Published on September 15th, 2011 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
New Mario Kart 7 Screens and Trailer
Release Date: December 4, 2011
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
How does Mario Kart 1-up itself? Throw hang gliders into the mix and we are off to the sky races. While hang gliders aren’t necessarily a new invention, they haven’t really been produced mainstream for high-powered go-karts. These go-karts may be part of a video about racing, but hand gliders in general have become popular over the years.
In fact, many well known figures have been observed glidin’, as they call it. For example, did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a hang glide connoisseur? Maybe these are the exact areas where the newly added features drew inspiration from.
Although these images are slightly fictitious, well, you can see that they are poorly and blatantly photoshopped. Mii’s? Really? Anyways, it has been some time since E3 2011 and we are now only months away from the release of Mario Kart 7.
One of the first noticeable introductions to gameplay was the use of the hang glider for going to the air. The terrain is also changed up quite a bit, when after being blasted off a huge jump, you dive to the depths of the sea and maneuver a propeller-powered-scuba-car. While the Mario Kart franchise made some great movements in controller schemes with the Nintendo Wii version, it was a wonder as to where else the game could go to keep players from driving in circles.
This time around, we at least get to venture on to the track in 3D and make good use of a broadband connection for online interactions. Players will also recognize areas from Wuhu Island (Wii Sports Resort) as well as maps from Donkey Kong Country Returns.
One thing is for sure, Nintendo 3DS owners will have their holiday season loaded down with titles, and hopefully take a load off to sit down and play.