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Mario Kart 7 Online Features Come Into View

Posted by James Newton

Group effort

As promised, Nintendo has opened up about the online features in its big multiplayer title for 2011, Mario Kart 7.

One of the big new features is the ability to create groups for your friends, letting you organise players into specific skill, location or friendship groups, with these shared via StreetPass too. You can also custom rules for each group, opening up the opportunity for innumerable innovative game types. Online leaderboards will also show who's best in a group, and your best results and records can be shared automatically via StreetPass too.

SpotPass features also allow you to download ghost data from the Internet, with up to seven ghosts downloadable at any one time, but what's interesting is you can race against multiple ghosts simultaneously, letting you take part in eight-player races even if nobody's online.

Also, as with Mario Kart Wii there'll be a Mario Kart Channel for your 3DS, giving you easy access to all the recent MK happenings.

How much are you looking forward to Mario Kart 7?

Nintendo News: Drive Home the Fun and Race with Fans Around the Globe with Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The upcoming Mario Kart™ 7 game for the portable Nintendo 3DS™ system delivers more than just a glasses-free 3D racing experience. Mario Kart 7 delivers frenetic racing fun by air, land and sea. Longtime fans of the franchise will encounter new features and customization options, while newcomers will love racing with their favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters against opponents near and far.

At the heart of Mario Kart is multiplayer racing. Using a broadband Internet connection or local wireless built into the Nintendo 3DS, players can race against their own friends or even against opponents worldwide. The new Community feature allows players to create groups with other Mario Kart fans while setting up specific rules to make customized racing environments. Easy setup allows players to quickly create a community and share with others via the StreetPass™ feature. Community leaderboards will also show the most up-to-date information from recent races. Solo players can race through the Grand Prix and Time Trial modes using either the Circle Pad layout or the motion-sensitive gyro controls of the system to steer their karts. The gyro controls also allow players to control their karts in a first-person perspective, a feature never before seen in the Mario Kart franchise.

Mario Kart 7 will also use StreetPass and SpotPass™ features built into the Nintendo 3DS system. Walking by other Mario Kart 7 players in real life with StreetPass enabled allows gamers to exchange racing scores, win/loss records, number of collected coins and other game data. With SpotPass enabled, players will be able to receive ghost data to race against. Up to seven ghosts can be downloaded at the same time, allowing for a full eight-player race. Additionally, a Mario Kart channel will be a central location for players to view information collected through StreetPass and SpotPass.

Every iteration of the Mario Kart series introduces new twists and turns, and this newest Mario Kart game is no different. New playable characters include Metal Mario from the Super Mario 64™ game and Lakitu, the spectacled cloud-riding Koopa. Players can also choose to race as their own Mii™ characters. New power-ups include the Fire Flower and Super Leaf. The Fire Flower allows players to throw blazing balls of fire at other drivers, while the Super Leaf makes the Tanooki Tail appear on the back of karts to knock other drivers and items out of the way. And, of course, the karts come equipped with gliders for maneuvering through the air and propellers for underwater propulsion.

The Mushroom Cup and Flower Cup introduce eight new courses, including ones on Wuhu Island and one created by Retro Studios set in the jungles from the Donkey Kong Country™ Returns game. The Shell Cup and Banana Cup feature eight classic courses, including Luigi’s Mansion from the Nintendo DS™ and Koopa Beach from the Nintendo 64™. There will be 16 new courses and 16 classic courses total.

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User Comments (35)



pixelman said:

This just keeps getting more and more awesome. I'm really getting excited for this game.



NintyMan said:

I think it's great they want to make it easier for everyone to set up tournaments easier. Trying to plan out playing times on Mario Kart Wii with friends was always an issue with me, so any effort to make it easier I will welcome. All those ghost-sharing opportunities sound nice as well. This will be the #1 online game for the 3DS for sure!



BenAV said:

This is looking pretty great.
Can't wait for it even more now.
Hope my Internet stops being lame soon!



daznsaz said:

i liked the bikes on the wii one.i think they dropped them again for 3ds one.shame but will still be getting some good old tracks and theres 16 new tracks too.hurry up



Punny said:

I'm liking the sound of these online features. I'd better get in plenty of early races before some techno-geeks find out how to hack the game!



RoryLee said:

We have a group of Nintendo Life players already started at, come on by and check it out.

The online feature is gonna be great! It was always hard to get a group going on the wii version.



Spoony_Tech said:

Great!! Now I can show the 83 people on my friends list who's the best!! Prepare to lose!!!



Kreegs07 said:

What is the local multiplayer like? Is there download play like the DS version?



James said:

Wow, I never knew there was a site for our online players. That's awesome.

Would you guys like better online play organisation tools here?



RoryLee said:

That would be Great! Just the option to PM people does wonders. And an easier access to the live chat would be nice. The forums are a great place to chat, but I always find it hard to setup an online game.



Milkman-123 said:

this will probobly get a perfect 10 on the DS version got a 9.3,so this version will obviously be better. probobly get a 10 on NL, too.



NX01Trekkie1992 said:

man, I really wish my campus wifi didn't hate my 3DS right about now... can never connect for more than 5-10 minutes at once...



DemonKnight said:

This is like a better version of MK Wii.It gives me another reason to use streetpass more often.



Capt_N said:

This is really gonna be sad when some jerk finally cracks the game, actually when they start experimenting. As soon as they start experimenting, then online play becomes destroyed. However, I hope Nintendo aggressively hits online hackers. 3ds game cards can be flash updated, can't they? I seem to recall reading they can.

Edit: Even sadder, if Nintendo pursued actively countering potential hacker, via 3DS update, I have a feeling it will be similar to Wii updates, & how pirates counter them ~ Nintendo makes fix to prevent hacking in-game, pirates make counter-code to bypass update, rinse, lather, repeat.



lord_hades said:

can u still play online with random people like in mk wii or do u hav to play with your friends or in special groups



sinalefa said:

At Aqueous

Thanks for the link. I thought Iwata Asks articles were posted just a few days before a game was released. There is one for Skyward Sword too already, but none for Kirby Mass Attack or even Super Mario 3D Land.

About this game, I held off on getting MKDS (I only got a portable till I got my 3DS on March) because this one looks great, so I really hope it delivers.



Samholy said:

so far, the 3ds seems bad for online playing. doesnt look too promising.
i live near montreal, and unless i really seek deeply for 3ds owners, i doubt ill be able to play with the wifi feature. i tried with firefox, no good results.

its like if the online mode was so weak that developpers just skip it. street fighter used it, and it wasnt very satisfying.
let me doubt for monster hunter 4 or heroes of ruins.



RVN said:

just great, i can see myself joining in hundreds of groups just to see how bad/good i am amongst them

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