Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 7 innovates and remains the same, just like all other good Nintendo games we’re waiting for over and over again to bring value to our new console. Also this time – and for the first time on the 3D – your 3DS has another interesting game in its lineup. And it’s beautiful as well: the colorful graphics are sharp, jump out of the screen and the 3D works as it should. The subtle use of the third dimension adds without distracting.
One of the changes that immediately gets noticed and is hailed with a grand applause is the fact that your boosts this time depend on how sharp and well you take your corners and not anymore on linking drifts. This makes that you no longer have to drive like an idiot and turn a straight line is a curve fest in order to win.
Even better, you’ll mostly use the diverse possibilities to do jumps after which you get a solid boost upon landing. On top of that they allow to take alternative routes and create more excitement and variation during races. Finally there are also coins that boost your speed. Plenty of possibilities to make that ape in his car smell your exhaust pipe!
Completely new is also that Donkey Kong – and also you – can put together your own car. You constantly unlock new parts so you quickly can create your ideal combination. This has several advantages. The first is that you can be creative in something that in the previous Mario Kart games came down to making the same choice over and over again; you’re also no longer bound to a certain character and you can completely adjust your kart to your own driving style.
Of course you shouldn’t expect a GT5 or Forza 4. The possibilities affect your speed, agility and the weight of your kart so that depending on the track and your experience you can make choices. But the improvements don’t stop there. There are wings that allow to stay in the air longer and a propellor to move forward under water. Purists may see this as blasphemy, we found it to be a ton of fun.
So that karts are great, now all we need is fantastic tracks! Even more than before there are alternative methods to complete a round and thanks to the jumping and the underwater part you constantly discover new ones. Even if you don’t win a race, you can still have a lot of fun with the exploring and discovering. If that doesn’t satisfy you, then there are still sixteen old – but reworked to inhibit the new features – tracks from the previous Mario Kart games to make you happy. The online mode also works perfectly and is definitely something to check out.
This Mario Kart 7 is at the same time a best-of and one of the most innovative episodes in the series. The most important thing, however, is that the innovations extend the game, and make it more fun and beautiful than ever before. Fans of the series will love it and 3DS owners have another top title at their disposal.