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Two New Characters Take To the Mario Kart 7 Grid

Posted by James Newton

You may bee surprised

Metal Mario and Lakitu are two of the already-confirmed characters joining the roster in Mario Kart 7 in December, but they're not the only new faces you'll be able to pick.

Honey Queen from Super Mario Galaxy and Wiggler, first seen in Super Mario World have both signed up as competitors in Nintendo's big 3D racer.

Last week we learnt about Mario Kart 7's online features where you'll be able to pit your Wiggler against a Metal Mario on the other side of the world.


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Jono97 said:

Wigger FTW! well I've beaten the last level several times scoring tripple stars... Wait.. isn't maple treeway in mario kart 7?



Aviator said:

I don't mind the inclusion. It's good to see some new racers rather than the same ones over the past iterations.



dizzy_boy said:

i played this at the MCM expo in london yesterday. although these charecters weren`t available to play. i thought the game was great.



Shining-Void said:

Honey queen, now that's nice. I hope they do away with cart sizes because, toad users like me are abused.



Expa0 said:

I'm still waiting for a Goomba. Preferably the one from the Super Mario Bros Movie.



Kage_88 said:

I'd love to see an unlockable Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo in their 'Mario Bros. Plumbing' van. Their special move would be Hoskins complaining about the price of water in the Mushroom Kingdom.



sfogation said:

its good to see some new characters but at the same time old cause they were in older games



Dodger said:

Wiggler was huge in MKDS. Still, wigglers vary in size. There were small ones and big ones in M&L:BIS.

The Honey Queen is the weird one to me. She was so big in SMG1 that she had her own gravity.

I want to see Paper Mario. Toadsworth would be cool too. Toadsworth is awesome.



L-BLock said:

I like to play Mario Kart Series.This game is 3D actually.DOUBLE FUN! or TRIPLE!



Yosher said:

What did the Honey Queen ever do besides float in the air and have her lardo behind scratched by Mario? Very odd choice and one I'll probably never use, just like ROB in MKDS. There's so many better choices they could go with. I'd honestly rather have an obese Peach if they really want more heavyweight ladies. XD

Wiggler is neat though!



I-U said:

I like that Nintendo is going out of the box with the roster this time around instead of putting in differing versions of the same character. As far as I know, Metal Mario is the only exception in this roster and I hope it remains that way.



Blaze said:

Wiggler is a great addition, but Honey Queen? I think Nintendo/Retro Studios should make better character choices. The Honey Queen did next to nothing in Galaxy, why not include the likes of Fawfawl, Toadsworth, people who played a decent sized part in a game or many games for that matter. Even F.L.U.D.D could be a cool addition, although I can't see how he'd be able to drive.....

Still, IMO MK7 is looking like the best Mario Kart yet!



Detective_TeeJay said:

Although I get the feeling not many people like the babies, I really hope Baby Mario and Baby Luigi are included. I don't care about the other babies, really.



Shugo said:

Honey Queen? Of all the characters they could've picked, she's probably the least suited for kart racing...

I really want Professor E. Gadd to be in Mario Kart. They were planning him for Mario Kart DS (given evidence in the beta files) but ultimately scrapped him. I think he'd be a great addition.



FonistofCruxis said:

The Wiggler is an okay addition but the Honey Queen is an odd choice. I'm still hoping for at least one Warioware or Wario platformer character.



Rapadash6 said:

WTF @ Honey Queen but Wiggler is an awesome addition and from what I remember was rumored to be in Mario Kart Wii. Obviously that never happened but still nice to see him finally in the driver's seat. Now if we can only bring Wart back into the mix...



MasterGraveheart said:

Soooo... how about Dixie Kong, Goombella, Vivian, Spike, Boom Boom, Bob-omb, E. Gadd, Wart, or some of the Kooplings?

Even better, how about cameos from OTHER Nintendo franchises? Kirby? Pikachu? Pit?



iBeatz said:

I'm still waiting for goomba, mc ballyhoo from mario party 8, 8-bit mario, petty piranha, boo and GOKU COZ HE RULES AND IF HE WAS IN MARIO KART 7 he would kill everybody



Punny said:

Wiggler is cool, but Honey Queen? SERIOUSLY?!? Still, MK7 is my most hyped 3DS game this year.



Milkman-123 said:

YOU'RE WELCOME. sheesh. is it too much to give a shoutout to the person that fed you that information? golly gee.



JohnDoe123 said:

I couldn't care less about Honey Queen. I have no clue how Nintendo chose her over some other characters.



Wilford111 said:

I was surprised by Wiggler and Honey Queen, and not in a good way. I think the best new playable character is Lakitu. The rest are meh. A Warioware character would have been awesome, but whatever :/



Infernapeking said:

We have possibly 16 or 22 characters.
Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Koopa
Wario, Daisy, Rosalina, Shy Guy, Wiggler, Honey Queen, Metal Mario, Lakitu, Mii
Missing Waluigi, R.O.B, Diddy Kong, Bowser Jr, and Birdo.



Super-Mario-Fan said:

Wiggler seems to be a great idea but honey queen is a bad choice since I barely know who that is and their is already a super Mario galaxy character in Mario kart 7and that's Rosalina.They should of picked Goomba instead of honey queen



DM666 said:

Hope mario kart 7 will make use of DLC, new tracks, retro tracks, new characters, challenges. Nintendo have the opportunity to make this the Mario Kart everyone's been waiting for!!!



