Mario Kart 7 - Nintendo 3DS

ESRB Rating: Everyone
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1812 out of 1820)

Product Details


  • Developer: Nintendo EAD
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre: Racing
  • Release Date: 12/04/2011

Synopsis


It's time to prepare your strategy and get your kart ready to race across the dusty desert course. The competition with be tough, but you've equipped your kart with giant tires so you can expertly careen through the off-road track. Racing takes strategy, customization and of course, skill and you have everything it takes to win the race and become a champion of Mushroom Kingdom.

The race is on and the excitement of Mario Kart is back and now in stunning 3D on your Nintendo 3DS with Mario Kart 7. Reach new heights as your kart soars over track shortcuts with a special wing and plunges into the sea with a propeller. Customize your vehicle with accessories to suit the track, whether it be big tires for off-road tracks or small tires for city courses. Race as your Mii or one of your favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters, and take on exciting courses over a mountain road, through city streets, across a dusty desert, around new courses on Wuhu Island and in the jungles from Donkey Kong Country Returns. Compete with up to eight racers for fierce competition with your friends or other players around the world. The race is on.

Features


Experience the fun of racing through Mushroom Kingdom in stunning 3D with all-new kart possibilities

Soar through the skies when your kart deploys a wing to let it glide over a track shortcut, or plunge into the water and use your kart's propeller to cruise across the sea floor

Customize your vehicle with accessories that give you the competitive edge, including giant tires for off-road races and small tires for city courses

Step into the driver's seat as one of your favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters or as your Mii

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Zoom over a mountain road, through city streets, across a dusty desert, around new courses on Wuhu Island and in the jungles from

Experience your Nintendo 3DS' other exciting features, including SpotPass and StreetPass

Compete in local wireless matches, or go online for fierce matchups

For 1 to 8 players



Overall customer rating

4.8
100%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A solid, entertaining game, but flawed.

    Posted
    MakeyMakey
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This is a solid entry in the Mario Kart franchise. The graphics are pretty solid for a 3DS game, not to mention that it looks great in 3D mode. This game has a lot of content for a game of this price, and I'm surprised they didn't charge a full $40 like they do with most major 3DS releases. The innovative feature of allowing you to customize your kart was much preferable to having a static car with set stats. However, thus game still has plenty of flaws. Unlike in Mario Kart Wii (a game released before it), this games doesn't have any bikes. While there were a few good "new" tracks, most of them were bland and weren't very memorable. When I played alone, I'd usually pick the "retro" stages because they were just simply more appealing. I enjoy the new underwater and glider features, but they were obviously a "first try" function, because both of these features feel too floaty (They fixed this in MK8). Speaking of which, the physics are wonky in this game. The heaviest characters can be easily pushed aside by lightweights. Most of my out-of-bounds falls were caused by being pushed. And when you do get pushed, it takes Lakitu WAY too long to rescue you. However, one thing they did get right was the Multiplayer. Instead of having a tiny split-screen, everyone has their own personal screen instead. Races with friends felt vigorous and intense. The Streetpass functionality was great, and I loved being able to play a hand-assembled Grand Prix of everyone I passed. Bottom line, this is a great, solid game, but I still have complaints about it. It's quite boring when you're alone, but it's awesome with friends. This game wasn't usually inside my DS, and I often played other games like Pokemon or Animal Crossing. If you want the true Mario Kart experience, then you could possibly buy the more expensive Wii U/Switch version. But if you're looking for a cheap game for someone with a lot of 3DS-using friends, then I would recommend this game for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As great as the good old days

    Posted
    Lauro
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been debating on whether to buy the Switch Console or just keep my 3DS for a while. Having bought this game made me decide to stick with the later. Nintendo games are just so nice wherever they're played at that Mario Kart 7 is as good as the playing it in the old days. There has been these hype to go back to the 90s with the Nintendo Classic, SNES Classic or move up to the latest Switch. Stick to the 3DS with Mario Kart 7, the 3D version of Super Mario 3D Land, the Classic Zelda games - like Ocarina of Time 3D and play those until you get bored - which you won't - until deciding to move down or up. I actually bought those 3 titles pretty much one after the other at Best Buy for somewhere around $75 bucks. That's one and a quarter of a Switch game and the 3DS ones are definitively worth every penny. If you're not an actual gamer who can dedicate more than 30 minutes a day (if you can even get 30 minutes), you can't go wrong with these. These are great games that will keep your inner kid happy for a while and take you back to the old days. I'm already planning to get the Super Mario Bros 2 - Golden Coins, and a couple of other Zelda games (including the last one). That will keep me happy for a while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Somewhat Underwhelming for Mario Kart

