Mario Kart 7 doesn’t have a colon

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Mario Kart 7 is the first numbered edition of this game. The other six entries in this series don’t carry a numerical indicator, just a name, colon, or game system name. Mario Kart for GameCube was fun because some people just referred to it as Double Dash, but the DS and Wii versions just tacked the respective system’s name onto the title. So why did Nintendo choose to call this edition “Mario Kart 7”? It’s not like the games have a storyline or are really sequels of any sort. Maybe it’s just for luck? I can’t complain too much, though, since “Mario Kart 3DS” or “Mario 3D Kart” would be a letdown. If anything, hopefully it points to Nintendo moving away from throwing “3D” in every 3DS game’s title.

What do you think? Do you like “Mario Kart 7” for a title? Or would you prefer it had a colon and some indication of the new features, such as “Mario Kart: Land, Sea, and Air”?

20 Comments

  1. I like the title; it’s a nice nod to the series’s legacy. And, from a business point of view, it’s a reminder that there are 6 other Mariokarts available, and–once Super Circuit goes on sale to non-ambassadors–all will be playable on either 3DS or Wii.

    Plus, the 7 just looks good. 🙂

  2. I like it!

  3. It’s certainly a change of pace! It makes it feel fresh!

    However, if they wanted to give it a sub-name, then “Mario Kart: All Terrain” would have been suffice.

  4. although i do find it weird that they called it 7 instead of its on title it might work because the 7th game in the series genrally seems to be the most popular

  5. It works for me, like you I’m not sure I would have liked it if it was called Mario Kart 3DS. Land, Sea, and Air would have been great though. Think there’s time for a name change?

  6. Mario Kart 7: Road Kill

  7. The last thing the number 7 does, when used as an indicator of which sequel a game is in its series, is “make it feel fresh”.

    But I don’t know what you can really do to make the sixth sequel to a 19-year-old game seem fresh…

  8. Mario Kart 7 to me sounded really weird when I first heard that’s what Nintendo was planning on calling it. I thought too, why not call it something like Mario Kart 3D

    But with Nintendo fans nowadays complaining about how 3D feels like a fad that is outplayed and jus a gimmick, I guess it wasn’t in their best interest to call it that. Especially when seeing that the 3DS had to have a price drop about almost 4 & 1/2 months after it’s US release, then I guess it doesn’t matter what you call the game now. Just so as long as the game sells well like every other Mario Kart game has in the past, then I have no complaints. To me, now that I think morely of it nowadays, 7 in the title sounds pretty sweet. 😉

  9. I honestly would rather it be called Mario Kart 7 rather than just slapping the name of the console on the title again. Mario Kart 7 has a better “ring” than Mario Kart 3DS… Well at least it does for my case. It reminds me how far the series has gone since it’s launch.

  10. something i never would have noticed

  11. I just read that the number 7 will also be a power-up in the game that gives you a bunch of different power-ups at the same time.

  12. @ David: Yes, it’s called Lucky 7. All I can say is, it better be a *rare* item. 🙂

  13. Mario kart 7 is such a awesome title!

  14. I didn’t like it at first but it’s really grown on me. And for some reason the 7 looks fast. I don’t think i would like following entries to be numbered though. In 20 years I don’t want to be playing Mario Kart 23.

  15. If it has no colon, how does it eat?

  16. @Drahken – it’s kind of like Human Centipede. Each sequel is connected to another.

  17. lol, I saw the title…and I was like “What? o-O”

    But yeah, it is a little weird, but it doesn’t bother me to terribly much.

  18. Wow, nobody already figured it out?

    What brand really gained people’s sympathy because of its number?

    iPhone… 4, Nintendo… 64, Windows… 7 !

  19. @Jon –
    I actually considered that! I thought it was odd when the newer iPhones started to come out, since Apple pretty much never called the iPods by “sequel” numbering.

    In fact, the iPhone 4 is a bit confusing since it is technically the 4th iPhone (iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS were 1, 2, and 3) therefore the iPhone 4S is really the 5th phone. QED the successor to the 4S should be called iPhone 6!

  20. Mario Kart: Diddy Kong Racing

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