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Mario Kart 7 (Japanese:マリオカート7 Mariokāto 7) (マリオカート7 Mario Kāto Sebun) (often abbreviated as MK7) is a game in the Mario Kart series. It was released for the Nintendo 3DS console and is the seventh installment in the Mario Kart series (and the ninth installment in the whole series including the arcade installments). Ghost data is able to be exchanged and online gameplay is available in multiplayer mode in this game.[4]

This installment allows players to customize their own vehicle instead of driving default vehicles in the previous games, including custom parts such as hang gliders and propellers. It is the first game to include gliders. Thanks to this, players can drive underwater and glide in midair. The bikes from Mario Kart Wii are not included in this game.


The option to race in first-person mode.

This game had many several radical changes to make it different from the previous Mario Kart games.

Players now have the option of collecting Coins while racing, making a return after Mario Kart: Super Circuit. At specific points in the game, the karts will sprout either hang gliders and propellers, allowing for racing in the air and underwater. This is the first time a character can go underwater.

The game also has kart customization options, allowing players to make custom Karts out of a set of pieces, but some of the pieces need to be unlocked first. The game also introduces Retro Karts (Karts returning from the other Mario Kart games).

Several courses from the past Mario Kart games return in the Retro Cups, including NES Rainbow Road, Wii Mushroom Gorge, GCN Daisy Cruiser, N64 Kalimari Desert, and GBA Bowser Castle 1. There are only three retro battle arenas, unlike in Mario Kart Wii, where there are six battle arenas.

The game has the option to race in first-person view, meaning that the players can see the track up close for the first time through the character's own eyes, tilting the 3DS side to side to steer.

Unlike Mario Kart Wii, which allowed twelve players each race, the game returns to the traditional eight characters per race, due to storage size limitations. To add on to this, bikes, which were introduced in Mario Kart Wii, do not return in this game, but the player is still able to perform tricks. However, Mario Kart 8 allows bikes and twelve players again.

It is also compatible with StreetPass and SpotPass.



  1. Mario
  2. Luigi
  3. Princess Peach
  4. Yoshi
  5. Bowser
  6. Donkey Kong
  7. Toad
  8. Koopa Troopa


  1. Princess Daisy
  2. Wario
  3. Rosalina
  4. Metal Mario (Newcomer)
  5. Shy Guy
  6. Honey Queen (Newcomer)
  7. Wiggler (Newcomer)
  8. Lakitu (Newcomer)
  9. Mii

Unlocking Criteria

Non-Playable Characters

Character Statistics

Like in Mario Kart Wii, certain characters receive specific boosts for stats depending on their weight class.

Character Statistics
Weight Class Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Water Air Land Water Air


Absent Items


New Courses

Super Mushroom Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png Fireflower3dworld.png Starman.png Special Cup.png
Mushroom Flower Star Special
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

Retro Courses

Green Shell Artwork - Mario Kart Wii.png Banana (Mario Kart Wii).png 3dworldleaf.png LightningBoltMK8.png
Shell Banana Leaf Lightning
N64 Luigi Raceway N64 Koopa Troopa 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

Battle Arenas

Retro New
GBA Battle Course 1 Honeybee Hive
N64 Big Donut Sherbet Rink
DS Palm Shore Wuhu Town

Vehicle Customization

Mario Kart 7 introduces the feature that allows players to customize their kart. Before racing, players are able to choose their body, tire, and glider to have their kart built. The other parts require Coins to be unlocked. The build of the kart determines how the vehicle handles in situations.

Vehicle Parts and Stats

Each part can affect the statistics of the vehicle. The units of the stats are out of 6. The stats of Speed, Acceleration, Weight, Handling, and Off-Road are only visible in-game. The list displays the names in North America, the European names will be displayed in parentheses under the North American names.

