Mario Kart 7

Game review by Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

A few innovations, but mostly the same (really fun) racer.

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 33 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 6+

It's bundled for free on certain 3DS and 2DS's for a reason...

It's a nice game but there's nothing much to it. It was a free download on a pre-owned New 2DS XL that I recently purchased and I got it through "redownloadible software" on the eShop and played for a few minutes. It got boring after a while. I have carpel tunnel syndrome (from being a lifelong gamer mama) and it still wasn't hard on me to play the harder levels with ease. Super Smash Bros hurts to play it and I have yet to unlock every character on that after years of having it, whereas I have only played this for less than an hour and have nearly all of the courses unlocked. Online play is probably difficult but I'm finding this to be rather bland in single player.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 8+

Younger gamers may not want to race online until they are more mature

Although Mario Kart 7 is generally okay for children, the online features are different from Single Player mode. When racing against other people online, don't expect to get 1st place all the time, like in 50cc or 100cc. In fact, some players often cheat online. Sometimes, Internet lag can deceive you. For example, racing two other people online, get 1st, but drop to last due to lag. Don't throw a tantrum over Internet lag. Somedays are better to play online than others. Kids aren't the other people online; adults play this game, too.

This title has:

Easy to play/use

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: December 4, 2011
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: January 18, 2019

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love Mario and racing

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