Parents' Guide to

Mario Kart 7

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

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

Game Nintendo 3DS 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 5+

Missing Something that MK 8 has!

MK 7 is basically MK Wii if you forget some items but MK 8 has more courses and upgrades that MK 7 doesn't have.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (36 ):

Mario Kart 7 is just as fun, fast-paced, creative, and generally enjoyable as all of its predecessors. But should it have been better? After a series has been around for this long, it could probably benefit from a real shake-up. That's not what you get here. Make no mistake, this is a very good game. The gliding and underwater driving are great additions. And it's nice that the Nintendo server will set you up with opponents who are around the same skill level as you. But if you've played previous Mario Kart games, you've already got the basic drift.

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

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