There are a multitude of different items listed below which can be obtained from item boxes scattered around the track, which randomly generate items to the drivers according to their position in the race. They can be used to help the drivers, or disrupt their opposition with varying effects.
|Banana Peel||This can be placed on the road and cause drivers to slip around upon contact.|
|Triple Banana Peels||Ditto - the bananas can be dropped one at a time, or all at once.|
|Green Shell||This shell speeds forwards on the ground at a straight line, but can also deflect off walls. Drivers that collide with the shell will tumble over.|
|Triple Green Shells||Ditto - however, initially they will rotate around the driver, acting as a shield from most attacks.|
|Red Shell||This shell locks onto the next opponent ahead of the driver, and chases them to knock them over.|
|Triple Red Shell||Ditto - like the triple green shells, they will initially rotate around the driver as a protection.|
Gives a speed boost.
|Super Leaf||When activated, a leaf tail will spout behind the driver's kart and can be twisted around multiple times by repeatedly pressing the L button. Other drivers and obstacles can get knocked away when the driver swipes the tail at them.|
|Fire Flower||With this item, the driver is granted fire powers and can throw multiple fireballs one-by-one at other drivers, which will spin them out upon contact.|
|Bob-omb||This can be thrown ahead (or be dropped just behind). The bomb will stay on the track for a few seconds, then explode - anyone caught in the blast radius gets thrown over.|
|Blooper||This pesky creature squirts black ink over all the opponents ahead, obstructing their view.|
This infamous shell will launch away and slide on the track, to chase the unfortunate driver in first place and explode onto them. As it slides along the ground, other drivers that get in its way can also get knocked over.
|Star||Makes the driver flash in rainbow and gives them invincible powers - any opponent that collides onto the driver will get knocked over.|
The most special but rarest item available, this magic item grants the driver seven different items that will rotate around the driver to pick and choose from, one-by-one. They include a banana, one green and red shell each, mushroom, bomb, Blooper and a star.
|Lightning||Shrinks all the drivers ahead. The drivers return to their normal size at a rate corresponding with their position i.e. the driver at first place will take the longest to return back to normal.|
|Golden Mushroom||Serves as an upgraded form of a mushroom, which can be used to provide multiple boosts over and over again for a period of time.|
Arguably the most powerful item in Mario Kart, this is given to drivers floundering in the worst positions. When activated the driver is turned into an auto-pilot bullet rocket that boosts across the track at high speed, and will knock away any opponents upon contact.
The items written in bold are newly introduced in this game.
Because there are 16 characters and 32 courses in the game, each character is the staff ghost of two courses each:
- Accelerate: Hold the A/Y Button.
- Rocket Start: Hold the A/Y Button when Lakitu's traffic light flashes in the middle, or when you see number 2.
- Brake/Reverse: Hold the B Button.
- Drift: When you find a curve, use R button to turn sharply without speed loss.
- Mini-turbo: When you curve, grey wisps can be seen coming out of your wheels. Move to make blue wisps. When you move longer, you can see red wisps. Releasing the button makes this action increase speed.
- Move: Use the Circle Pad and hold it to move. If it goes left, your vehicle will turn left and vice versa.
- Use Item: If you touch the an Item Box and you want to use the item, click the L/X button and something will happen.
- Stop Item Roulette: If you get an item and you want to stop the roulette, just click the L/X button immediately.
- Pause: If you want to stop playing the race and want to do something else, or when something happens around you, click Start Button. Then a list of choices will appear. Click the option you want.
- Gyro sensor (first-person view): Press up on the D-Pad.
Unlike all previous Mario Kart games, players can make their own karts. Seven are available from the start (hence the name of the game), but twenty four are unlockable. There are thirty one kart parts in the game. You need three parts to race: 1x kart, 1x set of wheels and 1x glider.
- Bolt Buggy
- Birthday Girl
- B Dasher
- Barrel Train
- Egg 1
- Blue Seven
- Bumble V
- Cact X
- Cloud 9
- Gold Standard
- Koopa Clown
- Pipe Frame
- Soda Jet
- Tiny Tug
All parts require the same amount of coins. If the player gets enough coins, they will get a random part. Gold parts require special tasks. The only non-gold part that requires a special task is the Beast Glider.
- Beast Glider: 5,000 coins. But when using StreetPass, the price reduces.
- Gold Glider: 10,000 coins, or using one hundred StreetPass connections.
- Gold Wheels: 15,000 coins, Or getting Star Rank on all engine classes-no matter if single/double or triple Star Rank.
- Gold Kart: 20,000 coins, or getting 10,000 versus points.
These are battle courses that only appear in Balloon Battle and Coin Runners. Half of them are retro and half of them are nitro. New ones both share the same music, while old ones use their own music from past Mario Kart games.
