It's easy to forget that arcades exist in this day and age; if you've seen Wreck-It Ralph, that's how some of us still picture them in our mind. Unfortunately the majority of arcade machines nowadays are confined to bowling alleys alongside Whack-a-mole and Air Hockey tables. But we digress, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX actually exists even if you've never seen one in the flesh.
One of the interesting things when Bandai Namco announced this latest arcade spin-off was that it planned to bring annual updates offered over an online network. While we understand the Japanese version of the arcade has already seen 2 such updates, there has been no word about an update for the European and North American versions. Until now that is - an Arcade Heroes reader spills the beans:
I work at an FEC (Main Event in Alpharetta GA) and our MK AC GP DX just got updated to version 1.04 EX yesterday. The update added most of the things Japan got last year: Metal Mario, Rosalina, mirror modes of all tracks, a new title screen, what seems like new vehicles and power ups, and improved drifting mechanics.
The drifting can now give you a boost at the end much like the console MK games. There are 3 levels of boost depending on how long your drift lasts. IMO this addition makes the game feel way more like a "real" Mario Kart game.
It sounds like this is a worthwhile update to the game and should keep dedicated arcade gamers coming back for more. Does your local arcade emporium have a Mario Kart Arcade GP DX cabinet? If so, do let us know if you've been able to try out the new characters and features yet with a comment below.
Ooh, we have several here.
Unfortunately I had major Achilles' tendon surgery a few weeks ago and won't be mobile for another three months. But will check it out as soon as I can.
Unfortunately our bowling alley did away with arcade machines and replaced them with features such as American Pool.
The Mario Kart Arcade machine is my favorite game to play when I go on my holiday to Clacton/Walton (both Clacton and Walton piers have the game). I normally play as Pacman or Doku-chan as they are not in other Mario Kart games, but I'll try some of the newly added characters next time.
Doncaster bowling alley has this machine...I love it! Always play as Toad of course
I played it at an arcade in Southend-on-Sea, I liked it.
About time Nintendo put the MK arcade games on the eShop.
Anyone know if there's a cabinet in Scotland? I don't think I can justify spending money to go down to England for this to the missus.
Yeah, this game is at a Dave & Busters in Manhatten. Hope yhey get Pokken Tournament.
There's one in Milton Keynes - England, near the cinema (although they only have 3 connected). So when I go and see a 4D film, I can play a bit of Mario Kart GP DX.
At least you can play as Rosalina now and boost slide.
Mississippi literally have no arcade, so I never played this.
Im not sure of any decent arcades in Birmingham uk. I played this one in yorkshire once. It made me understand why mario kart 8 is like it is.
I've played the 4-player version of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX this at a Dave & Busters in Texas. (They also have the predecessor - Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 - in a back corner somewhere).
Both Mario Kart Arcade games I've played are...okay. They're missing the polish of MK7 and MK8 and the inventiveness of the home versions.
That said, it baffles me that these Mario Kart games have never been released outside of the arcades. There's three of them - GP (2005), GP2 (2007), and GP DX (2013) - although they have the same general 10 course layouts with variations between each version. But Mario Kart is a huge seller for Nintendo and the Wii U isn't doing too hot. It seems like a no-brainer just to release 10 "new" Mario Kart courses as DLC or a discount disc.
Is this still running on the same hardware as the other two Mario Kart Arcade games i.e. the Triforce Arcade Board?
Unfortunately there isn't any arcade here that has this game. Guess I'll have to make do with the previous two Arcade games that I play on my Wii...
There's one in Perth! If I get round to seeing Jurasic World I'll be playing this while the trailers are on.
Why aren't these on the eShop...
There actually is an arcade in my town with this in it.
@norwichred Get well soon, friend!
There's one in Kingston, Surrey UK.
For a second i thought it said 'Mario Kart NX'
Our local arcade has this machine. I'm sure they have received the update. I'll have to go check it out and report back. I will say I was having fun with the machine before but over all it didn't live up to the console versions. I think the drifting mechanic was the biggest thing I was missing so I'm excited by this update.
What's an arcade again??
I played on these at Hollywood bowl in Hull, UK last week. They definitely had the update as my friend beat me playing as rosalina AND metal Mario!!! The shame =(
What no pink gold peach?
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My local arcade/bowling alley/go cart location has two of these with one that has been down for weeks. I'll have to stop by and see if they received the update. I wonder if Nintendo reps stop by and update these or how they are updated.
@gamerphil07 thanks! Appreciate that glad MK8 doesn't use an accelerator pedal anyway
I wish one or more of these actually made it to NZ!!
Gasp Elsa is in Mario Kart!?
I'm thankful for the Dave & Buster's that's about an hour drive from my town.
I played this on Wednesday, Rosalina is a really fun addition, Mirror Mode adds variety, and the drifting is just soooo much better than it was before.
Any near manchester?
Played it today in the New York arcade in Southend. Also a few doors down another arcade had the Mario Kart 2 arcade. Just a shame its £1 to play 1 course and that's it.
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