Since the days of the Super Nintendo in the early ‘90s, Mario Kart has been one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises.
The series has grown enormously since then with Mario Kart Wii selling around 30m units and Mario Kart DS topping 20m units globally to date. It is also a commercial runaway success.
Now, six years after the last portable Mario Kart, millions of fans are eagerly waiting for the series’ 3DS debut.
“The Mario Kart franchise continues to evolve,” says Roger Langford, junior product manager at Nintendo. “New courses, strategic new abilities and customisable karts bring the racing excitement to new heights.
”Boasting underwater sections, hang gliders, Miis and stages taken from Donkey Kong Country Returns and Wii Sports Resort, Mario Kart 7 promises to be more than just another instalment in the series.
Play your Karts right
All the fan-favourite characters return including Bowser, Yoshi, and the plumber himself, while new racers include Metal Mario and Lakitu.?Players can even race with their own Mii characters.
Gamers can also modify their karts, choosing from a variety of sizes, shapes and tyres. Smaller tyres are ideal for tarmac tracks while chunkier ones are perfect for off-road stages.
Mario Kart 7 also uses the 3DS’ SpotPass and StreetPass features, with gamers able to race each other in local wireless matches or online. They can also exchange time trial data wirelessly and beat each other’s fastest times.
Alongside Super Mario 3D Land, Mario fans will be in for a treat with not one, but two brand new Mario games to keep them satisfied over the festive period.
Mario Kart 7 topped IGN’s list of most anticipated 3DS games last year, putting it higher than other potential smash hits Layton, Metal Gear, Resident Evil and even Zelda.
A brief history of Mario Kart
Since Super Mario Kart arrived in 1992, there has been one Mario Kart game for each Nintendo format, including the N64, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, DS and Wii.
Outdoor sites will advertise the game alongside a TV and online ad campaign targeting kids and their christmas lists.
Mario Kart margin maker
Nintendo has teamed up with Tomy for a range of Mario Kart K’Nex sets. There are 12 different products, ranging from the £7.99 Bike Building set to the £99.99 Bowser’s Castle set.