Mario Kart 7 (styled as MARIOKART7 and commonly abbreviated as MK7) is a Mario based racing game exclusively made for the Nintendo 3DS (can be played on 2DS though). It is the seventh Mario Kart game in the series, (ninth including the arcade games) and the third for a handheld console. Returning from Mario Kart Wii, players are able to exchange Ghost Data and play online or wirelessly on multiplayer mode. Mario Kart 7 introduces a few new features to the tracks, including Blue Boosters (which trigger Gliding sections) and underwater turbines specifically made for underwater racing. This game introduces kart customization as well, allowing players to toggle parts on their karts to fit their preferences.


New Features

* Exclusive to this game.

Returning Features

Removed Features

  • Bikes are not usable in this game due to system limitations, because of their popularity.
  • The race is back to eight racers due to space limitations.
  • The single-player VS Race is removed for unknown reasons, an omission that many fans feel reduce the game's replayability.
  • Waluigi was not included as a playable character, but his course is featured as a Retro Track. However he was planned to appear beforehand.
    • Speaking of not being included, Toadette another character who was originally planned to appear wasn't included as a playable character too.
  • The Fake Item Box from the previous games is absent but was initially planned.
  • The POW Block, Thunder Cloud, and Mega Mushroom from Mario Kart Wii are all absent.


Button Action
Circle Pad Steer (left and right), Shoot item forward/backward (up and down)
A/Y Gas (Press and hold during the countdown = Rocket Start)
B Brakes
X/L Use item
R Jump (R + 'Circle Pad = Mini-Turbo)
Touch screen Switch between outlined and detailed map (visible on the Touch Screen)
D-Pad Switch to first-person view (up when in normal view); switch back to normal view (left, right and down when in first-person view)



With unlocked charcters.

Default characters
Name Weight
Mario Medium
Luigi Medium
Princess Peach Light
Yoshi Light
Bowser Heavy
Donkey Kong Cruiser
Toad Feather
Koopa Troopa Feather

Unlockable Characters
Name Weight How to unlock
Daisy Light Win the 150cc Mushroom Cup
Wario Heavy Win the 150cc Flower Cup
Rosalina Cruiser Win the 150cc Star Cup
Metal Mario Heavy Win the 150cc Special Cup
Shy Guy Feather Win the 150cc Shell Cup
Honey Queen Heavy Win the 150cc Banana Cup
Wiggler Cruiser Win the 150cc Leaf Cup
Lakitu Feather Win the 150cc Lightning Cup
Mii Medium Win all cups of any class


