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The latest iteration of Mario-Kart sees quite a big shift towards family gaming, there is something here for everyone. I have seen complete non-gamers able to launch themselves straight into Mario Kart Wii and manage to get along reasonably well with it, which is probably a first for Mario Kart. Nintendo have also managed to ensure that the more serious gamer is still well entertained and challenged at the same time thanks to some clever difficulty balancing.
There are 16 standard tracks to choose from and 16 classic tracks to try. There is also an online multiplayer option for increased longevity. In addition to this, battle mode is still here, with 3 different game types, that still never manage to be as compelling as the original SNES battle mode, but are far better here than in double dash.
The controls are fairly easy to get to grips with when using the wiimote tilt controls, and would be my recommended choice for new users. I personally prefer to play with a classic controller for closer control over drifting, an option for more advanced users. The enclosed wheel is not worth bothering with in my opinion and neither have I ever seen other players favour it after having a go with it. It is essentially just a hunk of plastic that goes around your wiimote and offers very little to the game rather than the annoyance of attaching and detaching and then finding somewhere to store it!
The inclusion of some old tracks from previous incarnations of Mario Kart is a very welcome addition, although I am a little disappointed at the choice of tracks here given the huge variety that could've been chosen from. However, this is a minor complaint because all of the tracks here do play very well and fit the modernised gameplay well.
Overall, this is a great game that is far better played in groups and caters for a wide range of abilities. A perfect way to spend a Christmas afternoon.
Mario Kart Wii great fun for all ages, the fun never stops, this game is ok for one player with good challenges to keep the interest going but it turns into a brilliant game when played on four player mode, freinds round a few beers and a mario kart session.
The basics are simple Place your Wiimote into the plastic steering wheel takes two seconds and off you go, turn the wheel left or right, press the number 2 button to accelerate, number 1 button is to brake or reverse never get used however, perhaps reverse when stuck against a wall, firing weapons is done using the d-pad and thats it if playing in automatic mode, in manual mode there are no gears to worry about this simply refers to drifting, this is done by pressing the B button and hold as you near a corner when you see a blue flashing coming from your tyres let go for a boost or hold on until orange and you get a super boost. There are three laps of the track to complete per race, starting with easy basic ones too extremely hard.
There are fifteen weapons in total, to get these you must drive though an item box, weapons are random so its a bit of luck what you get, these are fired using the D-pad some weapons can be held behing youas protection against other players weapons.
Banana these can be fired forward or droped behind, if they are ran over the kart will skid out of control, triple banana's get dragged along behind you giving protection and can be droped one at a time.
Green shells travel in a straight line and can be aimed at someone, firing forward or backwards, these will travel around the track until they hit someone, getting triple green shells will circle your kart giving protection until fired.
Red shells these will chase the car infront until it hits them or if fired backwords they will just go straight, as with the green shells triple red ones will circle the kart.
Bob-omb is a bomb that will explode and throw every thing it a radius up in the air.
Spiny shells these will chase the first place kart and blow them up like the bomb.
Fake items these are boxes that look very similair to the item boxes but if you run into one instead of giving you a weapon it will tip your car taking your weapon away.
Dash mushrooms these come in single or triple, each one will give a power boost when used.
Gold mushroom is like the normal mushrooms but this will give you a continual boost if you keep tapping the D-pad until it runs out.
Bullet bill this will turn you into a bullet and help you catch the pack, most of the time you get these your away at the back of the race.
Blooper using this will blind the other drivers with ink making it impossible to see and avoid banana's that are lying around.
Lightning is a good one as it does three things to all fellow racers fist it spins them out of control and they loose there weapon then it shrinks them for a short period making there speed a lot less.
Super star using this will make you invincible, speed you up and give you the power to knock other racers over.
Mega mushroom this will make you big with slight spped increase also lets you crush other racers who will stay crushed for a short period and speed is decreased.
POW using this will make all other racers spin out of control, this can be avoided by flicking the controler at the correct time.