Vehicle Part Bonuses
Kart Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Sea Air Land Sea Air
MK7 Toad-Standard Kart.png
MK7 Gold Kart.png
Gold Standard
(Gold Kart)
+0.25 0 -0.25 -0.25 +0.25 0 0 0 -0.25 -0.25 0 -0.25
MK7 Birthday Girl.png
Birthday Girl**
(Royal Ribbon)
-0.5 +0.5 +0.5 +0.5 -0.25 +0.5 +0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Bumble V.png
Bumble V
0 0 +0.5 +0.5 -0.25 -0.5 0 +0.25 +0.25 +1.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Bruiser.png
+0.5 -0.5 -0.25 -0.25 +0.25 -0.5 0 0 0 +0.5 0 -0.25
MK7 Soda Jet.png
Soda Jet
+0.25 -0.5 +0.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Tiny Tug.png
Tiny Tug
-0.5 +1.5 -0.25 0 +0.25 0 +0.5 0 +0.25 -0.5 0 -0.25
MK7 Cact-X.png
-0.25 +0.5 -0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 0 0 +0.25 -0.5 0 0
MK7 Koopa Clown.png
Koopa Clown
0 0 0 -0.25 0 +0.5 +0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +1.5 0 0
MK7 Cloud 9.png
Cloud 9
-0.5 +1 +0.5 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 +0.5 +0.25 0 +0.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Zucchini.png
+0.5 -0.5 -0.25 -0.25 0 -0.25 0 0 0 -0.5 0 0
MK7 Blue Seven.png
Blue Seven
+0.5 0 -0.25 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 0 -0.5 0 -0.25
MK7 Bolt Buggy.png
Bolt Buggy
+0.25 -0.5 -0.25 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +0.25 0 0 -0.25

Retro Karts

Kart Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Sea Air Land Sea Air
MK7 B Dasher.png
B Dasher
+0.5 -0.5 0 -0.5 0 +0.25 0 0 -0.25 0 0 0
MK7 Egg 1.png
Egg 1
-0.25 +1.5 +0.5 +0.5 -0.25 0 0 0 0 +0.5 0 +0.25
MK7 Barrel Train.png
Barrel Train
+0.25 -0.75 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.5 0 0 0 +1.5 0 -0.25
MK7 Pipe Frame.png
Pipe Frame*
-0.25 +1 +0.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 +0.25 +0.25 +0.5 0 +0.25


Tire Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Sea Air Land Sea Air
MK7 Standard Wheel.png
MK7 Gold Tires.png
Gold Tires
(Gold Wheels)
+1 -1 0 -0.5 +0.5 -1.25 0 -1 -2.5 0 0 -1
MK7 Roller.png
-0.75 +1 +1 +0.75 -1 +2 +1.25 +1 -1.25 +1 +1 -1
MK7 Slim.png
-0.25 0 0 +0.25 -0.25 +1.25 +1.25 0 -1.25 -1 +1 +1
MK7 Slick.png
+1 -1 0 -0.25 +0.25 -1.25 -1.25 0 -2.5 0 0 +1
MK7 Sponge Tires.png
-0.25 -1 +1 +0.5 -0.75 0 -1.25 +1 0 0 0 +1
MK7 Mushroom Wheels.png
+0.25 0 0 -0.25 -0.5 +1.25 0 0 -1.25 0 0 -1
MK7 Wood.png
-0.5 +1 +1 +0.5 -0.5 +1.25 +2.5 +1 0 -1 +1 +1
MK7 Red Monster.png
Red Monster
+0.75 -1 0 -0.5 +0.75 -1.25 -1.25 -1 +1.25 +0.25 -1 -1
MK7 Monster.png
+0.75 -1 0 -0.75 +1 -1.25 -1.25 -1 +1.25 0 -1 0


Glider Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Off-Road Mini-Turbo Stability Drift
Land Sea Air Land Sea Air
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Super Glider*
MK7 Gold Glider.png
Gold Glider
MK7 Peach Parasol.png
Peach Parasol**
0 0 -3 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +2 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
MK7 Flower Glider.png
Flower Glider
0 0 -3 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +2 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
MK7 Beast Glider.png
Beast Glider
(Ghastly Glider)
MK7 Swooper.png
0 0 -1.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +1 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
MK7 Paraglider.png
0 0 -1.5 +0.25 -0.25 0 0 +1 0 +0.25 0 -0.25
*Changes color, depending on the character.
**Changes color, only when used by female characters.

