Thursday, July 26, 2012

Deets and Photos of Mario Kart 7 on Tour with Big Time Rush

Via Nintendo Press Release:
REDMOND, Wash.– (BUSINESS WIRE)– Throughout the summer, Big Time Rush—the teen music phenomenon that stars in Nickelodeon’s hit television series Big Time Rush—is working with Nintendo to offer free hands-on demos of Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS system at select stops during the band’s “Big Time Summer Tour.” After weeks of rehearsal and hours of game-play time, the band kicked off the tour on July 5 in Columbus, Ohio, and is currently traveling throughout the United States. From now until Aug. 5, attendees of select Big Time Rush concerts can visit Nintendo 3DS demo stations and experience the game’s wild Mario-themed action, multiplayer features and kart customization options firsthand.A Mario Kart 7 sampling station and mobile sampling teams will be available at participating concert venues, giving fans a unique chance to play the game, enjoy special photo opportunities and compete for prizes. Fans will also be able to download Mii characters based on the members of Big Time Rush—Kendall, Logan, James and Carlos. Additionally, fans who bring their own Nintendo 3DS systems to the concerts will be able to wirelessly access content for Nintendo 3DS via Nintendo Zone hotspots. Additionally, viewers can currently see Big Time Rush in the television ad campaign for Mario Kart 7.

“Big Time Rush fans will discover a new kind of rush when they tear up the track with Mario,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The frenetic fun of Mario Kart 7 makes a great match with the band’s energetic music. The chance to get hands-on with Nintendo 3DS will make each of these concerts even more memorable for attendees, whether they’re experienced gamers or newcomers.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to take Mario Kart 7 out on the road for our tour this summer,” said Big Time Rush. “We are all huge Nintendo fans and our new partnership provides a cool way to share the fun of Nintendo 3DS with people all over the country.”

Mario Kart 7 is the latest installment in Nintendo’s fan-favorite racing franchise, loaded with new customizable karts, new courses and multiplayer options that let up to eight Nintendo 3DS owners race together wirelessly. Players can race as a favorite Mushroom Kingdom character or as their personal Mii character, and for the first time in the series, they can race not only on land but also underwater or in the air. The game also makes use of the unique capabilities of Nintendo 3DS with access to StreetPass and SpotPass* content and the ability to play in full 3D without the need for special glasses.

Mario Kart 7 demo stations will be available at the following Big Time Rush tour dates (subject to change):
  • July 25: Salt Lake City – USANA Amphitheatre Energy Solutions Arena
  • July 27: Kansas City, Mo. – Sprint Center
  • July 28: Minneapolis – Target Center
  • July 29: Indianapolis – Klipsch Music Center
  • July 31: Clarkston, Mich. – DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • Aug. 1: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – Blossom Music Center
  • Aug. 3: Louisville, Ky. – KFC Yum! Center
  • Aug. 4: Tinley Park, Ill. – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
  • Aug. 5: Burgettstown, Pa. – First Niagara Pavilion
The launch of the hit Big Time Rush series on Nickelodeon drew 6.8 million viewers, making it the most watched live-action series premiere in the network’s history. Now in its third season, Big Time Rush—which follows four best friends from Minnesota who trade in their hockey sticks for music superstardom in Los Angeles—averages 3.6 million total viewers per episode (+2 percent, over season one).

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For more information about Mario Kart 7, visit Additional information about Big Time Rush, including tour details and music videos, can be found at

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