Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

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Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
The logo for Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.
Developer(s) Namco Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date Japan 2007
Australia 2007
Europe 2007
USA 2008
Genre Racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer (VS), Time Trial
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Triforce
Monitor Mario Card slot, money slot
Input
Arcade:
Control pad

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 is a follow-up to Mario Kart Arcade GP. It is the second game in the Arcade series and the seventh overall. The game has custom karts for characters, similar to Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart DS. It contains virtually all the content of the original, but greatly expands it with the addition of several new courses, items and racers. Like the predecessor, Pac-Man characters appear as playable in this game. The game also introduces Mametchi as a playable character. In-game, it appears to be broadcast live and has color-commentary of the player by a narrator, whose language depends on the region of the game.

How To Play[edit]

To play the game, the player has to insert $2 per turn (in coins of $ 1) . First, players can adjust their seat within the time limit by moving a lever near their feet and sliding to any position on the arcade machine. After that happens players can choose a character to play as. Then, players can take a picture of themselves within the time limit; if the player does not take the picture, a countdown starts to force the player to take it. On some instances, the camera cannot used. The picture of the current character is instead used.

When the race starts, the players' object is to finish in 1st place. If they get a lower place, they must retry to unlock the course by giving the game certain money or some tokens. If players get 1st place, they can continue if they pay the game another token or dollar(s). If not, the game is over.

Controls[edit]

  • Accelerate - Accelerator pedal
  • Brake - Brake pedal
  • Item - ITEM button on center of steering wheel.
  • VS Cancel - VS CANCEL button right of the steering wheel
  • Mario Card holder - Mario Card slot on the bottom right of the screen
  • Money holder - Money slot under Mario Card slot

Techniques[edit]

A rocket start

Rocket Start[edit]

The player can get a rocket start when the accelerator is pressed right when the "1" is displayed. If successful, the kart gets a small speed boost. The method of perfoming the rocket start closely resembles the one from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.

Jumping and Drifting[edit]

Jumping is performed if the brake pedal is pressed quickly and drifting occurs if the brake pedal is tapped twice.

Mario Card[edit]

A Mario Card from Japan

A Mario Card is the data card (or save file) that appears was copied from Mario Kart Arcade GP and appears in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. It appears in all sorts of different colors and designs.

Features[edit]

  • The player's chosen nickname
  • The player's amount of coins
  • The player's rank
  • The player's item (e.g. 70 SP Item Get!, 64)
  • The player's amount of VS wins (if any)
  • The card's password for the Internet Rankings
  • The player's completed GP cups and class

Modes[edit]

Grand Prix[edit]

In Grand Prix, the player races against computer drivers for winning the trophies in every race. There are three engine levels available: 50cc, 100cc and 150cc, and as with previous Mario Kart installments, is linear with the difficulty. 50cc being the slowest (Easy), 100cc being the standard (Normal) and 150cc being the fastest (Hard). There are 4 difficulty levels, and each one has two stages. Each cup has 2 tracks, separated into 4 rounds. The first 2 rounds are the tracks in normal conditions, and the last 2 rounds the same tracks in different conditions (time of day, weather, etc.). After having completed each round, the player receives a challenge, similar to the Mission Mode that appears in Mario Kart DS. Extra mode makes a return, only under the name of Special Cup.

Time Trial[edit]

In Time Trial mode, the user tries to get the fastest time on the tracks.

VS[edit]

After the players insert coins, the machine starts a search for VS races. If players are found, the player selects the track and speed. The players play against each other and four computers.

Mario Coins and Coins[edit]

The Mario Coin in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

Mario Coins are coins that the player can pick up in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. If the player gains enough Mario Coins and regular Coins, he can unlock prizes to save on his Mario Card (e.g. new karts, special items).

Item Boxes[edit]

The new, multi-coloured, hexagonal item boxes.

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 doesn't feature the normal cube item boxes seen in previous games; it comes with multi-coloured, hexagonal item boxes. They have a white question mark while Fake Item Box have a white, upside-down question mark. When taken, they instantly regenerate, unlike other Mario Kart games, in which they take a while.

Basic Items[edit]

Items are shown before a race starts.

Unlike in the typical Mario Kart games, items are grouped into these categories: locking-on, passing the item, dropping backward, and shooting forward. Locking-on item involves a moving cursor that stops if it goes over an opponent. If the cursor is locked-in for enough time, the cursor flashes red and the thrown item locks into the player, similar to a Red Shell. Passing items require the item to be thrown, much as a locking-on item. Afflicted players need to collide with other players to evade the hindering effects. Items that drop backward and items that shoot forward act similarly to items in the traditional Mario Kart games.

Unlike in most Mario Kart games, these items can be thrown in only one direction. Also unlike most Mario Kart games, only certain items appear during a race. Three of them are shown before the race starts. Most of these items have a temporary after-effect that can hinder the affected driver.

Characters[edit]

The character select screen

All playable characters from Mario Kart Arcade GP return along with two new characters, Waluigi and a Tamagotchi named Mametchi. They all have two karts available: a standard go-kart and a personal kart that increases speed, but reduces acceleration.

