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This is Your Mario Kart 7 Logo and Artwork

Posted by James Newton

Seventh heaven?

Mario Kart 7 is the official name for the House of Mario's next racer, and here's the official logo to make that even clearer.

The logo might not be much to look at, but the accompanying artwork is certainly a lot easier on the eye, depicting Mario, Luigi and Bowser in a range of vehicles.

We played the game in June and more recently in July, and found it rather enjoyable, as you'll see from our Mario Kart 7 preview.

Mario Kart 7 is down for release in December this year. What do you make of its logo — sleek and shiny enough for you, or does it show a lack of imagination? Sound off below.

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NintyMan

#1

NintyMan said:

Good number 7. Looks like it definitely took an inspiration to Mario Kart DS.

Radixxs

#10

Radixxs said:

@8: Yes, yes the logo does look nifty! Let's see this nifty logo on some boxart por favor. Or please, because I'm not Spanish.

CerealKiller062

#12

CerealKiller062 said:

Two of the most original game names for Mario Kart are Double Dash and the original Mario Kart. Everything else has been named after the system. This one, while not too original, is still something different.

Chris720

#13

Chris720 said:

Uhm... it's... alright? Not too great, but better than Mario Kart Wii, hated that logo especially with the Wii Wheel...

Don't like the name either... reminds me of Windows 7. :/

bezerker99

#17

bezerker99 said:

That logo is lame. My goat could have come up with a more intrinsic and creative design.

Mikau94

#18

Mikau94 said:

@xDemon720x I I didn't like Mario Kart Wii's logo either until I found an image with out the wheel.
The name is ok, I still would prefer Mario Kart 3D but the 7 looks like 007 so it looks cool.

Tare

#21

Tare said:

By air? I'm a little iffy about that method of transportation.
Anyway, these screenshots are making the wait easier for me

antdickensAdmin

#23

antdickens said:

@Oregano yeah, certainly looks inspired from the F1 logo.

Mario Kart 7 - bizzare - there was no Mario Kart 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6!

SKTTR

#26

SKTTR said:

Mario Kart series
Sorted by release date:

1. 1992-08-27 Super Mario Kart (Super Nintendo)
2. 1996-12-14 Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64)
3. 2001-07-21 Mario Kart: Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance)
4. 2003-11-07 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (Gamecube)
5. 2005-11-14 Mario Kart DS (Nintendo DS)
6. 2008-04-10 Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
7. 2011-12-?? Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)

sinalefa

#27

sinalefa said:

As with other people here, I immediately thought James Bond when seeing this logo.

The logo, the name. That does not really matter. We already have to cope with having Waluigi appearing here.

theblackdragonAdmin

#29

theblackdragon said:

i don't see what the big deal is about the name. it's not like 'Super Mario Kart' (because more than a few games were 'super' back in the SNES days), "Mario Kart 64', 'Mario Kart Wii', or 'Mario Kart DS' were any more magical or inspired than 'Mario Kart 7'.

FonistofCruxis

#30

FonistofCruxis said:

@tbd No other game in the series has been numbered so it just seems illogical. Even Mario kart 3D would be better as that is more consistent with the series.

bonesy91

#31

bonesy91 said:

Mario Kart 7.... lol this just makes me think of FF7.

Will we see a storyline? will Mario think he is actually Geno? Will Peach die when Bowser stabs her with His ridiculously long Sword?

Azooooz

#32

Azooooz said:

The number 7 in this logo really fits this kind of game.

I'll give credits to Nintendo for thier effort.

theblackdragonAdmin

#34

theblackdragon said:

@mariofanatic128: they've switched up the naming system before (Double Dash and Super Circuit), so 'consistency' or 'logic' isn't really anything to stand on, i don't think. i just don't see how 'Mario Kart 7' is more 'bad' than any of the other names they've used so far, lol. :3

anyway, i like the look of the 7 in the logo. can't wait to have this game in my hands, it's gonna be so much easier to race with friends than it is with MKDS :3

RadioShadow

#35

RadioShadow said:

First, the logo sucks.

Second, the Metal Slug 7 logo is WAY cooler: http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/943389-metal-slug-7/images

Third, there are actually 9 Mario Kart games in total now:

  • Super Mario Kart
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Mario Kart Arcade GP
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
  • Mario Kart 7

Fourth, WHY USE A ****ING NUMBER NOW? WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY? It made no sense when they did that with Puyo Puyo 7 and it makes no sense with this.

FonistofCruxis

#37

FonistofCruxis said:

@tbd I can see your point but coming up with a more creative name like Super circuit of Double dash is better than using a number in a series that has never been numbered before. I would rather a name like one of those to than Mario kart 7 or Mario kart 3D but Mario kart 3D would still be better than Mario kart 7 as it does't make sense when they've never given a Mario kart game a title like that before.

