Review by horror_spooky
With every single Nintendo system, one can expect a Mario Kart game. It's honestly one of the reasons people buy the new Nintendo system time after time, to play the latest entry in the greatest kart racing series ever made. Mario Kart Wii stands tall as the best game in the series so far.
Mario Kart Wii doesn't necessarily have the most exciting cast of racers, but it does have a few interesting unlockable racers on the roster that boosts replayability. The tracks are the real star of this game, with Mario Kart Wii adding a ton of high quality tracks along with remade versions of fan-favorite tracks from previous games that look absolutely fantastic on Wii.
I was surprised at how good looking Mario Kart Wii is, with beautiful backgrounds that feature eye-popping colors, wonderfully rendered character models, a framerate that never skips a beat, and an incredibly pleasing art style all around. It hits all the right nostalgic notes while also bringing Mario Kart Wii to a new generation with better graphics, track design, and sound design.
The game can be controlled using the motion controls of the Wii remotes, but it can also be controlled in a variety of other ways. Personally, I found the motion controls to be the best way to control the game. It takes some practice, but once mastered, the motion controls offer the most precise way to control the game. The d-pad is used to fire off items, and this works really well in conjunction with the motion controls. Many games fall in a trap of relying too much on the motion, but since Mario Kart Wii allows players to control the game in any way they want, it manages to avoid these pitfalls with grace.
Numerous game modes are available. Players can go through the cups to unlock more tracks and characters, plus beat time trials and the like. But the real fun comes from the multiplayer modes. Mario Kart Wii supports split-screen online for up to two players, plus four players can play split-screen offline.
There are a variety of options with multiplayer. Players can play on teams or go it individually. The Grand Prix races can be mix and matched with any four tracks from any of the different cups that have been unlocked. Balloon and Coin Battle isn't all that fun or exciting, but that is mainly because we've seen this mode done already in Mario Kart DS and it was better.
In more ways than one, Mario Kart Wii is the ultimate Mario Kart game. It collects the best tracks in series history together in one place, featuring tracks from the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, GameCube, Nintendo 64, and Super Nintendo. It offers brand new ways to experience Mario Kart, including new vehicles and an addicting online multiplayer mode. Mario Kart Wii is one of the best games on the system and easily the best game in the series.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Mario Kart Wii (w/ Racing Wheel) (US, 04/27/08)
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