Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Mario Kart (Wii)
Mario Kart (Wii)
Member Name: m_illie
Mario Kart (Wii)
Advantages: Fun, good handling, great for people of all ages
Disadvantages: Somewhat boring Battle mode as the maps are a little bland
Mario Kart is a game I have always played on various consoles from the Nintendo 360, GameCube and now the Wii. It has consistently been lots of fun for people of all ages, which is something I have first-hand experience with seeing as I first played it at around 4 years old with my older brother.
Mario Kart is a racing game developed by Nintendo. It was released on the Wii in 2008 but I only recently got myself a copy of the game as I was pretty late to jump on the Wii console bandwagon. There are a variety of vehicles (both karts and bikes) to choose from which are designed specifically according to each character to suit their look and personality.
Single player is split into 3 classes:
50cc (karts only)
150cc (karts and bikes)
It is possible to play up to 12 player matches as well to go online and play against people all over the world provided you have the internet connected to your Wii console.
As far as the gameplay itself goes, there is nothing to fault. It is sleek, streamlines and easy to maneuver. The basic controls are the 1 and 2 buttons which control acceleration and deceleration. The right and left buttons control weapons and boosts that you are able to propel from your vehicle to hinder your opponents. There's definitely an increase in tactical possibilities: the drift simplification reduces its place as a pro-tool, offering a slight speed boost when used off jumps - means you'll always be on the hunt for ramps and slopes, assessing any advantages out-of-the-way objects might offer. As well as this you can buy a steering wheel called a Wii Wheel which you insert your Wii remote into and turn to steer the kart/bike.
The game modes include:
- Grand Prix, which is where the player (you) races against 11 computer-controlled players on a pre-loaded set of 4 tracks.
- Time Trials, in which the player races alone or against a "ghost" (which is the 'personal best' achieved on that particular track be it from you, another player on the console or an already pre-recorded staff ghost) for the best time.
- Vs, which has the same basic concept as Grand Prix except that you can choose the tracks you race on, the level of difficulty and can customise with other unlocked goods.
- Battle is which consists of 2 different modes, Balloon Battle or Coin Runners. In Battles, the objective is to obtain items that are scattered across the stage and hit the opposing team with them. This is a great addition as it makes a nice change from racing but still retains the basic concept of the game.
Further, a new feature called "Tricks" or "Stunts" is now a part of gameplay. Flicking the Wii Wheel or Wii Remote while on take-off will cause the character to perform stunts in mid-air, allowing the player to obtain a small speed boost upon landing. This is perhaps my favourite trick as it provides a similar boost to the one you get from driving over a speed booster with the addition of a show-boating animation where your character do an aerial trick.
The tracks available include retro ones from previous consoles (ones I enjoyed back then as well as now).
The Wii cups are: Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup, and Special Cup. (These are the new courses that haven't appeared on past mario karts).
The Retro Cups are: Shell Cup, Banana Cup, Leaf Cup, and Lightning Cup.
The tracks are cleverly designed and attractive to look at. As with all Mario games, there is an abundance of creativity and interest everywhere including conveyor belts, collapsing tracks, white water rapids or billowing treetop bridges.
Overall, this is an excellent game with loads of variety and lots of fun to be had. People of all ages can enjoy it and it is challenging as much as it is easy to handle and get to grips with. Although it may not be the best of the Mario games (due to a somewhat lacking battle mode that is a little boring compared to the rest of the game) it is certainly not the worst and there is definitely much more than good. A great game with some genuinely great aspects, well worth the money.
Summary: A good game but perhaps not the most challenging for older players, lots of fun for the whole family
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