Thundercloud this gives you a good speed increase, however this wont last too long and if you dont bump into an opponent you will be hit by lightning.
Karts and bikes there are 18 karts and 18 bikes to choose from some of which will need to be unlocked, this is simply done during normal play but to get them all you will need to play into the thousands of times and play all the differant games modes. All the vehicles have differant abilities, these are speed Acceleration, Weight, Handling, Drift, Off-Road , Mini-Turbo and Drift-Type.
At the start there is 12 characters available plus you own Mii however there is another 12 to unlock.
There are six modes of play, Grand Prix, this is a one player game racing against 11 computer KartsAt the start you can only play 50cc with karts winning all 8 cups will unlock bikes in 50cc, 100 cc is the same but its bikes available and karts that need unlocked, 100cc is karts again and once completed mirror mode will be available, same tracks but now left corners are right basically mirrored.
Time trial this can be raced against a ghost racer from nintendo or race against you own time this is a 1 players game mode.
VS race this can be upto 4 players or 12 if playing online, online can be 1 or 2 players per console, quite a lot of cheats online so not so good, ofline can be played solo or in teams, this can be played with the cpu turned of or easy, normal and hard, 50cc, 100, 150 or mirror mode, weapons can also be turned off, recomended, basic or frantic.
There are 8 cups to race each of these has 4 tracks starts of really easy tracks then medium tracks and finally very difficult tracks 32 tracks in all, you get the easy 3 cups to start with and as you complete them the other cups will become unlocked one at a time.
The Mario Kart with Wii Wheel was the first game we went out and bought after buying the Wii. It was released in 2008 and is still in the top Wii games chart 4 years on! We decided to buy it as the adverts had made it look so much fun and suitable for all the family. With Christmas coming we thought it would be ideal to play as a group.
The game and Wii Wheel is presented in a white cardboard box. On the front are Mario and Luigi holding Wii Wheels with "Mario Kart" in Silver. Inside you get the game in a Wii Plastic Case with the same image. In the box is also the Wii Wheel. At the time of release the game was around £32 which included the wheel. You can now buy this set for around £29.
The Wii Wheel
The Wii Wheel is a white plastic steering wheel, which in size is just slightly bigger than a Wii remote in diameter (can now also be purchased in black). It has a compartment on the centre which holds your Wii remote. To use the wheel you have to thread the Wii remote's wrist strap through the hole and then push in the remote. Whilst the remote is in the wheel you can still access al the buttons on the front and the wheel has a hole for the 'B' button to fit though. The wheel is very light and compact which makes it easy to hold. When using the wheel it does take a while to get used to it if you have been playing racing games just holding the remote. You can be tempted to be throwing the wheel from side to side but often a little tilt or turn is enough....but then again where's the fun in that lol!
Mario Kart Game
The game has a total of 32 different tracks. You can play your way through these in many variations such as:-
In each set of races you can pick from Bikes, GoKarts, Buggy's and cars as well as some novelty options such as a pram! Each mode of transport has its strong and weak points so a fast gokart may not be ideal for a snowy track! You get to pick from you favourite Mario character and can even use you Mii's. The race options are endless where each race can give you boosts and special gifts to both help and hinder your race! When playing through the cups, the more you win the more you can unlock! With the Mario Kart game you can have up to 4 players on multiplayer games but can race against up to 11 players via Wi-Fi
The controls are easy to learn and make it easier to manoeuvre around fellow racers. You can quickly learn tricks to help you race and even shortcuts if you look closely! The graphics are excellent for the type of game this is. The game loads quickly and the menu's are straightforward and concise. Some tracks are very easy such as Mario's Raceway but other like the Gold Mine are really tasking and I end up spending more time off the track than on. But whatever track you pick you are bound to have a good laugh with family and friends. It is a very addictive and enjoyable game!
