I think I’m going to move “game days” to the Saturdays and leave the weekdays for my regular posts. Sunday will still be a “no post” day. What do you all think?
When I was younger, my brother and I would play Mario Kart on the Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo. I didn’t last very long because I had horrible motion sickness and, for whatever reason, these games nauseated me to watch. So I never got any good.
Since then, I’ve (mostly) grown out of my motion sickness (though I’ll get a bout of it from time to time…especially on our curvy West Virginia roads) and games have become more of a joy to play. And being married to Zach has gotten me back into games I used to love. Which is how I came to acquire Mario Kart 7.Mario Kart 7 is the newest version of the game for the 3DS. This is basically like previous installments, except with better graphics. If you’re unfamiliar with Mario Kart–you drive a kart a race track. You’re caught up now. 😛 Let’s just dive right in, OK?
I did not love this game. After playing the Wii version, I felt like I was, as one Amazon reviewer put it, “riding a sloth through molasses.” In fact, that reviewer hits pretty much everything I found wrong with this game. Turns were much more difficult to make and it seemed like, no matter what I did, my kart was simply slower than everyone else’s. Zach, who was always in first place
because he cheats, used the same kart I did and didn’t seem to have that problem. But he would note that I was not drifting when I should have been. Despite the fact that I was attempting to drift. I couldn’t seem to get the controls to work for me. And I missed bikes. While I realize that Mario Kart Wii was the first game to have bikes, I really hoped that it would be the game to introduce bikes and that every game afterwards would also have them. I miss bikes.
Supposedly, the coins that you collect in this game are supposed to give you a speed boost, but I didn’t notice any. (And I swear I’m not copying that game review. We are just apparently equally disappointed.)
I’m also incredibly sick of the CPU always having the advantage. If I’m in last place and you’re in first, you should not be getting the good items. Seriously. But that’s how it works. I can handle losing, but getting completely screwed every time I play this game isn’t fun.
They added a glider which seems incredibly unnecessary. In Mario Kart Wii, there are courses (like Maple Treeway) that will shoot your character through a tunnel and into the air to reach the next level of the track. In that game, you would just automatically hit it. In Mario Kart 7, you have to guide your kart through the air with the kart. Except it’s not so much gliding as it is holding down the button and making sure you don’t hit anything that could knock you off your path. Basically, they just made it a huge pain. Needlessly. There was one course where I felt the glider was useful and interesting, but that was it (it may have been Rock Rock Mountain? or Maka Wuhu? …I swear these are real course names…). After I finished the game, I thought, “Really? You introduced the glider into all of those previous courses for that ONE THING?” Why not revamp all the other courses to make the glider more necessary?
With so many negatives, was there anything good about the game? Yes!
I do love the retro courses they added (the original Rainbow Road–wow!) and the new courses were also pretty cool. The graphics are pretty amazing. I enjoyed the new items. Getting a Blooper actually has an impact on you…which I believe is a positive. I mean, if you get hit by it, it sucks. But if you’re playing against friends and you hit them with it, it actually hurts them. Whereas on the Wii, you could drive fine even while “blooped.” The gyroscope (first person view) is interesting. While in first person, you can steer your kart by moving your 3DS. You can customize your kart by adding different wheels and gliders (which does have an impact on its speed, acceleration, etc.). You can also turn off the CPU and just face your friends, which is pretty cool. Because I hate the CPU.
With as many complaints as I have with this game, I’ll give it a 7 out of 10. It’s good, but it has some major flaws. Why so high? Well, it’s still fun to play…if you can get the hang of it. If I’m away from my Wii, this it a fairly decent, portable substitute. Zach, on the other hand, says he would give it an 8 or a 9. But
he cheats he’s really good at it, too. -_-
(Eventually I’ll do a game review for something that isn’t on the 3DS.)