Arcades may have long faded from their prominence in much of the world, but that isn’t stopping Nintendo and Namco Bandai. The two publishers are once again teaming up to develop a new Mario Kart game, titled Mario Kart: Arcade GP DX, for Japanese arcades. Due later this year, the game will make its debut in just two weeks time at the Japan Amusement Expo.
GP DX looks to be standard Mario Kart fare, and appears to include some of the franchise’s newer concepts, including the glider mechanics first introduced in Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS. The game also appears to include some sort of camera system to display racer’s faces in various ways. According to translations provided by members of NeoGAF, other modes listed by Namco Bandai include a single-player Grand Prix mode, two-player Co-op, “Clone Battle” mode and a competitive mode, which will support up to four players.
Could latest iteration of the Mario Kart arcade series (the third, to be precise) hitting this year also be a signal that Namco Bandai is working on Mario Kart for Wii U? Nintendo certainly is pursuing more partnerships these days (see, well, Namco Bandai leading development on Super Smash Bros.). Either way, we won’t have to wait long to find out. Mario Kart is due to debut in playable form for the home console at E3 2013.