Balanced[edit]

Character Special Kart Standard Kart
IconMarioAGP2.png
NameMarioMKAGP2.png
KartSpecMarioAGP2.png KartStandMarioAGP2.png
IconLuigiAGP2.png
NameLuigiMKAGP2.png
KartSpecLuigiAGP2.png KartStandLuigiAGP2.png
IconPacManAGP2.png
NamePacManMKAGP2.png
KartSpecPacManAGP2.png KartStandPacManAGP2.png
IconWaluigiAGP2.png
NameWaluigiMKAGP2.png
KartSpecWaluigiAGP2.png KartStandWaluigiAGP2.png

Strong Acceleration[edit]

Character Special Kart Standard Kart
IconPeachAGP2.png

NamePeachMKAGP2.png
KartSpecPeachAGP2.png KartStandPeachAGP2.png
IconYoshiAGP2.png

NameYoshiMKAGP2.png
KartSpecYoshiAGP2.png KartStandYoshiAGP2.png
IconBlinkyAGP2.png

NameBlinkyMKAGP2.png
KartSpecBlinkyAGP2.png KartStandBlinkyAGP2.png

Easy Control[edit]

Character Special Kart Standard Kart
IconMametchiAGP2.png

NameMametchiMKAGP2.png
KartSpecMametchiAGP2.png KartStandMametchi.png
IconMrsPacManAGP2.png

NameMsPacManMKAGP2.png
KartSpecMsPacManAGP2.png KartStandMsPacManAGP2.png
IconToadAGP2.png

NameToadMKAGP2.png
KartToadSpecAGP2.png KartStandToadAGP2.png

High Speed[edit]

Character Special Kart Standard Kart
IconWarioMKAGP2.png

NameWarioMKAGP2.png
KartSpecWarioMKAGP2.png KartStandWarioMKAGP2.png
IconDonkeyAGP2.png

NameDonkeyMKAGP2.png
KartSpecDonkeyAGP2.png KartStandDonkeyAGP2.png
IconBowserMAGP2.png

NameBowserMKAGP2.png
KartSpecBowserAGP2.png KartStandBowserAGP2.png
  • Additionally, the Rainbow Cup challenge game features players trying to reach the finish line before a nonplayable Robo Mario.

Cameo Appearances[edit]

Although these characters are not playable in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, they all make small cameos somewhere in the game, either from a sponsor or seen in a course.

Character Location Picture
Baby Luigi Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Mario Highway
Mario Beach
Donkey Kong Jungle
Bananan Ruins
BMBLSwingRide.png
Baby Mario Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Mario Highway
Mario Beach
Donkey Kong Jungle
Bananan Ruins
BMBLSwingRide.png
Birdo Results screen Daisymkarccameo.png
Bowser Jr. Mario Highway
Mario Beach
Diamond City
Snow Panic
Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
Results Screen
BowserCastleBowserJrMKAGP2.png
Princess Daisy Results Screen Daisymkarccameo.png
Diddy Kong Donkey Kong Jungle
Bananan Ruins
Results Screen
DKJungleBeginEnd.png
Dry Bones Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
DryBonesMKAGP2.png
Hammer Bro. Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
CastleWallStretch.png
Jr. Pac-Man Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Pac-Mountain
Pac-Labyrinth
PacMountainEntranceofTunnel.png
Kamek Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
DryBonesMKAGP2.png
Koopa Troopa Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Stadium Arena
Waluigi Stadium
CastleWallKoopas.png
King Boo Yoshi Park 2 KingBooYoshiPark2.png
Mecha-Koopa Bowser's Castle MechaKoopaMKAGP2.png
Nipper Plant Bananan Ruins
Castle Wall
CastleWallDirt.png
Noki Stadium Arena
Waluigi Stadium
Waluigi StadiumMKAGP 2.PNG
Paratroopa Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Stadium Arena
Waluigi Stadium
CastleWallKoopas.png
Pianta Stadium Arena
Waluigi Stadium
Results screen
Daisymkarccameo.png
Professor Elvin Gadd Diamond City
Snow Panic
EgadCity DiamondVillage MKAGP2.png
Toadette Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
YoshiPark2ToadToadette.png
Toadsworth Yoshi Park 2
Donkey Kong Jungle
Results screen
YoshiPark2RotatingRoom.png

Faces[edit]

Some of the faces available
Character specific faces

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 features 'faces'. These are the borders around the players face when the player gets their photo taken. Players can also get special, character specific faces if they choose to play as that character. If no picture is taken, then the default face shows the character's mugshot.

Internet Rankings[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, along with Mario Kart Arcade GP, has a Internet Ranking. It is run by Bandai Namco Games Japan, and a Mario Card is required.

Courses[edit]

Easy[edit]

Yoshi Cup Mario Cup
YoshiPark.png
Yoshi Park 1
MarioHighway.png
Mario Highway
YoshiPark2.png
Yoshi Park 2
MarioBeach.png
Mario Beach

Normal[edit]

Waluigi Cup DK Cup Wario Cup
StadiumAreanIcon.png
Stadium Arena
DKJungleMKAGP.png
Donkey Kong Jungle
DiamondCity.png
Diamond City
WaluigiStadiumIconMKAGP2.png
Waluigi Stadium
BanananRuins.png
Bananan Ruins
SnowPanic.png
Snow Panic

Master[edit]

Pac-Man Cup Bowser Cup Rainbow Cup
PacMountainIcon.png
Pac-Mountain
IconBowserCastleMKAGP2.png
Bowser's Castle
RainbowCoasterIcon.png
Rainbow Coaster
PacLabyrinthIcon.png
Pac-Labyrinth
CastleWallIcon.png
Castle Wall
RainbowDownhillIcon.png
Rainbow Downhill

References to other games[edit]

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 staff

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.

Sequel[edit]

A sequel named Mario Kart Arcade GP DX was released by Namco Bandai in partnership with Nintendo.

Trivia[edit]

  • This is the last installment of the Mario Kart series to use the series' original logo in the game title.

External Links[edit]