When I was growing up one of my favourite games on the Nintendo 64 was Mario Kart. In fact I used to love all of the Super Mario games but Mario Kart combined my love of Mario with my addiction to driving games. It was a fun game to play with friends as not only was the goal to win the race but also to slow down your opponents as much as possible. So not long after buying myself a Wii, I was delighted to hear that a version of Mario Kart was to be released for Nintendo's new console and not only that but that it would come with a plastic wheel to hold the remote.
An Updated Concept
With the release of a new console it was probably inevitable that a lot of the classic games from the older systems would receive an update. The principles of Mario Kart remain the same with the principle straight forward racing game accompanied by tools and tricks to try and slow down your opponents. The game still features your favourite Mario characters from the main characters Mario and Luigi to Bowser and Donkey Kong. The basics of the game have remained the same as they always were on the original Nintendo consoles.
So What Has Changed?
Well for starters the graphics have been greatly improved and that is no more evident than on the games 32 different race tracks. As well as containing a host of new tracks the game also includes the favourites from the previous Mario Kart games brought up to date with sharper colours and graphics. The tracks all look a lot sharper than they used to with much brighter colours and a lot more detail in the surroundings really enhancing the Mario Kart experience.
There are also a number of new cars and power ups to give you the upper hand over the other racers. It doesn't stop there either as the game now contains a bike if you're bored of using the Karts, the bike is also able to pull off a few stunts. Finally you also have the option of inserting your own Mii into the game to compete against the Mario characters. I've only done this a couple of times, but the Mii migrates into the game well and looks just like any of the other in game characters.
Playing The Game
Just like I've found with previous Mario Kart's this game is fun playing against the computer but it gets a 100 times better when you start playing with friends. I've found that the novelty soon wears off when playing ordinary races against the computer. It is fun for half an hour or so but it soon loses its appeal as each level becomes quite similar as your race against the clock. The real appeal of this game is in its multiplayer aspects.
The game can accommodate 4 players on one Wii or can be played by 12 people over the internet. It makes the races a lot more random than they become against the computer. The majority of the time we play with 4 players on one console as this is far easier. The screen splits in 4 giving each player a section to view and race against each other. Even with the screen splitting the graphics stay very sharp and the game doesn't suffer any lag. This, we have found is the best way to play the game as it makes it the most entertaining racing between the 4 of us and 8 computer controlled cars.
I've often found the problem with the online method of the game that there are those players who are far too good. It's still quite fun but there are, like all online games, too many people playing who are at the highest level and seem to win the races no matter what you do. It is still quite fun but given the level of some of the players, just like with the majority of online games, it is almost impossible to win any races.
There are a couple of methods for controlling the game, the main one is using the nun chuck and Wii remote. There are also a couple of keypads that also work with the game. My preferred method and in fact the only one I've tried with this game is the Wii Wheel.
The wheel, which comes as part of the Mario Kart package is a solid plastic approx. 21cm's in diameter in the shape of a car steering wheel. The remote clips into the centre of the wheel with the trigger lining up with a button on the back, which is used to fire the special weapons. It is very light weight and easy to manoeuvre around. It makes playing the game much more realistic and in fact over the other control options is probably the easiest method to use.
With the way the wheel is made it is very robust and certainly wouldn't break easily. It is really just another of the Wii's gimmicks, but it's one that I feel really adds to the experience of playing Mario Kart Wii.
A Game For Friends
The real appeal of Mario Kart Wii is to play the game with friends. As a standalone game it is good and does hold your attention for a short time, but once you start a competition with a few friends the game takes on a whole new dimension. The single player is good but this is a game that's all about the multiplayer options. The Wii wheel adds another dimension to and makes it really easy to control your car, far easier I'm told than using the standard remote without a wheel. The game and wheel retail for £28.98 on amazon, which is unbelievable for a game that was released in 2008, but I think that shows just how well made the game is. If you're looking for a good party game then this is it, the pack comes with one Wii Wheel and others can be purchased for £6.47.
