Mario Kart 7 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Mario Kart 7 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 8 Characters That Should Be Added to Mario Kart https://www.gameskinny.com/ruk13/8-characters-that-should-be-added-to-mario-kart https://www.gameskinny.com/ruk13/8-characters-that-should-be-added-to-mario-kart Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Kart Racing in Style

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There have been no additional DLC characters or new titles for the franchise announced yet, so it's hard to determine if any of these or other characters will be added in the future.

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With plenty of unique tracks  and vehicles to be included alongside these wanted characters, it would be a shame if Nintendo didn't add at least a few of them to their popular kart racing franchise.

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What characters do you think should be added to Mario Kart? Let us know in the comments!

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Shigeru Miyamoto

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Former Respesentative Director/Current Creative Fellow of Nintendo
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Honorable Mentions: Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aime

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Shigeru Miyamoto is perhaps one of the most well known video game creators of all time. From games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Star Fox, as well as a plethora of other games, Shigeru Miyamoto has become a household name for most gamers.

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Of course, you could just make a Mii character of Miyamoto to use in the game and call it a day, but that would be a missed opportunity. At E3 2015, the Nintendo Direct presentation included puppets for Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata, and Reggie Fils-Aime, created by Jim Henson Studios. Muppet Miyamoto would fit right in as a Mario Kart character, and would easily translate to the games more cartoon like graphical style.

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It may be a long shot, but it would be cool to see this acclaimed video game creator appear as a playable character.

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Captain Falcon

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Character in the F-Zero Series and Popular Super Smash Bros. Character
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The Falcon Punching, anti gravity racing pilot may not have a new game in his own series to star in at the moment, but he could at least have a cameo in Mario Kart.

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Putting Captain Falcon in Mario Kart also actually makes a bit more sense than it does for other characters. How does Link even know how a Kart works? There were never any cars in Hyrule. At least Captain Falcon is from a racing game, and he'd fit right in on any course in a 200 CC circuit, although that still may be too slow for him.

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Hopefully Captain Falcon will show us his moves in Mario Kart someday soon.

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Don-Chan

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Character Mascot for Taiko Drum Master Game Series
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This adorable Japanese mascot has recently had some cameo appearances in other Nintendo games, such as appearing in the most recent Super Smash Bros. as one of the characters Pac-Man can call upon at random when using his Namco Roulette taunt, and as a befriendable Yo-Kai in Yo-Kai Watch 2 for the Nintendo 3DS. Don-Chan has also appeared as a playable character in the Japan exclusive Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.

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Don-Chan should be added to Mario Kart proper because of his cuteness, and as a way to gauge interest in the Taiko no Tatsujin (Taiko: Drum Master in English) video game series. If Don-Chan became more popular and recognizable to gamers in the west, maybe a guest a appearance in Mario Kart could help the next game in the Taiko series get a western release.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Main Character of the Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise
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Mario and Sonic seem to have plenty of fun in Super Smash Bros. and at the olympic games, so why not put the blue blur in Mario Kart as well?

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Sonic himself has already been in two kart racing games, Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing, as well as the sequel, Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed, so he would be a welcome addition to Mario Kart.

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With how fast the Mario Kart series has become, Green Hill Zone and Emerald Coast would be great additions to the selection of race tracks, especially with the addition of the 200cc mode introduced in Mario Kart 8.

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Like Pac-Man, the Sonic Amiibo unlocks a Sonic Mii Oufit, but it's about time for the real blue hedgehog to start racing again.

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Pac-Man

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Main Character of Pac-Man Franchise
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After appearing in a racing game of his own, known as Pac-Man World Rally, as a playable character in the most recent Super Smash Bros. title, and in the Mario Kart Arcade GP series, it's about time for Pac-Man to be added to Mario Kart proper. There are even race tracks in the Arcade GP series that can be added alongside Pac-man, such as the Pac Labyrinth and Pac Mountain tracks.

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In the original Mario Kart 8, the Pac-Man Amiibo can be scanned to obtain a special Mii outfit featuring Pac-Man's classic sprite. But its time for fans to get the real thing.

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Professor E. Gadd

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Character in Luigi's Mansion Series
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This popular character from the Luigi's Mansion series is long overdue for his appearance in Mario Kart.

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This ghost hunting old man could have his own unique variation of the Poltergust 4000 kart and a special ability when getting the Boo item stealer.

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There is apparently evidence in a prototype demo that the gibberish speaking inventor was to be a playable character in Mario Kart DS, but was replaced by Dry Bones in the final version, a character also returning in Mario Kart 8 DX.

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Paper Mario

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Main Character of the Paper Mario Video Game Series
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Fans of the Paper Mario series haven't been as fond of the franchise in recent years, with the latest entry, Paper Mario Color Splash, releasing near the end of the Wii U's lifespan and releasing to mixed reviews.

