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Dry Bones Kart 7 is the seventh installment in the Dry Bones Kart series released for the 3DS. It came out on May 10, 2014 for Japan, May 11, 2014 for Europe, May 24, 2014 for North America, and May 27, 2014 for Australia. It introduces bikes and stunts. Like every previous installment, Dry Bones Kart 7 has 12 racers per race.

Gameplay

The game plays similarly to the previous Dry Bones Kart installments: using items scattered around the track, players and computer-controlled opponents must race around the track, avoiding obstacles and items gained from Item Boxes to win. Depending on the game mode, various different things can be won:


  • In Classic GP and Grand Prix mode, players win points that go towards their total. The racer with the highest total at the end of the cup, wins.
  • In Time Trials mode, players must race against time for the fastest possible outcome. They can do this alone ("1TT"), with others locally ("LTT") or against ghosts of the highest ranked on the Online Leaderboards ("OlTT").
  • Depending on the battle mode, players can win differently. Each time, players' scores get tallied, allowing for tournament or versus-style challenges.

Grand Prix

In Grand Prix mode, players must race in a cup of their choice, containing four cups. Points are awarded depending on the places that the player places in, and the person with the largest number of points at the end of all four races, wins. This is the mode where almost everything is unlocked.

This mode can not be played with two or more players.

Time Trials

Players race against time on a course of their choice. Racing against no one, or a ghost (of a "staff ghost" - Nintendo employee, another player on the same system, or an "expert staff ghost" - another Nintendo employee). Beating the normal "staff ghost" by more than 7 seconds, will unlock the expert staff ghost for that course.

Versus

Versus Mode is a returning mode from previous installments of the series. Like in Mario Kart Wii, Versus Mode is the main playable mode for multiplayer, and includes the ability to customise the races in various ways, being able to choose how tough the computers are, should there even be computers, the number of laps, the number of computers, should hazards be on, the items that can be obtained (either balanced, strategic, aggressive or none, though there is a custom option as well), Classic Versus mode and Elimination Mode.

Battle Mode

Battle Mode, a somewhat popular game mode present in all incarnations of Dry Bones Kart, returns in Dry Bones Kart Wii, and introduces a new game type to choose from. Both battle modes are won in teams.

Balloon Battle

In Balloon Blast, racers must use items to pop the balloons of the other racers. Popping a balloon earns the team/person a point. The higher the number of points one has, the less common rare items become. Additionally, the Lightning Bolt - only available to people with 0 points - will pop on balloon from everyone, and acts as the "Golden Snitch" of the game. Getting all of your balloons popped will result in the person popping the final balloon getting 2 points instead of one, and the racer will respawn with three new ones.

Coin Runners

In Coin Runners, racers must race around the battle arena collecting coins. Hitting other players will result in them losing half of their coins, with them either spilling out of them, or flying away to respawn somewhere else on the map. In the beginning of the game, there are 50 coins that are spawned, meaning the most coins a person/team can get is 50. The number of coins is totalled for the entire team in team battles.

Items

The percentage of items refers only to standard 12 racer matches. For less than 12 racer matches, data for rarity of items is subtracted from the middle of the group (i.e. if there are nine players, fourth, fifth and sixth place do not exist in the data). For online 24 player matches, the rarity of items is doubled up (i.e. first and second share the data for first, third and fourth of second, etc.).

Many classic items make a return in Dry Bones Kart 7, including the POW Block and the Lightning Cloud from Dry Bones Kart Wii. The game introduces four new items; the Fire Flower, the Spiny Bombshell, the Super Leaf, and the Lucky Seven. The Mega Mushroom from Dry Bones Kart Wii is absent from the game. The Blue Spiny Shell from previous installments is also absent as an item, along with Boo and the POW Question Block. Similar to its predecessors, players receive items by driving through an Item Box found on courses. When players drive through an Item Box, the Item Roulette will select an item. In addition to Item Boxes, Coins can be found on the track. Players can collect the coins by driving through them. Picking up a coin increases a player's top speed. If players collect ten coins, their kart is at maximum speed and cannot gain additional coins. Players lose coins if they get hit by an item or fall in a pit. Collecting a certain amount of coins unlocks vehicle parts to select them in the vehicle's customization menu. Also, unlike in its predecessor, the item warning sound will only play if a Spiny Bombshell or a Bullet Bill is approaching.

One prominent change to the classic items is that the Fake Item Box is now able to block shells again, after being unable to do this in Dry Bones Kart: Double Dash!! to Dry Bones Kart Wii.

Image Name Description
DS Raccoon Leaf - Mario Kart Wii Super Leaf
New Item
Gives the player's kart a tail that can be used to deflect items, knock over opponents and collect coins. The tail will disappear after a moment or if the player is hurt.
Lucky7 Lucky 7
New Item
Generates seven items (Bob-omb, Mushroom, Star, Blooper, Green Shell, Red Shell, and a Banana) that circle around the player for them to use.
SpinyBombshellKK Spiny Bombshell
New Item
Flies to and targets the racer in first place, flying over all other karts in its path. Once finding its target, it will circle over the kart and dive forward, throwing the player upwards off the ground, leaving him itemless. It is much easier to dodge than the Blue Spiny Shell from previous installments.
POWBlock POW Block A POW Block appears onscreen and causes any racer ahead of the user to spin out and drop their items. Players who use a Mega Mushroom, Bullet Bill, or Super Star will not be affected by the POW Block. The POW Block will not affect the players who are in mid-air. Players who deploy the wheelie button get a milder version of the effect.

