We're big fans of Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS over at Blueprint: Review (we're big fans of all the Mario Kart games to be honest) so we're rather excited that Nintendo UK have opened up an official Mario Kart tournament!
It operates through a Facebook page you can find here:
There are separate tournaments for England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland as well as separate male and female tournaments in each of these regionals (why?).
The communities open today so you'll want to join them as soon as you can to be part of the tournament and be in with a chance of winning.
Speaking of which, the two best players from each community will be invited to participate in the grand final in Birmingham and all finalists will receive a Shell Cup, a copy of ghost-grabbing thriller, Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon upon release and a goody bag. A goody bag and a Shell Cup will be presented to those finishing in 3rd place in each community.
If you get through to the Birmingham finals, the prizes are:
Third prize - every upcoming new Nintendo-published title for Nintendo 3DS for 1 year (starting November 2012)
Second prize - as above plus the Special Cup
First prize - as third plus the spectacular Leaf Cup Trophy
So exciting stuff! If you've got the game, head over to the page now. If not, buy it now!