Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Super Mario Kart for now and forever?
Mario Kart (Wii)
Member Name: cheekychops83
Mario Kart (Wii)
Advantages: So much fun
Disadvantages: None that I can think of
There are some things which transcend themselves from one generation to the next without any diminished credit, unblemished and as though they have been living the dream, as still as good today as they always were. You have bands like U2, shows such as Friends and even comedy acts like Morecambe and Wise. For years this game has been around and yet it shows no signs of wear and tear. Like famous artists or those comedy acts that continue to perform It is still fresh. The game continues to give pleasure to thousands of gamers and those part time players who just simply want a bit of fun. It is a game that is synonymous with Nintendo, its a trademark of theirs and almost every time there is a new console released if this game fails then so would Nintendo.
So why is this game so popular? How come many young children would have been writing it down on their Santa list? Why did it provide us with so much enjoyment being played by my brother, my girlfriend and my girlfriends dad? I hope to answer at least some of these questions in this review.
The first Mario Kart game was released in 1987 and everyone who was in the gaming industry had to play catch up from there. The cheeky characters, fun game play and competition made it an enjoyable game to play. There were other games too like Zelda but this one encapsulated what the consoles was all about. Just have a good time. No blood, no gore just a good family experience.
This Nintendo Maro Kart game on the Wii has really changed much from the original. Looking around the living room at on Christmas day seeing the different age groups of people playing it with smiles on their faces I noticed It had still had the same features. You pick a character, you pick a car you drive it. There are added features such as the battles, the various difficulties in the tracks and the fact you can now use the Nintendo steering wheel to help you around the courses but the principles are still the same.
There is also a bit more skill and tactics involved because you can tailor the car you pick to the course that you are going to be on. So for example you may find yourself on a tight bendy road which may mean you want to pick a car with more handling. Or for example there maybe courses with long straights so you could make the choice of having a Kart with better straight line speed and acceleration. This element adds a little more too the previous versions and means that you can try different karts out. You can also unlock different tracks the more skilled you become. It makes the whole game last longer and prevents any tedium setting in too quickly through the constant game play.
The game up until May this year had sold 28 million copies world wide in fact it sold 300,000 copies just in Japan on its first day of release. You know exactly what you are going to get with this game. I am one of those millions of people I have to say it is my all time favourite. I know there is a call of duty phenomenon on and various other big named titles that attempt to steel the limelight on other consoles but you cannot beat this in my opinion.
I see no reason why this game cannot continue to be the best franchise game ever. We are at 7 so far and I am sure it continue. The quick responsive game play the fact you can pick up added boosters, the circuits are far better and challenging to what I have known before I reckon this can go on and on. My hope will be that many more younger gamers will discover it too and perhaps it can be passed on down the generations like that tradition you have at Christmas. I am unsure as to what we will be doing next year or where we will be spending Christmas Day. One thing is for sure however and that is for now many more young people and adults will be wanting this on their wish list and hoping Santa brings them the gift they want.
It remains the best game I have ever played and the new Wii Mario Kart simply does not disappoint. I cannot recommend it enough. Put away the board games at the next house party and plug this game in. Then sit back and see the happy faces. Enjoy.
Summary: Great game which will give you hours of enjoyment