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Track Analysis of Mario Kart 7

Posted by Michael Koczwara On September - 30 - 2011 2 Comments

Back in June when the game was still tentatively named Mario Kart 3DS, we made an analysis on the information available at the time. With the 3DS Conference come and gone, new information has piled in and has Mario Kart fanatics at work at finding anything of importance. Here to help, we have a list of all the tracks seen in the game, complete with screenshots.


Track #1

What appears to be the “castle” course of Mario Kart 7, the level has you riding through Peach’s castle and around the surrounding area. Cherry blossom trees surround a portion of the track and the bouncy mushrooms from Mushroom Gorge make a return. There is a large pipe to drive through and the Giant Goombas from the early build are no longer present.


Track #2

This track starts off with a giant ramp that takes your cart down to a forest. The forest leads into a cave that takes you to the back of a mountain that returns you to the giant ramp. Lots of coins in this level.

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Track #3

Aside from a few screenshots, not much is known about this level. The level features windmills and hot air balloons can clearly be seen. Gliding onto the roofs of homes is possible where speed boosts are granted.


Track #4

This track features an underwater portion that takes full advantage of the new propellers added to everyones kart. After resurfacing, the track continues into a cave and then into a beach environment.

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Track #5

With DK’s recent outing in Donkey Kong Country Returns, Retro Studios came in and had a level made dedicated to the new game. The track features the generic Tiki enemies and DK’s hut can even be seen.

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Track #6

Another track that takes place in a different Nintendo franchise, this track takes the gang into Wuhu Island. Miis are seen on the sidelines of the track, and the famous Red Iron Bridge is part of the track as well. The track is the longest in the game and has only one lap.


Track #7

The 3DS Conference showed off a number of new stages, including this new Bowser track. While it features the usual Bowser emblems seen in most Bowser tracks, the castle and lava theme are no where to be found. Instead, we get a city and factory setting in midst of a rainstorm. An interesting concept, but lets hope we also get a classic Bowser track later down the road.


Track #8

What is Mario Kart without it’s snow track? Not only does this new track sport all the snow and ice you’ve always come to love, the Comet Observatory and a few planets from Super Mario Galaxy can be seen. There are also cracks and holes in the ice that allow players to dive into the water and drive beneath the ice.


Track #9

The last of the new tracks revealed in the latest videos, this track takes on Arabian feel. The track is set at night and fireworks can be seen in the distance.


Retro Tracks


Wii Maple Treeway

A favorite among Mario Kart fans, Maple Treeway reutrns from Mario Kart Wii with that autumn feel that made the original so enjoyable. Again, expect coins and new ramps to be added. Whether the cannon has been removed or not is up for debate, but players will glide over the lake. The Wigglers have been confirmed to reappear.


DS Luigi’s Mansion

Another returning Mario Kart DS track, Luigi’s Mansion takes you through and around the mansion that Luigi ventured through long ago. Coins will now be seen on the track as well as new ramps to better the gliding.


DS Airship Fortress

Returning from Mario Kart DS, Airship Fortress briggs you back to the crumbling castles filled with charging bullet bills. Expect coins to be scattered across the track, as well as ramps made for the new gliding mechanic.


DS DK Pass

A small clip revealed this track, showing off the remade DK Pass from Mario Kart DS. Expect tweaks here and there to include gliding.


DS Waluigi Pinball

One of the best and most unique tracks of Mario Kart DS is returning for the 3DS outing. Gliding will have its place, no doubt, but don’t expect any underwater portions.


N64 Kalimari Desert

Mere seconds of this track were shown during the 3DS Press Conference reel of games. The course is seen to include coins.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Great analysis! The new tracks are promising to try out, as well as the returning tracks, especially Kalimari Desert, since it has not been seen since Mario Kart 64 from the Nintendo 64.

  2. Yoshi boy says:

    Ah men, now i’m jealous at the people who HAVE a 3DS, guz i don’t have one :S
    This game looks great especially Kalimari Dessert

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