Mario Kart Arcade Racer Coming To U.S. Arcades In 2014

By Ishaan . November 19, 2013 . 5:00pm


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the latest game in the Mario Kart arcade series, is coming to arcades in the U.S. next year, according to an Arcade Heroes report (via: Polygon).


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX was tested and released in Japan this past summer. The game features ten courses and includes new mechanics that were introduced in Mario Kart 7, such as underwater racing and gliding. It also allows you to turn into a tank and features extra playable characters like Pac-Man and Don-chan from Taiko Drum Master.


Below is an image of the game’s arcade cabinet in the U.S.


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  • Tanner

    How can it come to US arcades if US arcades don’t even exist?

    • Reki Honoo

      There are arcades that exist in the us, such as ones on the board walks in ocean city maryland, and ocean city new jersey

    • lurock


    • There’s still relevant arcade locales nowadays. Sadly, arcades are not as big as they should be like in Japan.

    • Kaihedgie

      Where have you been, exactly?

      • Tanner

        Canada. Where there are LITERALLY no arcades.

        • Kaihedgie

          So why are you speaking as if America is in the same boat

        • Anthony Birken

          Guess that means nothing for Canada :/

    • Steven Hunt

      The one two blocks down the hill from my office would disagree.

    • RmanX1000

      Theres still one!… Maybe… Somewhere…. Its closed but its there!

    • hazelnut1112

      There are a bunch of Chuck E. Cheeses that have the original.

    • Anthony Birken

      My thoughts exactly…

  • John Diamond

    eu, what about europe

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      You kidding?

      • John Diamond

        what, there are a few arcades in europe

  • Barrylocke89

    What US arcades?

    • doubleO7

      Well, there’s not many standalone arcades anymore, but plenty of other establishments have arcade rooms.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        The midwest still has lots of arcades in America.

        • doubleO7

          Alot of them? Thats cool. Although I don’t have any standalone ones near me, I know there’s some out there. But I do have at least 5 places within a reasonable driving distance from my house that have large arcade rooms.

  • ReidHershel

    Can we just get a 3DS port? Because unless you live in California or New York, Arcades are a legend that Grandpa Smith says after he has had his Earl Grey Tea.

    • There’s some Dave and Busters in other places too. But, I doubt it that all of them will get it so you are right.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      The graphics arent… well … um..
      Not tanky enough

    • Spirit Macardi

      It’d really need to be downgraded graphically to be playable on 3DS. Wii U could work though, since it likely has the power to run it at full arcade resolution.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        … You see the janky lines and color shading on these characters dont you?

        • GH56734

          Not that far-fetched for a proposition.
          Nintendo Arcade games on the Triforce Arcade (both Mario Kart GP, and F-Zero) actually ran on GameCube-based hardware.
          I’d love if they ported it to consoles, since the original ones are so rare they’re inaccessible for the majority beyond emulation (using te GC emulator, that is).

  • MasterScrub

    There’s a Dave & Busters relatively close to my house that has a Mario Kart machine, I hope they pick this one up as well.

  • U.S


    • Slayven19

      Yeah I laughed at that as well. We don’t even have arcades in our malls down here anymore. However I think places like chucky cheeses have the arcades like this.

      • Even then that’s a real stretch for Nintendo to bother trying this kind of thing if you ask me o_o.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Walmarts have arcades in them.
          So do amusement parks and movie theaters.

          And random establishments all over the place

          • The Walmart I have hear just got rid of theirs actually.

          • Anime10121

            Maybe where you live, but no Walmart in my city has an arcade or even a single Kiosk. The best thing we have are the Pacman/Dug Dig single arcade kiosks at the movie theatres…

  • AkuLord3

    Like what everyone else is saying…i came because the title…doesn’t make it good. I MEAN YAY but…yeah Arcades…just a sad happy past in the US (depends on the places)

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      … We get mariokart next year

  • Quizler

    Sweet, I can’t wait to visit a Chuck E. Cheese’s once this game comes out!

  • Kaitou21

    so they want me to drive like 30 miles to the nearest “arcade” (bowling alley) just to play this game? No thanks, i’ll wait for mario kart 8.

  • Shane Guidaboni


    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu


      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Super Walmart has Arcades? I never seen them XD

  • MrJechgo

    Arcades? Really?
    How about an eShop release so it doesn’t DIE like the rest of arcade games here?

  • Muffum




  • Spirit Macardi

    A game where you can turn into a tank and blast the ever-loving crap out of Pac-Man?! I need to play this :D

  • arcades eh?
    im a little excited despite not having seen an arcade here for ages

  • 하세요

    Dave & Busters still has Mario Kart GP, so that’ll be neat. Definitely going to play as Don. Racing as my favorite rhythm game protag? Shweet.

  • Reiswindy

    I’m sure this would be a blast in South America. You can still find TONS of arcades around malls and cinemas here.

  • Judgephoenix

    I have not seen an decent arcade in like 14 years oh well.

  • Man, look at how speedy those races look. It’s miles ahead of MK7 and MK8. Sigh.

  • laurenhiya21

    Man I’m jealous. I’ve seen one or two arcades in the States, but never one here in Canada ><

  • Theob Vious Choice

    I wish arcades were still booming; people make such a big deal out of the whole “social gaming”, practically mandating it in your own home; yet arcades, places where people used to gather and play video games and compete for scores are ridiculously rare now, at least on the upper east coast, I haven’t been to or seen an arcade since I was really little. There were two I knew about in two different malls, and I recall there were a few around the highway; but now there aren’t any at all.
    I hate social gaming in the way it is now, but I wouldn’t mind seeing arcades come back; at least there if you score higher than someone else they’ll be less compelled to call you a “homo virgin” when you’re neither of the two.

    To add to this; I am currently 22 and I was never able to have a true arcade experience, yet another thing that was removed with time. I feel that the arcade was something my generation really missed out on, it just seems like it’d have been a neat thing to do. Then again, the depiction of arcades is probably glorified, just like everything else.

  • hazelnut1112

    This is great for the 5 arcades that are still open.

  • s07195

    The only types of games I see in arcades now are music, racing and fighting games… Where are the run and guns? Metal Slug, anyone? T_T

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Why not a Eshop release?

  • Doctor Nebula

    Soo.. Dave and Busters?

  • Thanks Nintendo, I never thought this would get localized. :D

  • Arcade games used to have some of the best graphics around. Mario Kart 8 looks better than this.

  • Göran Isacson

    Fusing into a tank AND using the Dr Mario viruses as a weapon AND Pacman as a playable character? New and interesting old things side by side? AND IT’S FOR CONSoooh arcade.

    Well then.

    Just gonna sit over here and cry a little then.

  • leingod

    MARIOKATO! AKEDOGRAPRIKSU … DIRAXU!! Man I hope that Taiko drum dude is also available when Mario Kart comes out on the Wii U.

  • Ben Sylvia

    Used to have an arcade here. It closed.

    It’s a crummy radio station now.

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