250px-Mario Kart 7 box art

Mario Kart 7 (マリオカート7 Mario Kāto Sebun?)[2] is a 2011 racing video game in the Mario Kart series, developed by Nintendo EADand Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console.[2] The game was released worldwide in early December 2011.[3] Mario Kart 7 is the most recent iteration in the Mario Kart series, following Mario Kart Wii from 2008.

Similar to previous games in the series, players participate in go-kart racing on various Mario-themed tracks, playing as one of seventeen different Mario characters. While racing, the players make use of power-up items that hinder opposing characters. New additions to the game include hang-gliding attachments for karts, the ability to drive underwater, and the ability to fully customize the vehicles' builds.[4] Mario Kart 7 supports both local and online multiplayer for up to eight players.[5]

Mario Kart 7 received positive reception, gaining aggregate critical scores of 85 and 84.96% on MetaCritic and GameRankings respectively.

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