Mario Kart Impressions

A new system, a new Mario Kart. We get a first look at the latest entry in the long-running franchise.

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Ever since Super Mario Kart wowed the world in 1992, no Nintendo system is truly complete without a Mario Kart title to call its own. Thankfully, the Nintendo 3DS should get its own version soon enough. The demonstration Nintendo had in its booth wasn't playable, but the prerecorded footage looked like a lot of fun, and the 3D visuals were really well done.

The trailer started on a close-up of Mario drifting around a track. The karts look as detailed as the karts you would find in Double Dash, but there isn't an extra seat to slow things down. Instead, the kart designs look like the original in the franchise, which is a welcome return to simplicity. The first track took place outside of Peach's castle, with cherry blossom leaves blowing in the wind. Blue sparks shot off the wheels when we performed a power slide, though it's unclear if you need to quickly wiggle left and right to activate it.

The 3D effects are really well done. While watching Mario and Luigi race toward first place, it looked like a standard Mario Kart game, but items and objects were given the 3D treatment. When Luigi let loose a blooper on Mario, the ink had extra depth. Flying past bats in a cave had the same visual flair, and it was really cool having them fly into our face as we sped past. The newest rendition of Mario Kart looks to continue the franchise's proud tradition. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more coverage of this 3D racing game.

Discussion

101 comments
AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

Sweetness...this game needs to come SOON

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

Well....the DS systems are 1 step closer to PSP grafics!

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

" PHOENIX1617 If I don't buy a 3DS my life will be incomplete!" In my case, if Super Mario World 3D will not materialise, then my life will be incomplete.

hj2471
hj2471

This game is goig to be awesome im totally getting this

zeldamario221
zeldamario221

my dsi just broke :( i need to buy a 3ds now...

Silinel
Silinel

" PHOENIX1617 If I don't buy a 3DS my life will be incomplete!" Comments like this make the gaming industry smile.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

This will be awesome, just like Ocarina Of Time. Mario Kart DS is fun, but this should be better.

chaosofpantang
chaosofpantang

nintendo are finally making what may be the perfect handheld games console, its so cool and not overdone

Igissx
Igissx

Ive been wowed with the 3ds since the first day, and not wowed on how sony is thrashing it, but i am glad to think there is a possiblity of this: The 3ds can possibly make horror games scary again...i know...its weird isnt it? Imagine playing R.E on the 3ds and hesitating turning a corner, and BLAM...zombie jumps out in 3d effect and chomps your neck...

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

Thank you, Nintendo, for not making the whole thing "too much".

chartovar
chartovar

If the past versions of Mario Kart didn´t score 10/10, this one is going to do it for sure! I bet my dogs on it!!!

justincoool
justincoool

This is a no brainer for me. I love Mario Kart and this one seems like it could be one of the very best! :)

JixHedgehog
JixHedgehog

They have to be very careful with that... the Mario Kart series ranges from possibly one of the best racers ever (Mario Kart DS + the original) to one of the worst games ever made (Mario Kart Wii) Hopefully it'll be more like the former rather than the latter

PHOENIX1617
PHOENIX1617

If I don't buy a 3DS my life will be incomplete!

Sly_Boogy07
Sly_Boogy07

"those graphics look like a wii game! i wonder if they can make super mario sunshine 3D?" A Wii game? better then that, its better then my psp go, and the psp go has better then my 360 on AV cables, and sunshine? i want a galaxies iteration, whos with me on that?

Kolby157
Kolby157

I think i am going to start saving up for a 3ds

Brilliant_R
Brilliant_R

"NINTENDO 3DS FTW!!!" Hm... close... "NINTENDO AS ALWAYS FTW!!!" That's more like it. ((=

wario96
wario96

those graphics look like a wii game! i wonder if they can make super mario sunshine 3D?

justincoool
justincoool

I can't wait to get my hands on a 3D Mario Kart. C'mon Ninty, announce the price and release date. :)

Eagles931
Eagles931

OMG!! Im so buying this 3DS for eve- *has a stroke*

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

theres even a saints row and adriver game along side a kingdom hearts and a re and a bloodrayne zelda mario 3d pilotwings resort dk3ds ,,kirby 3ds , ,,,,,,,,,omg killing line up day one

WildStyle123
WildStyle123

I NEED THIS SO BAD! There even going to have a Starfox64 remake and there going to have Paper Mario. Who knows they may even make a Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS.

drew36chambers
drew36chambers

I am not a fan of handheld systems by any means, but I will most definitely be purchasing an 3DS. 3D Ocarina of time?! 3D mario kart?! 3D resident evil?! TBA is just too far away

phillipgresbach
phillipgresbach

I personally want a 3DS, and I've decided to save up. To skimp out on certain games. Even Pokemon White, huh, no Zoroark. Ask for only money for B Days Holidays, or any other occasion.

Flint247
Flint247

Just hope they do something about the people who hack and cheat. That's what ruined the past 2 MK games. Other than that, I can't wait. :D

sman3579
sman3579

Can't wait to get this game.

Ardain
Ardain

Thank you for taking your time to read my comment. Growing up over the years and looking back on the past makes you think a lot games you know you'll replay and games you feel you wasted your time on, but really it was time well spent.

al_win
al_win

idk about the price and release for 3DS and any of the 3DS games, but one things for sure. Big N has alot of game players wrapped around their finger waiting to hear the release date and price....

killer690
killer690

- @Ardain, I see your point, but at least they always make some gameplay changes, not like the fifa o madden series, that really is the same game over and over and over and over and over and over again -

Brennios
Brennios

I cant wait to see the trailer for it.

Ardain
Ardain

Really I don't keep all the Mario Kart games. The way i look at it, is It's the same game, but it's updated. I have a few games, but not all of them. Great series, just I think there's no point to have all of them. It's the same game over and over. Same with Super Smash Bros. The first game was awesome, but compare to the others, it's slow. Malee is my personal Favorite Brawl is awesome but doesn't seem as chaotic.

Ardain
Ardain

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GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Check out these screenshots! OMG they look better then Wii graphics! No lie!: http://www.gamespot.com/search.html?qs=3DS+games Go into the shots of all screenshot sections of all 3 games and look at them in full view mode. Insane! I'm getting this! The games all look ten times better then anything the Wii can do!

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

3ds will be the last portable system ill ever buy

Dekanis
Dekanis

Can't wait for the 3ds. If I am wise with my money i should be able to buy one, but there are so many great games coming to wii and a lot of great games coming to ds... What is funny is that if there was one thing i could change about Ocarina of time (if the rumors are true and they are making it on the 3ds), it would be that Zelda not have such a receding hairline, just it kind of bothered me. Well I am just way too excited for 3ds... I might have to reduce the amount of games I plan on buying this year...

shafe-man
shafe-man

@thc512 I know. I just got a job (im 15) like 2 weeks ago, and I don't think I'll be able to buy super mario galaxy 2 anymore....I mean, I haven't been a Nintendo fan for a while. I just go with what I think is the best for that respective generation (Genesis, GBA, PS1, PS2). So I haven't played any of those 64 games, and I'm really happy they're remaking them. :D I can't buy anything from now till the holidays if I want to get all the new games..........THERE ARE LIKE 15 games that I want to buy, and even with current DS prices I could barely buy 8 plus the 3DS itself. Maybe if I work overtime.........

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Great, as long as it does not suck like Double Dash, I'm up for it.