Mario Kart 7 (3DS Review)
Mario Kart 7 gives you the options of racing Single Player, Local Multiplayer, or the ever popular Online Multiplayer Mode, which lets you race against random worldwide competitors, fellow 3DS friends, or create and play against a “community” of players.
As with past Mario Kart versions you have the same options to play either Grand Prix, Time Trials, Balloon Battle, or Coin Runners. Racing tracks include Toad Circuit, Daisy Hills, and Cheep Cheep Lagoon, as well as old favorites like Luigi Raceway from Nintendo 64, Bowser Castle from Game Boy Advance and Mushroom Gorge from Wii.
You can choose to race as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Toad or Koopa, with the options of unlocking more as you progress. For a trial run I played as Mario in Grand Prix, 50cc (easy level). For Mario’s vehicle I optioned to try the tugboat with monster truck wheels and a Super Glider, quite a unique combination. There are also several “mystery” items to unlock that are shown as question marks.
Wahu Loop is a racetrack built beside a serene lake with windmills, cliffs and tunnels. Mii characters sit in the audience as spectators. You’ll notice the amazing detail on your racing vehicle of choice, mine being the tug boat for example, with the outline of the wooden boards inside the boat, the square nub pattern on the tires, and steam pouring out of the smoke stack. On this track you can also collect coins which help to unlock items, and if you manage to hold ten coins you can race at maximum speed. At one point you’ll be sharing the track with non-racing cars and trucks, so be careful because if they hit you they’ll knock the coins right out of you.
Between bullet-dodging, avoiding banana peels, and swerving around road blocks, Mario Kart 7 requires the same game playing strategies as past versions, giving an added boost of life and energy in the form of 3D graphics.
You may be wondering, does the 3D add to gameplay? For Mario Kart 7 overall, yes, definitely.
This review is based on a retail copy of the 3DS version of Mario Kart 7
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