Age -3 plus
A brief infatuation with Daytona USA aside, I've never much been into racing games. They just don't interest me. A million models of hyper-realistic car? Meh - but give me racetracks in shopping malls, jumps over lava pits and wandering penguins to dodge around, and you've piqued my interest. The absurd, relentlessly entertaining, occasionally painfully irritating Mario Kart franchise came to the Wii in 2008, and for my money it's never been better - the console's motion-sensing technology is what the game's been waiting for, and it's wonderfully realised here.
The franchise has been around since 1992 in various, and what's nice about the game - one of many, many praiseworthy aspects - is the fact that it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel - wheels. Any of them. The game's recognisably Mario Kart, and plays gleeful homage to its predecessors, reprising and reinventing tracks, characters and little touches here and there, making this feel very much like a natural progression of the series. At times, you could well be playing any one of the previous games - in the best possible way.
That said, it's the touches that set this installment apart from those that have gone before that make it what it is. The most striking difference is the wheel that comes bundled with every game - it's just a piece of moulded plastic, but combined with the Wii remote, it makes the world of difference to gameplay. The remote slots into the centre of the wheel and you're off - the buttons control acceleration and braking as well as deployment of weapons, while your movements are transferred with acute accuracy to the screen. Being able to control the races this way is something that really transforms Mario Kart, and makes this enormous fun.
With 16 tracks included in the game, there's great depth to the gameplay as well. The challenge is well-pitched, and the way in which the unlockables are scattered throughout the game works perfectly - you'll quickly spring loose a few of the game's secrets, uncovering new tracks and characters, but to fully reveal the game's mysteries, you'll need to work pretty hard. Performing well on the latter tracks requires no little skill, and it's in pursuing these objectives that the longevity of the games is found.
While many of the tracks are familiar, the benefits of the Wii's graphical capabilities make quite a difference to them - some, such as the Mario/Luigi Raceways could well come out of the N64 game, but the more unusual environments; namely the desert, snowy and especially the autumnal circuits look great on this platform. The little touches - deep snowdrifts and flurries of crispy leaves - are beautifully rendered, and on a big screen, the whole thing comes together fantastically, with impressive frame rates and colourful, well-designed courses.
What else is new? Bikes feature in the game for the first time, making a difference to the feel of the ride - you can corner more swiftly and pull wheelies that give you a boost of speed but diminish your control of your vehicle. New power-ups are included, such as the bittersweet Lightening weapon, which increases your speed for a time before zapping and shrinking you - tactical use can enable you to harness its benefits before shunting the drawbacks off onto another player.
There are drawbacks to the game as a whole - namely, the power-ups. While fun, certainly, they can be a little unbalanced and excessively random, which becomes a real annoyance in multi-player games. Lead the race and you'll pick up a series of near-useless weapons, while those bumbling along at the pack will rack up a horde of tricks like the Bullet, which whips you automatically up the track at great speed. There's a lot of merit to this - in theory - preventing the weaker players from getting too drubbed or anyone else from running away with it, but it's too imbalanced. Although the randomness and unpredictability is part of Mario Kart, it almost works out the other way around - it's too predictable. You can routinely be winning, driving a perfect race and you'll get hit by so many weapons you'll develop a persecution complex by the third lap.
This is, though, a fairly minor grumble - this isn't super-realistic racing simulation, and getting pegged by a roaming turtle shell inches from the finishing line and stumbled in ninth is part and parcel of the experience. The variety of play modes, the extensive range of tracks, characters and objectives, the wonderfully intuitive, pick-up-and-play nature of the game - these are all spot-on, and the game is the sum of its wonderful parts. If only every racing game had giant caterpillars roaming haphazardly around the course and parts of the track collapsing into lava.
My family and I bought Mariokart Wii as a game that all the family could play! We bought it for around £35 which we thought was a great price, it has since been reduced. Obviously to use the game and the wheel you need to have the wii remotes and the Nintendo Wii console to play it on. The wheel is a great piece of technology which allows the remote to slot in the middle of it in order to create the wifi wii connection.
