Wired Review: Mario Kart Wii Skids Way Off The Road

Oh, Mario Kart. What have they done to you?

The Mario Kart series, in which Nintendo's famous mascot characters jump into go-karts and race each other on wacky tracks, has been one of Wired's favorite series ever since the 16-bit days. Since Nintendo has only ever released one Mario Kart game for each of its consoles, the launch of each new version is always a big event, and hasn't ever been disappointing.

Until now.

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thor3846d ago

If they did gimp the battle mode, then I agree wholeheartedly with this review. Though I think mario kart pales in comparison to crash team racing (I never played double dash, though, and apparently the power sliding actually required skill, like in CTR?).

ChickeyCantor3846d ago (Edited 3846d ago )

its true ...never was into mario karts battle mode...and now its worse ..... HOWEVER....playing battle mode with my brothers = 100% laughter

But yeah i love mario kart for the racing.

Denzelio3846d ago

Totally they replaced the Last man standing style of play with a timed mode.... what a waste, as soon as you loose your 3 balloons you get 3 more, didn't they have any gamers test the game before release. The battle mode was why I loved the snes version so much, Also to bad they left out so many quality snes maps.

ChickeyCantor3846d ago (Edited 3846d ago )

well when you loose 3 bubbles you loose one point, so i didnt mind that.

Yes the classic maps are a shame, but new tracks arent bad and the online mode is fun.
So if we take the bad and good its still balanced.

Muddyalcapones3846d ago

it's so sad that Nintendo dropped the ball on this one... I was on the fence about getting this game, but after reading the most recent reviews it looks like that's not gonna happen.

Denzelio3846d ago

The level design and graphics are great!.

However battle mode, the menu system, and AI tactics (very frequent blue+red shells when no.1) are rather poor.

Muddyalcapones3844d ago

well, i have friends who are getting it so ill just play it there, but a good battle mode being gone saddens me, I loved that back on the SNES

Maddens Raiders3846d ago (Edited 3846d ago )

surprised it didn't get a 10/10.