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Mario Kart Red and Mario Kart Green?

What could this quote from Nintendo's latest press release mean?

"Other Nintendo 3DS games in the works for 2011 from Nintendo include The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, Star Fox 64™ 3D, Kid Icarus™: Uprising and new installments in the Mario Kart™ series."

New Mario Kart installments? More than one? Since we received the press release detailing the 3DS launch line-up and Nintendo's plan for the platform for the rest of 2011, I've been racking my brain in an attempt to comprehend how there could be multiple Mario Kart titles on the same platform in a single year.

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As Mario Kart DS is one of the DS's biggest sellers, the first option could simply be to port the game over to the 3DS with some minor technical or graphical enhancements. Nintendo certainly isn't shy of showing how 3D can enhance an older, popular title, and I would imagine Mario Kart would be no exception. Besides, the game is the most popular DS title for a reason: It's a great game with several unique stages. Alternatively, we could see a port of Mario Kart: Double Dash!! or Mario Kart 64, the former being a full 3D Mario Kart that's not available to buy right now, and the latter being one of the more favorite MK titles of all-time.

Alternatively, Nintendo could somehow release Mario Kart titles the same way they do Pokemon: With two versions, each containing some differences. I have trouble conceiving exactly how this idea would work, though. Would different characters be available in one version over the other? Maybe one would pack a handful of classic stages, where the other would be have all new tracks? Even then, why release these games separately?

Stranger yet, perhaps one of these Mario Kart titles will be a modified version or new edition of the Nintendo/Namco Mario Kart GP partnership that brought out two arcade games. Ideally, we wouldn't be looking at a port of either individual title, but rather something with the tracks and characters available in both.

The best answer I can muster up is actually the one that sounds the most appealing: One Mario Kart is for racing. That idea is simple. Players could race on all a large assortment of new tracks competitively, online, offline, via WLAN, yes. That, I take for granted. However, upon release, perhaps a second title could be released, even if just for download, that would contain a stage editor. In this expansion, there'd be a number of classic Mario Kart stages, and all the parts for the more creative players to use to build all new stages to challenge the best drivers out there.

Did I miss anything? Is there anything else Nintendo could do to make two great, worthwhile Mario Kart games on the same platform in one year? I know I'm out of ideas, but to be fair, it's only been about an hour since we first received the press release.


 

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Nick DiMola Director

02/22/2011 at 09:41 AM

Funny that you picked up on this little tidbit too. As I read the press release, I couldn't help but think "what the hell do they mean, installments!?"

In all my years of writing about games, I've never seen Nintendo retract a press release, so I find it hard to believe that writing that was a slip up, so I must imagine there is some legitimacy to the statement.

I'm guessing that we are due for an all new Mario Kart and we'll be getting some updated Mario Kart game on the eShop. Super Mario Kart seems like a solid choice and one that would probably benefit from the 3DS technology.

It would be interesting if they did something like WarioWare DIY, as you suggested with the stage editor downloadable title. I'd love to have a stage editor in Mario Kart and it would probably be a pretty simplistic thing to use and make great track designs with.

Hopefully Nintendo either clarifies what they mean, or retracts the statement so we know what they meant in that press release.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

02/22/2011 at 11:43 AM

If Nintendo Pokemonifies Mario Kart I will not buy it for the 3DS.

Matt R Staff Alumnus

02/22/2011 at 01:14 PM

Just think of how much fun it'll be to write "get a double dash of Mario Kart this holiday season!"

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Nick DiMola Director

02/22/2011 at 02:05 PM

Our Nintendo rep just informed me that it was indeed a misprint in the press release. Not sure if they will be issuing a retraction or not, but it should read "a new installment in the Mario Kart™ series."

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Jason Ross Senior Editor

02/22/2011 at 06:47 PM

That sure wasn't a typo, though. Otherwise, as sent, the line would read something like "...and a new installments" or "and new installment." Whomever drafted or edited the press release was under the specific impression that more than one Mario Kart "installment" was going to make it on the 3DS.

I'm very surprised I haven't seen anyone else who picked up on the wording in the press release, but personally, I'm not so sure I buy it was an error, though I can't figure out what Nintendo has to gain by releasing a press release and then denying the truth of the release's contents, either.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

02/22/2011 at 10:06 PM

*facepalm*

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