are present. Mario Kart 7 also features three items new to the Mario Kart series: the Fire Flower, the Super Leaf, and Lucky 7, which bestows seven items at once. In addition to traditional controls, Mario Kart 7 can be played using the Nintendo 3DS gyroscope, in which the action is viewed in first person and the player steers the kart simply by turning the entire game system. While racing, collecting coins can provide the vehicle with a brief boost of speed.

Multiplayer is supported for up to eight people in Grand Prix, VS, and Battle Modes. Time trial "ghost" data can be shared as well, and Nintendo 3DS owners who don't have the game can use the Download & Play option to join in Grand Prix mode. The improved multiplayer mode allows eight players to connect online and compete together. Players will be treated with a detailed stat tracker that can be exchanged with other players through StreetPass and SpotPass networking features. The innovative community feature allows for several online customization, matchmaking, and player networking.

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Alternate Titles

  • "马力欧卡丁车7" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Mǎlìōu Kǎdīngchē 7" -- Chinese title

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Mar 11, 2012 A+ 100
Official Nintendo Magazine Nov 28, 2011 93 out of 100 93
Tech-Gaming Dec 07, 2011 A- 91
GamezGeneration Dec 01, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Gamereactor (Spain) Dec 02, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Canadian Online Gamers Network Dec 02, 2011 90 out of 100 90
Meristation Nov 28, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
NintendoWorldReport Nov 29, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Dec 01, 2011 8 out of 10 80
1UP Nov 29, 2011 B- 67

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Trivia

Shortcut glitch

There is an unfortunate game-breaking glitch on the course Wuhu Loop - or Wuhu Mountain Loop in Europe. Near the start of the second section a player can hop over some rocks, far enough into the water for them to be transported to the third section and almost right at the end of the course. This works online too, however Nintendo has stated it will not be fixed:

Thanks for your patience in waiting for a response during this busy time of year. We are aware that it is possible to navigate a certain part of the track in Wuhu Island in a way that allows a large part of the course to be bypassed. There are no plans to update the game to remove this shortcut as doing so would create an unfair advantage for the users of the original release of the game. Rest assured your comments have been added to our records for Mario Kart 7.

Awards

  • GamePro (Germany)
    • 2011 - #2 Handheld Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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Kyoto Report (247) added Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS) on Jan 14, 2012