Japan's respected Famitsu magazine has slapped a 37/40 score on the end of its Mario Kart 7 review.
The magazine, which has each of its four reviewers individually score games out of 10, ended up with the verdicts 10/9/9/9.
"The game's made so you're always able to stage a comeback, making it approachable and enjoyable for anyone," noted one reviewer (translation via 1Up).
"Competing for time is also exciting, and there's more than enough room for hardcore play here. The Community feature makes netplay a lot more accessible than before, and finding opponents via Street Pass is also impressive. It's really exciting to think how the community's going to unfold," they said.
Another reviewer noted: "There are a lot of changes here, but play it and it's definitely still Mario Kart," for those worried about the series going off on a tangent.
"That goes to show how complete a game it's become. It's accessible enough that even new players can enjoy it, and when you get into it, you really get into it," they said.
Other reviews of note in the issue were The King of Fighters XIII score of 34/40 (8/9/8/9), Tekken Hybrid's 33/40 (9/8/8/8) and Assassin's Creed: Revelations' 37/40 (10/10/9/8).
Mario Kart 7 out on December 2 in UK and two days later in US. Check out recent gameplay footage here.