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Mario Kart 7 takes the checkered flag
Dec 22, 2011
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Rev up those engines. Mario, his Nintendo pals and their driving machines are back and this time they are racing on the 3DS.
Perhaps the best rendition of the Nintendo classic racer, Mario Kart 7 is pimped out with some new, unexpected innovations. Wisely, Nintendo has not mucked with the successful formula. You select your character from a roster of racers and the more races you win, the more rewards (racers, tracks) you unlock. However, you have the option now of using the gyroscope controls to race with a first person perspective. Simple but good stuff.
All of the familiar courses have returned with some new ones including a Donkey Kong Jungle course, Rainbow Road and Music Park which has racers cruising along keyboards and weaving around massive musical notes.
Along with the new tracks, there are new weapons to scoop and trip up your foes with. The Tanooki Tail lets you whip other drivers and items at close range. Lucky 7 are seven items to use at your disposal. And then there is the Fire Flower allowing you to hurl fiery balls at anything that is foolish enough to get in your way as you burn rubber.
The most inventive additions though - the glider wings and underwater driving are what really changes the base Mario Kart gameplay. Granting they take a bit of getting used to, the glider wings are a game changer. If used correctly, they can give you a considerable advantage over the other racers. The underwater portions (especially during the retro Koopa Beach track) change things up and open new areas, racing options.
In developing Mario Kart 7, Nintendo was not looking to reinvent the wheel. The 3D environment offers some extravagant eye candy and the latest improvements will entice veteran players to get behind the wheel once again. With Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, Nintendo finally has the must-own premium titles for the should-have ground-breaking 3DS system.
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