Unlocking Criteria

The parts that are not required to be unlocked are the Standard body, Bolt Buggy, Birthday Girl, Standard tires, Monster, Roller, and Super Glider. To unlock the other parts players must collect a certain number of Coins to be collected from Grand Prix mode. Once the Coin amount is reached, a random part will be unlocked. Only the gold parts and Beast Glider have certain criteria.

Coin Requirements

Players are able to unlock other vehicle parts through the following Coin amounts.

  • 50 Coins
  • 100 Coins
  • 150 Coins
  • 200 Coins
  • 250 Coins
  • 300 Coins
  • 400 Coins
  • 500 Coins
  • 600 Coins
  • 700 Coins
  • 800 Coins
  • 900 Coins
  • 1000 Coins
  • 1200 Coins
  • 1400 Coins
  • 1600 Coins
  • 1800 Coins
  • 2000 Coins
  • 2500 Coins
  • 3000 Coins
  • 3500 Coins
  • 4000 Coins
  • 4500 Coins

Special Parts

Part Standard Criteria Coin Criteria
Gold Standard Obtain at least 10000 VR. Collect 20000 coins.
Gold Tires Obtain a minimum of one star ranking in all cups of every engine class. Collect 15000 coins.
Gold Glider Have a minimum of 100 StreetPass hits. Collect 10000 coins.
Gold Steering Wheel Race in 100 races using gyro-controls for 80% of the time -
Beast Glider Collect 5000 coins. It's amount will decrease if players unlock kart parts via the StreetPass feature.

Staff Ghosts

Each course in Mario Kart 7 has two staff ghosts. One is normal time and the other is an expert time, which is unlocked depending on the player's personal record in each course. Staff ghosts may be from Nintendo or Retro Studios.

Expert Staff Ghosts

Course Staff Name Time Character Kart Body Tires Glider
Toad Circuit Nin★ishi 01:26.632 Toad Standard Monster Super Glider
Daisy Hills Nin★SASAKI 01:51.111 Daisy Birthday Girl Sponge Super Glider
Cheep Cheep Lagoon Nin★Tkdr 01:42.011 Peach Tiny Tug Roller Peach Parasol
Shy Guy Bazaar Ret★RWO 02:14.714 Shy Guy Pipe Frame Monster Paraglider
Wuhu Loop Nin★nkm 01:32.854 Peach Pipe Frame Slick Peach Parasol
Mario Circuit Nin★raba 02:10.018 Mario B Dasher Slick Super Glider
Music Park Nin★Masa 0207.511 Rosalina Soda Jet Roller Paraglider
Rock Rock Mountain Nin★Hiroma 02:19.149 Wiggler Standard Mushroom Flower Glider
Piranha Plant Slide Nin★JIKU 02:06.540 Lakitu Cloud 9 Sponge Paraglider
Wario Shipyard Nin★syun1 02:12.313 Wario Bruiser Slim Beast Glider
Neo Bowser City Ret★Matt M 01:58.996 Metal Mario Blue Seven Monster Paraglider
Maka Wuhu Nin★Chucky 01:39.361 Yoshi Standard Monster Super Glider
DK Jungle Ret★Dupree 02:10.777 Donkey Kong Standard Wood Swooper
Rosalina's Ice World Ret★Dax 02:13.091 Rosalina Zucchini Red Monster Super Glider
Bowser's Castle Ret★Tom 02:15.244 Bowser Bruiser Red Monster Beast Glider
Rainbow Road Nin★Asakur 01:52.077 Queen Bee Bumble V Standard Flower Glider
N64 Luigi Raceway Nin★miyakw 01:52.206 Luigi Pipe Frame Slick Paraglider
GBA Bowser Castle 1 Nin★hokwai 01:22.221 Bowser Koopa Clown Roller Super Glider
Wii Mushroom Gorge Ret★Jay 01:50.526 Toad Pipe Frame Monster Super Glider
DS Luigi's Mansion Ret★Vince 01:58.539 Luigi Egg 1 Monster Paraglider
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach Nin★ueda 01:42.909 Koopa Troopa Soda Jet Sponge Paraglider
SNES Mario Circuit 2 Nin★==Kony 01:17.777 Mario B Dasher Slick Super Glider
Wii Coconut Mall Ret★RyanP 02:14.167 Queen Bee Koopa Clown Sponge Paraglider
DS Waluigi Pinball Nin★Nahhr 02:27.574 Wario Bruiser Slim Beast Glider
N64 Kalimari Desert Nin★KOZ★ 01:48.707 Shy Guy Bolt Buggy Red Monster Beast Glider
DS DK Pass Nin★MaTU 02:16.534 Donkey Kong Bolt Buggy Red Monster Paraglider
GCN Daisy Cruiser Ret★Carlos 01:43.341 Daisy Tiny Tug Sponge Peach Parasol
Wii Maple Treeway Ret★Bill 02:34.877 Wiggler Egg 1 Sponge Flower Glider
Wii Koopa Cape Ret★Shane 02:28.585 Koopa Troopa Cact-X Standard Flower Glider
DS Airship Fortress Ret★Shane 02:07.704 Metal Mario Standard Monster Super Glider
GCN Dino Dino Jungle Ret★Will 02:14.430 Yoshi Egg 1 Monster Paraglider
SNES Rainbow Road Nin★SRIWtm 01:21.994 Lakitu Cloud 9 Roller Paraglider

