This Year’s Mario Kart Game Is Just For Arcades, Has Pac-Man In It

By Spencer . July 26, 2013 . 1:07am

While Mario Kart Arcade GP DX doesn’t have upside down racing like Mario Kart 8, it has the glider and underwater racing from Mario Kart 7. Namco Bandai also added a few cameo characters like Pac-Man and Don-chan from Taiko Drum Master.



Another unique feature to Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is the ability to transform into a tank. In co-op mode, you can pick up an item that gives your team that powerup. One player steers the tank and the other aims the turret which fires green koopa shells.


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX will snake into arcades at the end of this month.

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  • PABLO Rapetti Perez

    Sadly in Uruguay the newest arcade game you can find on a Arcade is House of the Dead II. Would love to play this, loved the tank feature, seems pretty destructive.

    • Sergio Briceño

      Yeah. I get you. There are few arcades in Peru where you can get current games like Tekken Tag 2 or Super Street Fighter 4 that I know of. Even in big malls there are very few current gen games…

      The last Mario Kart we had was the one that took a pic of your face and we had it in japanese! Arcades are mostly dead in the west. So sad indeed…

      • PABLO Rapetti Perez

        Hey, in April 2014 Im going to Peru. Should you want a match in Super Street Fighter 4, let me know ;) Sorry for the random comment, but it was decided recently.

        • Sergio Briceño

          Haha. Totally! I’m more of a SFIII player though so you will probably kick my butt.

          You can find SSFIV in an arcade in Parque Kennedy (in Miraflores, Lima, Peru) they got some other fighting games too. The only place I know that still has SFIII is an arcade close to Universidad Ricardo Palma (in Surco, Lima, Peru).

          Sigh… The arcade next to my university got turned into a fast food place…

  • Highasthesky

    Am i the only one who feels kinda weird seeing Mario in a ad like this?

  • Guest

    One Mario Kart game that will never come to NA since Arcades are close to dead here

    • $36598391

      Yeah I know, I’d love to play this

    • To be fair, about a half mile from my house I HAVE the original Mario Kart GP that was put in about half a year back. Sadly, they decided to take out the DDR SuperNova machine that I was halfway decent at around that time and I stopped going.

      And this is boonies Arkansas I’m talking about. You just have to find them. They’re in weird place sometimes (in this case, in a theater outside of Little Rock by 30 minutes).

  • Internet is Crash

    Here in the Philippines we got to experience the first Mario Kart Arcade so I wouldnt be surprised if the DX would arrive here as well :)

    • anthony apduhan

      Wait you too are Filipino LOL! I also experience Mario Kart Arcade in Timezone!

      • alundra311

        Filipino here too. :)

        I would love to play Mario Kart Arcade. Sadly, new arcade games rarely reach Cagayan de Oro. :(

    • Chaos_Knight

      Haha! Same here! xD

      I didn’t know an arcade game like this existed until I came to the Philippines. *was born in America first*

  • Spirit Macardi

    I want this! It’d be so fun to turn into a tank and blast Pac-Man mercilessly with shells :D

  • This is just so weird… lol Maybe it will come to the Wii U as a downloadable title… or not.

  • Herok♞

    To anyone who might want to try this if they translate it you can try it at a place called Dave & Busters in The US which is a restaurant and arcade chain for older people think Chuck E Cheese for adults. They have the older ones already.

    • Time Sage

      For adults is an understatement. You need ID or be with an adult to even get in the door. (Mostly cause of the bar)

  • TheGameTagerZ

    PacMan in the Mario Kart Arcade game was old news though….like years old

    • Samuel

      They need to add some third party characters to the main Mario Kart games, to add some variety.

  • Erwin MadJelly

    I just fin Mario Kart GP 2. and this appears.. Man.. Missing the Arcade.

  • Sam

    Finally got play a Mario Kart Arcade in Santa Cruz, California a couple of months ago. It was fun. Santa Cruz, however, is kind of a dump.

    • AR isn’t much better and I got it in here not too long ago myself.

  • Strain42

    I wanna play as Don-chan! I loved playing the Taiko game when I was over in Japan.

  • DS23

    Taiko duder in Wii U ver? Please? ;;

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