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The Paper Mario series may be on the decline, but maybe putting the titular character in Mario Kart will help satisfy some fans, if only temporarily.

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They could even have his kart turn into a paper airplane when jumping off of ramps for long jumps.

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Paper Mario may not be the most likely addition to a game in which several different versions of Mario are already playable, but maybe the paper plumber will make an appearance one day.

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Goomba

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Well Known Enemy in Super Mario Franchise
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Yeah Goombas don't have hands, so what? It's about time they get the upgrade from obstacle to driver. How will it drive? Who knows? You're already playing a game where turtles, mushrooms, and squid people are kart racing, so is that really the question you should be asking?

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Goombas are the first enemy encountered in the very first Super Mario Bros., before Koopas or ParaKoopas and long before King Koopa Bowser himself. As such, Goombas have become some of the most well-known and iconic enemies in the entire Mario series, appearing in almost every title.

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Maybe Goombas don't have hands, but that just adds humor to them driving a kart.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the definitive edition of Mario Kart 8 released this week for the Nintendo Switch, and has been a highly anticipated title for most Nintendo fans.

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Mario Kart 8  for the Wii U was the first game in the franchise to introduce new characters as DLC, which will all be included in Mario Kart 8 DX, along with a few added characters exclusive to the game.

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Although Mario Kart 8 DX contains all the previous DLC from Mario Kart 8 and at this time no additional DLC has been announce for the DX version, here are 10 characters who should either be added to the next Mario Kart title or added to Mario Kart 8 DX as extra DLC.

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Is More Mario Kart 8 DLC On The Way? https://www.gameskinny.com/jgb5w/is-more-mario-kart-8-dlc-on-the-way https://www.gameskinny.com/jgb5w/is-more-mario-kart-8-dlc-on-the-way Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:00:21 -0400 Austin Katz

Nintendo of Europe recently posted an ambiguous Tweet which may have hinted at more Mario Kart 8 content coming soon.

In addition, there appears to be a picture of racers crashing on the Mario Kart 64 track Kalimari Desert. With E3 on the horizon, it is no surprise that Nintendo plans on making big announcements soon. Maybe it will be the hidden track that was recently discovered. 

This Tweet may hint that Nintendo is planning on adding more retro stages for players to race on. Kalimari Desert was also remade for Mario Kart 7, so it may point to Nintendo bringing back popular maps. 

The latest DLC for Mario Kart 8 was released in April 2015 where Nintendo added a new mode, 200cc, to increase the difficulty level of gameplay. Prior to that, Nintendo added new characters, tracks and karts, so only time will tell if Nintendo will add even more new content. 

Hopefully, they will add a "death stare" for each character. 

(Images courtesy of Nintendo)

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Nintendo 2DS systems are getting another price drop https://www.gameskinny.com/swfom/nintendo-2ds-systems-are-getting-another-price-drop https://www.gameskinny.com/swfom/nintendo-2ds-systems-are-getting-another-price-drop Wed, 11 May 2016 09:37:57 -0400 David Fisher

The Nintendo 2DS will be getting yet another price drop effective May 20th, 2016. This is according to an official Nintendo of America post made just hours ago on Twitter.

That's right. The Nintendo 2DS system will be sold for only $79.99, $20 less than its previous retail price of $99.99. Not only that, but the 2DS will still come with a free copy of Mario Kart 7 as a digital download. At $79.99, the price of the actual device is just $20 above the price of triple-A games for home consoles. This price drop comes only several days after the trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon, so it would be no big surprise if the two announcements are related.

The 2DS was originally launched in the October of 2013 as an alternative to the 3DS and 3DS XL. The handheld console provides all the features of the original 3DS system, except the design is non-collapsible and lacks the 3D gimmick the latest Nintendo handheld generation is known for. It was priced at $129.99 at launch, and has since seen several price drops alongside its siblings.

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Nintendo 2DS price dropping to $99 on August 30th https://www.gameskinny.com/p1zg4/nintendo-2ds-price-dropping-to-99-on-august-30th https://www.gameskinny.com/p1zg4/nintendo-2ds-price-dropping-to-99-on-august-30th Fri, 21 Aug 2015 03:20:32 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Nintendo is giving a great deal for their consumers by dropping the price on their 2DS system from $129.99 to $99. This price will take effect on August 30th, just a bit before the holiday season. 

While it won't have the 3D capabilities, it is half the price of the New Nintendo 3DS XL model, and for a young child it might be the perfect present.Mario Kart 7 Pre-Installed

A great feature that is part of this $99 bundle on the 2DS system is a digital version of Mario Kart 7, which can fit every audience, from children to adults. This price cut also happens around a week after Nintendo launches a new 2DS game, Little Battlers eXperience, which has the theme of robots battling together with over 4,000 customizable parts.

