The airborne koopa Lakitu has a long history with the Mario Kart series. He's best known for starting each race and helping out when karts go off-course. Later on in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, Lakitu was added to the series as a playable character.
Now, the Nintendo and Bandai Namco collaboration Mario Kart Arcade GP DX has added the flying character - who excels in handling - to its lineup. Two new courses have also been released. The first is Banana Laybrinth and the second one is DK Jungle. Some additional features in this update include displaying your face on the results, time attack and ranking screens.
There's no information if this update will be made available outside of Japan. Depending on your location, these cabinets can be hard to find as it is. The DX version of Arcade GP was first released in Japan in 2013 and later on made its way across to North America and Europe. It added underwater and gliding features from MK7 and two new modes, allowing players to race against ghosts - much like Bandai Namco's street racing arcade series, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune.
What do you think about this game receiving new content? Would you like to see more content added to certain other Mario Kart games? Tell us below.
Would be nice to see MK8D updated.
I...had no idea this game would receive an update years after release.
Neat... I think? Still need to play these arcade Mario Kart titles at some point. Need to scratch that off my bucket list.
I actually love this game, I play it from time to time at a Japanese arcade here in California. The boost system is the best in the series, though I'm not so big on the rng karts/items.
Great but not relevant to me as there isn't one near me. Still we should be hearing about a Mario Kart mobile release soon, and more importantly (and hopefully) a new entry on Switch.
@jtmnm Could not agree more. I would pay $20 for a new cup with mew tracks hands down for MK8D!!! 🙌
I would like to play an arcade Mario Kart game. I ran into one some years back that had PAC MAN as a playable character. It was broken unfortunately, so I couldn’t play it. :/
Port all Mario Kart arcades and tracks to switch.
Nintendo Switch needs a port from Mario Kart Arcade.
Would be nice to play Arcade games on the go.
Lol even Nintendo likes to make games that won't come out for Switch 😂
This game would be pretty neat if it was ever given a console release, just so I could see what it's all about. Still that's a pretty lame roster, where's Wario?
I really do not like the arcade MK games, they are kinda crazy and have that obnoxious announcer over it.
Everything I have heard about the arcade game is quite negative compared to the console versions.
Port it to switch for god's sake! I can't remember the last time I saw an arcade lol ... Think how many sales!
@Kevember Well played, sir.
Too bad they won’t port any of these games to their consoles.
I have one near me, played it and thought it was cool
@SetupDisk The arcade games are fun if just for how different they are. But they definitely aren't the console experiences.
There are two of these cabinets in Cardiff. I really need to give it a go sometime.
I've got the first two Mario GP DX Arcade Triforce games installed on my soft-modded Wii, so I'm good, thanks...
I wish they would port these games to switch. Budget release maybe. I enjoyed them when I played them in arcades...
Mario Kart GP works on a hacked Nintendo Wii, for those who ever want to play it. So I've heard.....
WHO IS GOING TO FILM THE RACES?!
I keep forgetting about this game. Mainly because there's probably only one in the UK.
So strange.. why did Nintendo bother?
I highly doubt they will bother making an english version of this update for overseas use. There's just no market for it. Arcades have barely any video games anymore, they're all prize machines.
@Kevember They're made by Namco
Would definitely pay a premium for even an inferior version of this game to come to Switch. It’s really fun, but I can’t be bothered to go to Dave & Busters (~1 hour away) just for this and the Luigi’s Mansion game.
These still get updates? Cool. I think most of my local dave and busters have these.
They need to bring it on the switch.
One thing to note is that these are Bandai Namco's thing, and are not quite the same as the main series. This is why you see random Namco characters in them.
I also imagine these come with an exclusivity deal for Namco's arcade cabinets. (They're still a big thing in Japan)
I'll keep this in mind when I go back to the arcade in Las Vegas on Freemont Street.
I had the chance to play it in Japan back in 2016, they really should release these arcade versions in the Switch, which should be able to run them.
There's one of these in St Ives, Cornwall, close to where I live. I'll head over for a game!
They should dump those games on a Switch card. I do prefer a totally new Mariokart on Switch though. But releasing those arcade games someday on the Switch would be fun.
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