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Mario Kart 7 Uses StreetPass for Ghost Data, Finding Online Opponents

by Carmine Red - September 12, 2011, 11:28 pm EDT
Total comments: 6

Also: playable Lakitu and Metal Mario, gyroscope control, a first-person camera, and the Fire Flower.

Mario Kart 7 will take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS's StreetPass feature for multiplayer gameplay, Nintendo revealed during their recent 3DS Press Conference. The Nintendo 3DS StreetPass feature will automatically exchange pre-recorded ghost data for players to race against with other Nintendo 3DS systems nearby. Players will then be able to use the data of the people they meet anonymously via StreetPass to identify those same players online for live multiplayer.

Nintendo also revealed that Mario Kart 7 would allow players to steer using the Nintendo 3DS's gyroscope. Paired with a new first-person camera perspective option, this is an entirely new way to experience the Mario Kart series.

Finally, Nintendo also used the conference to reveal two new characters for their light-hearted racer: Lakitu, in a cloud-themed kart, and Metal Mario, whose entire kart, including the tires, was metallic. The Fire Flower item was also revealed, allowing a racer to launch individual bouncing fireballs either forward or backward.


Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)September 13, 2011

If Lakitu is a racer, who will do the countdown and wave the chequered flag?

But seriously, these are great features. As long as the online experience is as solid as the Wii game (and in the presentation, it looked like a very similar interface), all is well.

EnnerSeptember 13, 2011

I really like the first-person perspective. I hope it has a back view mirror or back radar. Also, I hope you can use the slide pad in that perspective. An ultimate hope is that the new perspective will be a new standardized feature for Mario Kart.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterSeptember 13, 2011

Street Pass used to find those same players online for real time matches?! I am completely sold.

CericSeptember 13, 2011

I was hoping they use Streetpass for this.

house3136September 13, 2011

I was really hoping they would put in a track that gets rained on. My Nintendo prayers have been answered.

Mop it upSeptember 13, 2011

I believe this is the first time Lakitu had been playable in a Mario game, so it should be interesting.

Quote from: Killer_Man_Jaro

If Lakitu is a racer, who will do the countdown and wave the chequered flag?

The racer Lakitu had a red shell, so it will probably still be Lakitu.

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