| Mario Kart Dimensions|
マリオカート3Dブラスト！(Mario Kart 3D Blast!)
|Release Date(s)||Q3/Q4 2012|
|Mode(s)||Single Player, Multiplayer|
Mario Kart Dimensions is a Kart Racing video game for the Nintendo 3DS game system, and is developed by Ghoul Games, Inc., Sora Ltd. and Next Level Games. Mario Kart Dimensions is the eighth main-stream game in the Mario Kart series, the fourth for a handheld console, and the second game on the Nintendo 3DS. The game will allow the player to exchange ghost data and records with Mario Kart 7. Mario Kart Dimensions is set to release in Q3/Q4 2012. The game can also link up to the SP1DR game Mario Kart Rush to unlock new features and downloadable content. Mario Kart Dimensions is considered the spiritual successor to Mario Kart Powers.
In Mario Kart Dimensions, Coins, which appeared in Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart 7, will reappear and will, like in Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Super Circuit, make you go faster. Also, like Mario Kart 7, the player will be able to go back underwater with the use of a new collectible power-up: the Morph Bubble. The Morph Bubble will give the player a yoshi shaped submarine, which can shoot one torpedo (and more can be obtained through bubbles with a torpedo ted inside it).
Unlike in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Wii however, the Gliders and Motorbikes do not return. However, creating your own kart and emblem do. When creating your kart, you have the option of saving up to 20 karts, and you can place decals (such as a Bullet Bill with flames, or Shine Sprites) on the sides of your kart. Not all karts can have decals.
|A Button||(Hold) Accelerate your vehicle|
|B Button||(Press) Stop your vehicle||(Hold) Drive in reverse|
|X Button||(Press) Use item|
|Y Button||(Press) Use item|
|R Button||(Hold while turning) Drift|
|L Button||(Hold while turning) Drift|
|Control Pad (Down)||(Hold) Look backwards|
|Circle Pad||(Tilt) Steer your vehicle|
|Select Button||(Hold) View current standings|
|Start Button||(Press) Pause the game|
|Stylus||(Tap Screen) Pause the game|
Mario Kart Dimensions, like past games, features a battle mode, which can be played by one to eight players (local 1-4, online 2-8). The objective in battle mode is to eliminate all of your enemies, either by collecting their balloons, having more coins, having the Shine Sprite longer or hitting them with a certain item.
There are four battle modes that you can play in Mario Kart Dimensions: Balloon Battle, Coin Runners, Shine Sprint and Item Roulette. Each mode has it's own strategy, rules and action. In Coin Runners, collect as many coins as possible before getting hit by an item. In Balloon Battle, eliminate enemy players by hitting them or stealing their balloons. In Shine Sprint, collect the Shine Sprite to eliminate the players who haven't had it. And in Item Roulette, hit an enemy with a specific item to eliminate them.
- Miis are also featured as the thirtieth (eighteenth secret) character in the game. The colour of the outfit depends on the Mii's favourite colour, and the class that the Mii is in depends on the height and weight of the Mii.
|Dry Bones||Win 50cc Special Cup or Play 60 races|
|Shy Guy||Win 50cc Lightning Cup or Play 75 races|
|Toadette||Play Time Trial on every course or gain 7500 WFC Points|
|Koopa Paratroopa||Play Time Trial on all Retro courses or gain 8000 WFC Points|
|Baby Luigi||Win 100cc Special Cup or Play 250 races|
|Retro Mario||Win Mirror Mode Special Cup and Lightning Cup or Play 15000 races|
|Princess Daisy||Win 100cc Lightning Cup or gain 9000 WFC Points|
|Birdo||Play Time Trial on all Nitro courses or gain 10000 WFC points|
|Bowser Jr.||Collect 1000 coins or win 100cc Leaf Cup|
|Diddy Kong||Collect 1500 coins or win 100cc Star Cup|
|Kamek||Win 150cc Star Cup or collect 3500 coins|
|Dixie Kong||Win 50cc Leaf Cup or collect 2000 coins|
|Waluigi||Win 50cc Star Cup or collect 2500 coins|
|Wiggler||Win 150cc Leaf Cup or collect 3000 coins|
|Boom Boom||Win 150cc Lightning Cup or glide for a total of 1 hour|
|Rosalina||Win 150cc Special Cup or glide for a total of 30 minutes|
|Pom Pom||Have Super Mario 3D Land on your 3DS or win Mirror Mode Star Cup|
|Petey Piranha||Win Mirror Mode Leaf Cup or collect 4000 coins|
|Win 100cc Flower Cup|
|Win 100cc Banana Cup|
|Win 150cc Flower Cup|
|Win 150cc Banana Cup|
|Mushroom Cup||Flower Cup||Star Cup||Special Cup|
|Luigi's Circuit||Pipe Sewers||Soda Lake||Donut Plains|
|Sky Fortress||Cheep Cheep River||Chai Hills||Subcon Desert|
|Pinna Playground||Ghost Mansion||Supermassive Station||Bowser's Castle|
|Airship Ruins||Prehistoric Path||Cement Factory||Rainbow Road|
|Shell Cup||Banana Cup||Leaf Cup||Lightning Cup|
|GCN Baby Park||GBA Yoshi Desert||N64 Frappe Snowland||NDS Wario Stadium|
|MKP||SNES Donut Plains 3||NDS Mario Circuit||GBA Boo Lake|
|3DS Piranha Slider||MKP||GCN Mushroom City||Wii Bowser's Castle|
|SNES Vanilla Lake 1||N64 Luigi Raceway||MKP||GCN Rainbow Road|
|New Stages||Retro Stages|
|Stardust Fields||Wii Block Plaza|
|Peach's Castle Grounds||SNES Battle Course 1|
|Dimble Clearing||GCN Tilt-a-Kart|
|Bowser's Lava Lair||3DS Sherbet Rink|
Items are an important part of racing, as they can help or hinder you. Items can be collected by driving through an Item Box on the courses. Once a player has driven through an Item Box, that will start the Item Roulette that appears in the top left corner of the screen. Depending on the place you are in, results in a different item, as you would tend to get Banana Peels, Green Shells and Red Shells if you were in first, while a Bullet Bill, Blue Spiny Shell and Lightning if you were in last.
