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Mario Kart 7
MarioKart7CoverNTSC
North American boxart for Mario Kart 7.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Retro Studios[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario Kart series
Release date JP December 1, 2011[2]
NA December 4, 2011[3]
EU December 2, 2011
AU December 3, 2011
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer
Ratings ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: 3
CERO: A
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Previous game Mario Kart Wii (2008)
Next game Mario Kart 8 (2014)

Mario Kart 7 is a game in the Mario Kart series. It was released for the Nintendo 3DS and is the seventh installment in the Mario Kart series (and the ninth installment in the whole series including the arcade installments). Ghost data is able to be exchanged and online gameplay is available in multiplayer mode in this game.[4]

This installment allows players to customize their own vehicle instead of driving default vehicles in previous games, including custom parts such as hang gliders and propellers. Thanks to this, players can drive underwater and glide in mid air.

Gameplay

MK3D First Person

The option to race in first-person mode.

This game had many several radical changes to make it different from previous Mario Kart games.

Players now have the option of collecting coins while racing. At specific points in the game, the karts will sprout either hang gliders and propellers, allowing for racing in the air and underwater. This is the first time a character can go underwater.

The game also has kart customization options, allowing players to make custom karts out of a set of pieces, but some of the pieces need to be unlocked first. The game also introduces Retro Karts (Karts returning from other Mario Kart series)

Several courses from past Mario Kart games return in the Retro Cups, including, SNES Rainbow Road, Mushroom Gorge, Daisy Cruiser, Kalimari Desert, and Bowser's Castle 1. There are only three retro battle arenas, unlike in Mario Kart Wii, where there are six battle arenas.

The game has the option to race in first person view, meaning that the players can see the track up close for the first time through the character's own eyes, tilting the 3DS side to side to steer.

Unlike Mario Kart Wii, the game returns to the traditional 8 characters per race. To add on to this, bikes, which were introduced in Mario Kart Wii, do not return in this game, but the player is still able to perform tricks.

It is also compatible with StreetPass and SpotPass.

Characters

Playable

Starters

Unlockables

Non-Playable Characters

Character Statistics

Like in Mario Kart Wii, certain characters receive specific boosts for stats depending on their weight class.

Character Statistics
Weight Class Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Water Air Land Water Air

Items

Courses

New Courses

Super Mushroom Artwork - Super Mario 3D World Fireflower3dworld Starman Special Cup
Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Toad Circuit Wuhu Loop Piranha Plant Slide DK Jungle
Daisy Hills Mario Circuit Wario Shipyard Rosalina's Ice World
Cheep-Cheep Lagoon Music Park Neo Bowser City Bowser's Castle
Shy Guy Bazaar Rock Rock Mountain Maka Wuhu Rainbow Road

Retro Courses

Green Shell Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Banana (Mario Kart Wii) 3dworldleaf LightningBoltMK8
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
N64 Koopa Beach N64 Kalimari Desert N64 Royal Raceway Wii Koopa Cape
GBA Mario Circuit SNES Mario Circuit 2 DS Wario Stadium GBA Broken Pier
Wii Mushroom Gorge Wii Coconut Mall GBA Ribbon Road DS Airship Fortress
GCN Daisy Cruiser GBA Bowser Castle 1 Wii Maple Treeway SNES Rainbow Road

Battle Arenas

Retro New
GBA Battle Course 1 Honeybee Hive
N64 Big Donut Sherbet Rink
DS Palm Shore Wuhu Town

Vehicle Customization

Mario Kart 7 introduces the feature that allows players to customize their vehicle. Before racing, players are able to choose their body, tire and glider to have their kart built. The other parts require Coins to be unlocked. The build of the kart determines how the vehicle handles in situations.

Vehicle Parts and Stats

Each part can affect the statistics of the vehicle. The units of the stats are out of 6. The stats of Speed, Acceleration, Weight, Handling and Off-Road are only visible in-game. The list displays the names in North America, the European names will be displayed in parentheses under the North American names.


