There will be a number of new features in the upcoming Mario Kart for 3DS, and if all goes according to plan, an increase in the number of players competing against each other online will be one of them.

Mario Kart DS featured four-player online and Nintendo is looking to double this figure with the 3DS instalment. The game will feature eight-player local wireless action and as long as Nintendo can maintain the 60-frames-per-second slickness both offline and online, with the game running in 2D or 3D, eight-player online is something that gamers can expect.

Producer Hideki Konno confirmed with Joystiq:

... our goal right now is to have the same number of players for both local wireless and multiplayer over Wi-Fi.

As announced at E3 2011, Mario Kart is scheduled for a worldwide release this Christmas.