New tracks, new racers (including Miis), new rides and
12-player racing via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection makes for the ultimate Mario
With all the new additions, don’t expect Mario Kart Wii
to skimp on the details. All your favourite Mario Kart franchise features
return, such as classic tracks, cup modes, battles, boosts and ghost data. Mario
Kart Wii isn’t an update – it’s a breakthrough!
Similar to Mario Kart DS, players will be able to take
full advantage of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. You’ll be able to race against up
to 11 other players from around the world in massive online races or race
against your friends. You can create rooms for friends to join and even text
chat while you’re waiting for other racers. The online function of Mario Kart
Wii also lets you join a friend’s race in action and be a spectator until the
next course launches.
When you’re not going full-throttle toward the finish
line, you can see how you stack up against others in the Mario Kart Channel.
Here, your best times on tracks are compared to other racers from around the
world. You can also see which characters and control methods were used to record
this time. See someone with a better time than yours? The Mario Kart Channel
also lets you download their ghost data to your Wii and race against the best!
The other massive expansion to come to the Mario Kart
franchise is the addition of a new type of vehicle: bikes! Although bikes have
fewer wheels than karts, they have a different set of advantages. On a bike, you
can pop a wheelie, which can make you go faster but also makes you vulnerable to
other racers and environmental effects. Plus, bikes and karts can launch into
the air from certain boost ramps, and once in the air, you can perform special
tricks to gain a boost when you hit the ground.