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Mario Kart 7
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Boxart for Mario Kart 7.
Developer(s) Nintendo, 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 the 3DS installment of the Mario Kart. It is 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). It is currently the only Mario Kart game on the Nintendo 3DS. Ghost data is able to be exchanged and online gameplay is available in multiplayer mode in this game.[4]

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 games, 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 anywhere and not drown.

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 Luigi's Mansion, 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 eight 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 able to perform tricks.

It is also compatible with StreetPass and SpotPass.

Characters

Playable

Starters

Unlockables

Other

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 Luigi Raceway N64 Koopa Beach N64 Kalimari Desert Wii Koopa Cape
GBA Daisy Hills SNES Mario Circuit 2 DS DK Pass GCN Dino Dino Jungle
Wii Mushroom Gorge Wii Coconut Mall GCN Daisy Cruiser DS Airship Fortress
DS Luigi's Mansion DS Waluigi Pinball Wii Maple Treeway SNES Rainbow Road

Battle courses

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

Karts

New

Retro Karts

Extras

Wheels

Gliders

Battle Arenas

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

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 first Mario spin-off game where Wario is an unlockable character.
  • This is also the only post-Mario Kart: Double Dash!! game where Waluigi is not a playable character (though he was originally going to appear in the game). However, his track Waluigi Pinball made an appearance as one of the retro tracks.

Gallery

For a robust list of images and screenshot for Mario Kart 7, please go here: Mario Kart 7/gallery

References in other media

Trailers

References

External links

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