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E3: Nintendo reveals new Mario Kart details

By Jack Taylor – 8 June 2011

New details of Mario Kart for the Nintendo 3DS, including new gameplay mechanics and the game's developer, have been revealed.

As one of the most anticipated titles for the Nintendo 3DS, Mario Kart was bound to draw in a massive amount of interest at this year's E3 and it did it in style.

A new trailer for the game revealed that several new racing mechanics, never before seen in the series, would be making an appearance.

These include paragliders, letting racers glide off ramps into open-air spaces, and rear-wing propellors to let racers dive underwater and not be hindered by it as has historically been the case.

Karts are also fully customisable for the first time, letting racers pick from different chassis and wheels, with larger wheels working well off-road and smaller wheels being more suitable in city environments.

Coins make a return for the first time since Super Circuit on the Game Boy Advance, as do many classic tracks from previous titles: Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii and both Airship Fortress and Luigi's Mansion from Mario Kart DS are present in the video below.

Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Toad, Donkey Kong, Koopa Troopa and Bowser are all seen as well, though with races reverting to the original setup of eight karts per race, it isn't know if these are joined by any other characters at the moment.

During a developer roundtable on Tuesday night, to the surprise of many, it was also revealed that Mario Kart was being developed by both Retro Studios and Nintendo collaboratively.

No date was given to Mario Kart, though Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime reaffirmed that it would launch this year.

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