|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Konami||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 19, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
One thing that really helps out the racing initially is the framerate. This game actually runs at a very smooth clip, so following the action is very easy. However, the controls are really what make this game fun. The game features two ways to control your vehicle: Nunchuk and Classic controls.
The Nunchuk controls are fairly simple and use the thumbstick to steer and the buttons to accelerate and brake. Cards are selected and used via the Wii-mote's D-Pad and A button. This system works fairly well but sometimes it is difficult to reach the D-Pad in time to select a card and it feels a little unnatural. However, the second control option (Classic controls), is a lot more intuitive and uses the face buttons for accelerating, braking, and activating cards. The shoulder buttons are used for navigating your drawn cards, which makes for much faster selection.
One boon for both of these controls is that they both work extremely well. Although this sounds a little sarcastic, there has been such a lack of responsive control with regards to racing games on the Wii that it bears mentioning. The control style goes for the arcade approach, so pounding the accelerator and taking sharp turns is par for the course. Both control schemes are very responsive, and I had little trouble zooming around each track and throwing down my cards.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers is definitely an odd title. Just looking at it in a video game store, I would not be inclined to pick it up. However, this kart racing game is packing a lot of features under the hood, and while it certainly isn't perfect, I was very impressed both with the implementation of the card system as well as the core racing mechanics. If you are a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan you should absolutely pick this title up. Even if you're not a fan of the franchise, if you enjoy arcade or kart-style racers, you can definitely have a lot of fun with this title. The learning curve may be a little steep (no tutorial is provided), but the experience may just be worth the ride!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor