Game: "Mario Kart Wii"
System: Wii
Genre: Racing
Published by: Nintendo

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 5/20/2008

Review: Alright, now THIS is the Mario Kart I've been waiting for all these years. Finally, a Mario Kart game with online play. Ok, granted the Mario Kart DS game had online play too, but I generally like playing long online games on a screen that's larger than my head. And speaking of the online play, it's fan-friggin-tastic. I've been playing a lot o' games with my friends back on the East Coast over the past few days and I was really surprised at just how flawless the game was online. There's simply no discernible lag while you're playing online against friends (up to 12 at once) and you'd think you were playing a local game it moves so smoothly. Definitely a nice surprise since Nintendo has been lagging (no pun intended) on getting their shit together when it comes to online gaming.

Now, I have to say that Mario Kart DS was my absolute favorite game in the series when it came out. I really didn't think they'd be able to improve on the game, but it seems as though they have. I'm sure you've all heard about how it comes with the Wii Wheel, right? I was surprised to discover that the wheel isn't gimmicky at all and I actually prefer it over the standard controllers. It just seems to have the perfect amount of control and feels completely natural after you've played the game for a lil' while.

In addition to the wheel, there are now motorcycles in the game and they're a blast to use... especially when drifting around a corner or popping a wheelie for a speed boost. There's a nice variety of tracks in the game too, 16 new ones and 16 remakes of levels from all of the previous Mario Kart installments. And yes, Rainbow Road is still like some twisted Technicolor hell, but it's a fun hell to drive on (or in many cases, fall off of).

For those not wanting the standard race, the battle modes are just as enjoyable as ever with all the balloon popping goodness you'd come to expect from Mario Kart, but I really dig the new "Coin Runner" game. In this particular battle mode, whoever has collected more coins when the 3-minute timer expires wins, but during the game you can shoot your opponent and knock the coins out of his kart. Good times.

As usual, there are plenty of unlockable characters and karts/motorbikes in the game, and I'm personally looking forward to using Drybones again. The one thing the game is missing is an unlockable R.O.B. character like they had on the DS version. I'd gladly trade in "Funky Kong" or "Rosalina" for my favorite classic NES robotic operating buddy. But that's just a minor complaint in an otherwise stellar game. If you own a Wii, this had damn well better be in your collection.

Oh, and in case any of you want to know, my Mario Kart Wii online friend code is:

I'll do my best to add any friend codes that you guys post in this thread!

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

May 20th, 2008, 06:34 AM
My friend just dropped some serious jack on this game. He bought the Wii, the game, 4 wheels... and he only just go t started, so I should get to try this for myself really soon.
plastic bag
May 20th, 2008, 01:14 PM
friend code 5284-1808-1853 . . . excuse my rude name in advance

i haven't played online very much yet, tryin' to get a bit better so i don't get my ass handed to me all the time. overall i'm lovin' the game though
May 20th, 2008, 05:43 PM
I find the steering a little too touchy with the wheel, maybe i'm not used to it yet, my friend owns this game, I however do not
May 20th, 2008, 06:24 PM
Agreed, Wii need's more R.O.B.
Itsa me!
May 20th, 2008, 06:58 PM
I don't have it yet (I haven't got around to buying it), but I don't get why they had to add Baby Daisy.
May 20th, 2008, 11:04 PM
Hah, this weekend I went to a local videogame store trying to make the decision of which next-gen console to get. I got the Xbox 360 tough, despite the very fact that Mario Kart for Wii had me really tempted (it is the only game next to Goldeneye and Ocarina of Time that I really enjoyed on Nintendo 64). I have to say that I got some real nice games for my brand new console. Splinter Cell: Doulbe Agent, Assasin's Creed and Devil May Cry 4 have been my first shots.
Forum Virgin
May 20th, 2008, 11:43 PM
Friend code: 2664-2749-5201 (Hector)

Oh that's so cool. If we can match just once, that'll make my day. I also race as Drybones (and the wiiwheel), so I guess that's the perfect setup for one epic ride which, I hope, will inspire Vince McMahon for John Cena's next action flick (why not?).
The Goddamned Batman
May 21st, 2008, 12:26 AM
I think this is a fun game, but I think the Game Cube version is better because of the two riders per kart. The ability to hold one weapon in reserve allowed for a little bit of strategy which is totally lacking from this game (plus the character specific items could not be beat). All too often I have gone from 1st place to 12th in just a few short seconds because I didn't have the right item at the right time, and was unable to do anything about an attack (a problem which was much less common in the Game Cube version). I do like the motorcycles though and some of the new tracks are fucking AWESOME.

I still need to get you my friend code. :O
Forum Virgin
May 21st, 2008, 06:17 AM
I bought a wii mainly to play Mario Kart with some friends who I just moved away from, but none of the deadbeats has it or has signed up a friend code yet. I like to pretend you're my friend, so here's my code:

Forum Virgin
May 21st, 2008, 05:49 PM

I liked the wheel at first, but I decided to give the GCN controller a go, and found that it played a lot better than the wheel.
Top Pale Force Assassin
May 21st, 2008, 08:15 PM
I picked this one up too, and I liked it for the most part. Like you and some of the other people, I use dry bones a lot. I like his clicking sounds.
the thing that bugs me is that you can so easily switch from first place to really far back. And it's always right before Iget the finish line. I have dubbed this the "Blue Shell of Death" syndrome.
it's context sensitive!
May 23rd, 2008, 08:48 PM
Ya well, I love this game and all and have 100% wheel but 150cc is really hard I gotta warn ya, while playing it I have insulted my fair share of fictional characters (god damn toad thinks he's so great. Oh and friend code 1418-7273-0566
Forum Virgin
May 24th, 2008, 01:33 AM
Can't get enough of that rainbow road!
frappez le cochon rouge
May 24th, 2008, 01:10 PM
I don't like the fact that there's absolutely no skill involved in the game. That irritates me.
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opener of pickle jars
May 24th, 2008, 06:15 PM
RoG, I want to fall off Rainbow Road with you.

Mario Kart FC: 4253 3887 9944
Wii Console #: 7740 5564 0378 9697
grants but one wish
May 25th, 2008, 01:54 AM
well, i thought the original was good, but now their just flogging the dead horse
May 26th, 2008, 09:13 PM
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May 26th, 2008, 09:42 PM
Funky Kong?
Dooooh there's ONE more secret racer I had left ONE MORE! D:
Jesus Christ, I got this game 17 days before you USAers did and I still haven't beaten the final Mirror cup with Gold, only with silver -.-"
Ace game though I must say.
Itsa me!
May 27th, 2008, 08:22 PM
I just got it today. It is amazing! The only complaints are that the computers get more uber items in the earlier difficulties than in the past games and the Wii Wheel will fuck up your turning sometimes. Aside from that, awesome.
Cartoonist extraordinaire
May 28th, 2008, 06:19 PM
Friend Code: 4038-7035-0388