Mario Kart Arcade GP(マリオカート アーケードグランプリ,Mario Kāto Ākēdo Guran Puri?) is an arcade-only iteration of Nintendo's Mario Kart series, developed by Namco. Designed for the Triforce arcade board (also used for F-Zero AX), players can race as one of eleven characters on twenty-four tracks. On certain machines, for an additional fee, a player's data can be saved on a magnetic card which can be inserted into the machine again later to retain unlocked items and records. Nintendo's limited role of development was mainly isolated to ensuring that it was a worthy title for the established franchise.
This game's arcade cabinet houses a camera that will take a photograph of the player's face. The photo can be customized and then will be displayed above the player's character during multiplayer races.
Characters indicated in gray are secret characters that are unlocked through specific means, and are thus not initially available until some criterion is met. This table also includes characters from the sequels.
There are a total of six stages, with four tracks in each for a grand total of twenty-four. After a track is completed, the player must insert additional credits to continue the game, even if first place is achieved. After finishing all four races from each stage, a "challenge game" comes up, in which the player is required to complete a certain task; each of them requires the player to drive to a goal under a certain amount of time while under a certain condition, such as driving backwards through a field of banana peels.
When a player hits one of the item boxes scattered throughout the tracks, the player is given one of the three selected items chosen at the start of a race. Mario Kart Arcade GP features items new and old. Unique to this game is a lock-on feature for the items.
Also unique to this game is a temporary shield that is produced while powersliding which protects players from items thrown at them by the other racers.
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 is the second game in the Mario Kart Arcade GParcade game series. The game features the "Nam Cam" camera features of its predecessor, and 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc difficulty modes, as well as new items. During the races in the Japanese version of the game, there is color commentary. It can be toggled on or off at anytime prior to starting the race. This is done by the prominent Japanese voice actor and on-screen personalityKōichi Yamadera. The playable characters are Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Waluigi, Wario, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Peach from the Mario series, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and Blinky from the Pac-Man series, and Mametchi from the Tamagotchi series.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is the third Mario Kart Arcade GP title, which was released in Japanese arcade in July 25, 2013, and in North American arcade in the end of 2013, but the game is available in all Dave & Buster's restaurants since February 16, 2014 until April 2014. The game features ten redesigned courses, as well as features introduced in Mario Kart 8 such as the gliders and underwater racing. Along with Grand Prix and Battle mode, the game introduces two new modes; Alter-Ego and Team. Alter-Ego mode uses online functionality to allow players to race against ghosts set by other players similar to Ghost Versus Battle mode in Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune series. Team mode allows two players to face against two computer-controlled opponents. Similar to Crash Tag Team Racing and elements from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, the two players can combine their karts to form a more powerful kart, with one player driving and the other serving as the gunner (similar to Lucky and Wild). The playable characters in this game are Mario, Luigi, Peach, Rosalina, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser Jr. and Donkey Kong from the Mario series, Pac-Man (using the design from Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures) from the Pac-Man series, and Don from the Taiko no Tatsujin series. The racing commentary returns in this game and this time, it is voiced by Rica Matsumoto, who also voices Ash Ketchum in the Japanese version of the Pokémon anime.