We take a look at the innovations that have shaped the Mario Kart franchise throughout the years.
Mario Kart 7 comes out today, and everyone is really excited for it. Neal Ronaghan already played the game and gave it a favorable review. It can be hard for a franchise to have this many entries and still be relevant while inspiring nostalgia in players. Nintendo's philosophy is to re-invent their franchises (either drastically or in small doses) in a manner that makes them appealing but still familiar to players all over the world. Mario Kart is no exception. In honor of the seventh entry finally being a reality, we take a look at the innovations sprinkled throughout the Mario Kart games, and see which ones became staples of the series and which were dropped once they grew to be superflous.