Mario Kart 7 on a New Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 7 on a New Nintendo 3DS

Back in 2019, I attended the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. While I was there, I picked up all the handheld Mario Kart games that came out over the years since I skipped over them when they were initially released. So I got Mario Kart Super Circuit, Mario Kart DS, and Mario Kart 7. I planned to play Mario Kart 7 first, but it already had existing save data on the game card.

There were no data reset options in the menus, though there were in the earlier released Mario Kart DS. Also, the printed manual that comes with the game doesn’t even tell you how to reset the data. Instead, you need to launch the digital manual on your 3DS. I never even knew there was such a thing as a digital manual! I don’t want to make this data reset post a recurring theme here, but I thought others might find this helpful.

You can delete your save data by pressing and holding A + B + X + Y simultaneously after starting the software, when the Mario Kart 7 logo is displayed.

Mario Kart 7 Digital Manual
The Mario Kart 7 Digital Manual

Anyway, I got the data to reset and started the game over. It’s taken me nearly two years (on and off), but I finally fought through the hand cramps and 3-starred every cup in all four classes, 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, and Mirror.

What is your all-time favorite Mario Kart game or course? I’m interested to hear.