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Mario Kart kiddie rider is ready to roll

Looking for some new wheels? A ride that will turn a few heads in your neighborhood? Maybe it's time to consider Jakks Pacific's Super Mario Kart Ride-On Vehicle, due to hit the roads this summer. The replica of Mario's kart is a rechargeable ride-on which can hold up to 70 pounds and features a horn that toots various sounds from Mario Kart 7. Available via Toys R Us with a retail tag of $199.99, this kart is aimed at kiddies, ages 2-4. "For the first time ever, you can be in the driver seat of your very own Nintendo Kart," enthused Jakks Pacific's Ken Goodison. "It's an exciting little runner."


Mario Golf: World Tour coming May 2

Nintendo 3DS golf game Mario Golf: World Tour will ship May 2, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced today in a Nintendo Direct event. The golf title includes a single player feature called the Castle Club, a clubhouse hub where players can customize their Miii and develop their golfing skills. Players can customize their Miis using items sold via the in-game store, such as clubs, golf balls and clothing. As items and various combinations affect Miis abilities, users can tweak their characters to suit their playstyle. The clubhouse also includes a training area where players can develop and polish their golfing skills, such as putting or driving. Players also have access to golf courses, tournaments, shops, locker rooms and a café Mario Golf: World Tour features both real-time...


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX hits western arcades this winter

The latest release for Namco Bandai and Nintendo's Mario Kart series for arcade systems, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, will hit western arcades winter 2013, Arcade Hero reports. Announced by Namco in February, the third iteration of the Mario Kart arcade racing series rolled out to Japanese arcades in July. Mario Kart Arcade GP DX features ten courses and its playable racers include: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser Jr., Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Don from the Taiko no Tatsujin series. The familiar Grand Prix and Battle modes are included, along with two new ones called Alter-Ego and Team. The new Alter-Ego mode allows gamers to race against other players ghosts and Team mode pits two players up against two AI opponents. The arcade game also features...


The games and systems on sale at Kmart for Black Friday 2013

An apparently leaked version of Kmart's Black Friday 2013 ad posted on includes deals on video games and systems that begin the night of Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Thanksgiving night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Kmart will discount gaming accessories 20 to 50 percent, including several third-party PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers and headsets. The retailer will also discount several 3DS games between $5 and $10, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Pokemon X and Y, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and more. The Wii U bundle with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U will sell for $299.99, and Kmart members can save $20 off that price. Wii U games like Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Nintendo Land will be discounted between $10 and $15. From...


Here's Nintendo's official TV commercial for the 2DS

Nintendo's official TV advertisement for the 2D-only version of its 3DS handheld is now on the internet. The 2DS is the new way to play DS games and "the best new 3DS games" in 2D, says the announcer, showing off games like Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and the brand new Pokemon X & Y. In Polygon's hands-on experience with the 2DS, we found that it actually wasn't the worst thing ever made.


Mario Kart comes to life with real-world Luigi bumblebee kart

A real-world go-kart based on Luigi's bumblebee vehicle from Mario Kart is currently being sold on eBay by user Heather651, with bidding ending later tomorrow. The two-year old kart was part of a grand prize for a Disney Mario Kart 7 3DS sweepstake in 2011. The kart, which weighs in at around 100 lbs, was part of a prize valued at $14,000. Now it's currently priced at $1,000 on the eBay marketplace. Check it out in full right here.


Namco Bandai and Nintendo unveil Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DX cabinet

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,...


Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the first 3DS game in Japan to surpass two million sales

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, sold two million copies in its first two months of release, making it the first Nintendo 3DS title to ever crack the two million mark, Japanese games industry magazine Famitsu reports via Tiny Cartridge. The game has sold 2.1 million units, which puts it ahead of other 3DS titles like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Monster Hunter 3G, and New Super Mario Bros. 2. The sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf also eclipse those of the best-selling PlayStation 3 game — Final Fantasy 13, which sold 1.9 million copies in Japan. Animal Crossing: New Leaf still falls behind the best-selling game on the Nintendo Wii — New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which sold 4.4 million copies in Japan.


New 3DS XL Bundle includes pre-installed Mario Kart 7

A blue and black Nintendo 3DS XL with a pre-installed version of Mario Kart 7 hits stores on Dec. 2 for a suggested retail price of $199.99, Nintendo officials announced today. The limited-edition bundle offers a savings of $39.99. If purchased separately the 3DS XL system and game would go for $199.99 and $39.99, respectively, as based on suggested retail prices. This announcement follows the European release of a similar Mario Kart 7 bundle for an all-white 3DS XL, which hit shelves on Nov. 16. The racing title was first released in North America last December for the 3DS.


Limited edition Pikachu 3DS XL coming to U.K. Dec. 7

A limited edition Pikachu-themed 3DS XL that Nintendo announced back in October is releasing in the U.K. on Dec. 7. The bright yellow handheld console will join a limited edition all-white 3DS XL that will come pre-loaded with Mario Kart 7, which will be available from Nov. 16, and an all-white 3DS XL that will come pre-loaded with Super Mario 3D Land, which will be out Nov. 30. The Pikachu 3DS XL was on sale earlier this year at select Japanese retailers. There is currently no word on whether the Pikachu handheld will be available in other territories.

Mario Kart 7 Releases
North America
  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 12/04/2011
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Nintendo
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