Nintendo dishes nitty gritty on Mario Kart Wii

img1.jpgMario Kart Wii Fact Sheet (Nintendo)
The worldwide race is on with a whole new set of tricks, tracks and ways to play.

  • The Wii Wheel transforms the Wii Remoteâ„¢ controller into a steering wheel that feels natural in anyone’s hands, while the Wii Remote and Nunchukâ„¢ controller offer a classic control style for the Mario Kart veteran. In either configuration, players can perform speed-boosting tricks with a shake of the Wii Remote.
  • Players can race as their favorite Nintendo character, or even as themselves! Mario Kart Wii lets players race with their personalized Miiâ„¢ characters. And racers will see other Mii characters they have created cheering from the sidelines on some race courses.
  • Players can compete with up to three friends in their living room. Or challenge up to 11 opponents via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in the biggest Mario Kart race yet. All tracks and modes of play are available via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and players can visit the Mario Kart Channel to compete in tournaments, check rankings, see when their friends are playing and download ghost data.
  • Cruise new tracks and arenas or tour classic courses from Super Mario Kartâ„¢, Mario Kart® 64, Mario Kart®: Super Circuitâ„¢, Mario Kart®: Double Dash!!â„¢ and Mario Kart® DS. Tired of riding on four wheels? Bust out one of the new motorbikes for special tricks and techniques.

Game storyline: Drawing on courses and battle arenas from every game in the series – not to mention tons of new ones – the true king of the Mushroom Kingdom racing circuits will finally be crowned.

How to progress through the game: Place first in Grand Prix circuits or clear skill-based missions to open up increasingly difficult and thrilling circuits. Players can have multiplayer races on any open courses or battle in arenas.

Characters: Nintendo favorites Mario™, Luigi™, Peach™, Yoshi®, Donkey Kong®, Wario™, Bowser™ and Toad™, plus a host of new faces-including your own! Get into the game and put your Mii™ character behind the wheel.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Whether racing around an obstacle-filled track or battling in an arena, drifting and tossing items are the keys to Mario Kart success. Players can shake the Wii Remote while launching off a ramp to pull off a trick that will temporarily boost their speed. When riding a bike, players can gain additional speed by flicking the Wii Remote up and popping a wheelie.

Control: Mario Kart Wii is compatible with four different control schemes, so players can customize how they want to play:

  • Wii Remote Controller (with or without Wii Wheel): Steer by tilting the Wii Remote left and right. Or snap the Wii Remote into the Wii Wheel to transform it into a steering wheel for an intuitive, motion-based control scheme.
  • Nunchuk Controller: Steer with the Control Stick on the Nunchuk and use the Wii Remote to accelerate, perform tricks and drift.
  • Classic Controller: Mario Kart veterans can let their thumbs do the driving with the Classic Controller. However, players cannot perform certain moves with this control scheme.
  • Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ Controller: Experienced Mario Kart fans may also enjoy this familiar scheme, although some maneuvers cannot be performed.

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection: There are two options for races and battles over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection: up to 12 people via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or up to 10 people via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection with two people playing locally.

12 Responses to Nintendo dishes nitty gritty on Mario Kart Wii

  1. diegolt says:

    What’s the difference between playing it with Wiiwheel and without it?

    It’s just a piece of… plastic

  2. bOB says:

    You forgot to mention that there will be unlockable third party characters. Most notably Snake and Sonic.

  3. peshue says:

    Not being able to do certain moves is sure going to piss off all those those people that are already bitching nonstop about this game.

  4. David says:

    Actually, bOB, you should be able to download some characters with Wii Want More once Nintendo officially announces that.

    Link to April Fools joke that other sites are reporting to be true:

  5. Rushli0n says:

    Allowing 2 players locally with 10 others online is key. They should have had that with Brawl.

  6. droop4 says:

    @ Rushilion:

    actually brawl has that!

    When ur hosting a game, a second player can join locally.

  7. Robbie says:

    I want to know what moves cant be performed? Will it just be tricks off ramps do you think?

    I’m thinking that I might just stick with the Wii remote and steering wheel. I really enjoyed Excite Truck controls. It’d be nice to have more realistic input on the steering. Hell it’d be more fun!

    And I was having a look at the kotaku comments. Took about over reacting. I hate it when gamers do that. I always want to register with whicheverwebsite and just tell them all to “stop their damn whining.”

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  9. Rushli0n says:

    @ droop4

    I found that out yesterday night actually while playing against a friend… But can 2 people (locally) join someone elses hosted game? Also, I’m almost positive this doesn’t work while connecting to random people.

    According to the post, you can have 2 local players, and 10 random. That’s awesome. If I have it right, 2 local only works on Brawl if you are in a Friend’s match and you are hosting.

  10. Jack says:

    Boo hoo. Gimped GC controllers. Newsflash: You also cannot use NES, SNES or N64 controllers with a Wii console either!

    See also: Telephones no longer connect to the wall with a wire!

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