I don't have to tell you that I'm a big time Nintendo fan, what with my DS always in tow, and all my Super Mario Bros paraphernalia that litters my bookshelves . . . oh, well, you probably haven't seen that, have you? Anyway, yesterday afternoon, the Nintendo stork dropped a sweet little box on my desk, and I didn't even have time to tell you since I literally "raced" home (get it — raced?) and started playing my copy of Mario Kart Wii! Yes, racing fans, I got the scoop on one of the hottest games to hit the shelves this Spring, and I just had to test it right away. Who wouldn't? As you might be able to tell, I was totally stoked to get the chance to play MKW early, since there is a special place in my heart for racers. But seriously, Mario Kart Wii is just as fun as you'd imagined.
When I first opened the box, the first thing I noticed was that the Wii Wheel was smaller than I expected, but still fits nicely into your hands. It might even fit into your eight year old's hands, if you'd let them have a turn, that is! But unfortunately, the pack only comes with one wheel, so you should keep an eye out for additional ones so you can play nicely with others. After popping in the disk, inserting my Wiimote into the wheel, and doing a little Mario jig, I was ready to race. Isn't it funny how starting up a new Wii game for the first time always brings out the kid in you? To find out more about Mario Kart Wii, and to see more pics, just
The great thing about Mario Kart — and the Wii altogether — is that it brings back fond memories of your old favorites. From the Super NES to the DS, you've probably raced all of the tracks before, just not quite like this. Plus, there are some really awesome new tracks that took me more than a few tries just to get through without falling off the sides! And the Wii Wheel? It's actually very responsive and smooth. I didn't experience any problems or bugs the whole time I played.
The best part about the game is that you can choose from a variety of cars and now bikes, plus even a stroller for when you are playing Baby Mario or Baby Peach. Not just any stroller though, this thing has power! Another cool feature is the online play. Race live on the wireless connection, and play against other racers' "ghost" cars to take the top spot around the world in timed trials. There were only a few active when I took it on, but I'm sure the online play will become one of the best (and one of my favorite) features of the game.
So hold tight! Mario Kart Wii comes out Sunday, April 27, and I definitely recommend adding this title to your Wii Library. Next up? Wii Fit, of course!