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Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart Wii - North American Boxart
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario Kart
Release date JP April 10, 2008
KO April 30, 2009
NA April 27, 2008
EU April 11, 2008
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer, Online Gameplay
Ratings ESRB:
Everyone
CERO:
All Ages
PEGI:
Three years or older.
OFLC:
General.
Platform(s) Nintendo Wii
Manual(s) Mario Kart Wii
Input methods Wii Remote, Wii Remote+Wii Wheel, Wii Remote+Nunchuck, Classic Controller, GameCube Controller
Previous game Mario Kart DS (2005)
Next game Mario Kart 7 (2011)

Mario Kart Wii is the sixth installment in the Mario Kart series. It was released for the Wii, and comes packaged with the Wii Wheel.

It is the first game in the Mario Kart series to allow the player to drive bikes. The game allows up to four players split-screen, and allowed up to twelve player online matches using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Included in the game is a channel for the Wii Menu called the Mario Kart Channel where a player can compare their scores with other players online.

Gameplay

Wii Wheel

The Wii Wheel

The player can control the karts by using the Wii Wheel, a container for the Wii Remote which comes inside the game's box. By tilting the wheel, the player can steer. The B button on the rear of the wheel is to use items. The game can also be controlled using the Classic Controller or the GameCube Controller.

As in previous games, the player can participate in a Grand Prix, each containing four tracks in which points are gained for the player's position at the end of the race. The player must come within the top three players at the end of the Grand Prix to win a trophy.

There are 32 tracks in Mario Kart Wii. There are four sets of 'new' tracks, along with four sets of tracks which have appeared in previous titles in the Mario Kart series. Each set contains four tracks, and can be played entirely in Grand Prix mode.

A new addition to the series is motorbikes. In 100cc and 150cc, the player can participate using motorbikes. There are specific vehicles for each character. Some characters wear different costumes when driving different vehicles.

The game supports up to four players in offline multiplayer, and supported up to twelve players online using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Offline multiplayer includes Vs. and Battle modes, as in Mario Kart DS. In Vs. players can play against each other or in a team. In Battle mode, the players must play in teams. It isn't possible to unlock trophies or any other awards in multiplayer mode.

Characters

There are 24 playable characters in the game. Twelve characters can be played from the start. An extra 12 can be unlocked through the single-player mode. The player can also play as their Mii, the first game in the series which uses this feature.

Basic Lightweights

Unlockable Lightweights

Basic Mediumweights

Unlockable Mediumweights

Basic Heavyweights

Unlockable Heavyweights

  • indicates that this is a character's first appearance in the Mario Kart series

Mii

The weight of the Mii depends on its height and weight, which can be edited through the Mii Channel.

Unlocking Criteria

Character Standard Criteria Racing Criteria Wi-Fi Criteria
Baby Luigi Unlock 8 Expert Staff Ghost Data records in Time Trials Play 3,150 races Win 100 WFC Ghost races
Baby Daisy Rank 1 Star or higher in all 50cc Wii Grand Prix Cups Play 1,950 races -
Toadette Play Time Trials on all courses Play 2,550 races Win 1,000 WFC races
Dry Bones Win the 100cc Leaf Cup Play 1,050 races -
Daisy Win the 150cc Special Cup Play 2,850 races -
Birdo Play Time Trials on 16 different courses Play 1,350 races Win 250 WFC races
Diddy Kong Win the 50cc Lightning Cup Play 450 races -
Bowser Jr. Rank 1 Star or higher in all 100cc Retro Grand Prix Cups Play 3,450 races -
King Boo Win the 50cc Star Cup Play 750 races -
Rosalina Rank 1 Star or higher in all Mirror Cups Play 50 races with a Super Mario Galaxy save file, or play 4,950 races -
Funky Kong Unlock 4 Expert Staff Ghost Data records in Time Trials Play 2,250 races Win 25 WFC Ghost races
Dry Bowser Rank 1 Star or higher in all 150cc Wii Grand Prix Cups Play 4,350 races -
Mii Outfit A Win the 100cc Special Cup Play 1,650 races -
Mii Outfit B Unlock all 32 Expert Staff Ghost Data records in Time Trials Play 5,100 combined races and battles Win 5,000 WFC Ghost races

Bonuses

All of the characters in the game have their own set of bonuses that boost certain statistics for their vehicles. Units are out of 80.