The game is designed for any skill level and can played by adults and children without a doubt. You begin the game by selected the character you would like to play with. Mario Kart Wii features 24 selectable Nintendo characters to choose from. There is also a wide number of course to choose from and this is the part I liked the most. With different difficulty levels you fall in love with different courses and learn how to do tricks and stunts along the way! Your can also play tactically against your fellow players by leaving them objects that they will bump into and slow them down in someway. My favourite was to leave a banana behind for them to slip on!
The number of players involved in the game depends on how many remotes and wheels you have, so if you have a couple you can get all the family involved! There is also opportunities to play single player and play other games instead of participating in races! The only downfall I feel I should mention is that occasionly the wii remote can just miss one of you moves and therefore it doesnt appear on the screen. This can cause a bit of nuiscence as a person trying to beat a competiter can be left behind through no fault of there own! Other than that though, I would say the game is well worth buying and really brings the family together!
I don't usually play games like Mario Karts as I tend to find them too childish and not challenging enough but on the odd occasion it can be great fun, especially when you have little ones running around and people who just can't play games (like my Mum).
Here is where, at least at the time, the Wii was novel, you played this game but turning the wheel (Wiimote), this of course results in a different and much more interactive experience than playing a similar kind of game on the PS3 or 360. Personally I do like being able to steer like this, although I feel that the sensitivity of the Wiimotes means that you aren't in as much control as you would like and luckily, at least for kids, driving ability is real life is not reflective on the Maria Kart Tracks. Being a Wii game the graphics aren't supposed to be fantastic but they are actually not too bad.
During the course of a race you will have the chance to pick up weapons, much like in Wipeout and Blur on the PS3, however you will find that in this game the weapons are very much geared towards keeping everyone close together, so that if you are at or near the back you will get a bullet pick up that allows you to fly fast through the air whilst if you are at the front you might get a couple of bananas. The weapon system is good and it is easy to fire forwards or backwards and it is useful for rubbish people however if like me you are super duper competitive you might not like the fact that someone can beat you by picking up the right thing which can mean skill isn't always the leading factor for a race win. However on my most recent playing session I won 7 out of 8 races with the other race being a fraction of a second behind the winner after a late attack on me, I guess this shows that for a regular gamer it is easy however for the less experienced it can be a challenge as my other ½ failed to finish above 6th and lost a lot of the above races.
One thing I really like about this game and I think more so than most others is the tracks, not the layout as such but the interactivity that you do not see in most other racing games because they are trying to be serious. I love that you can fall into water or lava, that you can be squashed by things from above or that something from the side of the track can attack you; I guess I think that all of this adds to the fun side of the game which is exactly what they are aiming for. The tracks do also progress so that at the start they are simple and fairly easy but towards the end it can take a few attempts to win.
Ok so there is not much choice, basically there are karts that are easy or hard to control where the top speed with differ and there are bikes where the top speed tends to be faster but I struggle to control them, my advice would just be go with the standard kart and you should be able to win.
In this mode you have to play through the different tracks and you are also forced to use the bike, I like the way that this works and it is nice to have to unlock more tracks and characters which you can then use in multi-player mode. I wouldn't say this has massive longevity and I was bored of it relatively quickly and this is probably because the incentive of unlocking more tracks has disappeared after a short time.
This is where I feel this game excels, I have played this game with many many people and all of them have liked it, even the Mrs was having a good time and a laugh despite not being so good and it is just a fun game, you can just do a race against everyone (12 in total and 1-4 players) or you can do a team race where you are split into teams and the one with the most points at the end wins, this is a nice touch for those people who aren't so good as you can still win overall.