Characters

Many characters return from previous installments. There are also 4 new characters: Dark Bones, Cheepskipper, Buzzy Beetle, and Spiny.

Default Characters

Lightweight Characters:
Dry Bones NSKB
Dry Bones
StarStar
Dark Bones New Render by Pokerninja2
Dark Bones
StarStar
Buster Beetle SM3DW
Buster Beetle
Star
BuzzyBeetle
Buzzy Beetle
Star
Spiny2
Spiny
Star
Baby Thunder Rosalina
Baby Thunder Rosalina
StarStar
Baby Thunder Peach
Baby Thunder Peach
StarStar
Baby Thunder Daisy
Baby Thunder Daisy
StarStar
Lakithunder NSMBDIY
Lakithunder
Star
Hammer Bro. - New Super Koopa Bros
Hammer Bro.
Star
200px-Koopa
Koopa Troopa
StarStar
Red Lakitu MK7
Lakitu
Star
Red Koopa!
Red Koopa Troopa
StarStar
Yellow Koopa
Yellow Koopa Troopa
StarStar
Blue Koopa!
Blue Koopa Troopa
StarStar
Luc-Paratroopa
Paratroopa
StarStar
Green Paratroopa!
Green Paratroopa
StarStar
Yellow Paratroopa
Yellow Paratroopa
StarStar
Blue Paratroopa
Blue Paratroopa
StarStar
Lemmy Koopa 3D
Lemmy Koopa
Star
Wendy O Koopa 3D
Wendy O. Koopa
StarStar
Middleweight Characters:
KoopaKid-MiniBowser
Koopa Kid
StarStarStar
MetalMarioMK7Solo
Metal Mario
StarStarStar
Pink Gold Peach
Pink Gold Peach
StarStar
600px-Blooper
Blooper
StarStar
Monty Tank
Monty Tank
StarStarStar
Iggy Koopa
Iggy Koopa
StarStar
NSMBULarry
Larry Koopa
StarStar
Heavyweight Characters:
FunkyKongJungleClimber
Funky Kong
StarStarStarStarStar
DRYBONESBOWSER
Dry Bowser
StarStarStarStar
MP9 Big Bob-Omb
King Bob-Omb
StarStarStarStarStar
PiantaTree
Pianta
StarStarStarStarStar
CrankyKong
Cranky Kong
StarStarStar
SM3DL Boom Boom Solo Art
Boom Boom
StarStarStarStar
PunpunSolo
Pom Pom
StarStarStarStar
Bowser DBKWii
Bowser
StarStarStarStarStar
DRYBONESBOWSER
Dry Bowser
StarStarStarStarStar
508px-MP8Wario
Wario
StarStarStarStar
Waluigi DBKWii
Waluigi
StarStarStar
The True King Boo by evilwaluigi
King Boo
StarStarStarStar
DarkBowserSMW3D
Dark Bowser
StarStarStarStar
Ludwig Von Koopa 3D
Ludwig von Koopa
StarStarStar
Roy Koopa
Roy Koopa
StarStarStarStar
Cheppskipper
Cheepskipper
StarStarStarStarStar
Morton Koopa Jr 3D
Morton Koopa Jr.
StarStarStarStar
Other Characters:
Miis
Mii
StarStarStar

Racecourses

Nitro Courses

Mushroom - Mario Kart Wii
Mushroom Cup

Paratroopa Circuit

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Moo Moo Plains

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Mushroom Canyon

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Wet Bone's Factory

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Flower Cup

Dry Bones Circuit

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Donut Mall

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Spiny Summit

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Buster Beetle's Silver Cave

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Star
Star Cup

Lakithunder Circuit

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Chain Chomp Island

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Wiggler Forest

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Shake Shake Volcano

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Special Cup
Special Cup

Goomba Desert

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Bullet Bill City

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Bowser's Castle

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Rainbow Road

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Retro Courses

Green Shell
Shell Cup

N64 Paratroopa Raceway

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Wii Mushroom Canyon

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GBA Dry Bowser Castle 1

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DS King Boo's Mansion

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Banana Peel
Banana Cup

N64 Koopa Island

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GCN Thunder Cloud Bridge

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Wii Donut Mall

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DS Buzzy Beetle Pinball

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SuperLeafMK7
Leaf Cup

SNES Choco Peninsula 2

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GCN Lakithunder Cruiser

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N64 Vanilla Island

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Wii Wiggler Forest

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Lightning Bolt - Mario Kart 7
Lightning Cup

Wii Chain Chomp Island

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GCN Dinosaur Jungle

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DS Airship Forest

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SNES Rainbow Spaceway

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