MeloMan

#42

MeloMan said:

LOL @ #40
MK7... well, that'll confuse n00bs who will be impressed with MK7 and will be like, "when was three an MK1-6?" :|

MK64 had the 64 suffix because of the system at least, but unless something is in MK7 that has to do with "7", then I'll forever look at this as the most uninspired MK title ever.

NocturnalYoshi

#43

NocturnalYoshi said:

Simple. But there is bueaty in simplicity. They have been pretty creative with the underwater motore in the back of karts and have been creative with adding the hang gliders. So they could have been a little more creative with the title, but whatever.

Retr_acro

#45

Retr_acro said:

@CerealKiller062 Don't forget the word "Super" in the original mario kart game: Super Mario Kart.

Anyway, here I thought that people hated things named 3D or what console the game was played in :

WaLzgiStaff

#47

WaLzgi said:

@Retr: People will hate any title given to the games. They're just so hard to please these days :D

SKTTR

#48

SKTTR said:

The 7 may indeed be a nod to 007 now that you drive Bond-like karts that transform to drive under water and fly in the air, so for that alone the title might be the most inspired one in the series.

Retr_acro

#49

Retr_acro said:

@RadioShadow Well the fact that this game is called Mario Kart 7, it's well established that the producers do not recognize the arcade versions as full pledged Mario Kart titles(or something).

If that makes no sense then sorry, it's kind of hard on how to word this.

Peznaze

#51

Peznaze said:

Yup, someone thought that 7s look enough like 1s that a Formula 1 logo... let's say, "homage"... was the way to go.

Fludd

#52

Fludd said:

Nice logo but they should move the 7 to the right a bit more, it looks nice overlapped but it's a bit too overlapped for my liking :D

Kyloctopus

#53

Kyloctopus said:

7 is a lucky number. Making it a popular number on slot machines. Interestingly the Mario Kart trailer you can see on youtube, rather than the one you watch on the 3DS, shows the car custom screen. It looks similar to a slot machine. Also as every Mario Kart player knows, when getting an item it looks and sounds like a slot machine.
Here are some rough ideas.
A slot machine in which you use play coins to activate it.
A lucky 7 as a Mario Kart item.
Perhaps I am thinking this too much. Whether the 7 means something or not, I'm buying it.
Oh and the logo and name is awesome.

Nintonic

#54

Nintonic said:

I like how the characters hold on the wheel with one hand, it makes it seem easy to handle. I do miss the red in the background and why not just name it Mario Kart 3ds?

Traxx

#55

Traxx said:

Seven's just a magical numer, you can't do wrong with that.

Something tells me Nintendo became afraid of hinting potential buyers 3DS actually can display 3D images, thus the generic renaming of MK.

TheGreenSpiny

#58

TheGreenSpiny said:

Mare Kart 7 sounds stupid. They should have just gone with Mario Kart 3DS. I like how they name their games with the system. Even some games get the unofficial name added (like GoldenEye 64).

NintyMan

#60

NintyMan said:

@54: I hope that Waluigi's Pinball from Mario Kart DS makes it into this. There should be no excuses!

Crona

#63

Crona said:

Logo looks meh but I love the title. Much better than DS, Wii, and 3D.

supersayinluigi

#65

supersayinluigi said:

its better than the others like mario kart wii thats the best why not super mario bikers becuase the bikes clearly out macth karts in that one they should have just scrap karts from it

NassaDane

#66

NassaDane said:

When I saw that logo all I did was utter a flabbergasted "Wow". That is very impressive. It’s just Mario Kart yet that is a good looking logo. I love it.

LordTendoboy

#67

LordTendoboy said:

All those casual non-gamers will now ask "Mario Kart 7? Where are all the other ones? I thought Mario Kart Wii and DS were the first games..."

asbel

#68

asbel said:

I'm not too bothered about the logo but why on earth did they decide to throw in a number all of a sudden?

Crunchy_in_milk

#70

Crunchy_in_milk said:

Honestly, who cares about the name? That has nothing to do with how good the game will be; so, I don't mind the name.

Also, pretty cool logo with the whole Formula 1 thing going for it.

yoyogamer

#71

yoyogamer said:

It looks like a combination of the F1 and James Bond logos. Kinda random, but I like it.

komicturtle

#72

komicturtle said:

Luigi looks the same as he did in Mario Kart DS (nearly the same pose) except for the hangglider :3

Omarzuqo

#73

Omarzuqo said:

Wow, they actually named it MK7!
Now that's uninspired.

They're gonna call the next Zelda game "Zelda 15", I'm calling it.

X-145

#77

X-145 said:

The logo and the name are short, sweet, and to the point. I love them both! :D

WaveBoy

#78

WaveBoy said:

Borrringgggg.
Should of been called Mario Kart: Splash
Why thrown in a 7? Why start with the numbers now?

c0ldfire16

#79

c0ldfire16 said:

i dunno, i think it's kinda silly. no mario kart game was ever numbered before, why start now? meh, still looking forward to another fun mario kart game nevertheless.

