This clip checks in at more than a minute in length as it features several tracks, new items, new karts, new mechanics and new perspectives. Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS was given a precise release date this morning by way of a large press release from Nintendo.
The game will launch in North America on December 4th of this year.
One of the extremely brief moments in the trailer above shows off the new first-person perspective whilst hang gliding. According to the press release from Nintendo, this new driving mode will not only change the view of the player, but also their controls. It seems as if the only way make use of the new perspective is to also turn on the gyro controls for the system.
If that’s the case, I’ll call that a major bummer. The gyro controls and 3D effect of the Nintendo 3DS don’t typically work in harmony. Once you move out of the sweet spot of the device, you lose the 3D illusion to a smear of color. Gyro controls imply motion, so you’ll constantly be moving in and out of the sweet spot on the 3DS, thus rendering the 3D useless.
Also making a return from the Wii‘s Mario Kart rendition will be the driving tricks for extra boost.
But, enough complaining, as a Mario Kart fan from way back when, Mario Kart 7 looks like it could be amazing. I did have some time to play the game at E3, and I will say that my limited usage gave me more of a Nintendo DS vibe than a Nintendo Wii vibe; gamers familiar with the series’ track record will likely appreciate that fact.
Question time: between the new assets for both Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, has Nintendo earned your consideration for making a 3DS purchase? For those that already own 3DS systems, do these new trailers reinforce your decision to buy?