We have been following the 3rd arcade installment of Mario Kart since it was first shown in Japan in 2013. Since then, a US version was released and various online updates were offered for the units to refresh the game and bring players back to it. Today, Bandai Namco announced the “final” online update to the US version so let’s break it down:
The Mario Kart Arcade GP DX December 2016 Update
If you have been a location that owns the game, then you already knew that it required an online connection to operate. That connection also carried with it a monthly fee per seat. So all units as long as they are on and operating will be able to get the update. It rolls out on Dec. 21st 2016 at 9AM JST (Japan Standard Time). The Revision should then read 1.06/OF.
A major change that occurs with this update is that the game will no longer require an internet connection to operate. We have been hearing about “offline” Mario Kart units for a while now so this will effectively make all of them Offline/Online capable. That is also good news for those who wanted to get a unit for their home (I know there are a few of you out there).
This update also will include new content, summed up by this image here:
For the two new courses, those have been available for Japanese MKGPDX units for a while now – here’s Pac-Man Stadium and if you want to see the Namco Circuit preview, click here. The tracks should be the same, just with certain text in English as opposed to Japanese.
The email also mentions the following:
-Team Battle Mode is being removed from the game
-Free play will be selectable
-“Other in-game performance improvements have also been made.”
The update will take about 30 minutes to download (connection dependent of course) and restart the game 3 times during the process.
Originally Namco had suggested that the game would have “five years” worth of updates but for reasons unstated at this time, that did not pan out for our version in the West. That said, it still did receive some new content, which isn’t very common for most arcade games on the market these days.
Perhaps the wind down could mean that a 4th installment is on its way although we would know for certain come February when most Japanese game makers unveil their latest arcade ideas.
What are your thoughts on this update, or Mario Kart Arcade GP DX in general?