Mario Kart 7 (マリオカート7 Mario Kāto Sebun?) 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. The game was released worldwide in early December 2011. 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. Mario Kart 7 supports both local and online multiplayer for up to eight players.