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Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 Release Dates Confirmed

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Gyroscope controls also announced

Prepare yourselves, Mario fans, because the two most anticipated 3DS releases of the year now have confirmed release dates. We've known for a while now that Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 would be arriving on the 3DS this November and December, respectively. Nintendo have now confirmed the dates that we can get our hands on these titles. Super Mario 3D Land will arrive in Japan on 3rd November, North America on 13th November and Europe on 18th November. Mario Kart 7 hits stores on 2nd December in Europe, 4th December in North America and 7th December in Japan.

As well as release dates, Nintendo is teasing us with features in both games. Check out the details from the EU press release below.

Super Mario™ 3D Land™ makes its debut in Europe on Nintendo 3DS on 18th November. In this first-ever true 3D Mario platforming adventure, players can scout levels and find secrets before they play using the built-in gyro sensor feature of the Nintendo 3DS system. The game will feature propeller blocks and will have StreetPass functionality. Mario Kart™ 7 will be available on 2nd December and will include a new optional first-person driving mode that is controlled using the gyro sensor. The game also introduces new playable characters like Lakitu and Metal Mario, and a tricks system like the one in Mario Kart ™ Wii . More details about both games will be announced in the future.

Some of these features have been rumoured or hinted at before, and do no harm in building up hype. Do the gyro controls appeal to you, and how do you think StreetPass will be used in Super Mario 3D Land?

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Late

#4

Late said:

Nice news. Gyroscope and StreetPass in Mario Land? I wanna know what kind of use they have for them It's a shame that Europe needs to wait that long but Mario Kart is coming here first. I think I have to pre-order Mario Kart 7, it looks even better than before with nice stages and new characters. I wanna test Gyroscope controls in this game, must be fun :)

sgotsch

#7

sgotsch said:

Considered to wait with Mario3D Land for an good offer. But I dont wanna miss any Streetpasses.. *Waiting for an good preoder offer.. ^^

NintendoLee

#8

NintendoLee said:

Hey lets release our mario 3DS game on the same day as our Zelda Wii game.

Though we're going to need a new cameraman...

Late

#11

Late said:

Just noticed that Mario Kart 7 and Super Pokémon Rumble are being released on same day in Europe... They're really going to take all my money!

eviLaTtenDant

#12

eviLaTtenDant said:

SM3DLand: From the sounding of it i guess you'll only be able to use gyro in the short introduction sequence of a level. Where you can look around with it then. After that it'll most likely be your typical non-gyro Mario gameplay. Propeller blocks sound great and better than the propeller item if you ask me. Can't wait to learn more about its StreetPass content either.

MK7: I hope the first-person driving mode will work without gyros too. In most racing games i prefer this perspective to third-person.

Birdman

#13

Birdman said:

Well, I'll get SM3DL day 1 and probably hold off on MK7 until Christmas ... or not ;)

StarDust4Ever

#14

StarDust4Ever said:

I can't wait to see what that underwater driving and hang-gliding physics will be like in MK7. Hopefully, the gyro controls don't feel like a gimmick. I really enjoyed the Wii Wheel in MK Wii.

Maybe we can scope out secrets by rotating our viewpoints in MarioLand 3D. I hope they incorporate secret exits and alternate paths through worlds.

DestinyMan

#15

DestinyMan said:

Awesome! A day of new gaming news is always a good day. Lakitu and Metal Mario as playable characters is great, and although I was spilt about the trick system, I didn't mind it as much as the bikes so I'm fine with them still being around.

It appears the propeller blocks from New Super Mario Bros. Wii are returning in Super Mario 3D Land, so you can bet that I'll be marking down these dates on my calendars!

Luffymcduck

#18

Luffymcduck said:

"a tricks system like the one in Mario Kart ™ Wii ."
YEAH! I thought tricks wouldn´t make it in this title. Now this has some chances to compete with my all time favourite kart game, CTR.

Also Zelda and Mario coming out the same day is... epic?

brandonbwii

#19

brandonbwii said:

There was also mention of streetpass ghost sharing for Mario Kart 7. When you receive someone's ghost you can also track their online status.

Highwinter

#21

Highwinter said:

@TeeJay
I might be making this up, but I seem to recall hearing that Mario Kart was never a big seller in Japan. It's ridiculously popular in Europe though, which is likely why we're getting it first.

JettiBlue

#23

JettiBlue said:

Wowi I'm so excited! Cool new features, intriguing!
I'm still crossing all my fingers for Mario AR mode, I want to play Mario levels on my table! :D

Spo0n3R

#25

Spo0n3R said:

already preeordered before this news add :) so excited, its going to run out like butter in sunshine :D

NintendoN8

#26

NintendoN8 said:

Looking forward to both of these games. It looks like several of the Mario 3D Land levels will make good use of the systems 3D.

WaLzgiStaff

#27

WaLzgi said:

@Highwinter: Actually the reason Europe is getting it first is because NoE usually releases first-party titles on Fridays whereas NoA releases them on Sundays. These two regions are essentially getting the games at the same time since the release dates are on the same weekend.

suburban_sensei

#28

suburban_sensei said:

So glad to finally get confirmation. These will be my last couple 3DS purchases for the year, since I just bought Zelda and Star Fox.

motang

#29

motang said:

Damn 18th is Mario and 20th is Zelda, crazy!

Edit: So I am guessing first party 3DS titles will be coming out on Fridays here in US, odd!

ueI

#30

ueI said:

I didn't really like the tricks in Mario Kart Wii, but their inclusion isn't enough to make or break the game for me. MK7 still looks great!

k8sMum

#31

k8sMum said:

honest question here: aren't the 3D and gyro control incompatable? how does one keep the 'sweet spot' without contorting oneself??

