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Mario Kart 7
MarioKart7CoverNTSC
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]

This installment allows players to customize their own vehicle instead of driving default vehicles in previous games.

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

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
Feather ToadMKWKoopaTroopa-MKWii-IconShyGuyIcon-MK7LakituIcon-MK7
3 3 4 4 2.25 3 2.5 2.25 4 2.75 1.75 4.25
Light PeachMKWDaisyMKWYoshi-MKWii-Icon
3.25 3 4 3.5 2.75 3 2.5 2.25 3.75 2.5 1.75 3.25
Medium MarioMKWLuigiMKWMii MK8
3.5 2.75 4 3 3.25 2.75 2.25 2 3.75 2.5 1.75 3.25
Cruiser DonkeyKongMKWRosalinaMKWWigglerIcon-MK7
3.75 2.5 4 2.5 3.75 2.5 2 1.75 3.75 2.25 1.75 2.25
Heavy BowserMKWWarioMKWMetalMarioIcon-MK7QueenBeeIcon-MK7
4 2.5 4 2 4.25 2.5 2 1.75 3.5 2.25 1.75 2.25

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 Bowser Castle 1 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 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 like in Mario Kart Wii, Staff Ghosts appear in this game. To unlock Expert Staff Ghosts, players must beat the Normal Ghosts that are available from the start of Time Trial mode.

Normal Staff Ghosts

Course Staff Name Time Character Vehicle Combination
Body Tires Glider
Toad Circuit Nin★KATIE 01:35.135 ToadMKW MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Standard Wheel MK7 Toad-Super Glider
Daisy Hills Nin★Terui♪ 02:06.351 DaisyMKW MK7 Birthday Girl MK7 Roller MK7 Peach Parasol
Cheep Cheep Lagoon Nin★Gonta♪ 01:53.758 PeachMKW MK7 Birthday Girl MK7 Roller MK7 Peach Parasol
Shy Guy Bazaar Ret★TEAGUE 02:31.167 ShyGuyIcon-MK7 MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Roller Mario Super Glider
Wuhu Loop Ret★Bryan 01:44.287 PeachMKW MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Peach Parasol
Mario Circuit Nin★Miki★ 02:25.001 MarioMKW MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Standard Wheel Mario Super Glider
Music Park Nin★wtnbt 02:19.336 RosalinaMKW MK7 Birthday Girl MK7 Roller MK7 Rosalina-Super Glider
Rock Rock Mountain Nin★Morimo 02:35.105 WigglerIcon-MK7 MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Red Monster Mario Super Glider
Piranha Plant Slide Nin★tBando 02:20.186 LakituIcon-MK7 MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Monster Mario Super Glider
Wario Shipyard Nin★Miyamo 02:26.268 WarioMKW MK7 Bolt Buggy MK7 Monster Mario Super Glider
Neo Bowser City Ret★Chuck 02:11.032 MetalMarioIcon-MK7 MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Standard Wheel Mario Super Glider
Maka Wuhu Ret★Reed 01:50.607 Yoshi-MKWii-Icon MK7 Bumble V MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Paraglider
DK Jungle Ret★Derek 02:24.040 DonkeyKongMKW MK7 Bolt Buggy MK7 Red Monster Mario Super Glider
Rosalina's Ice World Ret★RLingo 02:25.784 RosalinaMKW MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Paraglider
Bowser's Castle Ret★Matt M 02:34.815 BowserMKW MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Monster MK7 Bowser-Super Glider
Rainbow Road Nin★Takamu 02:10.090 QueenBeeIcon-MK7 MK7 Birthday Girl MK7 Slim MK7 Peach Parasol
N64 Luigi Raceway Nin★McCoy 02:04.317 LuigiMKW MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Slick MK7 Luigi-Super Glider
GBA Bowser Castle 1 Nin★Hayata 01:31.030 BowserMKW MK7 Pipe Frame MK7 Standard Wheel MK7 Beast Glider
Wii Mushroom Gorge Nin★Kataok 02:02.292 ToadMKW MK7 Cloud 9 MK7 Mushroom Wheels MK7 Paraglider
DS Luigi's Mansion Nin★Konno 02:09.982 LuigiMKW MK7 Zucchini MK7 Slim MK7 Luigi-Super Glider
N64 Koopa Beach Ret★Amanda 01:54.274 KoopaTroopa-MKWii-Icon MK7 Pipe Frame MK7 Standard Wheel Mario Super Glider
SNES Mario Circuit 2 Nin★ITRO-S 01:28.106 MarioMKW MK7 Pipe Frame MK7 Standard Wheel Mario Super Glider
Wii Coconut Mall Ret★Thomas 02:30.117 QueenBeeIcon-MK7 MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Slim Mario Super Glider
DS Waluigi Pinball Ret★Bill 02:44.372 WarioMKW MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Slick MK7 Swooper
N64 Kalimari Desert Nin★Nishim 02:01.932 ShyGuyIcon-MK7 MK7 Cact-X MK7 Wood MK7 Swooper
DS DK Pass Ret★Sean 02:35.045 DonkeyKongMKW MK7 Barrel Train MK7 Wood Mario Super Glider
GCN Daisy Cruiser Nin★Dai8 01:49.564 DaisyMKW MK7 Pipe Frame MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Peach Parasol
Wii Maple Treeway Nin★Asakaw 02:53.560 WigglerIcon-MK7 MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Wood Mario Super Glider
Wii Koopa Cape Ret★Quinn 02:49.046 KoopaTroopa-MKWii-Icon MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Monster Mario Super Glider
GCN Dino Dino Jungle Nin★iwaco 02:29.837 Yoshi-MKWii-Icon MK7 Egg 1 MK7 Roller MK7 Paraglider
DS Airship Fortress Nin★OBSHNN 02:23.323 MetalMarioIcon-MK7 MK7 Zucchini MK7 Slick Mario Super Glider
SNES Rainbow Road Nin★YABUKI 01:34.459 LakituIcon-MK7 MK7 Pipe Frame MK7 Slim Mario Super Glider