In the end, the only major difference between the 2DS and 3DS is the 3D technology; the 2DS can play everything from the DS and 3DS library. Money can be tight for many families, so saving every penny is good, and Nintendo seems very sympathetic to the times.

Would you buy a 2DS over the 3DS due to the cheaper price?

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10 3DS games you should not go without https://www.gameskinny.com/iixut/10-3ds-games-you-should-not-go-without https://www.gameskinny.com/iixut/10-3ds-games-you-should-not-go-without Sat, 20 Jun 2015 04:39:10 -0400 SwordandSorcery

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Given there are so many 3DS games out there, a selection of just 10 cannot possibly cover every worthwhile game. A small search on the eShop or through Nintendo's list of games may reveal some other gems.

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What are your favorite 3DS games? Are there any we missed that you think should be here? Let us know in the comments below!

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

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For those unfamiliar with Smash, it is a fighting game that throws together characters from different Nintendo universes, as well as a few from other companies' franchises such as SEGA's SonicSmash also incorporates a great deal of items, including the Smash Ball, that can change the entire pace of the game. Items flying everywhere and gravity-defying physics make for a certain degree of hilarity.

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The sheer chaos that often ensues during a 4-player stock fight (that does not even consider how chaotic it could be with 8 players) is not only amusing but also allows for replayability, as you are rarely going to have the same experience twice.

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This new version adds a few new characters, stages, and items, as well as cartridge-specific trophies. There are also a few DLC characters, as well as character customization. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS also introduces Smash Run, in which you travel a maze and collect power-ups for a free for all battle ahead.

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Overall, it is something worth having around even if you are just playing solo against the game itself.

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

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This installment to the Professor Layton series brings a whole lot of story to the table, following up on some of the previous games. As usual, it's still jam-packed with puzzles, some of which are necessary to finish the game and others which are completely optional.

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There is plenty of exploration to be done, and little mini-games to be played throughout. Part of the appeal of these games is finding that hidden puzzle or hint coin. Furthermore, there is a great satisfaction to being able to solve a puzzle without in-game hints, let alone help from the Internet.

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Though I have not finished this game for myself, I have yet to meet a Professor Layton game I did not like.

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Pokémon X and Y

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The sixth generation of Pokémon games brings in lots of changes to the series. The games introduce the Fairy type, which counters dragon types. The type system has also been rebalanced. Pokémon X and Y boasts completely updated graphics and includes Mega Evolutions, a sort of in-battle power-up that changes the ability, appearance and stats of Pokémon.

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The GTS was vastly improved, allowing you now to search for Pokémon that you haven't seen yet.Your character is also customizable to a degree. And of course, there are lots of new Pokémon to catch.

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Longtime fans of the series have every reason to add one of these games to their collection. X and Y may even appeal to newcomers. There's a lot of replay value, too, given that once you have finished your quest to be the Champion, the games will still keep you quite busy.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

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The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series games are not just lawyer simulators. They are dramatic visual novels with riveting plot lines.

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Admittedly, not all is as it seems in this game, as often witnesses lie. Some even say that in past cases evidence has been fabricated. Thus it becomes your job to find the truth, both by investigating crime scenes and by questioning witnesses and defendants in the courtroom.

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Dual Destinies introduces a new system called the Mood Matrix that allows you to tune into the emotions of a witness to see if there is a contradiction in what they are saying and what they are expressing (for example, in the tone of voice). The game also introduces the "Revisualization" system, which helps players to form new conclusions about the case by linking together what they have learned.

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Being able to work out who actually committed the crime, especially in cases where the truth gets absurdly tangled in a web of deception and lies, is immensely satisfying. Dual Destinies is really worth the investment, especially if you enjoyed previous titles in the series.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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Ocarina of Time is a classic, and Ocarina of Time 3D improves upon the original with lots of little updates. Having a handheld version has its own benefits, like portability, but there are some other things as well. For example, once you beat the original game, you then have access to the remastered Master Quest version, in which all the dungeons are remixed and mirrored. This previously was not available to most Zelda players, as Master Quest was only available on some GameCube copies of the game.

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The Sheikah stone near Link's childhood home was added (but not in Master Quest) to help players along who have lost their way. Other than general graphical improvements, and also the very rare change to the original dialogue, a small addition to the game was made in the form of being able to relive boss battles, either singly or in a boss gauntlet, by sleeping in the bed in your home.

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Ocarina of Time has aged remarkably well, and the story and music are still all worth as much as they were when they were originally released.

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Mario Kart 7

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Mario Kart 7 is a racing game, with many of the well-loved features of previous Mario Kart titles, though there are some new features here and there.

