|Mario Kart 7|
|Developer(s)||Nintendo EAD, Retro Studios|
|Release date(s)|| NA: December 4, 2011|
JP: December 1, 2011
EU: December 2, 2011
AUS: December 3, 2011
|Players||Single-player, Local multi-player (up to 8 players), Online multiplayer|
|Rating(s)|| ESRB: Everyone|
|Media||Nintendo 3DS Game Card, Download|
|Predecessor||Mario Kart Wii (2008)|
|Successor||Mario Kart 8 (2014)|
|Mario Kart 7 at Nintendo.com|
Mario Kart 7 is a new Mario Kart game for the Nintendo 3DS and is the seventh installment in the platform games in the Mario Kart series (and the ninth installment in the whole series including the arcade installments). Ghost data is able to be exchanged and online gameplay is available in multiplayer mode in this game.
This game had many several radical changes to make it different from previous Mario Kart games.
Players now have the option of collecting coins while racing. At specific points in the games, the karts will sprout either hang gliders and propellers, allowing for racing in the air and underwater. This is the first time a character can go underwater anywhere and not drown.
The game also has kart customization options, allowing players to make custom karts out of a set of pieces, but some of the pieces need to be unlocked first. The game also introduces Retro Karts (Karts returning from other Mario Kart series).
Several courses from past Mario Kart games return in the Retro Cups, including Luigi's Mansion, SNES Rainbow Road, Mushroom Gorge, Daisy Cruiser, Kalimari Desert, and Bowser Castle 1. There are only 3 retro battle arenas, unlike in Mario Kart Wii, where there are 6 battle arenas.
The game has the option to race in first person view, meaning that the players can see the track up close for the first time through the character's own eyes, tilting the 3DS side to side to steer.
Unlike Mario Kart Wii, the game returns to the traditional 8 characters per race. To add on to this, bikes, which were introduced in Mario Kart Wii, do not return in this game, but the player is able to perform Tricks.
- Grand Goombas
- Tiki Goons
- Screaming Pillars
- Banzai Bills
- Green Lakitu
- Rocky Wrenches
- Piranha Plants
- Mega Wigglers
- Music Thwomps
- Walking Trees
- Shy Guys
- Waluigi (cameo)
- Banana (Triple Bananas) 
- Green Shell (Triple Green Shells)
- Red Shell (Triple Red Shells)
- Spiny Shell
- Mushroom (Triple Mushrooms)
- Golden Mushroom
- Bullet Bill
- Coins (return from super circuit and super mario kart)
- Fire Flower (new)
- Super Leaf (new)
- Lucky 7 (new)
- Fake Item Box (from Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart DS, and Mario Kart Wii)
- POW Block (from Mario Kart Wii)
- Thunder Cloud (from Mario Kart Wii)
- Mega Mushroom (from Mario Kart Wii)
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