Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

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Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Developer(s) Namco Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Release date Japan July 25, 2013[1]
USA 2014[2]
Genre Racing
Control pad

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is a Mario Kart game for arcade systems, developed by Namco Bandai Games in partnership with Nintendo. The game was released in Japan on July 25, 2013 and in the United States on 2014.


Grand Prix, Clone Battle, and two-player modes are featured in the game. The player can choose between seven karts, five of them being unlockable. Before starting a race, the player can take their photography and decorate it with twelve included features, such as a samurai helmet and a pirate suit. The player can choose to play in 50cc, 100cc and 150cc, with the latter two being unlockable. The player then must choose which one of three themed tracks (Toad, Mario, Don-chan) they want to play. Like Mario Kart Arcade GP and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, there are only six racers in each race rather than eight or twelve. Every circuit has a time limit, and when the player is at first place their photography has a crown. When the player completes a lap, lights between the game screen change the color. The main feature of the game is that players can now play in cooperative, similar to Mario Kart: Double Dash!! in that a player is the driver and the second shoots items. Cooperative play is only possible by gaining a special power-up which transforms the player's kart into a Fusion Kart that will drive and the second player is called to control the turret and shoot unlimited amounts of Green Shells at any direction for a limited period of time.[3] Additionally, gameplay elements from Mario Kart 7 such as the use of gliders and underwater courses are present.

Instead of Mario Cards like the last two installments, the player can use a Banapassport Card to save their progress. As such, the cabinets will have online connectivity, but it is currently unknown if the game will have online leaderboards or multiplayer. The game will however make extensive use of downloadable content, where over the course of five years the game will gradually have more content added through major yearly updates, so in the end there will be a total of 30 courses, 20 characters, 120 vehicles and about 150 items, increased from 10, 12, 22 and 90 respectively as long as the machine is set up to an internet connection by the operator.[4]

Certain cabinets (mostly those released outside Japan) are configured to only play single exhibition races, prohibiting play in Grand Prix or Time Trial. Players are free to select between any course and character (excluding downloadable characters and costumes), however the type of Kart the players drive is determined via roulette. Every race will bring up the "Game Over" screen after completion, and the selected kart the player was given will be different in the next race he/she plays.

The commentary from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 returns and this time, it is voiced by Rica Matsumoto in the Japanese version.

Playable characters

The latest version of the game features a total of 14 playable characters (9 are default, 3 are unlockable, and 2 are downloadable).[5] Characters are divided into four weight classes (feather, light, medium, and heavy).[6] Also, some characters have palette swaps that can be selected on the character select screen. Currently, there are six confirmed palette swaps: Fire Mario, Ice Luigi, Blue Toad, Strawberry Don-chan, Red Yoshi, Dry Bowser, and Gold Mario, for Mario, Luigi, Toad, Don-chan, Yoshi, Bowser and Metal Mario respectively.[7]


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Non-playable characters


There are twenty-three karts to choose from, and gliders are automatically preset when selecting a kart. Other karts are downloadable and to be released, with some being recolours of existing karts.


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX has the most items out of any Mario Kart game; a grand total of 100 items. The player can only use three items via a roulette, with at least one item to throw forward and one backward.

Items thrown forward

Items thrown backward


The game features 10 race tracks, all of which share the general track layouts of courses in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 but modified significantly, mainly to alter their theme and accomodate the vehicles. Only the Mario and Bowser Cups keep their tracks' original branding, while the Yoshi Cup becomes the Toad Cup, the Donkey Kong Cup becomes the Don-Chan Cup, and the Waluigi Cup becomes the Bowser Jr. Cup. The Wario, Pac-Man, and Rainbow Cups are removed entirely, and it is unknown if these courses will return through future updates to the game.

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Peach Castle
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Splash Circuit
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Bon Dance Street
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Aerial Road
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Bowser Factory
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Kingdom Way
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Tropical Coast
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Omatsuri Circuit
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Sky Arena
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Bowser Castle



  • Alongside photographed images of players, it's been shown that several avatars can be used as an alternative in some cabinet types. These avatars are reused from some of Namco Bandai Games's earlier titles, being We Ski, We Ski & Snowboard, and Go Vacation.


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