Character Stat Bonuses
Character Speed Weight Acceleration Handling Drift Off-Road Mini-Turbo
Mario - 6 2 2 3 - -
Luigi 2 6 - - - - -
Peach 2 - 5 - 6 - -
Daisy 4 - - 2 - - 3
Yoshi - 3 - - 3 5 -
Birdo - 3 - - - 3 5
Diddy Kong - - 3 - 3 - 5
Bowser Jr. - - - - - 3 3
Baby Mario - 8 - 6 - - -
Baby Luigi 5 8 - - - - -
Baby Peach 3 6 3 3 - - -
Baby Daisy 5 6 - - - - 3
Toad - - 6 - 6 - -
Toadette 3 - - - - 6 -
Koopa Troopa - - - 3 - - 6
Dry Bones - - 3 - 3 - 6
Wario - 3 - - - 3 6
Waluigi - - 6 - 5 3 -
Donkey Kong - 3 2 2 - - 3
Bowser 2 5 - - 3 - -
King Boo - - - 5 - 3 -
Rosalina 3 - - 3 - - 3
Funky Kong 4 - - - - 3 -
Dry Bowser - - - - - 6 6
Small Mii 3 3 - - 3 - 3
Medium Mii 3 3 - - - 3 3
Large Mii 3 - 3 3 3 - 3

Vehicles

There are thirty-six total vehicles in the Wii installment. 18 karts, 18 bikes, each divided into the 3 weight classes, making 6 available to each character, 3 are available from the start. Each has 7 stats which are shown during character selection:

  • Speed: How high the top speed of the vehicle is.
  • Weight: How heavy a vehicle is. Bikes are usually lighter than karts.
  • Acceleration: How quickly the vehicle's top speed is achieved from a non-moving position.
  • Handling: How tight the vehicles can normally turn.
  • Drift: How tight the vehicle turns while using the drifting maneuver.
  • Off-Road: How much speed the vehicle retains when off of the track.
  • Mini-Turbo: When using the manual drift option, how effective a mini-boost will be. W
Vehicle Stats
Small Karts Speed Weight Acceleration Handling Drift Off-Road Mini-Turbo Drift-Type How to Unlock
Standard Kart S41294848514045Out-
Booster Seat27275664375459Out-
Mini Beast55322932642764Out-
Cheep Charger34246456594554OutRank 1 Star in all 50cc Retro Grand Prix Cups
Tiny Titan46354343296440OutUnlock an Expert Staff Ghost Data record in Time Trials / Win 50 WFC races
Blue Falcon60293529432429OutWin the Mirror Lightning Cup
Small Bikes Speed Weight Acceleration Handling Drift Off-Road Mini-Turbo Drift-Type How to Unlock
Standard Bike S39215151544348Out-
Bullet Bike53243235672967In-
Bit Bike25185967405662Out-
Quacker32176760624857InWin the 150cc Star Cup
Magikruiser43244545326743InPlay Time Trials on 8 different courses
Jet Bubble48274040453537InWin the Mirror Leaf Cup
Medium Karts Speed Weight Acceleration Handling Drift Off-Road Mini-Turbo Drift-Type How to Unlock
Standard Kart M46454043453540Out-
Classic Dragster37435954544051Out-
Wild Wing57512129592459Out-
Super Blooper50403537215435OutWin the 50cc Leaf Cup
Daytripper34455159324854OutWin the 150cc Leaf Cup
Sprinter64482724372124OutUnlock 24 Expert Staff Ghost Data Records in Time Trials / Win 3000 WFC races
Medium Bikes Speed Weight Acceleration Handling Drift Off-Road Mini-Turbo Drift-Type How to Unlock
Standard Bike M43374345483743Out-
Mach Bike55372432622762In-
Sugarscoot32325462355156Out-
Zip Zip41354551296245OutWin the 100cc Lightning Cup
Sneakster62402927402427InRank 1 Star in all 100cc Wii Grand Prix Cups
Dolphin Dasher48433740245637InWin the Mirror Star Cup
Large Karts Speed Weight Acceleration Handling Drift Off-Road Mini-Turbo Drift-Type How to Unlock
Standard Kart L48593740403535Out-
Offroader39644854184345Out-
Flame Flyer62591621481848Out-
Piranha Prowler55672935352927OutWin the 50cc Special Cup
Jetsetter69562117271616OutRank 1 Star in all 150cc Retro Grand Prix Cups
Honeycoupe53622729562456OutWin the 150cc Lightning Cup
Large Bikes Speed Weight Acceleration Handling Drift Off-Road Mini-Turbo Drift-Type How to Unlock
Standard Bike L46544043433737Out-
Flame Runner60541824512151In-
Wario Bike37595156214548Out-
Shooting Star50482932592759OutWin the 100cc Star Cup
Spear67562418291818InUnlock 12 Expert Staff Ghost Data records in Time Trials
Phantom43514348175640OutWin the Mirror Special Cup

Courses

There are 32 race tracks in Mario Kart Wii. Each track is part of a Grand Prix. There are eight different Grand Prix in the game, each comprising four tracks. Sixteen of these tracks are new tracks, however the last sixteen are tracks from previous games in the series.

