Review by redmario217

Reviewed: 12/02/09

Mario Kart Wii looks amazing, and it is one of my favorite.

In 2008, a month after Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a new racing game from Nintendo has released called Mario Kart Wii. With all of the Mario Kart games were released on a different platforms and handhelds, this Wii version is among the best racing game of all time.

Features: 9/10
Mario Kart Wii features the same predecessors as the previous Mario Kart games with some new ones. There are 12 characters to choose from (12 unlock-able characters); there are 24 characters total. Each character has 3 vehicles and bikes to choose from (2 unlock-able vehicles and bikes); there are 5 vehicles and bikes total. It features four license files, include the user data, his/her Mii (you will need to create your Mii on the Mii Channel), nickname, Friend Code, and a table containing all categories and cups with an empty space. Inside a file, it features Grand Prix (for one-player only), Time Trial (for one-player only), Versus (for 1-4 players; up to 12 on-line) and Battle (for 1-4 players; up to 12 on-line). In the Mario Kart Channel, it features Ghost Race and Tournament (both for one-player only). Grand Prix and Versus feature 4 levels (50 cc, 100 cc, 150 cc, and Mirror) and 4 regular cups (Mushroom, Flower, Star, and Special) and 4 retro cups (Shell, Banana, Leaf, and Lightning). Each cup contains four courses; each of them unique and different. Battle features 2 tracks (Wii and retro); each track contains 4 courses. Time Trial features ghosts; Normal Staff Ghosts are very different in each course, and beating one of them will unlock an Expert Staff Ghosts and some unlock-able characters. Online Wi-Fi Connection made a return from Mario Kart DS; it features Tournament Mode, normal race in Versus, and a normal Battle. It also features up to 12 players on-line. These features are come in handy, but there are excellent to keep you playing for more. The single-player and multiplayer are much better than the other racing game. The on-line is not that bad and less lagging than Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Gameplay: 10/10
The gameplay is over-the-top perfect, especially on two of the five controllers. Five controllers are support: Wii Remote, Wii Wheel (the main feature of the game), Wii Remote + Nun-chunk, Classic Controller, and Gamecube controller. Like Brawl, the Classic and Gamecube are my best choice to play perfectly, while the Wii Wheel, Wii Remote, and Nun-chuck are kind of okay but less playable. 12 players are racing for first place in three laps, and items (both old and new) are very helpful. The steering, or turning, is great to drift (either Manual or Automatic). The controls are stay the same, but still enjoyable.

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics for this game are top-notch. New courses are so marvelous to look at, while retro courses look brand-new to me. The colors are very bright, and the backgrounds are very surprisingly nice.

Sounds/Music: 9/10
The sounds and music are very interesting to remember. The sound effects are amazing, especially on the item roulette. The music in this game is brilliant. From Luigi and Mario Circuit to Maple Treeway, it has everything to remember. Retro music is very memorable from the original Mario to the Mario Kart games.

Replay: 9/10
The replay is absolutely excellent. The multiplayer and on-line are good enough to play with your friends and some randomly gamers. Battle mode would keep you playing for more hours to come.

Overall: Mario Kart Wii is a fun multiplayer racing game. With excellent features, perfect gameplay, top-notch graphics, and brilliant music, I'll recommend a buy, either from the store or on-line. Either way, it is my second favorite Wii game of all time.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Product Release: Mario Kart Wii (w/ Racing Wheel) (US, 04/27/08)

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