The news about the next installment of Mario Kart for arcades is nothing new, something that has been on the wire since February. The game was announced for a summer release in Japan and as the release
approachesarrives so does the marketing push for it there.
UPDATE: I had not realized at first that the game is officially available in Japan as of today. I have moved it into the release section of our New Releases 2013 page.
A new website has been launched just for the game, but only in Japanese. This is standard practice with Japanese developers who like to give games special attention as opposed to throwing all games onto one parent website. We aren’t sure yet when the game might show up out West although with some upcoming trade shows we will probably find out for sure by November. There is also a trailer, which might have been out there before but not in this quality so here you go.
HT- ECM for this extra video
The game is different than the upcoming Mario Kart 8 for the WiiU so it will likely remain arcade exclusive so as to not compete directly with that title. As an operator that certainly is a preferable pattern – while a new Mario Kart will be available for both arcades and consoles, the arcade version has some features that help it stand out so that people will still want to go out and play it. Of course the extra hardware dimension is always a bonus and in the case of a racing game the arcade cabinet is much different from a joystick/button combo.