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Mario Kart 7 gives the player the ability to assemble their own vehicle, selecting the body, the wheels, and the glider. The glider is also a new feature, used when launched into the air to fly over chasms or select areas of the course.

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New courses were also added, and the little item blocks are still on each course to help out players who are lagging behind (or to help that first placed player stay there). If anything, the game is worth your time for the replayability, because no race will be exactly the same (even if you are just racing against the computer).

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Kid Icarus: Uprising

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Kid Icarus: Uprising is an action-packed game that pits you, a heroic angel named Pit, against the forces of the Underworld. When not dodging the occasional joke made at your expense from the divine peanut gallery, you are slaying monsters, picking up cool gear (that you can use to forge into better gear, or turn into a source of currency), or collecting hearts, the game's currency.

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Every chapter of the game is capable of being set to a difficulty level of your choosing (ranging from 1-10), though often you must make a currency bet to reduce or increase the difficulty. Higher difficulty means better rewards, however.

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The story takes you on a whirlwind journey and is not to be missed. Though the humor (and there is a ton of it) is a bit hit-or-miss depending on your personal sense of the subject, a lot of people find the conversations in each level hysterical. There are even a ton of "achievements" to earn and also little figurines to collect that you earn in-game.

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Even if you aren't into Kid Icarus: Uprising's brand of humor, then you will likely at least enjoy it for the challenges it presents.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening

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Simply put, Fire Emblem: Awakening is a turn-based strategy game. But a lot of its charm comes not from the engaging gameplay, or compelling storyline, but off-the-battlefield interactions between characters. Strangers evolve into friends (even begrudgingly), and sometimes marry (by Fire Emblem: Awakening's strict definition of 'marriage'), eventually ending up with a child or two.

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The little scenes between characters are pretty amusing, and it's physically impossible to see all of them in one game. There is even arguably a strategy to choosing what abilities you want characters' children to have, and as such (somewhat frighteningly), who they should marry. Thus there is a lot of replayability to this installment in the series, beyond just completing the game on the different difficulty settings that Fire Emblem: Awakening provides.

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Bravely Default

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Bravely Default is fairly similar to a lot of Final Fantasy games in the way it functions. However, the game introduces a few mechanics that can actually make or break a fight. "Brave" and "Default," are the main mechanics, two actions that have been added to the standard action bar provided during an encounter. In a nutshell, Brave allows you to take turns early, and Default allows you to build up those turns to use later.

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There are also a few other mechanics such as sleep points and the Bravely Second ability, but neither are necessary to complete the game. The game itself is humorous and full of little twists and turns that make it worth buying if you enjoy story rich games, or even just a slightly different RPG.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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The Animal Crossing games are sort-of life simulators, but they can hardly be compared to The Sims franchise, as Animal Crossing is so unique. While the most obvious goal is to pay off a debt that you have been saddled with, there are so many other things that can be done in Animal Crossing.

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In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, in addition to this goal, you are placed in the role of mayor and expected to develop and improve the town with trees, flowers, monuments, buildings, and one select ordinance.

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While you attend to your duties as mayor you can collect seasonal fish and bugs to donate to the museum (as well as fossils and paintings), befriend neighbors, decorate your home, or become a miser with a massive stash of money sitting in the bank. This hardly scratches the surface of what you can do with your time in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

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Make your town flourish, or let it rot. If you enjoy having an exciting world in which what you do with your time is up to you, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is an excellent choice.

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As of June 2015 there are 879 3DS tiles.

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With so many to choose from, one is bound to get lost in the sea of video games. There are definitely some that should be passed on, but there are also some that should not be missed. As such, here are 10 3DS games that it would be a shame to miss out on:

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The top 5 multiplayer games for 3DS https://www.gameskinny.com/nodcm/the-top-5-multiplayer-games-for-3ds https://www.gameskinny.com/nodcm/the-top-5-multiplayer-games-for-3ds Fri, 29 May 2015 05:46:54 -0400 Michael Slevin

The 3DS has one of the best handheld libraries ever. Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon XY/ORAS, and my personal favorite, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, among plenty other great games.

But out of the wonderful 3DS library, what are the best multiplayer games? Here are what I think are the five best (in no particular order).

1. Pokémon XY/ORAS

You need to have Pokémon if you own a 3DS. There is no better feeling than combing through the Pokédex, assembling your team, and battling your friends to decide who the real Pokémon master is. Online and local wireless play are available, providing one of the best multiplayer experiences the Nintendo 3DS has to offer.

2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is perhaps the most addicting game I've ever played. Playing as the mayor of your town, you get to build a unique town through public works projects and town ordinances.

What makes the multiplayer so great is that you can visit your friend's town via local wireless. Plus you can check out each other's houses, providing a very personal touch.

3. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Ahhh the thrill of the hunt. The name is in the title! You get to go out with other hunters and take down incredible beasts, earning materials to forge new weapons and armor. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is actually the first handheld title in the series to offer online multiplayer, with previous games on PSP and 3DS only offering local multiplayer.

[Related: Check out GameSkinny's Monster Hunter 4 Guides]

4. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

This one is a no-brainer. It is Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, the game in which beloved Nintendo characters duke it out on classic Nintendo stages. Local and online multiplayer are available, but if I could make a recommendation, there is nothing like four grown men or women sitting in a room together screaming simultaneously while playing Smash Bros.

5. Mario Kart 7

Our fifth game is another Nintendo multiplayer classic. Mario Kart 7 offers so many ways to play, including local multiplayer if each person owns the cartridge, as well as online multiplayer.

But wait, there is more! Mario Kart 7 also offers download play, meaning that your friend does not even need to own the game to play with you locally, just so long as they own a 3DS system.

So, that wraps my list up. I know for a fact that I missed several great multiplayer experiences available on 3DS, so let me know in the comments what you think of my list, as well as what games I missed.

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Top 10 Nintendo Franchises https://www.gameskinny.com/9y3q4/top-10-nintendo-franchises https://www.gameskinny.com/9y3q4/top-10-nintendo-franchises Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:18:49 -0400 Brian Spaen

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1. Super Mario

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What did you expect? Nintendo's favorite plumber is not only their most successful mascot, but it's the most popular. Super Mario titles have sold well and Nintendo has no problems throwing the mascot on a game that may not sell as much, but Mario will spawn title sales.

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Whatever their last names are, both Mario and Luigi deserve getting some props. They've been a part of the Nintendo franchise from the beginning, and it will never dissolve.

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2. The Legend of Zelda

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What else did you expect? We've barely talked about the top-down action adventure with a hint of RPG elements, but it's exactly what the doctor orders after a long week. The long quests featuring Link are both legendary and unique. While the series has gotten a tad stale with the same names again and again, changing things will help them in the long run.

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Ocarina of Time, the first title on N64, is regarded by some (including me) as the best game ever created. Every title's been a stellar hit, but when the games kick ass, you can easily be talked out of it.

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3. Pokemon

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You can't deny Nintendo's most infamous small mascots. It's hard to keep track of them all -- especially since they branched out and don't try to play cross-country games. The original concept of having 150 total monsters and needing to play two games and trade with others playing a different cartridge was ideal -- even though you left with no points.

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There's only one franchise -- Pokemon -- that's sold over 260 million total titles in the franchise.

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4. Mario Kart

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What was played before Super Smash Bros. ruled the college dorms? Nintendo 64's rendition of the Mario Kart franchise. MK64 is widely hailed as the franchise's high point, and the sequels have since kept up with its formula with the music, sounds, and familiar tracks.

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The Mario Kart franchise is the second-best selling product under the Mario umbrella with over 100 million copies, topping Madden, Assassins' Creed, and even the realistic racer, Gran Turismo.

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5. Donkey Kong Country

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The Super Nintendo trilogy was one of the most beautiful looking games in the 16-bit era, and while some didn't love the transition to a 3D platformer, the series ultimately fell to a sudden halt after Rare bolted to Microsoft.

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It made a triumphant return nearly 10 years later on the Wii with one of the hardest remakes in the franchise. DKC Returns will give absolutely anybody fits, even the masters of the original platformer during the SNES era. Even though DK64 has its place in history, it's hard to say this franchise doesn't thrive on its 2D brilliance.

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6. Mario Party

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Agreed, there's very few Nintendo franchises as uninventive as Mario Party, but I'll be damned if it isn't one of the most fun. Any game will test the patience of any video game player that truly says they don't get pissed if things aren't going their way in a multiplayer contest.

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Despite just having numbers after the titles, each game does have their own feel and uniqueness that fans will be asking for their favorite at a party. Ever have some buddies over and trying to figure out what to do with a case of beer? It doesn't get much better than a round of Mario Party.

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7. Metroid

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It wasn't the best selling Nintendo franchise, but it featured one of the company's most unique and great games. One of the best platformer titles of all time -- Super Metroid -- is a game that many tried to mimic but couldn't duplicate. Even the jump to a first-person shooter felt comfortable because it didn't feel forced, weird, or much different from the predecessors.

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Metroid deserves to sit next to all the other popular Nintendo franchises. It won't be the first that comes off the tongue, but it may have had some of the best games ever created under the company's umbrella.

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8. Wii Sports

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Not many people would immediately think about Wii Sports as a franchise, but it's one of Nintendo's most successful games in history. The packaged add-on to the Wii console generated so much conversation that the franchise itself has sold over 109 million copies. Wii Sports was essentially a demo of what the Wii could do in its early stages. Unfortunately, the revolutionary machine couldn't do much past it, and gamers preferred the traditional controller over the Wiimote and Nunchuck combination.

