Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

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Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Logo
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Bandai Namco Amusement
Publisher Bandai Namco Amusement[1]
Release date Japan March 14, 2007
Australia July 10, 2007
Europe July 10, 2007[2]
USA March 12, 2008
Genre Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (VS), Time Trial
Cabinet Sit down
Arcade system Triforce
Monitor 29" CRT
Input
Arcade:
Joystick

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 is the second game in the Mario Kart Arcade GP series and the seventh in the Mario Kart series overall. It is a follow-up to Mario Kart Arcade GP, and was later followed by Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. 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]

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 using the camera lens 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 be 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]

Rocket Start[edit]

The beginning of the race in Waluigi Stadium from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
The Rocket Start in action.

The player can get a rocket start when the accelerator is pressed right when "1" is displayed. If successful, the kart gets a small speed boost when the race starts. The method of performing 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]

Mario Card
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 five computer drivers for winning the trophies in every race. The goal of each race is to finish in first place within the time limit (if the player is in first place and then times out rather than finishing, the round will not count as completed). There are three engine levels available: 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc, and as with the previous Mario Kart installments, is linear with the difficulty - 50cc being the slowest (Easy), 100cc being the standard (Normal) and 150cc being the fastest (Master). 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 (e.g. DK Jungle changes to rain). After having completed each round, the player receives a challenge, similar to the Mission Mode that appears in Mario Kart DS. Unlike the previous game, clearing the challenge is not necessary to complete a cup. Also, when the player is using a Mario Card, the player receives Mario Coins depending on their performance, up to a maximum of 15. Extra mode makes a return, only under the name of Special Cup (Reverse mode). In initial gameplay, a player can select the next round only after winning the first round. When the players completes all 4 rounds, they can play a "challenge game" stage.

Time Attack[edit]

In Time Attack mode, the user tries to get the fastest time on the tracks. To select Time Attack, the player must hold VS Cancel while selecting a class (50cc is not available in Time Attack). The player starts with 3 Mushrooms in Time Attack, and the number of coins on track is reduced to ten during 150cc Time Attack (compared to 25 in 100cc Time Attack).

A difference in the HUD between this game and the first game is that the remaining time is moved to the top-right and the total time is made larger and moved all the way to the top-left. There is no commentary during Time Attack games.

VS[edit]

After the players insert coins, the machine starts a search for VS races. If players are found, the game starts a VS Match. Like the previous game, up to four players can play together. In VS, the players first select an engine class, select a character, takes a picture (if necessary), then votes for a course. After, each player will be given 3 random items. Unlike the previous game, in multiplayer mode players in the minimap are given colors depending on their player number: Player 1 is red; Player 2 is orange; Player 3 is green; Player 4 is blue; and CPUs are dark blue. If fewer than four players gather for a race then CPU drivers are added to make up four racers.

During the race, the bottom-left screen displays the player number (unlike the first game, which did not do so), and there is no speedometer in the bottom-right, just showing the coin count (just like the first game did). Also, the commentator says the player number before the character's name except for CPU-controlled karts.

When the race is over, players can choose if they want to continue with the same opponents or not. If two or more players decide to continue, the selection process restarts from the very beginning (players select a class first unlike in single player where the class and mode is not re-selected). If only one player decides to continue, it will change to a Grand Prix/Time Attack game for that player (this time only where the player selects the class and mode, before character select).

Mario Coins and Coins[edit]

Mario Coin
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, they can unlock prizes to save on their Mario Card (e.g. new karts, special items). Upon collecting 4000 Mario Coins, players will unlock the ability to change to a first-person perspective akin to that of Mario Kart 7. This is done by pressing the VS Cancel button during a race.

Item Boxes[edit]

Toad holding a Basin from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
The new, multi-colored, hexagonal item boxes.

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 does not feature the normal cube item boxes seen in previous games; it comes with multi-colored, hexagonal item boxes. They have a white question mark while Jack-in-the-boxes (fake Item Boxes) have a white, upside-down question mark. When taken, they instantly regenerate, unlike the other Mario Kart games, in which they take a while.

Basic Items[edit]

What items appear are shown before a race in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 begins.
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]

Character select screen from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
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
Mario's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2Mario's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Mario in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Mario in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Luigi's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2Luigi's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Luigi in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Luigi in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Pac-Man's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2Pac-Man's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Pac-Man in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Pac-Man in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Waluigi's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2Waluigi's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Waluigi in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Waluigi in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

Strong Acceleration[edit]

Character Special Kart Standard Kart
Peach's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Peach's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Peach in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Peach in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Yoshi's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Yoshi's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Yoshi in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Yoshi in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Blinky's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Blinky's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Blinky in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Blinky in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

Easy Control[edit]

Character Special Kart Standard Kart
Mametchi's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Mametchi's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Mametchi in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Mametchi in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Ms. Pac-Man's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Ms. Pac-Man's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Ms. Pac-Man in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Ms. Pac-Man in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Toad's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Toad's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Toad in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Toad in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

High Speed[edit]