Like Mario Kart Wii, ghost data in Time Trial also made a return. Also, there are 2 types of them: medium and hard. Medium ghosts are available at start, while tricky ones can be unlocked if you get the fastest time possible, or beat medium ones. Harder ones often take very rare shortcuts with their items to make it harder to beat them, while most easier ones often just stay on the road and ignore most shortcuts.
|Course||Staffs||Time||Selected Character||Kart bodies||Wheels||Gliders|
|Toad Circuit||Katie||1.35.135||Toad||Standard||Normal||Super Glider|
|Daisy Hills||Terui||2.06.351||Daisy||Royal Ribbon||Roller||Peach Parasol|
|Cheep Cheep Lagoon||Gonta||1.53.758||Peach||Royal Ribbon||Roller||Peach Parasol|
|Shy Guy Bazaar||Teague||2.31.167||Shy Guy||Standard||Roller||Super Glider|
|Wuhu Loop||Bryan||1.44.287||Peach||Standard||Sponge||Peach Parasol|
|Mario Circuit||Miki||2.25.001||Mario||Standard||Normal||Super Glider|
|Music Park||Wtnbt||2.19.336||Rosalina||Royal Ribbon||Roller||Super Glider|
|Rock Rock Mountain||Morimo||2.35.105||Wiggler||Standard||Red Monster||Super Glider|
|Piranha Plant Slide||Tbando||2.20.186||Lakitu||Standard||Monster||Super Glider|
|Wario's Shipyard||Miyamo||2.26.268||Wario||Bolt Buggy||Monster||Super Glider|
|Neo Bowser City||Chuck||2.11.032||Metal Mario||Standard||Normal||Super Glider|
|Maka Wuhu||Reed||1.50.607||Yoshi||Bumble V||Sponge||Paraglider|
|DK Jungle||Derek||2.24.040||DK||Bolt Buggy||Red Monster||Super Glider|
|Rosalina's Ice World||Rlingo||2.25.784||Rosalina||Standard||Sponge||Super Glider|
|Bowser's Castle||Matt||2.34.815||Bowser||Standard||Monster||Super Glider|
|Rainbow Road||Takamu||2.10.090||Honey Queen||Royal Ribbon||Slim||Peach Parasol|
|N64 Luigi Raceway||McCoy||2.04.317||Luigi||Standard||Slick||Super Glider|
|GBA Bowser Castle 1||Hayata||1.31.030||Bowser||Pipe Frame||Standard||Ghastly Glider|
Wii Mushroom Gorge
|DS Luigi's Mansion||Konno||2.09.982||Luigi||Gherkin||Slim||Super Glider|
|N64 Koopa Troopa Beach||Amanda||1.54.274||Koopa Troopa||Pipe Frame||Normal||Super Glider|
|SNES Mario Circuit 2||Itros||1.28.106||Mario||Pipe Frame||Normal||Super Glider|
|Wii Coconut Mall||Thomas||2.30.117||Honey Queen||Standard||Slim||Super Glider|
|DS Waluigi Pinball||Bill||2.44.372||Wario||Standard||Slick||Swoop|
|N64 Kalimari Desert||Nishim||2.01.932||Shy Guy||Cact-X||Wooden||Swoop|
|DS DK Pass||Sean||2.35.045||DK||Barrel Train||Wooden||Super Glider|
|GCN Daisy Cruiser||Dai8||1.49.564||Daisy||Pipe Frame||Sponge||Peach Parasol|
|Wii Maple Treeway||Asakaw||2.53.560||Wiggler||Standard||Wooden||Super Glider|
|Wii Koopa Cape||Quinn||2.49.046||Koopa Troopa||Standard||Monster||Super Glider|
|GCN Dino Dino Jungle||Iwaco||2.29.837||Yoshi||Egg 1||Roller||Paraglider|
|SNES Rainbow Road||Yabuki||1.34.459||Lakitu||Pipe Frame||Slim||
|Toad Circuit||Ishi||1.26.632||Toad||Standard||Monster||Super Glider|
|Daisy Hills||Sasaki||1.51.111||Daisy||Royal Ribbon||Sponge||Super Glider|
|Cheep Cheep Lagoon||Tkdr||1.42.011||Peach||Tiny Tug||Roller||Peach Parasol|
|Shy Guy Bazaar||Rwo||2.14.714||Shy Guy||Pipe Frame||Monster||Paraglider|
|Wuhu Loop||Nkm||1.32.854||Peach||Pipe Frame||Slick||Peach Parasol|
|Mario Circuit||Raba||2.10.018||Mario||B Dasher||Slick||Super Glider|
|Music Park||Masa||2.07.551||Rosalina||Soda Jet||Slim||Paraglider|
|Rock Rock Mountain||Hiroma||2.19.149||Wiggler||Standard||Mushroom||Flower Glider|
|Piranha Plant Slide||Jiku||2.06.540||Lakitu||Cloud 9||Sponge||Paraglider|
|Wario's Shipyard||Syun1||2.12.313||Wario||Bruiser||Slim||Ghastly Glider|
|Neo Bowser City||Matt||1.58.996||Metal Mario||Blue Seven||Monster||Paraglider|
