Nintendo: Mario Kart 3DS completed as "act of emergency"

Metroid Prime developer rushed in to help.

Nintendo considered completing Mario Kart 7 on 3DS by the end of this year "an act of emergency", the game's producer has admitted.

Mario Kart 7 initially started life as an internal project staffed by eight people, producer Hideki Konno revealed in a new Iwata Asks interview (via NeoGAF).

But several production designers were moved to work on 3DS launch title Nintendogs + Cats to ensure that game was ready for the handheld's release line-up.

Nintendo eventually called on the services of Metroid Prime Trilogy and Donkey Kong Country developer Retro Studios to make sure Mario Kart 7 was finished this year.

Nintendo previously stated Retro had helped design a Donkey Kong Country-themed course. It now appears Retro worked on revamping the game's entire 16 classic courses line-up, leaving Nintendo's team free to create the game's roster of 16 fresh tracks.

Mario Kart 7 is released next Friday in Europe. Alongside last week's Super Mario 3D Land, the two Nintendo titles are the company's big hopes of securing strong Christmas sales for its fledgling handheld.

Live-action Mario Kart 7 3DS trailer

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