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Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

Bandai Namco said that Mario Kart Arcade GP DX would be receiving annual updates when the game was first announced. This has held true in Japan, and the overseas version has now received its first update as well.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX version 1.04 EX brings about a number of new elements. This includes new characters Metal Mario and Rosalina, mirror modes of all tracks, a new title screen, new vehicles and power ups, and improved drifting mechanics.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX’s new version features three levels of boost based on the length of your drift. Drifting now provides a boost at the end similar to the Mario Kart console games.

The Japanese version of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX most recently added an online cross-site vs. location. It’s speculated that this will be available in the next annual update here in the west.


Don-chan from popular arcade series Taiko No Tatsujin is joining the cast of Mario characters in the latest arcade iteration of the popular kart racing franchise. Additionally, a co-op mode is making a return to the series with a bit of a twist – The mode must be played from the perspective of a tank. ‘Fusion karts’ see players go into the co-op mode with one player driving the tank and the other shooting shells.


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is currently playable at Dave & Busters locations throughout the US. As of now, it appears to be the only place in the US where you can play the title. You can find some English footage above and a commercial highlighting Mario Kart Arcade GP DX below.

Thanks to Brandon for the tip.


Rosalina has been confirmed for Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, and you can see her in action through the screenshots above. The images also show the game’s support for character variations like “Ice Luigi”.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX looks to be getting another character. A Japanese magazine scan apparently reveals that Rosalina will be joining the arcade racer through an upcoming update. It’s unclear if Rosalina would be playable, though we’d certainly hope so.


Mario Kart Arcade GP DX has been around in Japan for several months. In just a little while, the game will be making its way to the west.

Arcade Heroes has confirmed that Namco Bandai will be making Mario Kart Arcade GP DX available outside of Japan for Winter 2013. At the moment, it’s being showcased at the IAAPA 2013 trade show in Florida.