|Maka Wuhu||Chucky||1.39.361||Yoshi||Standard||Monster||Super Glider|
|Rosalina's Ice World||Dax||2.13.091||Rosalina||Gherkin||Red Monster||Super Glider|
|Bowser's Castle||Tom||2.15.244||Bowser||Bruiser||Red Monster||Ghastly Glider|
|Rainbow Road||Asakur||1.52.077||Honey Queen||Bumble V||Normal||Flower Glider|
|N64 Luigi Raceway||Miyakw||1.52.206||Luigi||Pipe Frame||Slick||Paraglider|
|GBA Bowser Castle 1||Hokwai||1.22.221||Bowser||Koopa Clown||Roller||Super Glider|
|Wii Mushroom Gorge||Jay||1.50.526||Toad||Pipe Frame||Monster||Super Glider|
|DS Luigi Mansion||Vince||1.58.539||Luigi||Egg 1||Monster||Paraglider|
|N64 Koopa Troopa Beach||Ueda||1.42.909||Koopa Troopa||Soda Jet||Sponge||Paraglider|
|SNES Mario Circuit 2||Kony||1.17.777||Mario||B Dasher||Slick||Super Glider|
|Wii Coconut Mall||Ryan||2.14.167||Honey Queen||Koopa Clown||Sponge||Paraglider|
|DS Waluigi Pinball||Nshhr||2.27.574||Wario||Bruiser||Slim||Ghastly Glider|
|N64 Kalimari Desert||Koz||1.48.707||Shy Guy||Bolt Buggy||Red Monster||Ghastly Glider|
|DS DK Pass||Matu||2.16.534||DK||Bolt Buggy||Red Monster||Paraglider|
|GCN Daisy Cruiser||Carlos||1.43.341||Daisy||Tiny Tug||Sponge||Peach Parasol|
|Wii Maple Treeway||Bill||2.34.877||Wiggler||Egg 1||Sponge||Flower Glider|
|Wii Koopa Cape||Shane||2.28.585||Koopa Troopa||Cact-X||Normal||Flower Glider|
|GCN Dino Dino Jungle||Will||2.14.430||Yoshi||Egg 1||Monster||Swoop|
|SNES Rainbow Road||Sriwtm||1.21.994||Lakitu||Cloud 9||Roller||Paraglider|
Just like Mario Kart Wii, players have made world records for Mario Kart 7. Below is a table (as of June 2, 2015):
|Toad Circuit||1:19.270||Mr.L||Japan||May 24, 2014|
|Daisy Hills||1:38.328||ジャスミン||Japan||January 26, 2014|
|Cheep Cheep Lagoon||1:33.142||ZCrone||United Kingdom||June 19, 2014|
|Shy Guy Bazaar||2:02.855||ZCrone||United Kingdom||May 19, 2014|
|Wuhu Loop||1:23.166||Jacob||United States||May 18, 2014|
|Wuhu Loop (Glitch)||1:18.217||Alexony||Spain||August 28, 2013|
|Mario Circuit||1:58.647||Jacob||United States||November 7, 2013|
|Music Park||1:47.570||Demon||France||June 5, 2014|
|Rock Rock Mountain||1:58.986||ZCrone||United Kingdom||November 16, 2014|
|Piranha Plant Slide||1:48.476||Eric||United States||May 27, 2015|
|Wario Shipyard||1:53.965||Aiguille||France||December 27, 2013|
|Neo Bowser City||1:43.467||かミノせん||Japan||April 10, 2015|
|Neo Bowser City (Glitch)||1:21.970||Ray||Canada||May 2, 2014|
|Maka Wuhu||1:26.324||AdroMaster||Spain||November 24, 2013|
|Maka Wuhu (Glitch)||1:04.394||AdroMaster||Spain||December 13, 2013|
|DK Jungle||1:55.402||Ray||Canada||May 29, 2014|
|DK Jungle (Glitch)||1:52.923||Toad||Japan||September 26, 2014|
|Rosalina's Ice World||1:52.974||Toad||Japan||August 31, 2014|
|Bowser's Castle||1:58.150||Jacob||United States||December 18, 2013|
|Rainbow Road||1:36.261||Gogoku7||Netherlands||June 23, 2014|
|N64 Luigi Raceway||1:42.965||Demon||France||March 2, 2014|
|GBA Bowser Castle 1||1:11.736||Miracle||Japan||February 7, 2015|
|GBA Bowser Castle 1 (Glitch)||1:10.896||TvK||Belgium||January 23, 2015|
|Wii Mushroom Gorge||1:33.705||Weisse||Japan||June 16, 2014|
|DS Luigi's Mansion||1:43.482||Lee||United Kingdom||April 21, 2014|
|DS Luigi's Mansion (Glitch)||1:41.589||Marv||Germany||March 28, 2014|
|N64 Koopa Troopa Beach||1:30.498||Ray||Canada||March 27, 2014|
|SNES Mario Circuit 2||1:08.967||レンジでチン||Japan||March 20, 2015|
|Wii Coconut Mall||1:56.453||Diogo||France||February 8, 2014|
|DS Waluigi Pinball||2:11.258||mume||Japan||July 31, 2014|
|N64 Kalimari Desert||1:34.221||きゃわ||Japan||April 5, 2015|
|DS DK Pass||1:57.207||Diogo||France||February 20, 2014|