In addition to this, there are also ten Battle Courses, with five being new courses and five from previous titles in the series.

New Courses (Nitro Grand Prix)

Mushroom Fire Flower Artwork - New Super Mario Bros Starman Picture 7
Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Luigi Circuit Mario Circuit Daisy Circuit Dry Dry Ruins
Moo Moo Meadows Coconut Mall Koopa Cape Moonview Highway
Mushroom Gorge DK Summit Maple Treeway Bowser's Castle
Toad's Factory Wario's Gold Mine Grumble Volcano Rainbow Road

Returning Courses (Retro Grand Prix)

Green Shell Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Banana (Mario Kart Wii) Leaf Artwork - Mario Kart Wii LightningBoltMK8
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
GCN Peach Beach N64 Sherbet Land DS Desert Hills SNES Mario Circuit 3
DS Yoshi Falls GBA Shy Guy Beach GBA Bowser Castle 3 DS Peach Gardens
SNES Ghost Valley 2 DS Delfino Square N64 DK's Jungle Parkway GCN DK Mountain
N64 Mario Raceway GCN Waluigi Stadium GCN Mario Circuit N64 Bowser's Castle

Staff Ghosts

Staff Ghosts are ghosts which represents the time made by the Nintendo staff. There are Normal Staff Ghosts, and Expert Staff Ghosts, which are unlocked by beating a certain time ahead of the Normal Staff Ghost.

Normal Staff Ghosts

Course Staff Name Time Character Vehicle Wii Wheel Drift
Luigi Circuit Nin★sato 01:29.670 Luigi Sprinter Yes Manual
Moo Moo Meadows Nin★YuNya 01:37.856 Baby Daisy Booster Seat Yes Auto
Mushroom Gorge Nin★Murak 02:16.110 Toadette Quacker Yes Manual
Toad's Factory Nin★Misa 02:22.480 Toad Jet Bubble Yes Manual
Mario Circuit Nin★==Kony 01:44.777 Mario Zip Zip Yes Manual
Coconut Mall Nin★♪SiMO 02:30.764 Daisy Sugarscoot No Manual
DK Summit Nin★mokke 02:34.693 Donkey Kong Standard Bike L Yes Manual
Wario's Gold Mine Nin★morimo 02:19.585 Wario Wario Bike Yes Manual
Daisy Circuit Nin★Toki 01:56.822 Daisy Daytripper No Manual
Koopa Cape Nin★Rose 03:03.022 Koopa Troopa Cheep Charger No Manual
Maple Treeway Nin★pico 02:58.633 Diddy Kong Classic Dragster Yes Manual
Grumble Volcano Nin★Gorin 02:28.237 Dry Bowser Offroader Yes Manual
Dry Dry Ruins Nin★Kei 02:30.949 Yoshi Classic Dragster Yes Manual
Moonview Highway Nin★KOZ★ 02:16.802 Peach Standard Kart M Yes Manual
Bowser's Castle Nin★YABUKI 03:04.836 Bowser Piranha Prowler No Manual
Rainbow Road Nin★Konno 03:05.895 Rosalina Shooting Star No Manual
GCN Peach Beach Nin★HIRO 01:34.233 Peach Daytripper No Manual
DS Yoshi Falls Nin★DoTak 01:16.461 Yoshi Zip Zip No Manual
SNES Ghost Valley 2 Nin★YOKO 01:06.595 King Boo Standard Kart L Yes Manual
N64 Mario Raceway Nin★Ichiro 02:14.799 Baby Mario Bit Bike Yes Manual
N64 Sherbet Land Nin★Sakat 02:48.651 Baby Luigi Quacker Yes Auto
GBA Shy Guy Beach Nin★Kato 01:45.568 Koopa Troopa Cheep Charger Yes Manual
DS Delfino Square Nin★iwaco 02:41.807 Wario Wario Bike Yes Manual
GCN Waluigi Stadium Nin★NARI★ 02:32.882 Waluigi Standard Bike L No Manual
DS Desert Hills Nin★CHIA 02:10.233 Dry Bones Standard Bike S No Manual
GBA Bowser Castle 3 Nin★Fukuda 02:58.304 Dry Bowser Standard Kart L Yes Manual
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway Nin★Matt 02:58.264 Donkey Kong Phantom Yes Auto
GCN Mario Circuit Nin★♪Miz 01:59.771 Mario Standard Bike M Yes Manual
SNES Mario Circuit 3 Nin★iwaco 01:38.880 Baby Mario Standard Kart S Yes Manual
DS Peach Gardens Nin★Ito.y 02:34.894 Baby Peach Magikruiser Yes Manual
GCN DK Mountain Nin★♪msk 02:57.744 Funky Kong Wario Bike Yes Manual
N64 Bowser's Castle Nin★GASK2 03:19.323 Bowser Jr. Standard Kart M Yes Manual

