Posts Tagged ‘Mario Kart’

New Mario Kart 7 Info

October 22, 2011

There was no new games announced at the Nintendo Conference last night, but we did get a lot of new information, especially about Mario Kart 7. Here is a list of all the noteworthy Mario Kart info we heard throughout the night.

Well, if you are interested, that should keep you busy for quite awhile. Enjoy!

Mario Kart 7 Nintendo Conference Trailer

September 16, 2011

Mario Kart 7 Preview

August 6, 2011

I played two tracks on Mario Kart 7 during my brief time with it at Comic-Con. I wish I could have played more, but there were so many other games to try. I played the underwater track and the Donkey Kong Country Returns based track (courtesy of Retro Studios involvement in the game). Both were pieces of excellence.

The 3D greatly improved Mario Kart 7. There were many subtle things, and many massive/in your face things. In many cases the subtle things seemed to be better. For one, when I was driving through the course, my little character (I was playing as a Koopa) looked behind his kart at me, and his little  face stuck out of the screen. Not by much, but still very noticeable. There was no blur, just a crisp Koopa face staring at me. Sure there were bigger 3D things (like the blooper ink spraying in your face), but I found all the small things particularly eye catching.

Of course there is depth too. When you look ahead you feel the expanse of the track. It really helped judging distance and added a whole new element to the amazing virtual mushroom kingdom. Main gameplay is set in standard Mario Kart style, but there are a large number of new features (customizable karts, kites on karts, and underwater karts) and one major returning feature that hasn’t been around for a long time (coins that increase your speed the more  you collect). I can’t really talk about the customizable karts because I didn’t get the chance to build my own kart, although I’ve heard it works very well, and the giant kart someone had created before me was quite awesome. Let me go into detail on the other features.

The kites on karts gimmick works really well. For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, in Mario Kart 7, when you catch some air after going over a ramp, your kart sprouts a kite that allows you to fly back down to the track. It’s a great change of pace from standard driving and a lot more fun than I thought it’d be.  Also, I can see how you could really shave time off courses by cutting corners with practice.

In Mario Kart 7, when your kart goes underwater, it sprouts a propeller/jet/thing that propels you forward. Underwater you move much slower, which gives you more time to avoid the giant cheep cheeps and clams. The under water level I played had particularly good 3D effects. Bubbles and such were very pronounced.

Coins have been in only 2 of the previous 6 Mario Kart games (Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Super Circuit) and not sense the Gameboy Advance. Like I said before, coins in Mario Kart 7 increase your speed. The effect is noticeable, and occasional influential in getting that last bit of speed. I am happy to see them make a comeback.

Next year at con, if Nintendo has a lounge, you’ll find me there for at least a few hours. There was so much competing for my attention, but the two tracks I did play made me want more. The two tracks, the one that was under water and the track based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, were both well designed and very memorable. The underwater track was full of life and had some nice branching paths. The Donkey Kong track used enemies from Donkey Kong Country Returns and was super fun to race on. Other tracks include one where you race on Wuhu Island (from Wii Sports resort, PilotWings Resort, and Wii Fit) and some great “retro” courses including Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii (which is one of  my all time favorite tracks) and Luigi’s Mansion from Mario Kart DS.

Everything in Mario Kart 7 seems to offer the complete package. Graphics, gameplay, and many new goodies. I can’t wait to play it more after it is released this December.

Super Mario 3DS and Mario Kart 3DS Footage

July 7, 2011

Just started thinking that I really don’t need a 3DS, then I go and watch these. Curse my Nintendo fanboyism.

Via GoNintendo.

Nintendo E3 2011: 3DS News

June 10, 2011

Nintendo showed huge support for the 3DS at this years E3 with tons of fantastic first party titles, 4 of which are Mario games! I’ll do full posts on most of these later.

The Tanooki suit is back and it’s coming this holiday! I hope we see some flying action soon though. Looks incredibly fun. Love the possibility of 3D effects.

Just watch the trailer. More of what we’ve come to love plus so much more. Being an Animal Crossing fan you notice so many new things in this trailer. I can’t wait.

Luigi is back and he’s gonna fight some ghosts early-ish next year! This trailer looks particularly pretty (although I’ve heard the frame rates on the demos are, at the moment, slow). I really want to see this in 3D!

Star Fox 64 3D looks stelar. The multiplayer looks especially compelling. The release date (strangely enough) is September 11th of this year.

Kid Icarus: Uprising was shown with some incredible looking multiplayer at E3 this year. It looks to be quite fun (although I’ve heard the control scheme to be a little awkward). It is coming this holiday season.

Also The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is coming on the 19th of this month. It will be a good chance for many to pick up this beloved classic.

Paper Mario just looks like it would be a joy to view. The new popup book style is very compelling. The release date is TBA currently.

Overall, Mario Kart 3D’s trailer looked the best to me. Just watch it to see all the new fun things you’ll be doing if you get it this holiday season.

Yes, this holiday is going to be filled with excellent 3DS games. This is quite the list from all worlds of Nintendo. Which game looks the best to you?

You've Got a New Follower!

May 8, 2011

Amazing TeeFury shirt! Get it before it’s gone!

Wii Price Drop on May 15th Confirmed, Nintendo Select Titles Confirmed

May 3, 2011

Nintendo is now dropping the price of the Wii to $150 and to go along with is are lowering the price on a bunch of games and bundling the Wii with Mario Kart.

This new line of Nintendo Select titles will include Animal Crossing, Super Smash Bros. Brawl (rumored), Mario Super Sluggers, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Wii Sports. They have a rumored price of $20, but I doubt this is true considering Wii Sports is in there. Although I don’t understand the removal of Wii Sports from the bundle (really Nintendo?) this seems like a fun way to prepare for project Cafe. Go here for all the images.

Via Gonintendo.