Mario Kart Kountdown

Mario Kart (Euro) Unboxed

2 more days to the Japanese release and 3 to the European release. Read all the interesting tidbits inside.

Mario Kart on the Wii arrives on a rather muted stage. Not long ago Super Smash Brothers Brawl was released and with so much hype following it I nearly missed noticing the next biggest Wii title of 2008. The rationale behind Nintendo releasing their first party titles in such a short span of time confounds me. Anyway, lets move on to what we can expect from Mario Kart Wii.

First of all, snaking is out. What does snaking mean? I have no idea seriously. My experiences with Mario Kart started with the SNES version which I played when I was just a primary school student. I skipped the N64 version and played the GC version at my friend’s place (rich bastard), mainly battle mode. So why the hell do I care? From what I gather, Nintendo wants to make new players comfortable by leveling the playing field so they removed this technique very much like the way they removed wave-dashing from Smash Bros. The cheers from the casuals drown the whines of the hardcores 10:1.

Loved Brawl’s online capabilities? I think the general consensus is no. For Mario Kart Wii, Nintendo stays safe once again by allowing players to chat in game from a stock number of phrases. Boring. But, I guess its a small step towards communicating online on a Wii hopefully in the near future.

Battle mode is back! And this time its bigger and better! My favourite mode in the Kart series now allows up to 12 characters at any one time. Offline players can look forward to 4 human controlled racers in a split screen and an additional 8 CPUs. Sadly, it won’t be a 12 man free-for-all, instead players are split up into 2 teams to duke it out.

Finally, the main highlight of Mario Kart Wii, the Wii Wheel. Nintendo reinvents driving peripherals by releasing a plastic housing for the Wii Remote. Like stated in a previous posting, i’m not impressed at all. Since, I cannot really say how the wheel would affect the gameplay of Mario Kart with or without the wheel remains to be seen. For now, I shall keep an open mind and look forward to getting my hands on this baby.

Read more about Mario Kart here.

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