Mario Kart Returns To Arcades With Gliders And Double Dash Co-op Mode

By Spencer . February 5, 2013 . 11:43pm


Namco Bandai actually makes Mario Kart games, but only for arcades. After a six year break, Namco Bandai announced a new game Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DX. The upcoming game adds features from Mario Kart 7 like the gliders and underwater racing.


A two player co-op mode is kind essentially Mario Kart Double Dash. One person drives the kart and the other attacks a computer controlled team with items.


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Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DX will have new courses like this Taiko: Drum Master level. Wada-don, the series’ mascot, is a playable character in Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DX too. We have no idea how an anthropomorphic drum can drive a go kart, but here we are!


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Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DX also has a new feature where you can a friend can shield you from a rival team’s attack and an online enabled battle mode. Remember Tank! Tank! Tank!’s camera feature where you can take a photo of yourself with a funny hat? Yeah, this game includes that feature too.


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  • SpaceOfSoul

    I played some Mario Kart arcade game years ago, and the picture addition to the characters was quite humorous.

    Would love to see this at Dave and busters or any arcade location here in Austin texas. Sounds like this would be fun :)

  • NRool

    Don, playable in Mario Kart.
    Why do we not get these damn wonderful games? D:

  • s07195

    I really want to see what a Taiko racetrack looks like.

  • Randy Marsh

    Hope we get this in America, so I can play it at the local Chuck E. Cheese.

  • Tiramii

    I hope we get this at arcades cuz I’d love to play it. :’D

  • British_Otaku

    Another F-Zero arcade title please? Even if means I will have to catch an expensive flight or be bitter in Blighty, we haven’t had a thing for a generation short of Smash Bros and the Nintendo Land nod.

    Not even a remake.

    • Spirit Macardi

      I’d love just another home console game.

      I’m guessing Nintendo’s been shy about F-Zero ever since the last games as well as the short-lived anime didn’t do so well. I doubt the series is dead though, just waiting for the right time to return.

  • Tjthefoxx

    gotta compete with Sonic all stars racing transformed

  • Zonic505

    So we went from Pac-Man, to Tamagachi, to Taiko Drum Master as guest characters…..that’s awesome.

    Also, I’d really like to see the other arcade games get ported. Heck, a Wii U port would work, especially since you can keep the camera feature of giving your face whatever features relating to the character you chose.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Dude they should just port this to the Wii-u in America!

  • Kalis Konig

    I take it this will be similar to the Mario Kart that was announced fo Wii U. I remember Double Dash had an arcade machine that was Japan only and it was Identical to the home release more or less. I’m glad that they will likely bring the option to share a cart back. it should have never been taken out to begin with once it was introduced.

    • The Arcade game feels quite a bit different from Double Dash, and if memory serves me correctly, you can only have 1 character instead of DD’s 2. Cars handle much more realistically in the arcade version, for one.

      • Kalis Konig

        Really? I was under the impression it was in similar van as F-zero GX and AX where they used the same resources more or less. Regardless I do hope to see some features carry over. I really miss sharing karts.

  • MrJechgo

    I’d really like to know why they haven’t port this yet.

  • KingGunblader

    How have none of these Mario Kart arcade games been brought to America? I’m not a very shrewd businessman, but to me – Mario Kart + Arcades = $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    • Locklear93

      The problem is that in most of the USA, arcades are very much a dead or dying breed. I don’t even know where to find a half decent one near me anymore; I’d have to go about 30 miles to find a mediocre one.

    • There’s a used game store about an hour from me that has a full Mario Kart Arcade set. I didn’t realize they never came out here, it must have cost a load to import

    • Spirit Macardi

      Except they did come to America. I’ve seen them first-hand at Dave and Busters.

      If they’re not at other arcades, it’s likely because the arcade owners haven’t ordered them.

      • KingGunblader

        Huh, I’ve never seen them. Then again, arcades aren’t exactly plentiful in Southern Ontario anymore.

        • Spirit Macardi

          it’s probably a case like F-Zero AX where it was technically released, but actually finding a machine is close to impossible.

    • At least one of the MK arcade game has come to the US.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    That Taiko track.O.o
    Can’t wait to play this game on my city arcade.^_^

  • Spirit Macardi

    The return of Double Dash mecanics is awesome to me, since that was my favorite of all the Mario Kart games.

    The Taiko drum isn’t the Namco character that I’d be for including as a racer (my choice has floppier ears), although he’s certainly a better choice than Pac-Man was.

    I’d certainly give this a go if it popped up at a Dave and Busters or the like.

    • Just Tim


      • Spirit Macardi

        Yup, that’d be the floppy-eared character in question x3

  • Of all the things to question in the Mushroom Kingdom, you go after the cameo driver? Psh.

  • These are going to make a lot of quarters. Or Yenters, what ever they use for machines.

  • Haseyo

    As one of the biggest Taiko no Tatsujin fans, I would love to play as him.

  • Just Tim

    So, how about the Arcade Edition for the upcoming WiiU Smash Bros.? :P Jokes aside, I hope there’s gonna be arcade machine/WiiU/3DS compatibility with the Taiko drum as DLC char.

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