Next time you are looking for a great addition to any family’s game night just add Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel by Nintendo to your cart. Without a doubt you will have more hours of entertainment for your family than you ever expected. Amazingly the concept is one that is very simple. The game comes with a steering wheel known as the Wii Wheel that your Wii remote fits into and you can use to “drive” for hours.
At the beginning of the game you get to create your own driver’s license. This is how you track yourself through the races you complete and place in. As with any license it has a picture and name. These you design using the avatars that can be altered to fit your personality. The game will pull avatars from your console to be obstacles as well. Make sure to trick out your Wii steering wheel with the grips and stickers if you are getting together with friends!
Play solo or link up with people around the world online. You can line yourself up against up to 12 people online. These people are around the world which is also a neat addition.
There are various methods you can play in. Grand Prix which is like the Nextel Cup, or you can race against yourself in time trials, or ghosts which are someone else’s time where you can see how you stack up to an expert.
The next step in your journey is to pick your character where as with life you can choose to be evil or good (Baby Mario, Mario, Dry Bones, Baby Peach, Toad, Koopa Troopa, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Diddy Kong, Wario, Waluigi, Donkey Kong, King Boo, Rosalina, Bower, or your own little “me”). The characters are all intricate and interesting in their own way. Just as Disney did when it created it’s characters starting with Mickey Mouse, Nintendo has expanded it’s characters from the Mario series all the way back to the Mario 64 days and even earlier. These designs and names are known to us all.
Your cart can be customized using wheels, rims, shape, and design. These characteristics have different ratings for speed, weight, acceleration, handling, drift, off road, and mini turbo.
Once you have chosen your car and your character it is time to pick the race you wish to run. Chose your circuit racetracks from new and old tracks, some are from Gameboy, Super Nintendo, Game Cube, Nintendo DS, and of course new tracks designed specifically for the Wii. Each of these circuits shows a map of the track on the right hand of the screen. Don’t watch that too close though or the obstacles may wipe you out. These obstacles include but are not limited to 18 wheelers and other karts not to mention there is always the risk of just running off the track. These circuits each have 3 levels of difficulty beginner, medium, and expert.
You can complete the circuits for trophies and even get grades on how well you whomp the completion. This grade allows you to unlock more characters, vehicles, and options. In other words, winning is not the only purpose in this game. There are so many more facets that just what place you finish the race.
You are not resigned to be a solo player on this either. You can also play as a team. As with any real racing group, just look at Karters of America Racing Triad and how everyone while in competition works together. Join a team and compete together. Work together to achieve your goals. Or you can battle for balloons or coins, a form of go karting reminiscent to the old game of combat. Possibilities are endless, and looks like the only thing you can’t do is to make money online.
Over all I think the only group who really dislikes the Wii’s would be Washington Internship Institute, for making its name the same as the Institute’s acronym. Or maybe by this time they have resigned themselves to it and appreciate the recognition they get every time someone looks for the Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel-Nintendo Wii.