Mario Kart 7 - Racing From a New Perspective

We sit down, use some coarse language, and experience some of the new things coming soon in Mario Kart 7.

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Mario Kart DS still continues to sell well, considering it was released more than five years ago. Because of its success, there is a lot riding on the upcoming Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS in terms of continuing the strong kart racing tradition on this new platform. There are a lot of new things coming to the franchise this December, and we recently had the opportunity to experience some of what the game has to offer.

Pay attention to what is in front of you!

Racing online and with others was a big part of what made the last game so successful. It was easy to get into a match and race for hours. For Mario Kart 7, Nintendo is implementing a new feature called Online Communities, which should make racing with friends a more streamlined affair. Creating a community is simple: create a group, set up the parameters, and then pass off the group's unique code to those you want to include. They enter the code on their 3DSs and then begin racing.

Communities allow you to create race-specific scenarios that you and others can race at any time. If you and your friends enjoy 150cc races with only specific power-ups, then you can create them. Leaderboards will also be in place to let you see how friends race against each other. You'll be able to share and compare statistics, ghost times, and other features with friends within the community. There is no limit to how many people join a group, so it can involve a small handful of people or an entire school of friends.

Online integration doesn't simply involve Online Communities. Mario Kart 7 will take full advantage of both StreetPass and SpotPass functionality in a number of different ways. The StreetPass feature will let you share data with people, including your ghost times, record, favorite course or cups, and coins. It will even allow you to easily invite others into your online community. With the SpotPass features, you can send out ghost times of the best races from around the world and even get new time-attack challenges.

Playing with others, we had the chance to sit down and race in four of the eight available cups in local multiplayer. There will be four modes available in multiplayer, and we got to try out Grand Prix. It was pretty straightforward; it had four races in a particular cup challenge, with the best racer after the four races declared the winner. The initial four cups were mushroom, flower, shell, and banana, with the other four being unlocked as you progress through the game. Multiplayer was a blast to play and there were a few situations where we exchanged some foul languages after races.

Soaring high in the sky!

As in previous games in the franchise, kart customization is available and factors heavily because courses do vary. The new kart add-on is a glider, and there are a few courses that use it quite prominently. After riding off a very high ledge, your kart will trigger glider mode and be able to sail in the sky for a certain amount of time. Gliding can be short or long, depending on how you decide to use it. In a lot of races, if you manage to stay in the sky long enough, it gives your car a slight advantage over those on the ground; thus, knowing the courses and taking advantage of flight can really make up time.

In terms of racing, there are also a couple of new features. There are three new power-ups available in Mario Kart 7. The tanooki tail acts as a defense mechanism that allows the racer to deflect oncoming shells, which may cause damage. If you're leading a race, it can't prevent a blue shell, but being able to swat away red and green shells can be quite helpful. There is also a new flower power-up that gives you a moment to shoot fireballs at racers in front of you; if you time these correctly, they offer good range but last a brief amount of time. So shoot as many as you can before they disappear.

The last new power-up could be viewed as the one that significantly changes the course of a race. The lucky 7 gives the racer access to every other power-up; you'll get a red shell, speed mushroom, banana, and so forth. If used correctly, it can cause serious problems for the other racers. Getting the lucky 7 is extremely rare, and in our many races, only one person managed to take advantage of its power.

One thing a lot of racing gamers enjoy is racing inside the cockpit of their vehicles. Past Mario Kart games haven't included this feature, but Mario Kart 7 finally offers the ability to race from inside the kart. First-person kart racing is done using the gyroscope to steer, and surprisingly, it works really well. It takes about a minute or so to adjust to the new perspective, but the cars handle really well and only a slight tilt to the left or right is required to steer. To power slide, all you need to do is tilt a bit more aggressively. Although the gyroscope works well for steering, it isn't mandatory; you can still use the circle pad to control your kart if you wish.

When you get the lucky 7 power up, your opposition best be afraid.

Mario Kart has always included a lot of treats, and we've only touched on a few of them, which fans of the series can expect this December. The ability to create online communities with friends, share data easily with strangers and race inside the kart only touch the surface because there is a lot more that hasn't been revealed, or there just wasn't enough time. Thankfully, though, Mario Kart 7 arrives for the Nintendo 3DS on December 4.

Discussion

51 comments
guitardeth3
guitardeth3

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OseiWar
OseiWar

Lucky number 7 is so haxx but why do I love it so much?

baytown91
baytown91

@jekyll and jedinortd_basic. They took out snaking in mario kart wii.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

This game looks better every day. I'm especially excited for the return of the 'classic kart' which hasn't been seen since Super Circuit on the GBA.

cjetter
cjetter

This looks like a great game. I am buying

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

@jekyll Ya I also lost interest due to all the snaking. It took all the fun out of the game.

jekyll
jekyll

@tevic They look 'off' because these are 2D images of a 3D picture.

jekyll
jekyll

If they can just make snaking impossible, I'd be interested in this. Snaking's why I lost interest in MK DS.

