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  • Summary: The latest installment of the Mario Kart franchise brings Mushroom Kingdom racing fun into 3D. For the first time, drivers explore new competitive kart possibilities such as soaring through the skies or plunging to the depths of the sea. New courses, strategic new abilities and customizableThe latest installment of the Mario Kart franchise brings Mushroom Kingdom racing fun into 3D. For the first time, drivers explore new competitive kart possibilities such as soaring through the skies or plunging to the depths of the sea. New courses, strategic new abilities and customizable karts bring the racing excitement to new levels. Expand
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  1. Positive: 64 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. Dec 2, 2011
    100
    With almost ten years of thrilling races behind them, even the most fine-tuned racing fireballs can show signs of fatigue. But rather than risking a break-down, Nintendo was smart enough to dismantle its Mario Kart core formula in order to correctly refreshen each and every one of its clogs before putting them back together. As an added bonus, the mechanic repainted it nicely and added some of the latest technologies. The end result roars at soon as the engine starts, and promises to run nicely for quite some time thanks to solid online features.
  2. Dec 16, 2011
    94
    The greatest parts of the previous Mario Karts, crushed into a cartridge the size of DK's brain. [Jan 2012, p.78]
  3. 90
    Mario Kart 7 is a great evolution in the context of the portable console. It stands out with its graphics, being at that level one of the best games for 3DS, maximizing the three dimensional effect so as to provide a remarkable game in visual terms.
  4. Nov 29, 2011
    88
    Nintendo hasn't recreated the wheel with Mario Kart 7, but the time spent in the garage has paid huge dividends. With a console-worthy list of modes and options, brand new gameplay paradigms, the best track roster in series history, and new customization depth to plumb, it certainly makes a case to be the best Mario Kart yet. It doesn't turn kart racing on its end, but it finds a near-perfect medium of similarity and discovery as it walks the fine line of risk and reward without spinning out.
  5. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    Even with Retro Studios helping the 7th installment is pretty much the same game. At minimum unfair elements like the blue shells should be corrected. Still even with the ultra-conservative approach multiplayer is satisfying. [Jan 2012]
  6. Dec 2, 2011
    80
    It's frustrating, rewarding, addictive and entertaining in almost equal measure, and as much as you'll rant and moan when your lead is snatched away on the last corner, you'll keep going back for more. To call it the best original game on 3DS might be overstretching the meaning of the word 'original' but, all the same, this is something that no 3DS owner should be without.
  7. Nov 29, 2011
    50
    As derivative as a game can get, and while we pour scorn on so many other games for rehashing themselves, something tells me this will get a free pass from many critics and gamers. That strikes me as ironic since Mario Kart 7 is the one game I'd hold up as the least deserving of any kind of leniency. It being an unadventurous and predictable retread, however, is only half of Mario Kart 7's problem. The other half is the fact that it's a lethargic and mundane game, easily outpaced by games that could be considered knock-offs of the formula Nintendo itself perfected.

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  1. Negative: 5 out of 168
  1. Dec 26, 2011
    10
    I've played and enjoyed Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart Double Dash, Mario Kart DS, and Mario Kart Wii but this certainly my favourite of all ofI've played and enjoyed Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart Double Dash, Mario Kart DS, and Mario Kart Wii but this certainly my favourite of all of them. The items from Mario Kart Wii are ditched (because they would mess up gliding and Lightning is just enough) and three new items take their place. One is the Lucky 7 which allows for the usage of the 7 items in the game (this really isn't overpowered though), the Fire Flower (which is really a refined version of the fireballs in Double Dash), and the Tanooki Tail (which is useful for collecting coins that you cannot just reach, stopping the weaker items from affecting you and close range attacks). This is certainly my 2nd favourite game of the year, behind Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception but in front of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2011
    10
    I liked Mario Kart DS and Wii a lot. This game has the playing style of the DS Version but the graphics of the Wii version. It also takes someI liked Mario Kart DS and Wii a lot. This game has the playing style of the DS Version but the graphics of the Wii version. It also takes some of the game mechanics of the Wii but has more of the elements that were in the DS version. It takes a lot from the previous versions of Mario Kart which is a good thing and it does not change much of the formula. I like the additions and the characters that are in the game. The online multiplayer is really good and I hope to use it a lot in the future. One of the best Mario Karts to date. Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2012
    9
    So good as always. This time with one 3D effect that it favors, very good graphs and new ideas that make it the Nintendo's indispensable oneSo good as always. This time with one 3D effect that it favors, very good graphs and new ideas that make it the Nintendo's indispensable one Nintendo 3DS. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2012
    9
    While i was fairly disappointed by the exclusion of the bikes (MKW) and the Missions (MKDS).. Mario Kart 7 new mechanics makes the gameWhile i was fairly disappointed by the exclusion of the bikes (MKW) and the Missions (MKDS).. Mario Kart 7 new mechanics makes the game somewhat funnier than the others!... Is Still the same fun game that i always enjoy. I've spend 100+ hours on it, and i'm not bored of it!... The Online is so great and functional! Expand
  5. Jan 12, 2014
    8
    This is a wonderful and probably the best racing game on the 3DS out here right now, and the quality of multiplayer greatly increases theThis is a wonderful and probably the best racing game on the 3DS out here right now, and the quality of multiplayer greatly increases the amount of play value in this game, but it lacks two things that can make this game a wonderful one to play on-the-go. The first thing is that there is no VS mode (aka single player, choose your own options tracks). This is a huge problem with the game, as there is probably no wifi therefore no online play for you to play when you are away. The second thing is that battles have time limits, which isn't much of a downside, but if you remember MKDS, There was never a limit. You could play and have fun while screwing with the AI as much as you want. The roster is also quite small, but that could be changed with a dlc or update. This game is still a wonderful solid game that should be played by all mario-kart and racing game fans!

    Gameplay: 9/10
    Story: N/A
    Music: 8.5/10
    Presentation: 7/10
    Length: 9/10
    Overall: 8/10
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  6. Mar 24, 2012
    8
    The newest entry of Mario Kart is definitely fun with some glaring faults. There is no mission mode this time around which is a real shame.The newest entry of Mario Kart is definitely fun with some glaring faults. There is no mission mode this time around which is a real shame. Single player consists of grand prix, time trial, and battle. Grand prix has eight cups with four having new courses and the rest with old tracks. Time trial has yourself trying to beat your own times with an option to race ghosts. Battle mode is a disappointment. There are only six tracks with coin battle being broken since once you have ten coins, you can't grab any more. This makes you just run away for the rest of the race. The main reason you would want this game is for the multiplayer. The online is flawless with a constant sixty frames per second. There is also no snaking anymore which is a huge plus. If you are a Mario Kart fan, you owe yourself to to purchase this fun experience for the 3DS. Expand
  7. Jul 5, 2014
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Mario Kart 7 has a tiny character roster, with lots of crappy characters. Because there is no anti-gravity, hang gliding and underwater racing felt random and out of place. The big downside is the fact that races have only 8 people instead of 12. Customization was cool, but there weren't enough options. Expand

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