By Maria Montoro
April 19, 2008 - We're just a week away from one of the biggest releases of the year, and we're excited! That's right, folks, Mario Kart Wii is almost here! Of course, if you're reading this from the other side of the globe, you probably got your hands on the game by now…but so did we, and we're here to tell you all about it!
We're just a week away from one of the biggest releases of the year, and we're excited! That's right, folks, Mario Kart Wii is almost here! Of course, if you're reading this from the other side of the globe, you probably got your hands on the game by now…but so did we, and we're here to tell you all about it!
Nintendo is celebrating the release of the popular kart game with the fun "Mario Kart Wii Driving School Tour." It started in San Diego on April 4th and will go all the way to New Jersey on May 17th and 18th. Luckily for CheatCC, they just stopped by Denver, CO and invited us to attend the event and test the new Mario Kart Wii with our own hands. Finally!
The event is open to the public in several cities across America, so don't forget to check below and see if you'll be one of the lucky ones that get a Mario Kart Driver's License.
A tour bus and a big tent make up the provisional Mario Kart headquarters. They're both full of TV screens, Wii remotes, Wii-wheels, and of course, lots of Wiis. The driving instructors, complete with Mario and Luigi hats and overalls, will teach you how to make the best out of every kart race.
After getting your full hands-on experience, the instructors will grant you an authentic and shiny Mario Kart Driver License. Don't believe it? Check out what we got!
So what did we think about Mario Kart Wii, now that we finally got our hands on it?
First of all, it's Mario Kart, so it had to be good. We really enjoyed racing through the new and old-school tracks, showing off by performing tricks with the karts and motorcycles, and throwing red shells at the others while inadvertently letting out our diabolic laugh.
The visuals look better than on Double Dash, but they're not remarkably superior. Some of the new courses are really fun and exciting, like the Coconut Mall, Wario's Gold Mine or the Mushroom Gorge. One of the most important and innovative aspects of the game is the jumps. Similar to the turbo jumps in Excite Truck, you'll have to shake the controller slightly right before launching off a ramp; this will give you a nice power boost. Using this to your advantage and learning the new drifting techniques properly will help you win the race.