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Still, the original five-sport demo was a blast to pop in whenever you were bored, and the sequel was just as fun with the additional games and play modes -- regardless of how simplified they are. Don't tell me there weren't multiple playthroughs of the 3-point challenge in basketball in Wii Sports Resort!

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9. Mario Sports

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Realistic sports are a blast to play, but sometimes it's fun to add a little bit of craziness to it. Midway had the infamous NBA Jam and NFL Blitz titles, but Nintendo added their own spin with their most popular mascot and his friends. From the NES to the Wii U, Nintendo has always had a wide variety of sports titles featuring the plumber.

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Just trying to narrow it down to three titles is next to impossible. Outside of a solid football title, a popular North American sport, if there's any sport that you want to enjoy on a Nintendo console, a game with the mustached mascot will generally exceed expectations.

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10. Super Smash Bros.

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Who knew that putting Nintendo mascots in one big four player brawlfest would have become so popular? The series kicked off with the insanely fun N64 debut, but the series hit its high point with SSB: Melee, a game that ruled dorms and parties throughout the turn of the millennium and partly why the Gamecube was as successful as it got. For a series that just has three titles, selling over 22 million copies is a true testament to how fun the game is.

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There's nothing quite like Nintendo franchises in the video game industry. It's why the Japanese giant continues to publish on their own systems -- there's a huge variety of games that simply can't be found on other consoles or the PC.

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The reason for why the rankings are as they are is a combination of popularity, sales, and the historic value of the series. Each of these franchises own a piece of history that will be stored in Nintendo's vault and be treasured for the rest of time. Generations will pass, and with each new one that comes, they'll get to admire where not only it all began, but the legendary chapters since.

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Enjoy a ranking of the best 10 Nintendo franchises of all time, and debate which you think should be higher or lower on the chart, or if you believe a franchise has been left out.

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Innovation Isn't Dead: Why Nintendo Will Lead the Upcoming Generation of Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ufnm6/innovation-isnt-dead-why-nintendo-will-lead-the-upcoming-generation-of-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ufnm6/innovation-isnt-dead-why-nintendo-will-lead-the-upcoming-generation-of-games Sun, 09 Feb 2014 12:33:11 -0500 TumsST

With the upcoming swoon of games that will be coming out in 2014, the question that comes to everyone's mind is:

"Is any of this actually going to be new?"

Yes, and I think that whatever's new and next will come from to the Big N.

You heard me right:

Nintendo will lead innovation for the next generation of games

Xbox and Sony go for sales, but with every new console Nintendo goes for innovation and new ideas. The Wii U was meant to do that, and I think the newest batch of games (which begins with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze) will start to rebuild their foundation. The E3 demo of DKC:TF looked great. Nintendo has always tried to go that extra mile in terms of new ideas.

Innovation will be core to Mario Kart 8 and the 2 upcoming editions of the Smash Brothers series

Nintendo is still thinking outside the box

Using what Mario Kart 7 did so well as a stepping stone, Mario Kart 8 will be able to transition into the Wii U racing era smoothly. If it isn't the flying and aqua racing from MK7, it's the zero gravity upside down driving. How can you not mention the touch screen car horn? Mario Kart 8 might not be the same innovation level that was seen from the Wii version to MK7, but it will absolutely show that Nintendo is still thinking outside the box.

In terms of the Smash Brothers franchise, the idea of two different games being created at the same time is another way that Nintendo is going that extra mile. It would be nice to see Squirtle make another appearance in the games, but I can understand if the Pokémon Trainer is a no-show. Also, with everything that goes into a new Smash Bros game, innovation is indeed the best way to describe it. The music, the new stages for battles, and the new characters add to the build up and fun of what characters make the cut and who gets left out.

In the old days of Nintendo, innovation would just be the assumed way Nintendo was going to go

You can see how things have changed just in the timeframe of the Wii U. Look at the start of the system and you see games like ZombiU and NintendoLand. The system didn't do so great at the start, thus you don't see Nintendo taking too many chances (but you do see them greenlighting Mario games and Zelda remakes).

This is make or break time for Nintendo

When you look back at the Gamecube era with games like Luigi's Mansion and Billy Hatcher, it's clear that innovation was once at the forefront of Nintendo. Nintendo needs to go back to this level of uniqueness if they are going to show the world why they still belong beside Sony and Microsoft. Innovation needs to be front and center if they're going to turn things around - and I see them doing just that!

