Earlier this year we had our first Mario Kart 7 community event of 2014, and unsurprisingly it was a lot of fun. Since that time the release date for Mario Kart 8 has been confirmed, and we've realised that we need a lot more practice before the new Wii U title rolls around. Besides, the 3DS game is still a blast to play over two years after its release.

So, as promised, the fun will start today at noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 7pm UK time / 8pm Central European time. The 'NLife All Items' community room will be in action as always, but by popular demand we'll have a second Grand Prix room open. That was your choice in the community vote, and you chose NL Pure Racing, a no-items room. While most are likely to focus on those two rooms, the Battle Room is also an option.

NLife All Items (150cc races) — 00-2104-5343-9763
NL Pure Racing (150cc no items) — 24-7218-5610-6691
NLife Battles — 63-1489-1510-4932

If you want to know how to get into these Community rooms, check out our usual official and oh-so-serious guide below.

In order to get started with some Mario Kart 7 awesomeness with fellow Nintendo Lifers, simply open the game, select Online Multiplayer and then Communities. If you've played with us before you may have 'NLife All Items' in your list of favourites. If not, select Enter Code and input 00-2104-5343-9763. This is a 150cc all items room, so it may get chaotic. You'll all need to enter code 24-7218-5610-6691 for the brand new no items "pure racing" room. For Battles follow the same steps as above, but input code 63-1489-1510-4932.

Now, it's common to experience connection problems with Mario Kart 7 communities, and if you don't then we can only imagine that you're hard-wired directly into Nintendo's servers. If you do have problems connecting or receive an error message, make sure your wireless is on and position yourself as close as possible to your internet router. Please be patient and keep trying, because more often than not you will eventually get in.

There may be more than one room open at once, so remember the basic rules. Play nice, and if someone annoys you settle it like grown-ups... out on the track. Please be considerate to others in the lobby area, and only start the race when there are enough racers and everyone's ready.

So here we go again, more Mario Kart mayhem; we'll be checking the comments below, tweeting on our Twitter page and getting up to all sorts of shenanigans in the game itself. If you are tweeting, be sure to stick #NLracing in your messages.

See you on the track.