If each player has a copy of Mario Kart 7 and their own Nintendo 3DS system, you can hold 2-8 player matches in the Grand Prix, VS., Balloon Battle, and Coin Runners modes. Everyone can choose their own racer and custom kart for maximum racing fun on the bus, at the playground, or anywhere you like.
If all your racing buddies have a Nintendo 3DS system, only one of you needs a copy of Mario Kart 7 to enjoy Download Play. All of the exciting VS. game modes are available—the only difference is that whoever doesn't have the game can only play as Shy Guy, and won't be able to customize their kart. All the more reason for each of your friends to get their own copy of the game!
No matter where you are in the world, if you have wireless broadband Internet access, you can link up with other players for online play. You can hold 2-8 player matches in VS., Balloon Battle, or Coin Runners modes with people on your Friend List, or opponents from around the globe. Racing in Mario Kart 7 is a worldwide phenomenon-show the Community what you're made of.
Worldwide online* Communities, appearing for the first time in Mario Kart 7, bring players together like never before. Join a Community to play whenever you like with groups without having to add them to your friend list - or create your own Community and and have racers play by your rules.
Right from the get-go, you'll be able to join Nintendo-created Communities with their own unique rules- such as speed class or items available. Communities come in all sizes—from two players up to 100,000, and every Community has a leaderboard, giving the best players bragging rights.
The Mario Kart Channel
This is your in-game hub for exciting StreetPass and SpotPass features that will get you racing with fellow players in your neighborhood and beyond.
Head to the Mario Kart Channel in your game to access a ton of awesome StreetPass™ features. This is where you can share and view ghost data from racers you pass on the street, and even share your most recent Community data to recruit new members. At any time you'll see the 100 most recent players you've passed—and if they're online, you can challenge them to a race right on the spot.
To take advantage of this feature please make sure you enable your Streetpass
Turn on SpotPass™ communication for Mario Kart 7, and you can receive 20 new ghosts to race per day while the system is in Sleep Mode*. This ghost data will come from novices all the way up to pro kart racers, giving you a chance to choose either a breezy match or a supreme challenge.
To take advantage of this feature please make sure you enable your Spotpass
* Wireless broadband Internet access required for online play. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com.