When it comes to video game release dates, you can usually count on two things -- games are usually released on a Thursday (because that's the day most people get paid) and Nintendo Australia usually experiences some lag compared to the release overseas. With Mario Kart 7, however, Nintendo is breaking all the rules...
Firstly, Nintendo is releasing the game on a Saturday. I literally can't remember the last time a game was released on a Saturday. Bizarre.
But perhaps more interestingly, Mario Kart 7 is being released on December 3. That's only two days after Japan, a day after Europe, and a day before the US.
It's a strange release date to say the least. It's possible that, with the date being so close to Christmas, Nintendo is banking on customers impulse buying the game as presents for their loved ones whilst doing Christmas shopping on a Saturday. It's also possible that Nintendo is doing their level best to avoid the problems it had with the Ocarina of Time's release.
Regardless of the reasons, it's good news for Australians -- we're getting a game on time from Nintendo!