In the universe of handheld gaming, Mario Kart 7 reigns supreme as the crown jewel of the 3DS platform. This game revs up the time-honored Mario Kart experience, featuring iconic characters and pitting them against each other in wildly entertaining races. With four main single-player modes—Grand Prix, Time Trial, Balloon Battle, and Coin Runners—this game offers many ways to challenge yourself and others. Whether it’s going head-to-head against AI characters for trophies in Grand Prix or racing against the clock in Time Trial, this game keeps you hooked. If you’re feeling sociable, two modes, Balloon Battle and Coin Runners, are available for online competition, where the globe becomes your racetrack.
WHEELS ON THE 3DS GO ‘ROUND AND ‘ROUND: SINGLE-PLAYER MODES
So, let’s talk modes, folks! Grand Prix is the bread and butter of Mario Kart 7, where you can race against seven AI-controlled characters, all vying for the holy grail—a sparkling trophy. You better bring your A-game, as your trophy’s luster depends on your finishing rank. Ah yes, the thrill of the hunt! Then there’s Time Trial for all you lone wolves out there. This is just you against time—a racer’s existential crisis! You speed around the track as quickly as possible, armed with three mushrooms. That’s right, you have three chances to gain the edge. Use them wisely, or forever hold your peace.
GOT A NEED FOR SPEED? VEHICLE CUSTOMIZATION
Now, we’re driving into the first-ever feature in Mario Kart 7 that allows you to CREATE your vehicle. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all go-karts! Choose your frame, wheels, and even your glider to concoct a driving machine that screams “you!” This feature offers endless possibilities, from speedy sports cars to quirky contraptions. Your kart is not just a vehicle; it’s an extension of your personality, a metal and rubber avatar on wheels!
INTERNET: WHERE EVERYONE IS A CHAMPION… OR SO THEY THINK
It’s time to talk about modes that let you show off to the entire world: Balloon Battle and Coin Runners. It’s simple—you collect items and pummel your global competitors. You rack points for each well-aimed green shell or clever banana peel drop. And after two nail-biting minutes, the person with the most issues walks away with bragging rights. It’s the ultimate playground showdown but online, so Karen from Australia or Taro from Japan might be your next balloon-popping victim.
WIDER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER: NEW TRACKS
Hold on to your (racing) hats! This game is not resting on its laurels. Sixteen new tracks are added to the fray, making 32 courses to race on. You’ll find a mix of new terrains and nostalgic tracks from previous editions. It’s like going on a world tour without ever leaving your couch! So whether it’s a quick lap around Coconut Mall or a mad dash through Rainbow Road, you’ll find a racetrack that will either make you a legend or a laughingstock.
WRAP-UP: WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN
This version has all the delightful elements that made you fall in love with Mario Kart in the first place. You still get to race as your favorite characters—Mario, Luigi, or even Princess Peach. But what sets this game apart are its innovative features that align perfectly with what’s familiar. The vehicle customization options, the multiplayer online modes, and a plethora of old and new tracks ensure that the game is as refreshing as a mushroom speed boost.
In a nutshell, Mario Kart 7 strikes the perfect balance between the traditional and the novel. It’s the chocolate and peanut butter of racing games—two great tastes. So hit the tracks, and may the best Mario Kart aficionado win!