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Mario Kart 7 logo and art confirm the 3DS game is numbered for the first time in series history

When we first heard about the titling of the 3DS’s biggest fall releases we were confused. The 3D Mario platformer being called Super Mario 3D Land has a certain strange logic to it, as Mario does exist in a 3D land, but Mario Kart 7 was a real head scratcher. No series release before had ever had a number, and seeing a “7” attached to any release these days is pretty rare. If you thought Nintendo made a mistake in its announcement, today’s logo and other assets for the upcoming kart racer should remove all doubt.

Planned for a December release, Nintendo likely sees Mario Kart 7 as its ace in the hole for 3DS Christmas domination, as Mario Kart DS and Wii were the consistently best-selling titles for years. In fact, conservative estimates put each of those games’ sales over 20 million. Mario Kart 7 could get a fraction of that success and Nintendo would probably be happy, but can the series attain such sales on Nintendo’s currently troubled handheld?

For those curious where the “7” comes from, here’s how Nintendo seems to be counting:

1. Super Mario Kart (SNES)
2. Mario Kart 64 (N64)
3. Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GBA)
4. Mario Kart: Double Dash (GC)
5. Mario Kart DS (DS)
6. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

Again, notice how the majority of those include the system name in the title? Maybe Nintendo felt the 3DS brand isn’t currently strong enough to be included in this one’s title. Also, for franchise historians, it looks like Nintendo doesn’t count the two Namco-developed, arcade-only Mario Kart GP titles as official releases.

Aug 3, 2011

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22 comments

  • LDAF - August 8, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    I messaged Alex before, but he never responded...I'm getting really scared, they must have gotten to him! Oh God, we need to help him! Gamesradarians, ROLL OUT.
  • Shatgan - August 6, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    What's up with the boring white backgrounds??
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 4, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    That is a really nice logo definitely a must buy if i ever get a 3ds. I'm still playing mario kart ds as we speak. reCaptcha: illsolde BISCUITS somebody's having a hard time selling biscuits
  • statutoryreparez - August 4, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Mario Kart 7 is a pretty strange name And all eyes are on alex right now, do what must be done sir alex
  • CitizenWolfie - August 4, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    I'm hoping against hope here but pleeeeeease give us the option (at least in single player) to turn off "certain" weapons like you can on Smash Bros. I would very much like to enjoy the tracks instead of seeing warning signs for oncoming blue shells every few seconds. On topic - 7 is just seen as a lucky number. It's the most successful game in Square's franchise so maybe some of that will rub off on the 3DS? I can't help but notice Bowser is on a quad bike. Are the bikes making a return?
  • Shatgan - August 4, 2011 3:30 a.m.

    Well adleast it doesn't have the stupid wii wheel on the cover.
  • shawksta - August 4, 2011 1:22 a.m.

    I find Mario Kart Wii to be awesome regardless of what people say. And while the name is shaky, this will do its job, especially with the gameplay changes and that the DS was acclaimed high. Its not troubled damn it, people are too impatient these days.
  • LitJackson - August 3, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    I have to agree with SillyPigeon, I think its cool that they shook things up a bit.
  • MegaPrime - August 3, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    I demand another Train Track ala Mario Kart 64. My all time fav stage. - i dont think i can play MK til i found out if ALEX has done the deed
  • tomthespesh - August 3, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    This is one of the reasons I want a 3DS as Mario Karts are always good (well wii wasn't great but still good). Still I'm with db1331 no 3D or 3DS on the end isn't good and 64 is the greatest kart racer closely followed by Diddy Kong Racing, I still fire up the N64 almost every week to play 'em.
  • GOD - August 3, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    I guess they thought the best way to innovate was hope people never played Diddy Kong Racing.
  • SillyPigeon - August 3, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    I think '7' is better than just slapping '3D' on the end of it
  • WTeen8 - August 3, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    Nintendo Logic: Make cool game, give it random confusing title, make people go "What is this, I don't even..." causing them to get intrigued at it, and blindly buy it, profit. Also it's Mario Kart so people blindly buying it would be a good thing, because it will most likely be a good game.
  • TheDigitalG - August 3, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    I hope Alex signs in, I'm pretty fucking worried
  • codystovall - August 3, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    December....so far away... I blame alex.
  • Zepaw - August 3, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    They probably meant it as showing off the history of like seris, although I doubt any gamer doesn't realize this series has been around a good long time. The gliders seem like a gimmick, but one that feels like it will fit in well with the general MK silliness.
  • db1331 - August 3, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    I agree Henry, it's like they're embarrassed by their own system, not putting the "3DS" monicker on it. I really don't like the idea of gliders either. It's OK though. I've come to terms with the fact that the N64 incarnation will never be bested.
  • CongratulagentAgentTHEAgentAntista - August 3, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    @WillisTron For all that is holy in this goddamn world I hope to Odin and back that he signed in! ALEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEX!
  • LarzimusPrime - August 3, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    Wow, the 7 really looks like the Formula 1 Logo...
  • STANK - August 3, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    I really dont like the fact that they have gliders. I really, really don't.

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