Technical Features

The 3D in this game is praised by most players and critics. Things such as flower petals and bats will fly at the player in this game.[8] Another thing noticed that had never been done before was the competition the player's character's face had. For example, when Mario and Luigi get close to each other, they would stare at each other competitively and keep an eye on each other. This was something new that never had been done before in a Mario Kart game.[9] The game's frame rate is at about sixty frames per second, even in online matches, which is good (considering the fact that online gameplay in Mario Kart Wii was slower by around 30 to 40 frames per second[citation needed]).[9]


The game was an outstanding success according to its reviews. Mario Kart 7 has received worldwide critical acclaim. The first review, from Famitsu, gave the game a 37/40. They praised the Community feature, making the game more accessible and finding the opponents using StreetPass was also a positive feature. The reviewer states that it's accessible enough that even new players can enjoy it, and when you get into it, you really get into it. Computer and Video Games gave the game a 9.4/10 and Eurogamer gave it an 8/10. Nintendo World Report gave the game a 8.5, stating that it is more of the same and the gliding mechanics feel underutilized.

It currently holds an 85/100 rating on Metacritic based on 60 critic reviews. The game is currently the top on Global Charts according to VGChartz as it has currently sold 2,115,873 copies worldwide under 15 days. It went on to sell 18.92 million copies worldwide as of 11 Aug 2021.


  • This is the only main Mario Kart game where Wario is an unlockable character, excluding the Japanese version of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, since arcade games are considered separate games from console games.
  • This is the first Mario Kart game where Metal Mario, Honey Queen and Wiggler appear.
  • Waluigi is absent as a playable character in this game making this the first and only Mario Kart game since his first appearance in a Mario Kart game in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! where Waluigi is not playable (though he was supposed to be in the game as a playable character, but was scrapped, due to time constraints). However, his course Waluigi Pinball does, and signs depicting Waluigi can be found all around the course.
  • This game was originally going to be called Mario Kart 3DS, but was changed to Mario Kart 7.
  • This game is the first handheld game that Rosalina appears in.
  • When unlocking a new kart part, if the player goes to the Mario Kart Channel to change parts, no jingle sound will play and the gift icon will not be there. However, still going into the Grand Prix or Time Trials, the gift icon will be there.
  • This is the second Mario Kart game that has a number for a title, the first one being Mario Kart 64 and the third being Mario Kart 8.
  • Some of these voice clips are reused from Mario Kart Wii.
  • Some of these voice clips are reused from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
  • Some of Wiggler's voice clips are reused from Mario Super Sluggers.
  • Mario Kart 8 can be considered a sequel to Mario Kart 7 as 8 comes after 7. However, it does not make much sense as Mario Kart 7 is a handheld game compared to Mario Kart 8 being a home console game.


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