Eternal_Phoenix
Eternal_Phoenix

Oh boy, I cant wait to get this game, go online and get slaughter by snaking flying karts!! And in the odd chance that the above doesnt happen, I'll be first place for 95% of the race only to get consecutively blue-shell'd, red-shell'd, starman'd, turbo mushroom'd, bullet-bill'd... and finally get banana peel slip by the 15th kart as I'm left in the dust of my former glory. It will be the BEST MK EVER!!!

falcon_99
falcon_99

Mario Kart is a awesome multiplayer game.We can have fun with just one race and that's amazing!!!So,since it is a good game i hope they make it even better!

flyingman123
flyingman123

Mario Kart wii was a awesome game. The only promblem was tho that being in 1st place gives you no power ups and it was really unblanced. However, when the make Mario Kart 7 I hope the fix the unbalnce issue and the 1st place promblem. Do that and Ill say this game deserves a 10.

KJsmashdude
KJsmashdude

Sounds awsome! I would LOVE if Nintendo brought back tournements for this game. It would just be another awsome feature to keep people playing!

tevic
tevic

God the environments look so ugly !!!

benandmax
benandmax

Anyone hear how the underwater works?

Flint247
Flint247

This will be the best Mario Kart game, yet! I can't wait to soar through the skies! :D The community option sounds great. Day 1 purchase for me. :)

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

im looking forward to the release of the game will be really fun also trying to raise the number of games on my 3ds

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@zpluffy I've got one thing to say to that: CoD.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

"As in previous games in the franchise, kart customization is available and factors heavily because courses do vary. " That's not true. Kart Customization is new in MarioKart 7. Well anyway,whatever. I'm really excited for this game. I recall blowing many Saturday afternoons with Double Dash!! on the Gamecube with my brother. Some of the happiest,and angriest times of my life right there.

leapMC
leapMC

Hey santa... I've been good can I have plz? ^^

excelx213
excelx213

i just downloaded the 3d video of this game on my 3ds and first thing i said was... wow! i'm not gonna lie but this game on 3d looks great! and so does luigis mansion 2.

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

cool but we need a brand new zelda game just for 3ds please

yoyou225
yoyou225

It's hard to deny this games imminent success. Even my COD and Battlefield friends love MarioKart. The new things the game has also sounds great too. The luck 7, the glider, the tanooki tail... it's just gonna be awesome. No one can deny that.

Pookster11
Pookster11

This game looks very interesting...in a good way!

Xx51LLYR4BB1TxX
Xx51LLYR4BB1TxX

Wow I can't wait for this game to come out looks so awsome. This is what I love about the 3ds all the first party games coming out for it don't get boring to play no matter how long you've had them starfox 64 3d for example but anyway can't wait look's so good.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@duron2 I can give you many reasons why you may want to get a 3DS. (Although a lot of these titles are first party games) - Ocarina of Time 3D - Star Fox 64 3D - Super Mario 3D Land - Mario Kart 7 (of course) - Luigi's Mansion 2 - Kid Icarus: Uprising - Smash Bros. Universe (2013) - Monster Hunter Portable 3

raphaelcoelho15
raphaelcoelho15

Yeah this game will be awesome, but, i really miss MK: Double Dash a lot because of the Specials and the fact taht you need to pick two characters in one car. Nintendo could create the option to you choose a car for two characters or only one and back with the Specials of each character. That would be awesome and plus jonining it with the play value of MK Wii !!!! Yeah, maybe in the future we could see that! I hope

duron2
duron2

Looks very cool, may be the reason I get a 3DS.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Day 1 purchase for SM3DL and MK7.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

That Lucky 7 thing sounds insane, you can tear the track apart with access to every power.

cubone285
cubone285

ill get this with the ice white 3ds ^_^ can't wait!

franzito
franzito

OMG Mario madness in kart returns YAY!

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

This games gonna be awesome, having fused the best aspects of Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii, especially with the Mario Kart channel, this is no doubt gonna be one of,if not,the best Mario Kart! Online Community!? Yeah, Nintendo's finally deciding to go deeper in multiplayer, Awesome! @Rovelius No, 3DS works differently, you add the friend code of your friends 3DS, after that, ALL Games with multiplayer will be playable with your friends automatically without having to do it again

zpluffy
zpluffy

MARIO mario maarioo MARIOOOO, there's too many marios. Wii move on, thats why ur falling behind, sheeeez

Shinobishyguy
Shinobishyguy

so where's the coarse languag- ...Oh I see what you did there Gamespot

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

The ability to pick which power ups are allowed in races is going to be great. Nothing worse than racing really well only to have your progress flattened by two POW blocks, a lightning bolt, and a blue shell... all in a row. Cheese city.

Rovelius
Rovelius

The accursed friend codes return?

Ovirew
Ovirew

I must say, a few months ago I was worried that this Mario Kart might not offer enough new content to differentiate itself from the other ones. Now I'm pleased with this news about the 'Communities' and the three new power-ups.

DarknautXXX
DarknautXXX

I wonder if they will have control pad steering. I always found it easier to play the Mario Kart games that have it than the control stick

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

3rd game I want when I get a 3DS, behind LOZ Ocarina of time 3D and Super Mario 3D Land.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

I almost want a 3DS just for this game. Mario Kart has consistently been the best kart racing game IMO of course its not a competitive genre either...

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

@Life-is-a-Game Agreed, good chance to show off the 3D too.

AxMxH
AxMxH

Ye ! also to much coming games and updates can not manage to arrange them rofl ! Peace !