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The Official Mario Kart Wii Thread
Japan: April 10 2008
North America: April 28 2008
Europe: April 11 2008
Australia: April 24 2008
Mario Kart Wii will be released in Europe soon (April 11th to be precise) and I thought I would be a good idea to create a thread for the game. Plus it helps keep everything neat and tidy around the forums.
To start off, here\'s a bit of info on the new game. I say a bit, but it\'s actually quite a lot.
One of the most important aspect in a racing game are the controls. So to kick things off, Mario Kart Wii uses five different control schemes. Players can use, the Wii Wheel, the Wii-mote tilted on its side, the Wii-mote and Nunchuck together, the Gamecube controller or the Classic controller. The Wii Wheel works similar to Excite Truck and is said to work pretty well.
You may have also noticed bikes have been included in this Mario Kart. The bikes are apparently much more manoeuvrable than the karts. You can shake the Wii-mote to perform a wheelie, giving you a short boost afterwards.
Powersliding will also be making a welcome return, this time using a different method. Players start the slide up by hitting the B button, but instead of hitting the control stick in the opposite direction, it now builds up over the time you perform your slide.
A new trick system has also been added to the game. These give small speed boosts, if performed correctly.
Multiplayer wise, Mario Kart Wii looks to be the best online Wii game so far, but let\'s not forget about the local multiplayer modes, which includes up to 4 players split-screen. There\'s also 2 player split-screen, in which you can both race online.
The single player online experience looks to be great, with up to 12 players being able to race, from around the world. A new Mario Kart Wii Channel will also support the games online experience. Players can monitor their ranking against other players, access and share ghost data with each other and also join in races that have already started.
Unfortunately, the online doesn\'t feature voice chat or text chat, but relies on predetermined text before a race.
Here are a list of the confirmed characters so far:
There are 32 tracks confirmed for the game. Some of the new tracks have been revealed, as well as some of the classic tracks. Ten battle stages have also been confirmed.
New Tracks (16/16)
Moo Moo Meadows
Wario\'s Gold Mine
Dry Dry Ruins
Classic Tracks (16/16)
Peach Beach (GC)
Yoshi Falls (DS)
Ghost Valley 2 (SNES)
Mario Raceway (N64)
Sherbet Land (N64)
Shy Guy Beach (GBA)
Delfino Square (DS)
Waluigi Stadium (GC)
Desert Hills (DS)
Bowser Castle 3 (GBA)
DK\'s Jungle Parkway (N64)
Mario Circuit (GC)
Mario Circuit (SNES)
Peach Gardens (DS)
DK Mountain (GC)
Bowser\'s Castle (N64)
Lots of the original weapons have made a return, but some new weapons have been revealed too, they include:
Triple Green Shell
Triple Red Shell
Triple Banana Peel
That\'s all the info for now, but if there\'s anything else, feel free to PM me and I\'ll add it to the post. Other than that, discuss anything related with the game in this thread.