A great game, especially for the kids, I think that what is lacks in graphics and seriousness it makes up for in fun and general pick up and play, sure I am not going to sit there and play it for hours but at Christmas and other get togethers it is a good game to lighten the mood and get everyone together. It is also worth noting that you can get a wheel add-on to shove the remote in, I can't say I think this makes it any easy and would recommend not bothering with it.
such a laugh. racing game with all the classic super mario bros characters. multiplayer or single player available.
single player mode. first choose you character - all of which are well known from super mario bros. each character has different skills from acceleration to speed etc. decide which one is the best one for you. next choose your car. some look impressive and some are just plain funny (like the baby buggy for toad).
now you pick your race. the more races you complete in first place the more race tracks you can unlock.
oh and there is the extra bonus that when you hit the boxes on the race track you get extra items which hinder or stop your oponents as you go.
multiplayer mode. race against friends or the computer or both or online to friends who also have this game and an internet connection. any tracks opened in the single player mode are now available in the mutliplayer mode. choose your character, choose your car and off you go may the best player win.
as you improve you can get extra speed boosts by power sliding and high jumps but this does take time and practice and i still havent mastered it fully yet (much to the kids amusement)
very playable and to me far more fun with a group than in single player mode. definitely a must have for any super mario bros fans. love bowser, yoshi and toad the most. only downside is i cannot play it for too long as some of the tracks are very bright and i find it can make my eyes hurt after a while trying to concentrate on where to go next. the kids dont seem to have this problem. very fun to play but sooooooo frustrating when you get just before the finish line and someone gets you and you lose. the controller is very responsive - the slightest movement moves the character on screen.
you can buy a steering wheel which the children find very useful but i couldnt get to grips with. i far preferred holding the wii controller on its side than using the steering wheel
value for money?
i would say definitely yes
Mario Kart Wii. Nintendo Wii
** Mario Kart Wii **
Mario Kart was originally released way back in 1992 on Nintendo's SNES console. I was lucky enough as a child to own this console and also the original game and being a huge fan of Mario Kart this made Mario Kart Wii a must have purchase!
** Mario Kart Wii - The Game **
Mario Kart Wii is as it sounds a kart racing game on the Nintendo Wii in which you compete in a wide variety of races to win points and trophies.
Upon inserting the game and going past the usual adverts and Wii remote strap advisory screen you will need to create your Mii's driving licence. Your driving licence will be your starting point every time you play and it also shows you what Grand Prix's you have won and which position you came, I find this very handy for quick reference to see which races I need to retake. From the driving licence screen you will need to choose which type of race you want to take part in:
Grand Prix: This is single player only and you will be racing for trophies against 11 other computer characters. For each trophy you will take part in 4 different races and you will be awarded points for your position in each race, at the end of the four races these points are combined to give your overall position and if you are good enough you will win either a gold, silver or bronze trophy. However winning these races isn't a simple case of racing around the circuits because around the courses there are randomly places item boxes, these boxes will contain items which will either help you, attack other players or place items on the track for other players to collide with. The items include bananas, exploding item boxes, speed boosts, green and red shells for firing at other players and invincibility amongst other things. Competing in Grand Prix mode will unlock new characters, vehicles and cups to compete for. The Grand Prix can be played in three different speed classes, 50cc karts only, 100cc karts and bikes or 150cc karts only. There are a total of 32 tracks split into 8 sections for 8 different trophies.
Time Trial: This is as it sounds, complete the circuit in as fast a time as possible. Your fastest time gets saved as ghost data so the next time you race the circuit you will be racing your ghost.
Battle Mode: This mode is split into two sections, Coin Runners and Balloon Battle. In both modes you are split randomly into two teams, red and blue and you will race around different arenas. In Coin Runners you are competing for coins and your team must collect more coins than the other, this sounds simple, however there are item boxes randomly placed around for you to attack the other team with and make them drop their coins. Balloon Battle is pretty much the same as coin runners but without the coins, instead you have three balloons over your characters head and you need to basically drive around attacking the other team, each time a character is hit they will loose a balloon and the other team will earn a point, the winning team is the one with the most points when the timer runs out.