|GCN Daisy Cruiser||1:26.611||Nicola||Italy||April 24, 2014|
|GCN Daisy Cruiser (Glitch)||1:11.138||Diogo||France||March 5, 2014|
|Wii Maple Treeway||2:17.105||よっしー||Japan||December 11, 2013|
|Wii Maple Treeway (Glitch)||1:49.044||Samuel||United States||May 25, 2015|
|Wii Koopa Cape||2:06.816||Coco||France||May 28, 2014|
|Wii Koopa Cape (Glitch)||2:06.617||Coco||France||October 9, 2013|
|GCN Dino Dino Jungle||1:50.123||Okami||United Kingdom||May 30, 2015|
|DS Airship Fortress||1:54.233||AdroMaster||Spain||June 6, 2014|
|SNES Rainbow Road||1:12.949||Mr.L||Japan||May 21, 2014|
During development of the game, it was first announced by Nintendo on March 23, 2010 and later shown in the form of a non-interactive demo on June 15, 2010, at E3 2010. The first three retro courses confirmed for the game were DS Luigi's Mansion and DS Airship Fortress, both from Mario Kart DS, and Wii Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii.
At the Nintendo 3DS Conference on September 13, 2011, Waluigi Pinball and DK Pass from Mario Kart DS, and Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart 64 were also confirmed as retro tracks. Since then, screenshots have confirmed SNES Mario Circuit 2, N64 Luigi Raceway, and GBA Bowser Castle 1 as retro courses. The conference that took place on October 21, 2011 along with various hands-on articles, revealed a further five -- N64 Koopa Troopa Beach, GCN Dino Dino Jungle, Wii Mushroom Gorge, Wii Coconut Mall and Wii Koopa Cape, while the official Japanese website revealed that GCN Daisy Cruiser would be appearing. The final retro course to be confirmed was SNES Rainbow Road.
Names in Other Languages
|Language / Region:||Name:||Meaning:|
(Mǎlìōu Sàichē 7)
|Mario Racing 7|
(Mǎlìōu Kǎdīngchē 7)
|Mario Karting Car 7|
The game was received pretty well, having a 85 on Metacritic and 85.17% on GameRankings. Famitsu gave the game a 37 (10, 9, 9,9) out of 40.
The game sold 423,619 in its first week in Japan. By March 31, 2014, the game sold 9.62 million units worldwide, becoming the second best selling 3DS game, only behind Pokemon X and Y. According to the Nintendo PR for July 2014 NPD, the game sold 3.48 million in the United States alone.
Many of the additions such as customization, hang gliding and coins return in the next iteration of the series, Mario Kart 8.
- This is the only Mario Kart game where Wario is an unlockable character.
- This is also the only post-Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ game where Waluigi is not a playable character (though he was supposed to appear in the game as a playable character, but was scrapped, due to time constraints). However, his course, Waluigi Pinball appears as one of the retro tracks.
- This marks the only time where Princess Daisy appears in a modern game without Waluigi.
- Some of the playable characters' voice clips were recycled from Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii.
- When the player has a strong lead in the race, a backbeat will kick into the music.
Some Songs reused Parts of Other Songs
- Title - Title Theme (Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart Double Dash!! & Mario Kart Wii)
- Rock Rock Mountain - Title Theme (Mach Rider)
- Piranha Plant Slide: Underground - Underground Theme (Super Mario Bros.)
- Wario Shipyard - Main Theme (Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3)
- Neo Bowser City - Toad's Turnpike (Mario Kart 64) / Luigi Circuit & Mario Circuit (Mario Kart Wii)
- Rosalina's Ice World - Space Junk Galaxy (Super Mario Galaxy)
- Staff Roll - Staff Roll (Super Mario Kart)