Release date confirmedMama Mia, Nintendo has today confirmed that the highly anticipated Mario Kart Wii will be launched across Europe on April 11th 2008!
Mario Kart Wii comes bundled with a new accessory - the Wii Wheel, which makes it one of the most accessible Mario Kart games to date and allows complete novices to compete with ease and comfort, ensuring no one is left in the dust.
If you don’t feel comfortable using the wheel then they’ll also be five different control options: Wheel, Wii Remote turned on its side, Wii Remote and Nunchuk combination, Classic Controller and even Nintendo GameCube controller.
We’ll be able to race against 11 players simultaneously worldwide using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service which will offer them the chance to race other players across the globe in a nail-biting contest of speed and skill!
Other features include 16 new tracks in addition to 16 classic tracks from previous Mario Kart games and for the first time ever players will have the option of racing with karts or a brand new mode of transport – Bikes. Using bikes as your chosen method will offer up some interesting and different gameplay possibilities such as carrying out a “wheelie”, which in turn will give you a small boost that could be crucial and make that all important difference at the finishing line.
Players will also be able to hit the road as their own personalised Mii caricatures in addition to many classic and even some never-before seen characters in Mario Kart games. True to the series, Mario Kart Wii will feature a plethora of power-ups and masses of objects for players to use to slow down their rivals. Also with 10 battle arenas, players are sure to be kept busy between trips around the circuit.
In addition to all this a new Wii Channel, the Mario Kart Channel, will also be launched with Mario Kart Wii. Players will be able to monitor their ranking against others with data compiled from races completed online as well as also access and share Ghost Data to download.
Players even have the possibility to join in on their friends races in progress as a spectator and jump into the race when the next course launches. Through this channel, users will be exposed to a host of new online features allowing them to join a community of racing fans from all over the world as well as participate in special worldwide events organised by Nintendo.
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements on brand new game features in the near future as Mario Kart Wii prepares to race on shelves across Europe on 11th April 2008 for the estimated retail price of £39.99.
We’re so excited about Mario Kart Wii!!