Namco Bandai is partnering with Nintendo to bring the next Mario Kart cabinet to Japanese arcades this summer, the Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DX, the company announced today.
The cabinet will feature four modes: Grand Prix, Battle Mode, Team Co-Op and an "Alter Ego" Battle mode in which players can race against ghost drivers carrying other players' records. Grand Prix DX will feature "10 redesigned courses" and features included in 3DS title Mario Kart 7, as well as more than 100 items drivers can use. Namco had also added an additional playable character and thematic track from its Taiko Drum Master rhythm game series.
In co-op mode, players will team up against two CPU players. Team members can combine karts into a single kart, with one player driving while the other uses items, in a manner similar to Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Opponents' attacks can also be deflected with a new shield ability and players will have access to gliders for aerial mobility.
Namco worked with Nintendo to create two previous arcade cabinets for the Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart GP in 2005 — which added popular Namco characters Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Blinky the Ghost — and Mario Kart GP 2 in 2009, which added the creature Mametchi from the Tamagotchi franchise.