Vinsanity

#80

Vinsanity said:

It's interesting that they're backpedaling so much. I mean, putting 3D on the end was the go-to thing here. With the SNES, everything was "Super". With the N64, everything was "64". And with the DS and Wii, everything was "DS" (or had a subtitle with two words; the first starting with 'D' and the second starting with 'S') and "Wii". But for the 3DS, they're backing off. Probably because people hate 3D now (look at how many movies are now dropping the prominent "3D" from their titles; like Final Destination 5 - which WAS going to be called Final Destination 3D - or Conan the Barbarian 3D)

I really thought they were going to change the name before launch. MK7 sounds like they just don't care. Which is probably true - the last great MK was Mario Kart DS - but that doesn't mean they should advertise it. Especially with games like Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing on iOS doing well (Sega All Stars Racing, on any platform, is better than Mario Kart anyway. Thank you balancing) and ModNation Racers Vita out there...

They couldn't at least make up a new subtitle like Super Circuit or Double Dash? "Mario Kart Triple Dash" would actually work pretty well - Triple (the 3) and Dash (the D)? C'MON! That writes itself Nintendo! Just squeeze a 3 in there somewhere... "Tripl3-Dash" or something?

AutoSkip

#85

AutoSkip said:

Looks Like they reserved the imagination for the game mechanics - I'm happy with that.

Wolfenstein83

#86

Wolfenstein83 said:

I agree with AutoSkip, the game mechanics are more important than the look of the package.
Anyways, I hope the new mechanics, like flying and driving under-water get carried over to a console version, it's such a great idea for the series.

LordAndrew

#87

LordAndrew said:

Not a bad logo, but I'm still no fan of the name. That number had better have some meaning in the game.

Late

#91

Late said:

Why do people always hate something like names? I do not care about the name when buying a game. Name tells absolutely nothing. Same goes to the Wii U.

StarDust4Ever

#92

StarDust4Ever said:

"I'm a Nintendo 3DS, and MarioKart 7 was my idea..." Sorry, I couldn't avoid the Windows 7 pun! :D

So this is really the seventh iteration of MarioKart? #1 SNES -> #2 N64 -> #3 GBA -> #4 GC -> #5 DS -> #6 Wii -> #7 3DS -> #8 Wii-U ???

@80: "MarioKart Splash" sounds like a lovely idea. "MarioKart Glide" a similar name I just made up, would likely do equally good as well. I hope they include the water/air mechanics in the Wii-U version as well... ;)

eviLaTtenDant

#94

eviLaTtenDant said:

As mentioned many times before the 7 is heavily influenced by James Bond and the Formula 1.
And i may be a bit over-interpreting here but it looks a bit gliderish too.
And while Mario Kart: Splash and Mario Kart: Glide would have been interesting names (nice thinking WaveBoy and StarDust !) i hope the 7 implies how balanced this game is. Meaning: I hope the glider and underwater sections will not feel tacked on.

Edit: Good one, Stardust ! (#98) :D

The_Mysteron

#95

The_Mysteron said:

Like the 7 but it's the same font on the mariokart text as they used for MarioKart DS. It's like when Playstation 3 used the same font as Spiderman...it kind of cheapens it when you re-hash a font, no?

StarDust4Ever

#96

StarDust4Ever said:

Yeah. Let's all hope the 7 doesn't represent it's review score Here on NintendoLife. That would be pretty low for a current generation AAA Mario title! :O

Shirma_Akayaku

#97

Shirma_Akayaku said:

i think the title is good. The mario kart for the gba doesn't say "Mario Kart GBA" it says "Mario Kart: Super Circuit". and for the snes it doesn't say "Mario Kart SNES". It says "Super Mario Kart". and i've had people around me complain about the Mario Kart Wii title and i don't think Mario Kart 7 is a boring or bland or whatever, i just think it's good

Shirma_Akayaku

#98

Shirma_Akayaku said:

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19Robb92

#99

19Robb92 said:

It's a nice logo. I would still have preferred some kind of text instead of a number.

It's a very minor complaint though.

Rob_mc_1

#101

Rob_mc_1 said:

I'm surprised you have the developer listed as Retro Studios when they only contributed to the Donkey Kong based levels.

littlebigplanet

#103

littlebigplanet said:

2 words: Hell Yes. The graphics are as good as MK Wii. The car customization looks great. And for some reason it reminds me of Star Fox..... Day 1 purchase.

GeekiestGuyAround

#106

GeekiestGuyAround said:

I like both the name and the logo. I actually think that 'Mario Kart 7' is way better than 'Mario Kart 3D'. The '3D' part in 3DS titles is being overused.

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