We all knew Mario Kart was headed to the 3DS. Now we have a lot more details about the release, thanks to Nintendo devoting a few minutes to it during it’s E3 2011 press conference and having it playable on the show floor. Retro Studios and Nintendo’s newest racer may look a lot like it’s predecessors, but it has a few special extras that set it apart.
Aside from adding new tracks, which was pretty much expected, Mario Kart 3DS takes racers into the air and water. Before a race you can customize the parts of your character’s kart. You can change the body, add different wheels and then attach a kite or propeller. While the kart body and wheels look to be asthetic changes at the moment, the kite and propeller allow the kart to glide through the air or drive underwater. Suddenly, falling off the track and into the ocean doesn’t seem like such a bad thing!
Now, I know you can’t wait any longer, so here’s that Mario Kart 3DS E3 2011 trailer you’ve been waiting for!
You actually get to see the kite/hang-glider attachment in action there, as well as the underwater propeller. If you own a 3DS, you can see that trailer in 3D thanks to the newly launched eShop.
Mario Kart 3DS will be released this year before 2011 ends. Like Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii, it will support local and online multiplayer races for up to eight players. Expect to pay $39.99, the standard 3DS retail price.