Asia Shippin' Out Dec. 4-10: Mario Kart 7

Go-karting, Monopoly-esque property acquisitions, and first-person shooting are the top choices for the week.


Battlefield 3
Mario Kart 7
Fortune Street

Following up after last week's release of Infinity Blade II, the starting week of December brings in a few more notable hits on Asian gaming shelves, particularly on Nintendo's side. First up is Mario Kart 7, the next iteration of the Mario Kart franchise for the 3DS.

The racing game now features 3D visuals, 32 tracks, and kart customization. GameSpot's recent review praised it for its track design and customization but criticized it for certain online implementations and a lack of a mission mode. Check out the full article here.

Next up is the English version of Nintendo and Square Enix's Itadaki Street series, now called Fortune Street, for the Wii. This version is the first time the series is published outside of its native language.

Similar to Monopoly, the game has players roll a die to determine how far they move across the board, and they must purchase as many property blocks as possible. Gamers win a round of the game by making it back to the bank with the board's required amount of stocks, property value, and available gold. Players have a choice of using characters from the Mario and Dragon Quest franchises, like Mario, Luigi, Yangus, Jessica, and Princess Peach.

Finally, gamers can check out the very first DLC for Battlefield 3, subtitled Back to Karkand. The download features four big maps from previous games and a new mode called Conquest Assault. The mode puts a team of defenders against a team of attackers as they fight all over three different flag-capture points, with the catch being that the attackers start with fewer respawns and the defenders don't have any spawn bases. Gamers who preordered the title will get the map for free, while everyone else will have to spend $15 for it.

Dec. 4
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)

Dec. 5
Fortune Street (Wii)

Dec. 6
Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Face Racers: Photo Finish (3DS)
Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D (3DS)

Dec. 9
Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk (iOS, Android)

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