Expert Staff Ghosts

Course Staff Name Time Character Vehicle Wii Wheel Drift
Luigi Circuit Nin★Uta♪ 01:19.419 Luigi Mach Bike Yes Manual
Moo Moo Meadows Nin★Tkym 01:25.909 Baby Daisy Bullet Bike No Auto
Mushroom Gorge Nin★Miki 02:01.011 Toadette Mini Beast No Manual
Toad's Factory Nin★GQO 02:05.593 Toad Blue Falcon No Manual
Mario Circuit Nin★fuyu 01:33.702 Mario Sprinter No Manual
Coconut Mall Nin★MUGI★ 02:13.333 Daisy Wild Wing Yes Manual
DK Summit Nin★KOZ★ 02:17.546 Donkey Kong Flame Flyer Yes Manual
Wario's Gold Mine Nin★♪Ryo 02:04.800 Wario Flame Flyer No Manual
Daisy Circuit Nin★Taeko 01:41.362 Daisy Mach Bike No Manual
Koopa Cape Nin★morimo 02:41.370 Koopa Troopa Jet Bubble No Manual
Maple Treeway Nin★MUGI★ 02:37.812 Diddy Kong Sneakster No Manual
Grumble Volcano Nin★aki 02:11.852 Dry Bowser Spear No Manual
Dry Dry Ruins Nin★Akito 02:14.286 Yoshi Sneakster Yes Manual
Moonview Highway Nin★Koh 02:04.163 Peach Mach Bike Yes Manual
Bowser's Castle Nin★Masa 02:42.098 Bowser Flame Runner No Manual
Rainbow Road Nin★Syun1 02:44.734 Rosalina Jetsetter No Manual
GCN Peach Beach Nin★Taeko 01:23.140 Peach Dolphin Dasher Yes Manual
DS Yoshi Falls Nin★FJ 01:09.175 Yoshi Turbo Blooper Yes Manual
SNES Ghost Valley 2 Nin★sira〉 00:58.907 King Boo Spear No Manual
N64 Mario Raceway Nin★Yuuki 01:59.053 Baby Mario Mini Beast No Manual
N64 Sherbet Land Nin★FJ 02:28.356 Baby Luigi Blue Falcon No Manual
GBA Shy Guy Beach Nin★Matt 01:32.867 Koopa Troopa Magikruiser No Manual
DS Delfino Square Nin★TARO 02:24.169 Wario Honeycoupe No Manual
GCN Waluigi Stadium Nin★♪Ryo 02:12.367 Waluigi Piranha Prowler No Manual
DS Desert Hills Nin★solami 01:52.686 Dry Bones Tiny Titan Yes Manual
GBA Bowser Castle 3 Nin★A24 02:39.391 Dry Bowser Flame Runner No Manual
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway Nin★Syun1 02:37.782 Donkey Kong Flame Flyer Yes Manual
GCN Mario Circuit Nin★Dai8 01:49.939 Mario Wild Wing No Manual
SNES Mario Circuit 3 Nin★Shige 01:26.659 Baby Mario Bullet Bike No Manual
DS Peach Gardens Nin★==Kony 02:16.777 Baby Peach Mini Beast Yes Manual
GCN DK Mountain Nin★Miyam 02:38.130 Funky Kong Flame Flyer Yes Manual
N64 Bowser's Castle Nin★Kentan 02:55.933 Bowser Jr. Sneakster Yes Manual

Battle Arenas

New Battle Arenas Retro Battle Arenas
Block Plaza SNES Battle Course 4
Delfino Pier GBA Battle Course 3
Funky Stadium N64 Skyscraper
Chain Chomp Wheel GCN Cookie Land
Thwomp Desert DS Twilight House

Items

Itembox

Item Box.