Expert Staff Ghosts

Course Staff Name Time Character Vehicle Combination
Body Tires Glider
Toad Circuit Nin★ishi 01:26.632 ToadMKW MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Monster MK7 Toad-Super Glider
Daisy Hills Nin★SASAKI 01:51.111 DaisyMKW MK7 Birthday Girl MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Daisy-Super Glider
Cheep Cheep Lagoon Nin★Tkdr 01:42.011 PeachMKW MK7 Tiny Tug MK7 Roller MK7 Peach Parasol
Shy Guy Bazaar Ret★RWO 02:14.714 ShyGuyIcon-MK7 MK7 Pipe Frame MK7 Monster MK7 Paraglider
Wuhu Loop Nin★nkm 01:32.854 PeachMKW MK7 Pipe Frame MK7 Slick MK7 Peach Parasol
Mario Circuit Nin★raba 02:10.018 MarioMKW MK7 B Dasher MK7 Slick Mario Super Glider
Music Park Nin★Masa 02:07.551 RosalinaMKW MK7 Soda Jet MK7 Slim MK7 Paraglider
Rock Rock Mountain Nin★Hiroma 02:19.149 WigglerIcon-MK7 MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Mushroom Wheels MK7 Flower Glider
Piranha Plant Slide Nin★JIKU 02:06.540 LakituIcon-MK7 MK7 Cloud 9 MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Paraglider
Wario Shipyard Nin★syun1 02:12.313 WarioMKW MK7 Bruiser MK7 Slim MK7 Beast Glider
Neo Bowser City Ret★Matt M 01:58.996 MetalMarioIcon-MK7 MK7 Blue Seven MK7 Monster MK7 Paraglider
Maka Wuhu Nin★Chucky 01:39.361 Yoshi-MKWii-Icon MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Monster MK7 Yoshi-Super Glider
DK Jungle Ret★Dupree 02:10.777 DonkeyKongMKW MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Wood MK7 Swooper
Rosalina's Ice World Ret★Dax 02:13.091 RosalinaMKW MK7 Zucchini MK7 Red Monster MK7 Rosalina-Super Glider
Bowser's Castle Ret★Tom 02:15.244 BowserMKW MK7 Bruiser MK7 Red Monster MK7 Beast Glider
Rainbow Road Nin★Asakur 01:52.077 QueenBeeIcon-MK7 MK7 Bumble V MK7 Standard Wheel MK7 Flower Glider
N64 Luigi Raceway Nin★miyakw 01:52.206 LuigiMKW MK7 Pipe Frame MK7 Slick MK7 Paraglider
GBA Bowser Castle 1 Nin★hokwai 01:22.221 BowserMKW MK7 Koopa Clown MK7 Roller MK7 Bowser-Super Glider
Wii Mushroom Gorge Ret★Jay 01:50.526 ToadMKW MK7 Pipe Frame MK7 Monster MK7 Toad-Super Glider
DS Luigi's Mansion Ret★Vince 01:58.539 LuigiMKW MK7 Egg 1 MK7 Monster MK7 Paraglider
N64 Koopa Beach Nin★ueda 01:42.909 KoopaTroopa-MKWii-Icon MK7 Soda Jet MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Paraglider
SNES Mario Circuit 2 Nin★==Kony 01:17.777 MarioMKW MK7 B Dasher MK7 Slick Mario Super Glider
Wii Coconut Mall Ret★RyanP 02:14.167 QueenBeeIcon-MK7 MK7 Koopa Clown MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Paraglider
DS Waluigi Pinball Nin★Nahhr 02:27.574 WarioMKW MK7 Bruiser MK7 Slim MK7 Beast Glider
N64 Kalimari Desert Nin★KOZ★ 01:48.707 ShyGuyIcon-MK7 MK7 Bolt Buggy MK7 Red Monster MK7 Beast Glider
DS DK Pass Nin★MaTU 02:16.534 DonkeyKongMKW MK7 Bolt Buggy MK7 Red Monster MK7 Paraglider
GCN Daisy Cruiser Ret★Carlos 01:43.341 DaisyMKW MK7 Tiny Tug MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Peach Parasol
Wii Maple Treeway Ret★Bill 02:34.877 WigglerIcon-MK7 MK7 Egg 1 MK7 Sponge Tires MK7 Flower Glider
Wii Koopa Cape Ret★Shane 02:28.585 KoopaTroopa-MKWii-Icon MK7 Cact-X MK7 Standard Wheel MK7 Flower Glider
GCN Dino Dino Jungle Ret★Will 02:14.430 Yoshi-MKWii-Icon MK7 Egg 1 MK7 Monster MK7 Swooper
DS Airship Fortress Ret★Shane 02:07.704 MetalMarioIcon-MK7 MK7 Toad-Standard Kart MK7 Monster Mario Super Glider
SNES Rainbow Road Nin★SRIWtm 01:21.994 LakituIcon-MK7 MK7 Cloud 9 MK7 Roller MK7 Paraglider

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.

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