Vehicle Part Bonuses
Karts
Kart Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Sea Air Land Sea Air
MK7 Toad-Standard Kart
Standard*
0
MK7 Gold Kart
Gold Standard
(Gold Kart)
+0.25 0 -0.25 -0.25 +0.25 0 0 0 -0.25 -0.25 0 -0.25
MK7 Birthday Girl
Birthday Girl**
(Royal Ribbon)
-0.5 +0.5 +0.5 +0.5 -0.25 +0.5 +0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Bumble V
Bumble V
0 0 +0.5 +0.5 -0.25 -0.5 0 +0.25 +0.25 +1.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Bruiser
Bruiser
(Growlster)
+0.5 -0.5 -0.25 -0.25 +0.25 -0.5 0 0 0 +0.5 0 -0.25
MK7 Soda Jet
Soda Jet
+0.25 -0.5 +0.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Tiny Tug
Tiny Tug
-0.5 +1.5 -0.25 0 +0.25 0 +0.5 0 +0.25 -0.5 0 -0.25
MK7 Cact-X
Cact-X
-0.25 +0.5 -0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 0 0 +0.25 -0.5 0 0
MK7 Koopa Clown
Koopa Clown
0 0 0 -0.25 0 +0.5 +0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +1.5 0 0
MK7 Cloud 9
Cloud 9
-0.5 +1 +0.5 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 +0.5 +0.25 0 +0.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Zucchini
Zucchini
(Gherkin)
+0.5 -0.5 -0.25 -0.25 0 -0.25 0 0 0 -0.5 0 0
MK7 Blue Seven
Blue Seven
+0.5 0 -0.25 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 0 -0.5 0 -0.25
MK7 Bolt Buggy
Bolt Buggy
+0.25 -0.5 -0.25 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +0.25 0 0 -0.25

Retro Karts

Kart Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Sea Air Land Sea Air
MK7 B Dasher
B Dasher
+0.5 -0.5 0 -0.5 0 +0.25 0 0 -0.25 0 0 0
MK7 Egg 1
Egg 1
-0.25 +1.5 +0.5 +0.5 -0.25 0 0 0 0 +0.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Barrel Train
Barrel Train
+0.25 -0.75 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.5 0 0 0 +1.5 0 -0.25
MK7 Pipe Frame
Pipe Frame*
-0.25 +1 +0.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 +0.25 +0.25 +0.5 0 +0.25

Tires

Tire Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Sea Air Land Sea Air
MK7 Standard Wheel
Standard
(Normal)
0
MK7 Gold Tires
Gold Tires
(Gold Wheels)
+1 -1 0 -0.5 +0.5 -1.25 0 -1 -2.5 0 0 -1
MK7 Roller
Roller
-0.75 +1 +1 +0.75 -1 +2 +1.25 +1 -1.25 +1 +1 -1
MK7 Slim
Slim
-0.25 0 0 +0.25 -0.25 +1.25 +1.25 0 -1.25 -1 +1 +1
MK7 Slick
Slick
+1 -1 0 -0.25 +0.25 -1.25 -1.25 0 -2.5 0 0 +1
MK7 Sponge Tires
Sponge
-0.25 -1 +1 +0.5 -0.75 0 -1.25 +1 0 0 0 +1
MK7 Mushroom Wheels
Mushroom
+0.25 0 0 -0.25 -0.5 +1.25 0 0 -1.25 0 0 -1
MK7 Wood
Wood
(Wooden)
-0.5 +1 +1 +0.5 -0.5 +1.25 +2.5 +1 0 -1 +1 +1
MK7 Red Monster
Red Monster
+0.75 -1 0 -0.5 +0.75 -1.25 -1.25 -1 +1.25 +0.25 -1 -1
MK7 Monster
Monster
+0.75 -1 0 -0.75 +1 -1.25 -1.25 -1 +1.25 0 -1 0

Gliders

Glider Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Sea Air Land Sea Air
Mario Super Glider
Super Glider*
0
MK7 Gold Glider
Gold Glider
0
MK7 Peach Parasol
Peach Parasol**
0 0 -3 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +2 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
MK7 Flower Glider
Flower Glider
0 0 -3 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +2 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
MK7 Beast Glider
Beast Glider
(Ghastly Glider)
0
MK7 Swooper
Swooper
(Swoop)
0 0 -1.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +1 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
MK7 Paraglider
Paraglider
(Parafoil)
0 0 -1.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +1 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
*Changes color, depending on the character.
**Changes color, only when used by female characters.