Items play a fundamental part in Mario Kart Wii. Items are received through item boxes, which are usually scattered in groups throughout a course, often in a horizontal line. The item is then stored for use whenever the racer wishes (except in the case of the Thunder Cloud, which is immediately activated). Items can be split into two categories, aggressive items, and strategic items. Normally, the lower the player's position in the race, the rarer and more useful items they will receive from item boxes to help balance the gameplay.

Aggressive Items

Aggressive items are any items that will affect other players in a way that another racer's vision is blocked, stops, or loses speed, such as the red shell. The aggressive items are:

Image Name Description
Triple Bananas Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Triple Bananas Gives the player a trail of three bananas.
Fakebox Fake Item Box This item imitates an Item Box, which is colored red and the ? mark is flipped upside down.
Green Shell Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Green Shell Can be thrown backwards or forwards, and bounces off of obstacles several times before being destroyed.
Triple Green Shells Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Triple Green Shells Surrounds the racer with three green shells.
Red Shell Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Red Shell A homing shell that locks on to a nearest opponent.
TripleRedShell Triple Red Shells Three red shells that that surround the racer.
MKWii Blue Shell Spiny Shell Locks on to the racer in first place.
Blooper Blooper Squirts ink on any opponent ahead of the user, limiting vision.
Lightning Artwork - Mario Kart Wii Thunderbolt Strikes every racer temporarily slowing them down and lose their item.
MKWii POW Block POW Block Causes any racer to spin out and lose their items once used by the user.

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Strategic Items

Strategic items are items such as the Mushroom, which will assist in the race, without affecting the other racers without effort from the racer (e.g. The mushroom can only affect another racer if the other racer is rammed with the mushroom). Such items are:

Glitches

AllCharGlitch

Using the same character.

There is a well known glitch in Mario Kart Wii. When used, it allows each player in split screen multiplayer to use the same character, which is not usually allowed. It can be caused by doing the following:

  • One person selects and then deselects a character.
  • The next player selects and then deselects the same character.
  • Other players who want the character must do the same.
  • Go back one screen then return to the character selection screen.

At the screen, all player icons should be on the same character, which can then be used in-game.

The downsides to using this glitch may include worse graphics for that particular character, like sitting on.....nothing ! Also, if multiple human players using the same character make it to the top 3 at the end, a Mii will show up instead. This particularity is for better distinguishing players between them, without any confusion.

There is another glitch in Mario Kart Wii. When used, it starts a DDoS Attack (sometimes called a dodos attack[1]). It can be caused by doing the following:

  1. Go on a WiFi race.
  2. Use MrBean35000vr's character select cheat, and then go back.

When the race starts, the camera should be in live mode, focused on Player 1, where the position of that player is shown in the HUD. After each lap complete by Player 1, Lakitu does not appear nor lap sound. When the game ends for the other players, it will still be going for you, and if you stay long enough, all players should start to leave, until you get disconnected. During the race, there is a Mario by the name of Player. That's you, but you wouldn't be able to control it.

Reception

By the end of 2009, Mario Kart Wii had sold over 21 million copies.[2] It sold 300,000 copies alone on its release day in Japan.

GameSpot commented that the game 'proves that the franchise is just as relevant and fun as ever' and gave it a score of 8.5.[3] IGN UK said that the game featured 'some exceptional track design' and commented that this was 'Mario Kart done right', giving the game a score of 8.9. However, the game was criticized for its offline battle mode.[4] The average score for the game on GameRankings is 82%.[5]

References

  1. Attack of the Dodos
  2. "Financial Results Briefing for Nine-Month Period Ended December 2009" Nintendo.
  3. Mario Kart Wii Review at GameSpot
  4. Mario Kart Wii UK Review at IGN
  5. Mario Kart Wii Reviews at GameRankings

Trivia

  • This game was called Mario Kart X when in development.
  • This game is now included, with a Wii Wheel, with the Wii for $249.99. It is also available for the Black Wii.
  • This game marks Funky Kong's first appearance in a Mario series game.
  • As of May 20th, 2014, the Wi-Fi connection for Mario Kart Wii, and other games for the Wii, was discontinued.

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