Electronic Theatre Preview: Mario Kart 3DS

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            Despite being limited to a technical demonstration at present, Mario Kart 3DS (working title) managed to garner a great deal of attention from attendees both at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) back in June, and last month at Nintendo’s UK unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS console. And quite unsurprisingly, as after six console and two arcade outings, the Mario Kart formula remains as compulsive now as it was back in 1992.

            The software being shown was quite obviously devised simply to demonstrate how the Nintendo 3DS system’s enhanced depth would benefit Racing titles, and once our eyes had adjusted, Electronic Theatre could see the benefits of a greater sense of 3D space and how it would have a dramatic effect on the gameplay mechanics. Weapons, in particular, will undoubtedly undergoElectronic Theatre Image a significant redesign to remain as relevant and intuitive when the player is so much more acutely aware of the distance between themselves and their rival, or between themselves and an incoming projectile.

            Reportedly running at a constant 60 frames per second, the Nintendo 3DS Racer showed visuals almost on par with that of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, certainly in excel of the quality of Mario Kart DS. The environments presented thus far are mostly familiar, with Peach’s Castle and what certainly looks like a Donkey Kong Jungle style track being prominent throughout the demo, but as somewhat of a surprise a track seemingly designed around the Wuhu Island featured in Wii Sports Resort and set to play host to the upcoming Pilotwings Resort also seemed to be included. Mario and Luigi were the only two racers featured, and the player’s interaction with the game was limited to camera control on the system’s Analogue Nub.

            While we have been assured that Mario Kart 3DS will eventually become a full retail release, there was no hint as to when we are likely to see the game. Currently not expected to arrive alongside the system’s launch, Electronic Theatre suggested that some time next summer might be ideal, a suggestion that seemed to be met with a knowing smile. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on Mario Kart 3DS, and other videogames currently in development for the Nintendo 3DS format.



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