As with Mario Kart 7, players can customize their karts to their liking. The player can select wheels (which will change the drift and off-road abilities), a body (which will change the weight and speed abilities) and a seat (which changes the handling and acceleration abilities). There are 25 kart bodies (8 default), 8 types of wheels (4 default) and 6 seats (2 default). In addition, there are 15 decals that can be placed on the side of many karts.
|Karts||Wheels||Seats||Unlockable Karts||Unlockable Wheels||Unlockable Seats||Decals|
|Bowser Claws & Marks|
|Unlockable||Type||Unlock Criteria||Unlockable||Type||Unlock Criteria|
|Shine Sprites||Decal||Collect 10 Coins||Bullet Bill||Decal||Collect 20 Coins|
|R.O.B.||Decal||Collect 30 Coins||Brick Blocks||Decal||Collect 40 Coins|
|H7-90||Kart||Collect 50 Coins||Bowser Claws & Marks||Decal||Collect 50 Coins|
|Mushrooms||Decals||Collect 60 Coins||? Blocks||Decal||Collect 70 Coins|
|Lumas||Decal||Collect 80 Coins||Penguins||Decal||Collect 90 Coins|
|Wild Wing||Kart||Collect 100 Coins||Toads||Decal||Collect 110 Coins|
|Paper Mario||Decal||Collect 120 Coins||Koopa Shells||Decal||Collect 130 Coins|
|Super Stars||Decal||Collect 140 Coins||Futuristic||Seat||Collect 150 Coins|
|Number||Decal||Collect 160 Coins||Racing Stripes||Decal||Collect 170 Coins|
|Flames||Decal||Collect 180 Coins||Classic||Seat||Collect 200 Coins|
|Tank||Wheel||Collect 250 Coins||? Blocker||Kart||Collect 300 Coins|
|Rambi Rider||Kart||Beat Mushroom Cup on 100cc||Dry Bomber||Kart||Collect 350 Coins|
|Sprinter B||Kart||Collect 400 Coins||Bumble V||Kart||Collect 450 Coins|
|Drag Racer||Wheels||Collect 500 Coins||Bouncer||Wheels||Collect 550 Coins|
|Recliner||Seat||Beat Flower Cup on 50cc||Cactent||Kart||Collect 600 Coins|
|Egg 1||Kart||Collect 650 Coins||Red Flame||Kart||Beat Shell Cup on 100cc|
|Piranha Skipper||Kart||Beat Banana Cup on 100cc||Wand Racer||Kart||Collect 700 Coins|
|Princess Power||Kart||Collect 750 Coins||Wario Car||Kart||Collect 800 Coins|
|Mushroom 1||Kart||Collect 850 Coins||Hoverpads||Wheels||Collect 900 Coins|
|Pipe Frame||Kart||Collect 950 Coins||Drag Racer||Seat||Collect 1000 Coins|
By connecting with the game Mario Kart Rush, players are able to gain various extra content, including three characters, a new cup and a new item. The characters, however must be unlocked after they've been downloaded.
|Noki||Connect with Mario Kart Rush, then beat Shine Cup on 150cc|
|Pianta||Connect with Mario Kart Rush, then beat Shine Cup on Mirror Mode|
|GCN Peach Beach|
|NDS Delfino Square|
|Watermelon||A tasty fruit, grown on Gelato Beach.||When it hits a racer, it will cover them (and their screen) with watermelon. Unabling them to see as well.|
- This is the first game in the Mario Kart series to be released for a handheld console of a previous game. In this case, it is released for the Nintendo 3DS, which had Mario Kart 7 released for it in December 2011.
- Oddly, the PAL boxart for the game does not include the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection symbol, yet supports Wi-Fi.
- This this the first Mario Kart game to include a button to view the current standings. This feature is re-implemented in the partner game Mario Kart Rush.
- This is the first game in the series to include in-game appearances from other video game series.