Nintendo 3DS: Mario Kart 3DS Was Completed As An “Act Of Emergency”, Retro Studios Were Roped In

Nintendo has admitted that Mario Kart 7 was completed as “an act of emergency” in an effort to get it out in time for the holiday season. Nintendo were so determined to get the game out this year that they enlisted the help of Metroid developer Retro Studios to make sure Mario Kart 7 was finished this year. Retro concentrated on redoing the classic courses while Nintendo concentrated on creating the new courses.


    1. just bought my mom limited edition and it is garbage
      the wii remote looks like crap the orchestra soundtrack sucks full of mistakes and the thing is just ok, the controls are not responsive at times but the thing is just more of the same….

        1. noname aka mario aka um what aka anonymous aka CJ aka nintendo equals love aka First Stopper aka song of courage aka LPninten aka Animato aka Freddy has a big wood aka epic fail aka beefy aka andrew aka LordTerminal aka JAMESGHOST aka deleted aka Wry aka says:

          no let’s just troll around like we usually do.

          1. Um I’m not you. Don’t say I am. First of all my avatar is not your crappy brown thing second of all I haven’t spammed once so shutup!

          1. noname aka mario aka um what aka anonymous aka CJ aka nintendo equals love aka First Stopper aka song of courage aka LPninten aka Animato aka Freddy has a big wood aka epic fail aka beefy aka andrew aka LordTerminal aka JAMESGHOST aka deleted aka Wry aka says:

            it’s a good game.

        1. noname aka mario aka um what aka anonymous aka CJ aka nintendo equals love aka First Stopper aka song of courage aka LPninten aka Animato aka Freddy has a big wood aka epic fail aka beefy says:

          I’d like to be banned.

      1. i just bought the game saints row 3 limited edition and is garbage
        the headphones looks like crap the soundtrack cd sucks full of mistakes and the game is just ok, the controls are not responsive at times but the game is just more of the same….

  1. I guess this is why their is no diddy, bowser jr. or waluigi… Oh well.. Hopefully the game won’t feel rushed.

      1. MK7 needs Birdo, Bower Jr./Koopalings, Diddy Kong, Waluigi, Baby Mario & Luigi, Boo, R.O.B., Dry Bones, and even Funky Kong.

        1. theres always DLC. hopefully they will release a pack including at least 4 of those characters.
          and why is that brown gravatar profile so common on the site?

          1. I don’t think Nintendo will go with DLC for characters. From one of the previous articles in this site, Reggie mentioned that they won’t use DLC that way, they believe in giving their customers what they want which is a “complete” game . So whatever characters the game have, that’s probably what we’re going to get. DLC tracks however, that’s something different.

            1. And from a previous article they also mentioned how they could had released Skyward Last year but decided not to to make it better.

              Which is the exact opposite of what is happening with this Mario Kart.
              So anything is possible.

              1. I think DLC for tracks is way more unlikely. Every Mario Kart game has 8 cups so having another one is uncommon. Plus the whole menu where you choose the cup would be weird if there were 9. The addition of 4 characters is WAY more easier. Reggie wanted the game to complete but they didn’t have enough time, so completing the game with a new pack of characters will probably happen.

  2. Is it just me or should Nintendo invest some of those BILLIONS in a new studio for just these types of things.

    1. They just pumped millions into R&D and I think they have enough 1st and 2nd party developmentteams as it is, you have to take into account that they are juggeling 4 systems right now with one in launch preperation…

