When it comes to championing the world's most popular motorsports, territoriality rules the road. Americans think it's NASCAR, Europeans think it's Formula One, and the loyal denizens of Nintendo land line up behind Mario Kart.
That preview code looked very polished. Multiplayer action is where the Wii takes Mario Kart into some new territory. Four-player races are standard, of course. But 12-player races will be available via the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi will support up to two drivers per Wii, so you can do the math to figure out all the possible combinations. Nintendo's establishing a Mario Kart Channel where you can connect with friends, upload your best course time as a "ghost" racer, try to knock off other ghost racers, or participate in a tournament.