    Posted
    Pax45
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Mario Kart 7 is a good racing game for the 3DS, and there's a lot of tracks and characters and kart customization options to choose from, which makes it to where you could play this game and all the tracks hundreds of times and not get bored. Unfortunately, the new additions to the karts- motors for underwater racing and a glider for air travel- aren't really utilized all that well. Many areas where you use the glider are areas that in previous MK games would just be launch jumps or something similar, and in many of these sections you want to land back onto the track as quickly as possible anyway. The underwater levels are also a new addition, but aside from the scenery in some of them, they are somewhat underwhelming as well. I did like the addition of a few point-to-point "tracks" divided into sections instead of the standard race track, but again these aren't really utilized very well, and a couple of them seem much longer than the standard 3-lap race elsewhere. The re-introduction of coins to the game as well was unwanted; I like the throwback to older MK titles (in this case, the Game Boy Advance version), but like a lot of the other "new" items, they were poorly utilized as well. The gameplay is great. If you have people to play with or will play via Nintendo WiFi or other connections, then you will enjoy this game. However, the poor implementation of a lot of the new ideas, which had so much potential, just wasn't my cup of tea.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mario Kart 7 Drives in Style

    Posted
    Spi3000

    Mario Kart 7 is probably the best racing game so far for the 3DS. With the ability to play as new characters, play as your Mii, play 16 remade maps that appeared from the SNES - the Wii Mario Kart titles, ability to customize your kart, and my favorite online multiplayer. Graphics are decent, especially for a title that's on a handheld. Grand Prix is pretty much like Mario Kart Wii, beat all races in 50, 100, and 150cc and unlock the mirror mode. The new maps that's in the game are great to, 3 of them are sectioned races which I find fun because in laps it feels short sometimes, but the maps that uses sections is different, like one big race track. The only minor issues to the game is there are no bikes and the character roster is lacking compared to Mario Kart Wii, but not by much. To unlock car parts you got to collect coins, every time you collect a certain amount of coins you unlock a random vehicle part, could be the main frame, wheels, or even a new glider. Also by collecting coins in races you can go a little bit faster, maximum amount of coins is 10. This is a very good game for the 3DS system, I love this game, sometimes I can't let down my 3DS system even when the red light is blinking, so I shove in my charger cord. I highly recommend Mario Kart 7, I'll even recommend it as a starter game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to play, consistent with its namesake

    Posted
    Cuzisman
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    Mario Kart 7 is a fantastic addition to a reliably fun series that Nintendo pioneered long ago and has remained the casual gamer's easy choice for multiplayer racing. The game features favorite Nintendo characters racing new and old tracks, making for a reliably fun experience. Where the game excels is the important stuff - it's fun, colorful, and safe for all ages. No gore or foul language also makes it a completely family friendly endeavor. The racing is smooth, and the power ups are suitably outrageous, if a tad familiar at this point. Where the game stumbles is some of its familiarity makes the experience feel slightly stale. In addition, in spite of the games increased customization of vehicles and attempt to add flying and underwater sections, the risk is minimal in execution. The flying is very limited, and the underwater moments seem to have little impact on controlling the vehicle, thus making those sections feel more cosmetic than anything else. Where the game struggles the most however, is that its sense of speed is often slow. In a racing game, this can affect the fun. Worse is the "rubber band" AI, where some of the power ups feel cheap and too unfair at times. Still, these flaws are minor. For a superior take on kart style racing, Sonic Racing: Transformed is a bigger, faster, deeper experience. But if you want something reliable and fun, look no further. Mario Kart 7 is great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good entry in the Mario Kart series

    Posted
    KSgamer
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    Mario Kart 7 is a great Mario Kart game, it has all of the elements of racing and shooting shells at other racers that made the other entries so much fun. What it brings new to the table though, is the ability to hang-glide and drive underwater, which has been made out to be a huge game-changer in terms of the game, it's not. These segments are incredibly brief and are not as "game-changing" as Nintendo would have you believe. That being said, they are still fun and the new levels are really well designed to have multiple routes that could allow you to take advantage of these different abilities (even if they are brief). Some of the new levels even mix it up a bit and have you going on one long stretch, as opposed to the typical 3 laps, which is a nice fun change. Other things this entry brings are the ability to somewhat customize your vehicles, one or two new characters, and streetpass races. None of those are any game changers either, but nice additions nonetheless. Ultimately, though, your enjoyment of this game is largely dependent on how much you enjoy the mariokart series as a whole, because it is a solid entry, but nothing that new.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome game

    Posted
    lgiov23
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    Great new features! Awesome Racer. Key features include: Players can compete in local wireless matches or online over a broadband Internet connection. • The game supports both SpotPass and StreetPass features. • Players can show their own style by customizing their vehicles with accessories that give them a competitive advantage. For instance, giant tires help a kart drive off-road, while smaller tires work best on city courses. • People can choose to race as one of their favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters or even as their Mii character. • The Mario Kart franchise continues to evolve. New kart abilities add to the wild fun that the games are known for. On big jumps, a kart deploys a wing to let it glide over a track shortcut. When under water, a propeller pops out to help the kart cruise across the sea floor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No Brainer Purchase

    Posted
    Broncos777
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    A must have for all Mario fans. I've been a die hard Kart fan since Mario Kart first came out. This has to top all Mario Kart games. The online play is amazing. The land, air, sea travel is out of this world. The 3D enhances gameplay like never before. My 7 year old and I have Kart Championships daily. This game is worth the upgrade to a 3DS. A no brainer investment for your whole family. The only thing I wish were different was battle mode in Mulitiplayer. This was one of the best features with the original Kart Seriies, but once again is missing. Have fun----& my son just told me to tell everyone he always beats his dear old Dad......Lol----enjoy this game and your new system.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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