Mario Kart 7 gets its first update in over a decade

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Update [Tue 20th Dec, 2022 03:45 GMT]: Information Miner Oatmeal clarified last week mario kart 7 update. Looks like changes have been made to the game’s networking code and there has also been an update to stop using Version 1.1 with Version 1.2.

3DS homebrew developer and moderator Mario Kart 7 PabloMK7 go into more detailed analysis (via Twitter):

I finished calculating the differences in the new Mario Kart 7 v1.2 update, here are all: Out of the more than 20000 functions of the game: – 27 functions have been changed. – 2 new functions have been added. – A minor compiler glitch is gone.

Most of the changes and added functionality are related to the network code, specifically the handling of the communication protocol between players. None of the changes add new functionality or gameplay (I can’t give more details, you’ll have to wait).

Some changes are related to the parameters sent to the server so that players running v1.1 do not pair players running v1.2 during the time the update is released, as logged in players will not be started. forced to update until they re-enter online mode.

One final change involves increasing the version number of the game when the game launches the in-game updater. This number is not used at all to check for updates, just to initiate an update, so unless the game updates again, this change will probably never be used.

Regarding the compiler glitch, there is a “-1” next to a bean-related function that is unused and deleted. The fact that “-1” is implicitly present in the code is likely a compiler glitch, and both its addition and removal is most likely unintentional.

original story [Wed 14th Dec, 2022 03:05 GMT]: Unexpected news, excellent 3DS game mario kart 7 today was updated for the second time ever. Well, even though it was released in 2011, Nintendo randomly released a new patch for the game with Version 1.2.

According to the official patch notes, several issues have been addressed to improve the overall experience. This update follows the previous update (Version 1.1) in May 2012. Here is the full patch note history for this game, including updates a decade apart:

Version 1.2 (Release December 13, 2022)


Several issues have been resolved to improve the gameplay experience.

Version 1.1 (Release May 15, 2012)

  • An update has been provided to remove the shortcut exploit in Wuhu ring, Maka Wuhuand Bowser Castle 1 tracks as they are played in Online Multiplayer Mode.
  • An update is required to play the game’s Online Multiplayer Mode. However, tracks in Single Player and Local Multiplayer will not be affected by this update. Players can continue to play in these modes without installing updates.

Dataminer OatmealDome suggested this patch could fix certain security vulnerabilities. Nintendo has released similar patches for a number of older Switch games in recent times.

In somewhat related news, last week Nintendo updated Luxury Mario Kart 8 with DLC Wave 3. It adds two more cups and eight more items to the game. You can learn more about it in Our recent Nintendo Life coverage.


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