|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Nintendo||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: April 27, 2008||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|
July 16, 2007 - With the words "Start your engines," the Nintendo representative, Reggie Fils-Aime stated that the Wii will be receiving the famous Mario Kart treatment. We all know Mario Kart is one of the many definite money makers of Nintendo, aside from other franchises like Mario Party and Super Smash Bros.
The showcasing of Mario Kart Wii is looking just as promising as always for Nintendo fans. During the conference at E3 the Nintendo representative seemed pretty confident about the new features released for the Wii iteration of Mario Kart.
Let's get straight to the icing on the cake! It was boldly stated that the Mario Kart Wii will be burning rubber online starting the first quarter of next year! This is something gamers have been wanting for a very long time and it looks like Nintendo heard their plea. Now you can race with other people all around the world and see who the true Mario Kart king is. Those statements quickly lead into the newest feature to the Mario Kart series, Online Multi-Player Battle Mode. Yes, you read correctly. You can now go against multiple people in a battle mode. Finally, I can give Bowser the credit he deserves in the online community. Naturally everyone is wondering how many people will online battle support, but this question was quickly met with the Nintendo rep saying, "Well just stay tuned." So at this point there is no telling how many people will be able to shell toss online together at a given time. Yet, we all know Nintendo is the guru of fun and innovative gaming so personally I'm resting easy.
As the trailer played out there were no signs of the Mario Kart double dash feature. Hopefully this isn't something Nintendo overlooked. The double dash feature would certainly increase the playability of the online battle mode feature. The graphics certainly have a sharper look to them with an almost glossy tint. It is not a big leap from the GameCube graphics but great nonetheless. Several of the main characters were on display including Mario, Baby Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad and Yoshi.
Before the conclusion of the Mario Kart conference, something else new was revealed that would change the way the game was played; A custom Wii Wheel that is going to make its debut with Mario Kart Wii. It looks noticeably smaller than an actual car wheel but has a Wii-mote placed firmly in its center horizontally and one trigger button on the back, just across from a hand strap. The Nintendo rep stated the Wii Wheel is going to, not only, make for a new Mario Kart experience but will level the playing field for newcomers who want to challenge veterans. Keep a look out for this game first quarter next year.
CCC Freelance Writer