Nintendo Co. this week released Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS to U.S. retail.

Mario Kart 7 includes new characters like Lakitu and Metal Mario, and offers an optional first-person driving mode controlled by the gyro-sensor.

The final game includes customizable karts, local wireless matches, and online races.

Nintendo in Nov. said sales for the Nintendo 3DS increased 325 percent during Black Friday week compared to the week prior.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 1.65 million units in the U.S. to date.

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