Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 7 is more Texan than you think!

It’s official: Retro Studios in Austin, Texas is one of the coolest places to work on the planet. Right after Retro had finished Donkey Kong Country Returns, Nintendo enlisted them for the next chapter of Mario Kart. Their involvement reached much deeper than merely designing a DKCR-based track: Retro ended up designing half the tracks and handling the character animation, among other creative d...

Some love for the blue shell

Ah, the blue shell—gaming’s most infamous power-up. It makes grown men cry. It gives the worst player in the room a fighting chance. It punishes the skilled. And it’s pretty darn funny. On the eve of Mario Kart 7 Weekend, I’d like to stand up for the poor, misunderstood blue spiky thing (no, not you, Sonic) and show some appreciation for the weapon everyone hates unless they happen to be w...

Nintendo commissions real-life Mario Karts to publicize game

Looking good. More photos after the break.

Who feels like they need a plastic racing wheel for their 3DS? [update]

Nintendo is planning a new scheme to make money peripheral for it’s newest handheld the 3DS, and it happens to be rather familiar. In fact, it happens to be the same peripheral that launched with a previous game of the same name, Mario Kart.  Mario Kart 7 will receive an officially licensed steering wheel from Nintendo 3rd party steering wheel from Hori this winter for the 3DS. While the wh...