Unlocking Criteria

The parts that are not required to be unlocked are the Standard body, Bolt Buggy, Birthday Girl, Standard tires, Monster, Roller and Super Glider. To unlock the other parts players must collect a certain amount of Coins to be collected from Grand Prix mode. Once the Coin amount is reached, a random part will be unlocked. Only the gold parts and Beast Glider have a certain criteria.

Coin Requirements

Players are able to unlock other vehicle parts through the following Coin amounts.

  • 50 coins
  • 100 coins
  • 150 coins
  • 200 coins
  • 250 coins
  • 300 coins
  • 400 coins
  • 500 coins
  • 600 coins
  • 700 coins
  • 800 coins
  • 900 coins
  • 1000 coins
  • 1200 coins
  • 1400 coins
  • 1600 coins
  • 1800 coins
  • 2000 coins
  • 2500 coins
  • 3000 coins
  • 3500 coins
  • 4000 coins
  • 4500 coins

Special Parts

Part Standard Criteria Coin Criteria
Gold Standard Obtain at least 10000 VR. Collect 20000 coins.
Gold Tires Obtain a minimum of one star ranking in all cups of every engine class. Collect 15000 coins.
Gold Glider Have a minimum of 100 StreetPass hits. Collect 10000 coins.
Gold Steering Wheel Race in 100 races using gyro-controls for 80% of the time -
Beast Glider - Collect 5000 coins. It's amount will decrease if players unlock kart parts via the StreetPass feature.

Staff Ghosts

Much Unlike in Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart Super Circuit Mario Kart Double Dash, Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii, there no Time Trial is no longer available have Staff Ghost in this game.

Technical Features

The 3D in this game is praised by most players and critics. Things such as flower petals and bats will fly at the player in this game.[5] Another thing noticed that had never been done before was the competition the player's character's face had. For example, when Mario and Luigi get close to each other, they would stare at each other competitively and keep an eye on each other. This was something new that never had been done before in a Mario Kart game.[7] The game's frame rate is at about sixty frames per second, even in online matches, which is good (considering the fact that online gameplay in Mario Kart Wii was slower by around 30 to 40 frames per second[citation needed]).[7]

Reception

The game was an outstanding success according to its reviews. Mario Kart 7 has received worldwide critical acclaim. The first review, from Famitsu, gave the game a 37/40. They praised the Community feature, making the game more accessible and finding the opponents using StreetPass was also a positive feature. The reviewer states that it's accessible enough that even new players can enjoy it, and when you get into it, you really get into it. Computer and Video Games gave the game a 9.4/10 and Eurogamer gave it an 8/10. Nintendo World Report gave the game a 8.5, stating that it is more of the same and the gliding mechanics feel underutilized.

It currently holds an 85/100 rating on Metacritic based on 60 critic reviews. The game is currently the top on Global Charts according to VGChartz as it has currently sold 2,115,873 copies worldwide under 15 days.

Trivia

  • This is the only Mario Kart game where Wario is an unlockable character, he's a starting character in the other games.
  • This is also the only post-Mario Kart: Double Dash!! game where Waluigi is not a playable character (though he was supposed to appear in the game as a playable character). However, his track Waluigi Pinball made an appearance as one of the retro tracks.
  • This is the only Mario spin-off game where Waluigi's course is seen without Waluigi as a playable character.
  • This game marks the second time Rosalina is playable in the series. Her other playable appearances are in Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U.
  • When unlocking a new kart part, if the player goes to the Mario Kart Channel to change parts, no jingle sound will play and the gift icon will not be there. However, still going into the Grand Prix or Time Trials, the gift icon will be there.
  • This is the first Mario Kart game that has a number for a title.
  • This is the seventh Mario Kart game.

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