Nintendo is bringing their biggest franchises to the 3DS in a big way and the new Mario Kart 3DS that debuted at this year’s E3 Expo promises several new ways to play the game.
Mario Kart 3DS adds gliders to every kart so Mario, Bowswer, Peach and all the rest can float after a big jump. Each kart is also equipped with a propellor allowing some races to take place underwater. Nintendo has given kart customization an overhaul as players will be able to choose a body and tires for their kart independent of their racer. Even something old is new again as coins are back for the first time since Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
Familiar tracks round out the Mario Kart 3DS with ghost houses, highways and desert tracks all visible. It also looks like we’ll be racing on an airship when the game ships to stores sometime this year.