 

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A Pimp's Guide to Saving Nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/stcu2/a-pimps-guide-to-saving-nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/stcu2/a-pimps-guide-to-saving-nintendo Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:04:08 -0500 B. Chambers

A pimp is nothing if not resourceful. I would argue that they are masters at minimizing expense while simultaneously maximizing profit. Dismiss the negative connotation for just a moment and consider a pimp's role in business.

Pimps, or Madams if you want to be politically correct, are expert recruiters. They find the best talent in their sphere of influence and 'encourage' them to work for their enterprise. Pimps and Madams are quite possibly one of the most prominent examples of CEOs that maximize revenue while limiting their output. Their employees carry the brunt of the workload while the Pimps and Madams look for new talent in new regions.  

To thrive (and to save the struggling Wii U), Nintendo needs to think like a pimp in their approach to business. No, they don't need to overwork their employees or send them out on the streets to turn tricks. They need to look at the gaming industry as a hotbed of opportunity and employ a sense of hustle in the areas their company has begun to atrophy.

Nintendo Pimp

Nintendo Partners with Sony

In our most recent Flawed Logic Podcast, my good friend Patrick and I discussed his ideas for a partnership between Nintendo and Sony. You'd think the coming together of two prolific Japanese companies would be a match made in heaven. Over the last 10 years, one of Nintendo's greatest struggles has been to get new, first-party titles to market in a timely fashion. The Wii U is over a year old and we still don't have a proper next-gen Zelda, Metroid or Smash Bros. game. Were I in Mr. Iwata's shoes, I'd begin to think strategically about the performance of future Nintendo IPs. I'd bin my games into three categories:

  1. Guaranteed Blockbusters (Think Wii Sports, Mario Kart, New Super Mario Bros. U)
  2. Mid-Range Performers  (Think Donkey Kong Country Returns, Zelda Windwaker HD, Luigi Games)
  3. Casual/Experimental Titles (Think Pikmin, Animal Crossing

Why not license all of the Experimental Titles and a significant number of Mid-Range Performers to Sony for development and distrubition on their consoles? This would free Nintendo up to focus on developing their Guaranteed Blockbusters. This approach has three major benefits that outweigh all of the obvious challenges.  

Benefits:
  1. Guaranteed Blockbusters get to market more quickly, leading to an increase in Wii U console sales.
  2. Mid-Range Performers licensed out and kept exclusively also get to market more quickly. This leads to higher software revenue since some of them will launch on four consoles (Wii U, PS3, PS4, Vita) instead of one (Wii U).
  3. Casual/Experimental titles gain a greater audience and see increased revenue since they will launch potentially on four consoles (Wii U, PS3, PS4, Vita).
 Challenges:
  1. More people might be inclined to play The Mid-Range and Casual/Experimental games on Sony machines instead of the Wii U.
  2. Consumers may begin to lose faith that Nintendo will support the Wii U long-term.

A pimp wouldn't waste a ton of time trying to help an under-skilled or under-performing employee perform better in his or her market. They would instead accept them as they are, collect what revenue they can and focus their attention on their stellar performers.

I think the fate of the Wii U is sealed. Current hardware sales are hurting so bad that a potential dip in console sales caused by the partnership with Sony would be negligible when compared with the potential for increased software sales. The Wii U will never be a true competitor for the PS4 or XBO, so it should not attempt to be such. Support the Wii U with your best endeavors to garner favor with your core consumers. Outside of that, let your less stellar performers spread their talents across as many markets as possible to maximize the revenue they can bring to the table. 

Nintendo Mobile Strategy

Mobile Strategy

I don't care what Nintendo says about mobile, they need to start developing for that platform ASAP. And not just commercials geared at selling their wares on their in-house platforms. I'm not suggesting that Super Mario 3D World belongs on tablets and phones. I'm suggesting that Nintendo use their popular IPs as a launchpad to propel new IPs specifically designed for mobile devices. As Patrick said in our podcast, Super Mario 3D World would suck with touch-screen controls. So why not create the next Angry Birds style game using Nintendo characters? It would sell like gangbusters, Mr. Iwata, and you know it. 

The best pimps in the world know how to grow into new markets. Iceberg Slim, for example, didn't just work in Chicago. And after finishing his imprisonment, he realized that he could still make money legally off the enterprise by writing about it (he worked to have several books published). 

Granted, with the newest Nintendo news about jumping into the health and wellness industry, I wouldn't accuse them of not trying to diversify. But the mobile option to me is still a no-brainer.

Prepare for the Future

As I stated earlier, Nintendo does not need to abandon the Wii U. However, they do need to start working on a proper next-gen console. Imagine five years from now when PS4 and XBO start to show their age. Nintendo could bring out a true next-gen console with specs that can outclass Sony and Microsoft's aging boxes. This part is indeed a gamble, but I'm suggesting it based on the fact that I believe PS4 and XBO are Sony and Microsoft's last consoles. Either way, this approach gives the Wii U five more years to grab as much cash as it can before Nintendo can bring a true competitor to the market. And once they do, many people who purchased Nintendo games on PS4 will be intrigued to see what the publisher can do with true next-gen specs. 

