How does the game look on the Nintendo 3DS?
The game’s visuals are sharp, crisp and colourful but the courses themselves sometime feel a little bare at times. Most of the time you’ll be concentrating on your racing line too much to notice, but if you do decide to glance at the 32 tracks you can’t help but see that there just isn’t much life in the backgrounds. That being said, the character models and the Karts themselves all look top-notch.
How are the 3D effects in Mario Kart 7?
I’ve been playing Mario Kart 7 with the 3D turned on but to be honest nothing has particularly jumped out at me. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by Super Mario 3D Land or maybe Mario Kart 7 just isn’t the poster child for 3D gaming. Don’t get me wrong, the 3D is a welcome addition but it doesn’t make or break this game and you can play it just as well with the 3D turned off.
Where does this game really shine then?
My favourite part of Mario Kart 7 is the game’s online mode and this is where it really comes to life. You can play in a community or take on eight random players online across the game’s 32 courses. It’s quick and painless to get yourself a game and the set-up is extremely similar to that of Mario Kart Wii. Expect to find yourself wasting away numerous hours in the pursuit of victory.
Is this the definitive Mario Kart game?
That’s hard to say as I’ve enjoyed all the entries in the series. It’s also going to take a while to decide if the new tracks can hold their own against the classics. I feel Nintendo has implemented enough small changes to justify making this the seventh entry in the series. It doesn’t reinvent the franchise, but it’s still damn good fun.