Mario Kart 7 (JP) is the seventh game of the main Mario Kart series, created for the Nintendo 3DS.


Starting Drivers

Unlockable Drivers


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. 

Name Image Ability
Banana Peel Banana - Mario Kart Wii This can be placed on the road and cause drivers to slip around upon contact.
Triple Banana Peels Triple Bananas - Mario Kart Wii Ditto - the bananas can be dropped one at a time, or all at once.
Green Shell Green Shell Artwork - Mario Kart Wii 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 Triple Green Shells Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Ditto - however, initially they will rotate around the driver, acting as a shield from most attacks.
Red Shell Red Shell Artwork - Mario Kart Wii This shell locks onto the next opponent ahead of the driver, and chases them to knock them over.
Triple Red Shell Triple Red Shells - Mario Kart Wii Ditto - like the triple green shells, they will initially rotate around the driver as a protection.
Mushroom Mushroom - Mario Kart Wii

Gives a speed boost.

Triple Mushrooms Triple Mushrooms - Mario Kart Wii Ditto
Super Leaf
Super Leaf MK7
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
MK8 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 Bob-omb (MKWii) 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 Blooper Artwork - Mario Kart Wii This pesky creature squirts black ink over all the opponents ahead, obstructing their view.
Spiny Shell
Spiny Shell MK7

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 Star - Mario Kart Wii Makes the driver flash in rainbow and gives them invincible powers - any opponent that collides onto the driver will get knocked over.
Lucky Seven
Lucky 7 MK7

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 Thunderbolt - Mario Kart Wii 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 Golden Mushroom Artwork - Mario Kart Wii 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.
Bullet Bill* Bullet Bill Artwork - Mario Kart Wii

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.


Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Toad Circuit Wuhu Loop Piranha Plant Slide DK Jungle
Daisy Hills Mario Circuit Wario Shipyard Rosalina's Ice World
Cheep Cheep Lagoon Music Park Neo Bowser City Bowser's Castle
Shy Guy Bazaar Rock Rock Mountain Maka Wuhu Rainbow Road
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
N64 Luigi Raceway N64 Koopa Beach N64 Kalimari Desert Wii Koopa Cape
GBA Bowser Castle 1 SNES Mario Circuit 2 DS DK Pass GCN Dino Dino Jungle
Wii Mushroom Gorge Wii Coconut Mall GCN Daisy Cruiser DS Airship Fortress
DS Luigi's Mansion DS Waluigi Pinball Wii Maple Treeway SNES Rainbow Road

Because there are 16 characters and 32 courses in the game, each character is the staff ghost of two courses each:

Default Characters
Character Courses
Mario Mario Circuit
SNES Mario Circuit 2
Luigi N64 Luigi Raceway
DS Luigi's Mansion
Peach Cheep Cheep Lagoon
Wuhu Loop
Yoshi Maka Wuhu
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
Bowser Bowser's Castle
GBA Bowser Castle 1
Donkey Kong DK Jungle
DS DK Pass
Toad Toad Circuit
Wii Mushroom Gorge
Koopa Troopa N64 Koopa Beach
Wii Koopa Cape
Unlockable Characters
Character Courses
Daisy Daisy Hills
GCN Daisy Cruiser
Wario Wario Shipyard
DS Waluigi Pinball
Rosalina Music Park
Rosalina's Ice World
Metal Mario Neo Bowser City
DS Airship Fortress
Shy Guy Shy Guy Bazaar
N64 Kalimari Desert
Honey Queen Rainbow Road
Wii Coconut Mall
Wiggler Rock Rock Mountain
Wii Maple Treeway
Lakitu Piranha Plant Slide
SNES Rainbow Road


  • 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.

Kart customization

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.




Unlocking Criteria:

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.

Battle Stages

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.

Ghost data:

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.

Normal ones:

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

Kataok 2.02.292 Toad Cloud 9 Mushroom Paraglider
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

Super Glider

Expert ones:

Course Staffs Time

Selected Character

Kart Bodies Wheels Gliders
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
DK Jungle Dupree 2.10.777 DK Standard Wooden Swoop
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

World Records

Just like Mario Kart Wii, players have made world records for Mario Kart 7. Below is a table (as of June 2, 2015):

Course Time Player Nation Date
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:
Traditional Chinese 瑪利歐賽車7

(Mǎlìōu Sàichē 7)

Mario Racing 7
Simplified Chinese 马力欧卡丁车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

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