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Mario Kart 7 has been released on 3DS and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Mario Kart 7 delivers its expected thrills brilliantly on the 3DS. Familiarity may have bred contempt with Mario Kart, but to miss out on this would be a real shame..."
- Novel Gamer (Wed, 08 Feb 2012)
"Mario Kart 7 leaves the random battling behind and delivers a real kart racing experience. Multiplayer modes lead a fleet of features to keep core fans just as happy as casual players..."
- Multiplayer Gamer (Tue, 13 Dec 2011)
"Mario Kart 7 3DS makes sense of Wii and Gamecube detours for the series and brings in to land a perfectly pitched portable version of the game you already know almost everything about..."
- Family Gamer (Tue, 29 Nov 2011)
A Nintendo console isn't complete until Mario Kart appears. Mario Kart 7 will see a vibrant return to the familiar kart-racing action, together with some new ideas - such as wings for gliding over the course after a successfully high jump and vehicle customisation, allowing a player to adjust their vehicle to suit their own play style.
However, Mario Kart 3DS also integrates many of the ideas that have been at the forefront of Nintendo's output in recent years. The ever-popular Mii characters can be chosen, instead of the stock choice of characters. Nintendo will also be making more use of Wuhu Island (familiar to anybody who has played Wii Fit or Pilotwings Resort), which is fast becoming a signature Nintendo location with a growing level of detail and character all of its own.
With a current release date of early December 2011, this could be another year in which Christmas Day rings with the sound of spinning shells and disgruntled yelps. Mario Kart 7 will feature local and internet multiplayer and it remains to be seen whether the released version will support Download Play, through which multiple 3DS users can play the game together using only one copy of the game. That could be the key feature which defines whether Mario Kart 7 will be a family favourite or a more solitary experience.
Mario Kart 7 is currently due for release for the Nintendo 3DS around the first week of December 2011.
Mario Kart 3DS gets a boost from 3DS visual horsepower and 3D display. The higher resolution display takes the compact nature of Mario Kart DS and moves it towards a Wii look and feel.
This, combined with the 3D element of the upper 3DS display and you have the pieces for an exciting Mario Kart game. As you'll see from the screenshots the game looks to include tracks from existing and classic Mario Kart games as well as new courses created specifically to capitalise on the 3DS features.
As you'll see from the screenshots the game looks to include tracks from existing and classic Mario Kart games as well as new courses created specifically to capitalise on the 3DS features.
We think it looks like the first Mario Kart game where you can control the camera with an analogue stick.
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