Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Racing to Arcades
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Like Mario Kart 7 on steroids, and probably not as good
While talking about the Mario Kart franchise, we think the majority of people focus on those games published by Nintendo for its systems, but any discussion will have at least one person say "ah, but what about the arcades?" Typically they're not counted as part of the series, as they're developed by Namco and have a different feel to the home console and portable iterations. Whether they count or not is irrelevant, though, as they're still there.
Over on NeoGaf a user has posted a link to a trailer for the latest Mario Kart arcade cabinet set to invade Japanese amusement arcades and, maybe, one or two in the West. Mario Kart Arcade GP DX includes the gliding and underwater mechanics from Mario Kart 7, as well as a co-op team feature — a bit like Double Dash!! — where one player drives and the other aims a turret to fire shells; it'll also do the usual fun stuff such as snap your picture for the race.
Having got our hands on Mario Kart 8 at multiple events, we're pretty confident that's still the karting game to be excited about, especially as opinions of the preceding Mario Kart arcades are mixed at best. But still, check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.