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Mario Kart with Wii Wheel - Wii Remote Not Included (Wii)
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Mario Kart with Wii Wheel - Wii Remote Not Included (Wii)
Advantages: Addictive and long lasting fun!
Disadvantages: too addictive!
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!
Summary: A highly addictive game that is great for all ages
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