After choosing your game mode you will need to choose which character to play as. When you first start playing you will have a choice of 12 characters including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser. There are another 12 unlockable characters and also the option of using your Mii avatar. You will also need to choose which vehicle you are racing in, depending on the mode and class you have chosen will depend on whether you can choose from classic karts, bikes or racing style cars.
Mario Kart can also be played online using the Nintendo Wifi connection. Using the online connection you can choose if you want to play against players Worldwide, Continental or Friends. In online mode you can play either Grand Prix mode or Battle Modes. In these modes you have a skill level, when you first play online your skill level is 5000 points, this increases and decreases depending on your performance. I find online to be very addictive and I often sit playing and saying "just one more, just one more" and the just one more easily turns into ten more!
The sound in the game is catchy and addictive in the usual Nintendo way, with a different tune for each circuit. The graphics are great, really smooth and nice bright colours... a big step up from the original SNES version of the game.
The controls are very simple, the wii remote can be used on its own or it can be slipped into the steering wheel accessory which comes bundled with the game. The remote is held horizontally and simply turned to the sides to turn corners, after collecting items you can press either B or the D-pad to use the item.
I bought this game for £25.99 including the steering wheel in Blockbuster about 18 months ago and it is still retailing for around the same price at the moment.
** My Experience and Opinion **
I absolutely love this game, it is great for both parties and individual playing. This is another game that I have spent many endless nights playing and I still haven't managed to unlock all of the characters or vehicles! I love to play online aswell as this gives the game a much more competitive edge. So... Mario Kart Wii... Highly Recommended for all ages!
When Mario Kart Wii was released, I was a little optimistic at how well it would do, especially on a "next-gen" gaming system. However, my optimism was gone faster than the speeding turtle shells I was launching at my rivals when I played it for the first time.
To make the experience easier to visualise and also use, a Wii Wheel had been bundled with the game. I actually prefer using the wheel as opposed to the controller on it's own, however, there are a wide variety of ways to play the game - it even accepts Gamecube controllers! Whilst it was made of plastic, the wheel is very sturdy and doesn't feel cheap or thin.
Onto the actual gameplay, and it's business as usual - the same logistics have been used from the previous installments, but with better graphics, new levels and the all important motion controls. It's as easy as turning the wheel left to go left, right to go right and hold the 2 button to accelerate - it all felt very natural and was extremely easy to learn - I was racing like a pro in under 5 minutes. Online play has also been included, further adding to the replayability of the game.
It's a game best played with other people - whilst a 1 player option is present, it's far more entertaining with more people (up to 4 players or 2 players online). It's great stress relief, being able to make your rivals explode or to sabotage their efforts.
The graphics are an improvement over the older games, but still have the characteristic Nintendo-esqe feel, not attempting to chase reality like other games on the PS3 or Xbox 360.
The music is also good as well, always cheerful and bubbly in their tone. The range of levels is great, especially with the option to play levels from older games. Despite this, I still believe that a track editor would have been a nice addition.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Absolutely - and with the ability to race your friends, I would certainly have to challenge him/her to a drive-off!
I loved this game from the moment I got it. Playing with friends is great fun as I tend to always beat them, haha, and the added dimension of an interactive wii remote that understands tilting is excellent rather than button bashing! I would suggest getting another wheel as its just an unfair advantage for one player to have the wheel as they are sure to win! Nowadays you can get the wheel case in even the 99p store so they are not pricey in the slightest.
If you have owned the other series of Mario Kart whether on the the Nintendo DS or Gameboy Advance SPs, you will see the same levels crop up on this game so you will sneakily know your maps very well!
What I love most are the funny weapons you can inflict on your friends such as slippy bananas and shrinking rays. You can play against the computer but it is so much more fun to play multiplayer with the family... online can be daunting because you cannot brag that much about your skill until you have played the real mean contenders who will have no qualms about shrinking you when you are 1st in line to winning... truly heartbreaking.