Image Item Name Description
Item box Item Box Gives you an item when you pass through it.
CoinMK8 Coin Collecting coins increase the top speed of your car (you can collect a maximum of 10, also in Coin Runners).
Banana (Mario Kart Wii) Banana Karts that run over a banana will spin out. They can be thrown forward or dropped behind your kart.
Triple Bananas Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Triple Bananas Gives you three bananas that trail behind your kart. You don't need to hold the X- or L-button to hold them.
Green Shell Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Green Shell Travels in a straight line and knocks over the first kart it hits. Breaks after hitting obstacles too many times.
Triple Green Shells - Mario Kart Wii Triple Green Shells Three Green Shells that spin around your kart. You will shoot one at a time, and they are able to be shot forward or behind. They can also guard your kart from shells if you have them on your back.
Red Shell Red Shell Fires at the kart in front of you, according to the track. When shot backward, it will follow a straight line. Breaks after contact.
Triple Red Shells - Mario Kart Wii Triple Red Shells Three Red Shells, the stats are the same for Triple Green Shells.
Spiny Shell - Mario Kart 7 Spiny Shell Hovers over to the first place and explodes. It will topple any kart in it's path, but not explode. They can be diffused by a well-timed Bob-omb, or be escaped with a mushroom.
Bob-omb (MKWii) Bob-omb Will explode when thrown or dropped, knocking over any kart in its blast radius. The only item that can stop a Spiny Shell. When released, it will throw itself forward, unlike the Banana Peels.
120px-Mushroom2 Mushroom Provides your kart with a small speed boost.
Triple Mushrooms - Mario Kart Wii Triple Mushrooms Provides your kart with three separate speed boosts.
Golden Mushroom - Mario Kart Wii Golden Mushroom Gives you a speed boost whenever you press L or X, but only for 7.5 seconds.
Bullet Bill Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Bullet Bill Transforms you into a Bullet Bill and knocks over the karts in the front.
250px-Blooper MK7 Blooper Sprays ink on all the karts ahead of you and reduces their visibility.
LightningBoltMK8 Lightning Causes all opponents to shrink in size. They drop their items and slow down, and the time it takes to grow back to normal size depends on your position. A fully-grown racer can squish a small racer.
Starman (Mario Kart Wii) Star Increases your speed for a short time. It will keep you safe from everything, including Spiny Shells, Lightning
FireFlowerMK8 Fire Flower
New Item
Allows you to throw fireballs that cause other karts to spin out of control for a short time (1/3 of a Banana Peel)
Super Leaf Super Leaf
New Item
Gives your kart a tail that can be used to deflect items and knock over opponents. It is helpful to grab out of reach Coins. 
Teh seven Lucky Seven
New Item
Surrounds your cart with 7 usable items. These include a Red Shell, a Green Shell, a Banana Peel, a Bob-omb, a Star, a Blooper and a Mushroom. All of which will be used when you press X or L when the item is in front of your car, and CPU-racers can also hit them, with the effects working for them.


Just like it's predecessors, Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7 has 8 Cups and 32 courses: 16 new tracks and 16 remakes from previous games' tracks.

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Mushroom - Mario Kart Wii
Starman (Mario Kart Wii)
Toad Circuit Wuhu Loop

Wuhu Island Loop

Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Pipeway

DK Jungle
Daisy Hills Mario Circuit Wario Shipyard

Wario Galleon

Rosalina's Ice World
Cheep Cheep Lagoon

Cheep Cheep Cape

Music Park

Melody Motorway

Neo Bowser City

Koopa City

Bowser's Castle
Shy Guy Bazaar Rock Rock Mountain

Alpine Pass

Maka Wuhu

Wuhu Mountain Loop

Rainbow Road
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
Green Shell
Banana (Mario Kart Wii)
Super Leaf
N64 Luigi Raceway N64 Koopa Troopa Beach N64 Kalimari Desert Wii Koopa Cape
GBA Bowser's 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

Italics denote course name in PAL version.

Grand Prix Points System

In Grand Prix, the player selects an Engine Class and a cup to race. Each cup, as shown above, contains four courses that are played in order. After each individual race, the place in which the racer comes is translated into a number of points to go to the racer's total. At the end of the cup, the points are cumulatively tallied, and whichever racer has the most, second most, and third most points wins a gold, silver, or bronze trophy, respectively. Below is a table showing the amount of points garnered for coming in a certain place in a race.

Finishing Place Points Received
1st 10


3rd 6
4th 5
5th 4
6th 3
7th 2
8th 1

Battle Courses


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Kart 7.


  • When you get a Lucky Seven with the items set to either Shells only, Bananas only, or Mushrooms only, you will get seven Red/Green Shells, Bananas, or Mushrooms surrounding your kart respectively. This might also work with the items set to Bob-ombs only.
  • This is the only game in the series by far where Wario is an unlockable character.
  • This is the only Mario Kart game in the whole series which has no VS mode in Single Player. However, you can get it while in Local Mutiplayer.
  • Waluigi was going to be a playable racer but was replaced by Wiggler in the final version.
  • Also, Toadette was going to be a playable racer but was replaced by Honey Queen in the final version.


External links

Mario Kart games
Main Titles Super Mario KartMario Kart 64Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Mario Kart DSMario Kart WiiMario Kart 7Mario Kart 8Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Arcade Titles Mario Kart Arcade GPMario Kart Arcade GP 2Mario Kart Arcade GP DXMario Kart Arcade GP VR

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