FriedSquid said:

Really? The Honey Queen? I mean really, there's Rosalina, and now we have to have her? Both of those characters suck (yeah, it's an opinion, but I'm still shocked they chose them) and I really hope there are more new characters, or at least, more unlockable characters. I look forward to unlocking the characters, but if those four are the only unlockable ones, I'll be quite disappointed, because Metal Mario is the only one I like. Well, let's hope for DLC/Play Coin characters...



X-145 said:

They are going all out on this arent they?
I love how its coming out!



SuperLink said:

If Lakitu is driving, the who will save you from falling off of a cliff or falling into water? The again, in some instances, you can go underwater and you can use the paraglide thing...hmmmm...



Neonpowerstar said:

The Honey Queen is an odd choice, but not necessarily a bad one. Wiggler, on the other hand, is going to be awesome. He might be my second favorite character after Lakitu.
While these might not be the best possible character choices, it's certainly not a deal breaker for me, and as long as the core gameplay is good, I'll be fine.
@SuperLink The playable Lakitu has a red shell, while if you do fall off the track or into water (there are some places where you can't drive underwater) a Lakitu with a green shell will fish you out.



TKOWL said:

Honey Queen...

Seriously, there are HUNDREDS of better choices than that.



AlbertoC said:

Honey queen... What's that?

Once again, i seriously think that the creative department of nintendo is in dire need of new personnel, or somebody must be fired.



LittleKing said:

Wiggler is a nice addition, but Honey Queen is just... odd. Why pick her over so many other characters? I second that E. Gadd would've been a better addition. Wigglers are generally pretty large, but given their varying sizes, I can understand how one got into a kart, but the Honey Queen? She's larger than some planetoids in Super Mario Galaxy! They'll have to make a new weight class for her, a special kart, and make her fill the whole screen for it to be somewhat logical. O_e

Mallow would've been a better choice even. Well, besides Honey Queen, the rest of the additions are pretty good, so I'm happy.



Capt_N said:

I wonder if, even though Intelligent Systems is a 2cd party co., that Nintendo, or more likely Retro couldn't gain access to characters from games that were not made 100% by Nintendo(as in, 1st party characters)?

Even if the answer to that is no, I still wonder why the designers chose Honey Queen? Even Ice/Fire Mario/Luigi from Galaxy would have been fine to me. I mean, I don't hate that they put HQ in, but there are plenty of other characters to have in.

I kinda think Nintendo considers MK one of their rare high caliber Mario spin-off(s) franchises.

M&L:PiT(Partners in Time) was released 2005. MK:Double Dash released 2003. So, by my guess, the baby Mario/Luigi was probably either just random, or based on the concept of baby Mario from Yoshi's Island. Either way, I'm not too big on baby ver.s of the characters. Metal Mario was also in Mario Golf(N64). I'm not too big on the Wario characters either.

Actually, I too, would have preferred Paper Mario, or better yet, The Thousand-Year-Door characters. Flavio, Grodus, Doopliss, Goombella, etc.

The characters for the most part in the MK series, seemed to be (taken) from the main Mario series. @ least it seems that way to me, @tm.

Still, if the gameplay's good enough, I'll be pretty good. Though I doubt I'll be racing online, unless I can get anywhere on my pc in front of me. That, or the places I frequent may have more %(percentage) (of) 3DS owners than I realize.



Robeson64 said:

Really happy about Wiggler. Wiggler = win. Perhaps Mario invited him to say sorry for wetting his house in Super Mario 64. Honey Queen seems an odd choice but perhaps there is a course inspired by her so she deserves to be in the game. Better than another baby or alternative costume character at least. Not happy about Metal Mario, if anything he should just be an alternative costume for Mario, either way, this game is looking really good



Onett said:

Leave it to Nintendo to do something controversial to get a rise out of everybody and gain publicity. Personally I feel that Metal Mario, Honey Queen and Wiggler are terrible choices mostly because Metal Mario is just a clone of Mario and the other two are completely random like Petey Parana in MKDD. I'm certain more people would have appreciated the return of King Boo and R.O.B more than those two. The least they could have done is include somebody more interesting like Magikoopa. Whats next? Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U is probably going to feature silly characters like Goomba, Pokey the cactus enemy and Blooper as new characters.



Capt_N said:

I think DK Jr. is a far better choice than Diddy Kong(DK Jr. is a Mario character, Diddy Kong is a character from a series, whose main character was associated w/ Mario @ his beginning, as Jumpman ). (Also DK Jr. is directly a Mario character, while Diddy isn't.) I agree with you Onett(#60 about Petey Pirahna). I also forgot to mention in my above comment that I do agree w/ the thinking that MM should just be an alt of Mario's costume.

If Nintendo was to actually give specific enemy-included characters a legit particular on-going identity(in the Mario universe continuity), & make those characters relevant, I would be a little more excited over their inclusion into spin-off titles, like MK. (Edit: When I say continuity here, I'm not referring to only the main Mario games, but spin-offs too.)

To me, I'm not too excited when no-particular-name-enemy-types-of characters are introduced: Like in the Mario Party series.



Ramses said:

I'm definitely going to play as Wiggler. Then again, I'm also a huge Shy Guy fan, so playing as Shy Guy sounds enticing as well. As for Metal Mario, I don't know why Nintendo was so lazy that they just added a metal texture to Mario and called it a character. Now for characters I want, I think Broque Monsieur (from M&L 3) would be great, as would Fawful. And I'd take Paper Mario over Metal Mario any day!

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