Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the current Mario Kart game playable in Japanese arcades, will be receiving an update next week which adds a new mode and a character tweak.

Produced by Bandai Namco, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX cabinets offer arcade goers a variety of gameplay modes including a single-player Grand Prix and multiplayer races. On 10th December, a new 'Green Shell All-You-Can-Throw' mode will be added to the game – and it does exactly what it says on the tin.

In this new mode, players will be given an unlimited number of Green Shells to fire at their opponents. Item boxes can give players a bumper of sorts which offers a little bit of protection, but we imagine there'll be an awful lot of stop-start shell smashing involved here.

Elsewhere, Wario, who was previously an unlockable character only, will now be available to select at any time and as soon as you jump onto a machine.

The things we'd do to have a set of Mario Kart arcade cabinets in the Nintendo Life office...

Let us know if you like the sound of this new Green Shell mode – and whether you'd like to see something similar in the next Mario Kart console game – in the comments below.

Thanks to Greatsong for the tip!