Nintendo also needs to also take a page out of Microsoft's book and learn how to build a legitimate online ecosystem. The Nintendo eShop is pretty and well-organized, but if Nintendo really wants to sit at the table in the future, they have to think about collaborative and competitive gaming that is easy for gamers to jump into, find friends and start playing.

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The Bottom Line

Nintendo needs to stop relying on the status quo that's brought them to this point. They always dare to be different. I'm all for that. But, being different only for the sake of being different leads you to put out two inferior consoles over a 10 year period that tank either in software sales, hardware sales, or--in the case of the Wii U--both. 

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Mario Kart 7 vs Earlier Installments, A Short Review https://www.gameskinny.com/1aqlk/mario-kart-7-vs-earlier-installments-a-short-review https://www.gameskinny.com/1aqlk/mario-kart-7-vs-earlier-installments-a-short-review Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:20:28 -0500 Courtney Gamache

When I received my Nintendo 3DS, one of the few games I knew immediately that I wanted was Mario Kart 7. I've always been a fan of the game, but this new version gave me more reasons to keep up to date with the new editions that come out.

Gameplay as a Hand-held

In my earlier years, I played the Nintendo DS version of Mario Kart and found that although Mario Kart is a wonderful game, I didn't enjoy the hand-held aspect about it, though the portability was nice. When I thought of Mario Kart, I would think of the old Nintendo 64 controller or even the GameCube controller, which was my comfort-zone; it took a lot of adjustments for me to get used to the hand-held. I can tell you, Mario Kart 7 is perfect as a hand-held, and I could never imagine playing it on a console controller.

The new gameplay has added the feature of "first person gyro," which makes you feel as if you're in the kart instead of your character. With motion sensitivity, you tilt the 3DS side to side while driving, bringing a more "realistic" feel into the game. This would never work if you were to put this on a console, and I can't imagine not having it within the game.

Customizing the Kart

Another new addition to the game that makes it even more epic is the level of customizations that you have with your racing kart. As you unlock more parts with the coins you collect, the kart, wheels, and paragliders will change, bringing the game into a more personal feeling. In all my experience with Mario Kart editions, you can only change the type of kart, but not things on it that improve the ride. Definitely an A++ to whoever came up with the customizations idea.

Numerous Racing Tracks

One great thing about Mario Kart 7 is the new racing tracks and the old timey ones. You can enjoy playing the ones that are new with the game, and then unlocking more cups gives you the other racing tracks from the GBA, GC, and SNES. It's very refreshing to play the ones you grew up with, and also see the new-gen tracks. Very well done!

I would recommend Mario Kart 7 to anybody who would find a racing game fun, or have some nostalgic emotions for previous editions. The tracks are well made and put in a great order, the customizations make the game much more intriguing, and the motion-sensitivity gives the game a new generation feeling. It can be very difficult to take an old franchise game and bring it to this generation, and they have done well with Mario Kart 7.

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The Best Mario Kart Game! https://www.gameskinny.com/xxuzv/the-best-mario-kart-game https://www.gameskinny.com/xxuzv/the-best-mario-kart-game Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:52:44 -0400 CaptainBaams

I have played Mario Kart for the Wii and I own Mario Kart 7, but Mario Kart 7 is definitely better! It may have to do with the fact that it is easier for me to drive on the 3DS, but it mostly has to do with the fact that I love that I can customize my kart! 

Whats awesome about Mario Kart 7

Customizing your own kart is great! You can choose the wheels, car type, and the glider you want. You can choose to play as one of the many Mario characters or as one of your very own Mii's.

All new courses are in Mario Kart 7! Courses that let you race under water using a propeller and use gliders to fly. As you fly through certain courses you need to avoid hot air balloons and collect coins. Driving under water you can risk getting caught by a giant clam just to get the coin in its mouth. Nintendo really makes this game more interesting with all the new things you can do.

They have added new items as well. You can now have a fire flower that allows you to throw fire balls, a super leaf that gives your kart a tail that can deflect items and an item called lucky seven that gives you seven items which can all be used!

The new courses I find amazing are Rosalina's Ice World and Daisy Hills because they are just beautiful. Then there are the older race tracks like Rainbow Road from the N64. If you're not just satisfied with racing then you can battle in games like Balloon Battle, where you must pop all the balloons of your competitors and make sure your balloons are not popped, and Coin Runner where you must collect the most coins.

You can win first place trophies, new parts for your kart and unlock new characters. You can even play with friends via spotpass or streetpass. Having this game is a must!

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