Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013)

by Christopher
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Mario Kart Arcade GP DX: A Detailed Overview

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is a Mario Kart game for arcade systems, developed by Namco Bandai Games in partnership with Nintendo. It is the tenth installment in the Mario Kart franchise and the third title in the Arcade series following Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, which was a follow-up to Mario Kart Arcade GP. The game was released in Japan on July 25, 2013 and in the United States during 2014. Just like the previous two Arcade GP games, it is possible to do multiplayer play by linking up to four cabinets.


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is a racing game where players control one of twelve characters from the Mario franchise as they race around a variety of tracks. The game features a variety of modes, including Grand Prix, Time Trial, and Battle.

In Grand Prix mode, players race against seven other opponents across four different cups, each with four tracks. The player who finishes first in each race earns the most points, and the player with the most points at the end of the cup wins.

In Time Trial mode, players race against the clock to try to set the fastest possible time on a track. Players can also race against ghost data of other players.

In Battle mode, players compete in one of three different modes: Balloon Battle, Bob-omb Blast, and Renegade Roundup. In Balloon Battle, players try to pop each other’s balloons. In Bob-omb Blast, players try to blow each other up with Bob-ombs. And in Renegade Roundup, one player is the “Renegade” and tries to capture all of the other players.


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX features a roster of twelve characters from the Mario franchise:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Rosalina
  • Yoshi
  • Toad
  • Toadette
  • Bowser
  • Donkey Kong
  • Wario
  • Waluigi

Each character has their own unique stats and abilities. For example, Mario is an all-around character with good stats in all areas, while Donkey Kong is a heavy character with high speed and strength but low handling.


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX features a total of sixteen tracks, including eight new tracks and eight returning tracks from previous Mario Kart games. The new tracks are:

  • Sweet Sweet Kingdom
  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Wuhu Town
  • Rainbow Road
  • 3DS Rainbow Road
  • GBA Mario Circuit
  • N64 Royal Raceway
  • DS Peach Gardens

The returning tracks are:

  • Mario Circuit
  • Luigi Circuit
  • Peach Circuit
  • Daisy Circuit
  • Rosalina’s Ice World
  • Yoshi Falls
  • Bowser’s Castle
  • DK Jungle


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX features a variety of items that can be used to help players win races. These items include:

  • Mushroom: Gives the player a speed boost.
  • Super Mushroom: Gives the player a larger speed boost and makes them invincible for a short period of time.
  • Star: Makes the player invincible and allows them to drive through other racers and obstacles.
  • Green Shell: Can be thrown forward or backward to hit other racers.
  • Red Shell: Homes in on the racer in front of the player.
  • Bob-omb: Can be thrown forward or backward to explode and damage other racers.
  • Banana Peel: Can be dropped behind the player to cause other racers to slip and slide.
  • Blooper: Can be thrown forward to obscure the vision of other racers.
  • Lightning Bolt: Strikes all other racers with lightning, causing them to spin out.


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX received positive reviews from critics. The game was praised for its fun and exciting gameplay, its variety of tracks and characters, and its beautiful graphics. However, the game was also criticized for its lack of online multiplayer and its high price.


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is a great arcade racing game that is perfect for fans of the Mario Kart series. The game features a variety of tracks and characters, and the gameplay is fast-paced and challenging. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a great arcade racing game.

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