Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mario Kart Wii coming April 27th in the United States

REDMOND, Wash., March 12, 2008 - This year, the typical signs of spring will be accompanied by the sweet sound of revving engines and the sight of lightning-fast shells whizzing around every corner. Mario Kart® Wii is zooming toward its launch in the United States on April 27. The game comes with the intuitive Wii Wheel™, which makes it easy for novices to compete against veterans, so no one is left in the dust. And with a broadband hookup to Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, players can compete with up to 11 other drivers from around the world for racing dominance.

“Mario Kart Wii transforms one of our most popular franchises into a race that every member of the family can join,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Driving with the Wii Wheel could not be more natural, and this is one place where speeding is encouraged.”

Mario Kart Wii will include 16 new courses and 16 classic courses from previous Mario Kart games. For the first time ever, players have the option of racing with either karts or motorbikes. Players can also hit the road as their personalized Mii™ caricatures in addition to the handful of classic Nintendo characters found in the game. True to the series, the game features tons of racing, plenty of power-ups and oodles of objects for players to use to slow down other drivers. And 10 battle arenas will keep players busy between trips around the circuit.

The easy-to-use Wii Wheel will also be sold as a separate accessory, giving every driver in the household a chance to get behind his or her own wheel. And if veteran Mario Kart fans are afraid of getting smoked by rookie drivers using the Wii Wheel, they can rest assured that Nintendo has them covered. Mario Kart Wii supports four different control options: Wii Remote™ with or without the Wii Wheel, Wii Remote and Nunchuk™ controller combo, Classic Controller and even the Nintendo GameCube™ controller. So there’s bound to be a configuration that fits everyone’s style.

Mario Kart Wii launches with a new channel added to the Wii Menu to enhance game play: The Mario Kart Wii Channel. This new channel builds on the huge online community of Wii owners and lets players compete in tournaments, check worldwide rankings, see when their friends are playing and download ghost data.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit For more information about Mario Kart Wii, visit

Nintendo press release


Travis Hendricks said...

By the way, I checked last night and the system must have just been slow about adding our Friend Codes for Brawl. It had us all linked up later in the night. I sent you some stuff too.

As for Mario Kart this early, I cannot wait to see what E3 brings us this year. With most of Nintendo's staff working on Wii stuff there should be a great holiday season around the corner.

Metaldave said...

For me it still says "waiting for registration" but I did receive your replay and picture so I don't know what the issue is....I hope it will work soon.

Anonymous said...

i received everything travis.and dave you really put a hurting on me lol.
also im expecting your codes for mario kart when its released.
fun times!


Metaldave said...

Yeah that was

I've been reading the forums and people are spending 4-5 hours at a time playing online and are really loving it. I played yesterday for about 2 straight hours and that was all I could take, but I can see if you get some really competitive matches going that you'd stay playing for hours and hours. The game is really awesome to say the least.

Anonymous said...

Well; that leaves only Wii Music, Diaster: Day of Crisis, the Kirby title and Super Mario Baseball left to release for 2008. Nintendo is going to have to show some new big games within the next four months if they want to keep the domination going beyond 2008 and into 2009. On the other hand; it's good to see Nintendo finally releasing big games during the quiet season outside of July of course.

Travis Hendricks said...

Well metaldave, let me give you my Friend Code again because I know I sent it wrong to a few people. They all got "Invalid Code" errors so it may not be the case but here it is anyway:


Metaldave said...

Hey man I wanted to tell you that the Friend code stuff for Smash is all good now. It no longer says anything about "waiting for registration" thank goodness! Looks like I'll be playing you soon...