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Mario Kart 7 out now on Nintendo 3DS

Mario, the world’s favourite plumber, has strapped himself back into the driving seat for Mario Kart 7 – the latest Nintendo franchise to get a 3D makeover.

Out now, Mario Kart 7 is available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS and offers gamers a wealth of new tracks, new characters and new weapons.

Employing the mantra of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, Nintendo have kept the formula for Mario Kart 7 simple and familiar.

Familiar format

There are the usual 50cc, 100cc or 150cc options in single player championship mode, or in the excellent multi-player format.

So far, so same-old same-old, but that doesn’t mean this is a title to be avoided. Every addition to the Mario Kart series has offered something new, and number 7 is no different.

There are a bumper 32 tracks to test your driving skills: 16 re-imagined classic tracks coupled with 16 brand new courses, so you’ll have enough to keep yourself occupied.

It’s fair to say that the 16 classic tracks are the more fulfilling of the bunch, with the noobs feeling a little sloppy and hastily put together. But with secret shortcuts and new weaponry, Mario Kart fans will not be disappointed.

New weapons

The best of the new weapons is easily ‘The Lucky Seven’ – a pickup that gives you seven different weapons to use whenever you want in the race. Sound good? It is, but you might have to wait a couple of hours before getting this rarity.

In terms of 3D, Nintendo have finally found a title that is actually improved with the technology. Gone are the unfocused, headache-inducing visuals that plagued some of the earlier 3D titles. Instead we have a pleasant and natural depth to the game play.

With old favourites alongside exciting new features, Mario Kart 7 is a must-have for any fan of the series.

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