Mario Kart 7: New Features Galore
Nintendo's baby has a little extra under the hood.
Nintendo's 3DS has a wonderful lineup of potential holiday hits, including the highly anticipated Mario Kart 7.
Set to debut December 4, this fast-paced and fun racer plays similar to its beloved predecessors, allowing you to zip across a variety of detailed tracks nailing opponents with red turtle shells and activating mushrooms for added boost.
The game also comes with a variety of improvements to the classic formula that should please longtime fans and newcomers itching to cross the finish line.
On that note, the following additions will help Mario Kart 7 stand apart from the crowd.
Sixty frames per second speed
Thanks to the system's processing power, Nintendo was able to make this title the fastest portable Mario Kart yet, offering never before seen animations and fast paced arcade style play.
Veterans Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Bowser make a triumphant return, but you'll also command the tracks as Metal Mario and Lakitu, among other famous faces.
That's right. Karts have wings. Now you can effortlessly glide through the air after jumps, maneuvering into place to grab gold coins.
Normally, falling into water spells certain doom, except in Mario Kart 7. Racers will stay in contention under the sea, thanks to karts equipped with propellers. Watch out for giant clams.
First person racing
Similar to the recently released Star Fox 64 3D, Mario Kart 7 supports gyroscope controls, but you'll view the action from a first person view, a first for the series.
While not as deep as in other racers, a simple editor lets players swap out large/small wheels for better performance, as well as body kits, making it possible to create a kart that resembles a pint-sized monster truck.
Pass other Mario Kart 7 players in your daily travels, and you'll wirelessly exchange ghost data and compete in races. This is in addition to online play for up to eight participants.
This time, you'll be able to pick up a fire flower and hit other players/the computer with fireballs. We can't wait.
Of course, you can't have a Mario Kart without new tracks to race on. Look for a stage that takes place on WuHu Island, site of Nintendo's Wii Sports titles and Pilotwings Resort.