I know I’m not the only one saying this but I’m a huge fan of the Mario Kart series and to be honest Mario Kart 7 was one of the reasons I bought my 3DS that and Fire Emblem and Monster Hunter. Mario Kart is one of those games which you can just keep playing and playing. To me I never get bored with playing Mario Kart or even feel like it’s just repeating itself because it just so much fun. The game also offers tracks that are seen in previous Mario Kart games which I thought was pretty sweet of Nintendo, giving fans that bit of nostalgia while playing the game. I played the Mario Kart on the Wii and loved that and basically craved more so I bought myself the 3DS to keep on racing.
Mario kart 7 is the ninth instalment in the series but the 7th game if you are running off the main series which is why the game is called Mario Kart 7. It’s also the 3rd Mario kart game that is playable on handheld consoles. The other two consist of Mario Kart: Super Circuit that came out on the Game Boy Advance which I have also played and loved and the other is Mario Kart DS which unfortunately this review didn’t have the pleasure in playing. The player has a few modes in which he/she can play. The first mode that stands out is the Grand Prix mode. This mode is fully single player, the player has three different race modes to choice from it is either the 50cc, 100cc or the 150cc mode. As you can probably tell the bigger the cc’s the more difficult the AI are and also makes it hard for the player to active three stars in the Grand Prix races. The Grand Prix’s that the player will participate in are:
Time Trails is another mode In which the player tries to get the best time they possible can round the tracks. Good thing about this mode is your best time will be saved and you will have a Ghost on that track. The Ghost can then be exchanged to other players using the Nintendo WI-FI connection. What I thought was cool is that you can have up to seven other Ghost Data’s on a single track at once which makes it a proper race but also a time trail race as well.
The other two modes are Balloon Battle and Coin Battle. These two modes are pretty simple you have to be the player at the end of the game with the most balloons or the most coins. You also have items that you can use to make the other AI in single player mode lose some of their balloons or coins.
The Best mode by far in my eyes will be the Online Multiplayer, where you can race with other players around the world or Battle them. This mode has to be one of the most competitive online expensive I have ever played. This is mainly because other players know how to play Mario kart and are miles better to race against than the AI. They also know how to use the items properly like yourself and know the fastest ways around the track. So it’s basically as if you are playing against pros and you will probably come like 1st once in a blue moon unless you are a speed demons like good old Vanellope Von Schweetz (Wreck it Ralph Joke). It can get very annoying and frustrating though because you can be leading most of the race and right on the last corner you will get blue shielded or red shelled out of nowhere and end up finishing last or near last.
You can play as some of the most iconic characters from the Mario franchise such as Mario himself, his brother Luigi or the guy that robs the princess in every game, yes I’m on about bowser… don’t really see why Mario invites him to come karting with him if he robs peach but oh well it’s not down to me who Mario invites racing. The core starting characters are:
The characters that the players can unlock are:
+Metal Mario (New Driver)
+Honey Queen (New Driver)
+Wiggler (New Driver)
+Lakitu (New Driver)
Characters also have different classes, these are feather, light, medium, cruiser and heavy. Each class plays and races differently. The lighter classes will go quicker than the heavier classes but the heavy classes because the heavier classes will weigh more but to be honest this doesn’t seem to make a big difference when playing in-game or I haven’t personally notice any problems because my main played racer is bowser and I seem to race just fine.
Customisation is also a key part and a new feature to the Mario kart series. The player gets to choice the chassis, wheels and also the glider to try to make the best kart possible. There are different combinations that the player can use to try to get the kart that best suits them as a player. This feature adds a lot more to the game because you keep playing the game to try to unlock more kart parts so that you can get that one true kart. The one kart to rule them all, the one kart to demolish them, the one kart to bet them all and in the dust leave them.
The 3D in the game is also a new big feature. Personally I don’t like the 3D on this game. Some tracks seem to use the 3D element really well but other tracks seem to put me off and can come across quite blurry. This might just be me but I wasn’t a big fan on the whole 3D element to the game but some people might like it. Like I said some tracks it worked really well on but some for me just didn’t work or wasn’t really needed.
Some other new features are the glider and under water segments in the game. If the player got enough air of a jump he/she would be able to glide which is a bit quicker than racing along the track and also there will be parts where the player will go under water. When this happens the player gets a propeller that speeds them up a bit under water and helps them along.
The Positives and Negatives
+ The kart customization is a cool new feature. Expands gameplay
+ The online is simple the best
+ New playable characters (when you unlock them)
+ Brings back the best tracks from previous games
– 3D wasn’t really working for me
– If you don’t use the internet you don’t really know have to unlock certain characters and kart parts (me personally)
– The jump from 50cc to 100cc and then from 100cc to 150cc for me was quite a big jump and got really difficult on some Grand Prix to get 3 stars
Right then. This Mario kart in my opinion was the best one out of the ones that I have played. The game gave everything that a gamer could want in a racing game and also offered new twists and features that added to the experience the player gets. Nintendo did a cracking job with this game and to be honest I hope they don’t stop making Mario Kart games any time soon. For the reasons stated in this review this game gets a 5/5 for being… well for being simple awesome.
*In this review I will not say or mention any of the way to unlock thing in this game I don’t want to ruin anything or give spoilers to plays playing it or after certain parts of the karts of characters*
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