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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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  • Developer: Retro Studios, Entertainment Analysis & Development Division
  • Genre(s): Driving, Racing, Arcade, Kart, Kart, Automobile
  • # of players: Up to 8
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: E
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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. Games Master UK
    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. Pelit (Finland)
    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: 6 out of 230
  1. Apr 28, 2014
    10
    This is probably the best Mario Kart game yet! We've been playing it like crazy in multiplayer. It has a lot of new features too likeThis is probably the best Mario Kart game yet! We've been playing it like crazy in multiplayer. It has a lot of new features too like especially flight during the races. Look forward to more great racing games like this on the 3DS. 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. Dec 27, 2011
    9
    A very good game.The fly und drive under wather options are fantastic but 3d effekt is not perfekt
    It is the best Mario Kart game ever................
  4. Feb 21, 2013
    9
    This Mario Kart may not have had as big of an impact on its system as Mario Kart DS did, but it is unquestionably the best Mario Kart yet.This Mario Kart may not have had as big of an impact on its system as Mario Kart DS did, but it is unquestionably the best Mario Kart yet. The controls are very smooth and precise, and I have my own customized kart that I can maneuver almost perfectly. I was disappointed that there was no traditional versus mode with just one player and computers, but maybe that was something only I enjoyed. The lack of missions didn't bother me. The graphics for the most part were amazing, the best yet, although some character models like Bowser still seemed kind of clunky. The tracks weren't as memorable as past ones felt, but after going back to play Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart 7's tracks seemed a lot more complete and satisfying in comparison. The re-addition of coins is great as well. Mii characters are forgettable. Some character choices are questionable, especially the lack of Waluigi... but this is definitely the best Mario Kart I've ever played. Expand
  5. 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 badDefinitely 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
  6. Jul 19, 2020
    8
    It's not the best Mario Kart, but Mario Kart 7 is still an entertaining entry in the series.

    The additions of gliding, underwater driving,
    It's not the best Mario Kart, but Mario Kart 7 is still an entertaining entry in the series.

    The additions of gliding, underwater driving, and kart customisation are nice, adding new gameplay opportunities while retaining the fun formula. It's still as fun as Mario Kart has ever been; racing and/or battling your rivals remains a joyful experience. There's also a few new items; the Fire Flower lets you pelt opponents with fireballs, the Super Leaf has your kart sprout a tail which you can use to whack nearby opponents and items, and the Lucky Seven surrounds you with seven items (a bit crazy, but it still seems fair).

    The lack of a single-player VS mode is disappointing, but Mario Kart 7 is still recommended to any 3DS owner.
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  7. Dec 3, 2017
    0
    I don't think they could really mess up Mario Karty, this was by far the most advanced on a handheld. It had potential that they just ignoredI don't think they could really mess up Mario Karty, this was by far the most advanced on a handheld. It had potential that they just ignored though. They had a chance to bring back the mission mode from the original mario kart on the DS and it was missed out. Sad to see. So close to perfection Expand

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