      1. To make my point, these are Nintendo’s current developmentteams:

        First-party studios
        EAD Comprehensive Group –Super Mario 64 DS, Star Fox 64 3D,
        EAD Group 1 – Mario Kart series, Nintendogs series, Luigi’s Mansion,[39]
        EAD Group 2 – Animal Crossing series, Wii-branded games
        EAD Group 3 – The Legend of Zelda series
        EAD Group 4 – Pikmin series, New Super Mario Bros., Big Brain Academy
        EAD Group 5 – Wii Fit, Steel Diver with Vitei
        EAD Tokyo – Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Super Mario Galaxy
        Nintendo SPD – WarioWare series, Friend Collection, Rhythm Heaven series, Metroid: Other M with Team Ninja[40]
        Nintendo NSD – Personal Trainer: Walking,
        Nintendo SDD – Brain Age series
        Nintendo Software Technology – Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Crosswords DS, Metroid Prime Hunters[41]
        Monolith Soft – Disaster: Day of Crisis, Xenoblade[42]
        Retro Studios – Metroid Prime series, Donkey Kong Country Returns[43]
        Brownie Brown – Mother 3, A Kappa’s Trail
        Intelligent Systems – Paper Mario series with Nintendo, Fire Emblem series, Advance Wars series,[44] WarioWare series
        Project Sora – Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kid Icarus Uprising
        Nd Cube – Wii Party
        HAL Laboratory – Kirby series, Mother series, Super Smash Bros series,
        [edit]Second-party studios
        Since the 1980s, Nintendo has built up a large group of second-party partners, through publishing agreements or collaboration.
        AlphaDream – Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
        Ambrella – Pokémon Dash, Pokémon Rumble, Pokémon Channel, My Pokémon Ranch,[45]
        Arika – Endless Ocean series
        Creatures Inc. – EarthBound (Mother) series
        Camelot Software Planning – Golden Sun series, Mario Power Tennis
        Eighting – Kuru Kuru Kururin series
        Game Freak – Pokémon
        Genius Sonority – Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Pokémon Battle Revolution
        Good-Feel – Wario Land Shake It, Kirby’s Epic Yarn with HAL Laboratory
        Grezzo – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
        Monster Games – Excitebike series,[46] Pilotwings Resort
        n-Space, Inc. – Geist
        Next Level Games – Super Mario Strikers, Punch-Out!! (Wii), Luigi’s Mansion 2
        Noise – Custom Robo series [47]
        Paon – Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, DK Jungle Climber, DK King of Swing
        Suzak – Wario: Master of Disguise, F-Zero: Climax, F-zero: GP Legend
        Tose – The Legendary Starfy series, Game & Watch Gallery series, Super Princess Peach
        Skip Ltd. – Chibi-Robo! series
        syn Sophia – Style Savvy
        Vitei – Steel Diver with EAD Group 5
        Treasure – Sin & Punishment, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

        seems like enough for one company to me….

          1. RareWare? If you refer to Rare as in the developer of GoldenEye, BanjoKazooie etc, Rare Ltd is since 2002 a subsidiary of Microsoft Game Studios.

                1. IthinktheymeanRarehasthepotentialtobutwon’t.


    1. I really hope they try their hand at a new IP, if they can handle bringing metroid into 3D and Donkey kong back on the wii, now is the time to give them some creative freedom!

  3. Uh oh….why does that make me worried?

    Oh yeah, because several companies have done this with games in the past and it’s come back to bite them.

  4. So we have Retro helping out which is good. Nintendo recognise how good they are. Not only to work on a couple of their IPs but also to work with on a game like Mario Kart.

    Also, even though it’s being rushed, I personally am not worried since they also supposedly rushed Mario Sunshine and I liked that.

  5. Well, Ocarina of Time was basically a complete mess during development. Kakariko Village wasn’t even an idea when they decided to have that town, and look how it turned out; two of the temples had to be accessed through that village. This can only mean the game will be awesome.

  6. I hope this doesn’t mean that nintendo cut corners. It would be a real shame if this game isn’t as great as it could be.

  7. Well, that explains the shitty graphics on the GC/Wii levels compared to the new ones. It’s a petty they had to rush it really…

  8. This is a good thing if you ask me. Only good can come from Retro contributing.

  9. Since when has Retro ever let Nintendo down? They made the Prime games amazing, DKCR was again another success, so I have no doubt that they’ve made the classic tracks awesome.

  10. They need (let me supersize the NEED) to make a 3D donkey kong country game!!!
    Fun Fact: Donkey Kong Country 1 on the GBA was my first game ever. I loved it. Completed the other 3 too. King of swing, 64. All that. Make a 3DS game!!!

  11. Wow, that’s a lot more involvement in Mario Kart 7 than I thought Retro ever had. But I don’t see the reason to panic, Retro are a great company and it seems like they’ve done a better job (especially with the retro tracks) than Nintendo themselves ever would have.

  12. i’d make a comment asking from Xenoblade, but i have decided against it.

    still, it would give them a bit of cash (although from what i’m hearing here, not remotely enough) they need to pump out a bunch of good Wii, DS, and 3DS games pronto, games that aren’t targeted at casuals or at least not completely.

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