Mario Kart 7 is getting its first update in over a decade

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Update [Tue 20th Dec, 2022 03:45 GMT]: data miner Oat dome It shed some light on last week’s Mario Kart 7 update. It appears that changes have been made to the game’s network code, and there has also been an update to stop using version 1.1 with version 1.2.

Developer of 3DS homebrew and Mario Kart 7 modder Pablo Mk7 to more detailed details (via Twitter):

I’m done calculating the differences in the new Mario Kart 7 v1.2 update, here’s them all: Among the 20,000+ game functions: – 27 have changed. – Two new functions have been added. – A small translator bug disappeared.

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

Some of the changes are related to parameters sent to the server so that players running v1.1 will not match players running v1.2 during the time the update has just been released, as players who are already logged in will not need to update until they re-enter online mode.

One of the recent changes involved raising the game’s version number when the game launched the in-game update tool. This number is not used at all to check for updates, only to initiate the update, so unless the game is updated again, this change will likely never be used.

About the compiler bug, there was a “-1” next to a particle related function that wasn’t used, and it has been removed. The fact that there is “-1” in the code at all was probably a bug in the compiler, and its addition and removal were likely unintentional.

The original story [Wed 14th Dec, 2022 03:05 GMT]: In surprising news, today’s stellar 3DS title Mario Kart 7 has been updated for the second time ever. Yes, even though it was released in 2011, Nintendo randomly released a new patch for the game that brought it all the way to version 1.2.

According to the official patch notes, several issues have been addressed to improve the overall experience. This comes after a previous update (v1.1) in May 2012. Here’s the full patch notes history for this game, featuring updates ten years apart:

Version 1.2 (Released Dec 13, 2022)


Several issues have been addressed to improve the gaming experience.

Version 1.1 (Released May 15, 2012)

  • An update is provided to eliminate shortcut exploits in a Woohoo episodeAnd the for woohooAnd the Boozer Castle 1 Tracks when it is played in online multiplayer mode.
  • The update is required to run the game’s online multiplayer modes. However, tracks in single player mode and local multiplayer mode will not be affected by this update. Players can continue to play in these modes without installing the update.

Dataminer OatmealDome has suggested that this patch may fix some security exploits. Nintendo has released similar patches for a number of older Switch games recently.

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

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