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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 customizable karts bring the racing excitement to new levels. Expand
Score distribution:
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 151
  1. Dec 28, 2011
    10
    This game is amazing and with 3d, flying, swimming, new tracks, new charecters, and tons of extras with great online this is the second best game on the 3ds behing super mario 3d land. Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is amazing with all of the kart customizations and I do believe that driving under water is one of the best things that you can do in this game. And the fact that underwater looks beautiful. And that they put in some of the fan favorite tracks from Mario kart wii. I do even like that you can get gold kart parts Expand
  3. 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 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
  4. Apr 16, 2012
    9
    Kart racing at it's best! the 3d works flawlessly and the sheer amount of content is awesome!

    but the best part is the multiplayer... which
    makes this game constantly challenging (when you're not racing against someone on the buggy Wuhu track to be a dirty, shameless cheater.) can't give this game a perfect score because of the bugged track(s.) otherwise, if you are looking for a racing game that's fun, frantic and will keep you coming back for more, this is the game you've been looking for. Expand
  5. Mar 17, 2012
    8
    Mario Kart 7 is one of the best games in series. Everything in the Mario Kart formula has been improved and there are also some new additions. There are many ways to enjoy Mario Kart 7, you can race alone, race with a friend in local multiplayer or head online and vs up to 8 players from around the world. There are great new additions. You an now customize your kart. There are gliders, different types of wheel and a big selection or karts. The customization could of been a bit deeper but still works well. The 3D graphics are great but playing in 2D is best. The new gyroscope controls are innovative but the classic controls are best. Mario Kart 7 is a great game and is another must have title for the 3DS Expand
  6. Oct 20, 2013
    8
    Definitely the best game on the 3ds. The gliders and going underwater are great improvements, and I loved a lot of the courses, and no bad items all the new ones are good and they got rid of the fake item box. 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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