The game screams of Nintendo magickery as its very colourful and feels quite retro even though on a modern platform, for this reason it is quite a unisex game as there is a character to please everyone from Princess Peaches to Donkey Kong.
As in all the rest of the series, you have to race 3 laps to gain points and unlock new maps.
As in all of similar games, you have to race 3 laps to gain points and unlock new stages and fitting the wheel case is quite self explanatory.
I could even recommend this game for kids as it is very family friendly.
I brought this game as I enjoyed the Mario games as a child and I was not disappointed! There are multi player and single games with lots of levels so you'll not get bored! The game itse;f is easy to set up and play, I am not very technical and manage to use the game.
This game is good fun to play with people of all ages, I have played this with small children, teenagers, friends and grandparents and they have all enjoyed the game and managed to get to grips with the controls. The controls for this game are easier than they are for game cube in my opinion.
Playing with the steering wheel makes the game feel more interactive and you feel more involved however I do find that some of the remotes sensitivity is comprimsied using it and I personally prefer just to play with the remote.
This game is worth the money and is good clean fun for all the family- will make you smile and frustrate you in equal measures!
I remeber playing with Mario and Luigi on my Gameboy and gamecube! One of the reasons I brought a Wii is because I prefer the games you can buy such as mario Kart! I find games on the xbox very manly and dull! The Wii provides which are much more fun and for the whole family!
I was given Mario Kart as a birthday present and was thrilled with it! The steering wheel is a great little addition and makes you picture driving the kart easier, it also adds to the excitment!
I'm not sure how much was paid for it, but i think roughly £36 at the time! so it was a bit pricey (as are all games). You can play up to 4 players with this, and it's a lot clearer if you have a bigger TV as you can see where you are going!
There are lots of different tracks and courses you can play, some are pretty damn hard! The aim of the games is to race around the course (usually 3/4 laps i think) and win the race! You can pick up spinning boxes on the way round to help you win the race to crash the other components such as a red turtle shell (which will crash the person in front of you), or a lightening bolt which will make all the other cars smaller and slower so you can over take them.
Its a great game for all ages and easy for kids to play. You can purchase extra steering wheels, but I dont see the need as it's simple enough to just hold the wii remote and turn it like a wheel!
Overall, I think this is a great game and a must if you have a wii and love mario! It will keep you entertained for hours!
I first got mario kart when i brought the wii and it came with it. It was a game that as soon as we got it we thought was child friendly but also suitable for adult ( Ish ) people.
When we got it out of the box we loved the look af the wheel. It looked proffessionally made and sleek. It was easy to hold and easy to put the wii remote into. It really makes the game easy and intuitive to play.
That leads me onto the actual game. The simple concept of driving around a virtual racing track trying to beat other human and or computer controlled players has been perfectly augmented with the item boxes. These boxes randomly give you an item, how powerfull the item is depends on how you are in the race at that moment. The graphics are absolutely fantastic and the absence of any storyline what so ever means you dont feel a need to stop playing and the online feature means that you can do just this.
I found this a great game and i give it a 5 * * * * *
For me, this game is everything the WIii should be. Like all games on the Wii the graphics are below average in comparison to the other consoles, but for me that's not important. The Wii is all about it's gameplay and this game is the pinnacle of that. Mario Kart uses your control as the steering wheel. The steering Wheel provided is basically just a plastic frame in the shape of wheel, and is not essential to the game, therefore you can play without it, but i suppose it just adds a bit of realism. The gameplay is simple and can be easily picked up by people of all ages. The race's are fast and entertaining. They take place on wide array of tracks all with crazy features and obstacles. Like other Mario games you pick up boxes and rewards during the race that either help you or hinder others, such as shells or banana's . Fans of the Mario series will be glad to hear that all of the regular characters are on this game. You can also race in a series of different type's of vehicles. Solo play on this game would soon become boring. This game isn't designed to be played alone, and is a great laugh with all of your friends and family. Up to four of you can race at one time on a split screen. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best game's for Wii around.