Character Special Kart Standard Kart
Wario's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Wario's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Wario in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Wario in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Donkey Kong's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Donkey Kong's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Donkey Kong in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Donkey Kong in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Bowser's icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Bowser's name from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Bowser in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Bowser in a kart from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
  • 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
DK Jungle
Bananan Ruins
Toad driving under Baby Mario and Baby Luigi in Yoshi Park 1 from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Baby Mario Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Mario Highway
Mario Beach
DK Jungle
Bananan Ruins
Toad driving under Baby Mario and Baby Luigi in Yoshi Park 1 from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Birdo Results screen Several characters making cameos in the results screen of Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.
Bowser Jr. Mario Highway
Mario Beach
Diamond City
Snow Panic
Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
Results screen
Bowser's Castle from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Princess Daisy Results screen Several characters making cameos in the results screen of Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.
Diddy Kong DK Jungle
Bananan Ruins
Results screen
DK Jungle from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Dry Bones Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
Dry Bones cameo from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Hammer Bro Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
Castle Wall from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Jr. Pac-Man Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Pac Mountain
Pac Labyrinth
Pac Mountain from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Kamek Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
Dry Bones cameo from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Koopa Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Stadium Arena
Waluigi Stadium
Results screen
Castle Wall from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
King Boo Yoshi Park 2 Toad driving to King Boo in Yoshi Park 2 from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Mechakoopa Bowser's Castle Mechakoopas as seen in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Nipper Plant Bananan Ruins
Castle Wall
Castle Wall from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Noki Stadium Arena
Waluigi Stadium
Results screen
Waluigi StadiumMKAGP 2.PNG
Paratroopa Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall
Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Stadium Arena
Waluigi Stadium
Castle Wall from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Pianta Stadium Arena
Waluigi Stadium
Results screen
Several characters making cameos in the results screen of Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.
Professor Elvin Gadd Diamond City
Snow Panic
Mario in Diamond City from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. Here, an E. Gadd statue is seen on the left.
Toadette Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2
Yoshi Park 2 from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Toadsworth Yoshi Park 2
DK Jungle
Results screen
Yoshi Park 2 from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

Faces[edit]

Various faces from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Some of the faces available
Players get one of these faces if they play as a certain character. Ripped from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
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, featured Internet Rankings. It was run by Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan, and a Mario Card was required. These were located at:

Courses[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 brings back all courses from the original Mario Kart Arcade GP and adds four new courses into two cups. There are eight cups in total, each one with two tracks and a challenge in the final. The cups are organized into 4 rounds, the first 2 rounds are the tracks in normal conditions, and the last 2 rounds the same tracks in different conditions, like rain in DK Jungle.

After finishing all four races from each stage, a Challenge Game comes up, in which the player is not required to complete for winning the cup. Each of them requires the player to drive to a goal under a certain amount of time while under a certain condition, such as driving backwards through a road of banana peels.

Winning all cups, the player unlocks advanced courses, the Mirror Mode.

Easy[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cup Icon
Yoshi Cup
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2 from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Yoshi Park 2
Yoshi Park 1 from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Yoshi Park 1
Yoshi Park 2 from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Yoshi Park 2
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Challenge background
Coin Collector
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cup Icon
Mario Cup
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo
Mario Highway from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Mario Highway
Mario Beach from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Mario Beach
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Mario Highway
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Mario Beach
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Challenge background
Move Giant Watermelon!

Normal[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cup Icon
Waluigi Cup
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo
Stadium Arena icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Stadium Arena
Waluigi Stadium from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Waluigi Stadium
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Stadium Arena
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Waluigi Stadium
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Challenge background
Bird Kart Contest!
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cup Icon
DK Cup
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo
Donkey Kong Jungle from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
DK Jungle
Bananan Ruins from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Bananan Ruins
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
DK Jungle
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Bananan Ruins
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Challenge background
Koopa Panic!
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cup Icon
Wario Cup
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo
Diamond City from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Diamond City
Snow Panic from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Snow Panic
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Diamond City
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Snow Panic
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Challenge background
Backward Race

Master[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cup Icon
Pac-Man Cup
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo
Pac Mountain from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Pac Mountain
Pac Labyrinth icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Pac Labyrinth
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Pac Mountain
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Pac Labyrinth
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Challenge background
PAC Challenge!
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cup Icon
Bowser Cup
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo
Bowser's Castle from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Bowser's Castle
Castle Wall from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Castle Wall
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Bowser's Castle
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Castle Wall
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Challenge background
Final Battle with Bowser!
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cup Icon
Rainbow Cup
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource logo
Rainbow Coaster from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Rainbow Coaster
Rainbow Downhill icon from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Rainbow Downhill
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Rainbow Coaster
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 cource background
Rainbow Downhill
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Challenge background
1 vs 1 Battle with Robo Mario!

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.

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References to other games[edit]

References in later games[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオカート アーケードグランプリ 2
Mario Kāto Ākēdo Guranpuri Tsū
Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix 2

Trivia[edit]

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

References[edit]

External links[edit]