Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Mario Kart - top game for the whole family
Mario Kart (Wii)
Member Name: rackerss
Mario Kart (Wii)
Advantages: lots of ways to play, unlockables, wide variety of tracks
I'm gonna put it out there; Mario Kart is the best game ever. When I bought it for the Wii, I had never played it before, but I imagine most people have played it on some other type of Nintendo console. Either way, nothing can beat controlling an on-screen vehicle with actual driving motions. When playing driving games on other consoles I've always been laughed at by boys for turning the remote to steer the vehicle (hideous female stereotype there - but I am awful at driving games).
So Mario Kart Wii is the dream come true. The game came with a great steering wheel but for the best playing experience I'd recommend getting another steering wheel or however many people will be playing - you don't actually need them - it's just a bit of plastic - but it does make game-play a lot more fun and realistic.
The game offers three levels of play and 8 cups - four of which are retro cups with tracks from previous Mario kart games. You can play with up to four players in multiplayer mode and there's also an option to connect your Wii to the internet and play against people all over the world to build up your rating. This particular way of playing is great if you're very familiar with the tracks and can easily beat the computer - it brings a whole new challenge. There's also expert data in time trial mode which is a race against an 'expert's' time.
One of my favourite things about Mario Kart is the unlockables - there are unlockable karts, bikes, characters, cups all for just completing bits of the game well. I played on this game all summer and I've still only unlocked about 80% of the unlockables!
The actual races are three laps of a track and last around 2 or 3 minutes, but all tracks vary. In grand prix mode you play against 11 other characters. There's power up boxes along the tracks which give you offensive or defensive advantages over the other characters, but obviously all the other characters get this too so you need to avoid their attacks!
The game is really suitable for all ages - it's very simple to play, but tricky to get very good. It's great for racing against your friends and you can end up playing for hours. The incentive of the unlockables stop it from getting samey and the online feature is really clever not to mention addictive. 5 out of 5 for this game - it's just the best!
Summary: hours of fun with this game - so much to explore
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