Three weeks ago, Nintendo's plucky plumber leapt into the third dimension with Super Mario 3D Land. This time, he's driving there.
Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo)
Nintendo's hoping Mario Kart 7's release will consolidate the holiday-season sales momentum generated by the twin launches of 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, thereby redeeming a generally disappointing year for the video game giant.
The reviews are already pouring in, and the consensus is positive, though not ecstatic: Mario Kart 7 is averaging a respectable 85 at Metacritic.
Joystiq's Griffin McElroy calls it "an exquisitely polished game with few flaws," scoring it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The flying comes in for particular praise.
"It's frantic and incredibly satisfying," he enthuses, "especially when you can quickly eyeball the trajectory required to drop a shell right on the head of an opponent." As for the multiplayer, Mario Kart 7 provides "the first cohesive online experience available on the [3DS]."
IGN is equally impressed, claiming in a 9/10 review that "with memorable new tracks, well implemented gyro controls, the triumphant return of coins and a handful of new modes, Mario Kart 7 is full of win."
1UP isn't so quick to jump on the go-kart, slapping the game with a mediocre B-. While conceding that Mario Kart 7 "is leagues better than its predecessor, the deeply disappointing Mario Kart Wii," writer Jeremy Parish deplores "how little MK7 brings to the table to call its own. … I look to Nintendo for 'great,' not merely 'not bad.'"
But the general consensus seems to be that, for devoted fans of the franchise, Mario Kart 7 is a definite buy. Still, if you don't fall into that lane, you might want to think carefully before you start your engines.
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