Sneaker13

#33

Sneaker13 said:

No brainer, I will get both of them day one. I'm however worried about the whole gyro thing. That and 3D don't work well together.

BulbasaurusRex

#35

BulbasaurusRex said:

If the gyroscope turning in MK7 is as undersensitive as the Wiimote turning in MK Wii, I'll stick with the traditional controls. I just want to hear that they've improved the multiplayer across the board, since, outside of the addition of (practical) online play, multiplayer in MK Wii sucks across the board compared to Double Dash.

@30 Agreed.

FonistofCruxis

#40

FonistofCruxis said:

I'm disappointed about Super Mario 3D land's release date and was hoping it wouldn't be as late in the month as it is but at least Mario kart 7 is out early on in December.

The gyro controls in SM3DL will probably be used for the camera and propeller blocks. I won't be using the gyro contorls in MK7 because of them only being in first person view and I don't like first person view but I'm glad that the trick system fro MKW is returning. I really liked the trick system in MKW and didn't think it would return because of the gliding and that looks really good but its good to see the tricks are returning too. Metal Mario is an okay new character but they could've added a better new character than Lakitu. I hope there are some other new characters in MK7 too. Maybe they could have some characters from Wario games as they've had Diddy and Funky Kong in MK games.

grumblebuzzz

#41

grumblebuzzz said:

After seeing the new footage of SM3DL and finding out that there's StreetPass functionality and gyro controls, this seems to me like it might be the fullest Mario experience to date. I'm getting more and more excited with each reveal. Can't wait till November!

RaylaxStaff

#42

Raylax said:

" The game will feature propeller blocks"
Were NoE clutching at straws, or does someone who works there really love the propeller blocks? "It's got bricks and coins and boos and goombas and koopa troopas and OH MY GOD PROPELLER BLOCKS! QUICK, PUT IT IN THE PRESS RELEASE! IT'S A MAJOR FEATURE!"

MrArcade

#43

MrArcade said:

Metal mario seems like a good choice to keep the series interesting. But Lakitu seems like a strange choice. But hey i'm not complaining, who doesn't want to be lakitu. But i'm wondering........ will he have his cloud, how will he sit in the car 0.o

Tasuki

#45

Tasuki said:

Nice Mario 3D Land and Skyward Sword coming out in November. Looks like I am going to be busy this November.

DarkLloyd

#46

DarkLloyd said:

its not really suprising europe always get thier games on friday in this case early in the month any date before that wed probably have it first but it being december n all

p.s come november im locking those 2 down for preorder paid in full :P

Nintonic

#47

Nintonic said:

Cool, but I still can't deicide if I should wait until christmas to get
Super Mario Land. Someone persuade me.

Javin

#48

Javin said:

YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!! totally getting these games!! :) :) :)

Punny

#49

Punny said:

Lakitu playable in Mario Kart? I'm on Cloud Nine! :D
It will be crazy seeing Metal Mario AND Mario racing together. Last time I saw Metal Mario, he was commenting in the forums around here!
StreetPass in Super Mario 3D Land? I cannot imagine how that will work. Seeing how it's Mario, though, it must be good. :)

komicturtle

#50

komicturtle said:

okay, so is Link going to be in Mario Kart? Toon Link would fit in perfectly. Come on Nintendo... You have Zelda themed level in Mario 3D Land, you have to have something in Mario Kart 7. I'd love to drive around Hyrule Field, into Castle Town and even Lon Lon Ranch lol

Do it! Do it!

Also, didn't Miyamoto say there would be no streetpass in M3DLand? Cause he saw no use? Guess he found something out.

Oh, and let me use my Mii :3

TKOWL

#51

TKOWL said:

Mario coming out right next to Zelda? Lakitu and Metal Mario as playable characters?!?

I think I'm in Nintendo heaven :)

Nintonic

#56

Nintonic said:

"and a tricks system like the one in Mario Kart ™ Wii ."
Don't mess around with me, this better be true.

sinalefa

#57

sinalefa said:

Wow, now I will juggle a new Mario and a new Zelda this November. If I add Uncharted 3 to the mix, I will be playing all of my systems!

MK7 is going from must buy to preorder for me. That first person mode sounds interesting.

LordAndrew

#60

LordAndrew said:

Lakitu as a playable character in Mario Kart? But who will tell me when the race starts? WHO WILL TELL ME WHEN I'M DRIVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION?

GamerZack87

#63

GamerZack87 said:

Lakitu: "3...2...1...GO!"
Throws his headset and traffic light to a co-worker and races to his kart
Lakitu: "No! The engine won't start! :O"
"LAP 2"


And once again New Austrealand is left without a release date. |: [

Rensch

#65

Rensch said:

Mario and Zelda on the same day. I'm unsure wether or not that's a good move.

Meepok1

#68

Meepok1 said:

Anyone know if there is going to be a Mario Kart 7 NYC launch event party thing? Please let me know because it comes out one day BEFORE my birthday and would like to go if there is one.

Henmii

#69

Henmii said:

"and a tricks system like the one in Mario Kart ™ Wii"

That's very cool, though some people will hate it!

Blue_Yoshi

#70

Blue_Yoshi said:

Metal Mario and Lakitu along with FP gyro controls? This is a dream come true. Finally acknowledging two great characters and actually having a new concept. TAKE THAT IGN complaining about Mario Kart 7 being too much the same as the others. I heard that with the 3D at full effect it can be nausiating.

Wilford111

#71

Wilford111 said:

I think jerking the 3DS upwards when I jump off a ramp will be problamatic. I bet the top part will close shut when I do it.

N3dsfan

#72

N3dsfan said:

Just can't wait to get my hands on both Super mario 3d land & Mario kart 7
both of the games r really worth it
and hey guys if any body own a 3ds plz inform me the name is ;fox ^^

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