ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL -- Mario Kart is returning to arcades and coin-op. Namco America's new Mario Kart Arcade GP DX will be on display at Amusement Expo in booth No. 127 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will begin shipping to operators by mid-April. Other new Namco viddies include an Alpine Racer remake and Mach Storm.
Better than its Mario Kart Arcade GP2 antecedent, according to Namco, the latest installment has new and improved courses, game modes and karts, along with a rainbow LED-lit cabinet equipped with a 42" HD monitor. Up to four cabinets can be linked. It also features the NAM-CAM, which superimposes the player's face over a kart; updated Funny Face Frames software allows players to stretch and squeeze their images into humorous forms.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX offers players a choice of three game modes: Grand Prix, Versus and Co-Op. In Grand Prix mode, players compete in 40 rounds over five selectable cups. Versus driving offers competitive racing excitement for all player levels. The new two-player Co-Op mode rides with Fusion Karts -- one person drives while the other shoots their opponents.
With more than 20 kart variations that can specifically trigger over 90 items, the racing possibilities of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX are endless, Namco said. This feature-rich design, the company predicted, will keep players coming back.
In related news, Namco once again celebrated Mario Day on March 10. The gamemaker has designated that day as Mario's because, when rendered as Mar10, it resembles the letters that spell Mario. Happy belated Mario Day.