Mario Kart coming to arcades – adding “fusion karts” for fightin’

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Mario Kart 8 only hit the shelves in May, but it looks like another Mario Kart title is on the way. This isn’t for consoles though – you’ll have to get on down to your local arcade, assuming that it still exists.

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Namco has taken on the development duties from Nintendo for Mario Kart Arcade GP DX and the game appears to be a stripped down, but familiar version of the game we all know and love. Eight characters are available – including Namco’s own Pac-Man and Don from Taiko no Tatsujin (us neither).

The big addition though appears to be “fusion karts” in which players can work cooperatively together combining their karts into a sort-of tank. Then, much like on the Gamecube’s Mario Kart: Double Dash, one player drives whilst the other gets to throw weapons, shoot and generally cause problems for the other players. You can see it in the trailer here:

This isn’t the first time Mario Kart has hit the arcades – back in 2005 a modified version of Double Dash: Mario Kart Arcade GP was also made by Namco.

Apparently it’ll start appearing in arcades later this year.

James O’Malley