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Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart Wii boxart
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Distributor(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Released Japan - April 10, 2008
Europe - April 11, 2008
Australia - April 24, 2008
USA - April 27, 2008
UK - May 11, 2008
Egypt - September 28, 2008 West Africa - December 29, 2009
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer, Online
Ratings E - ESRB

Mario Kart Wii is a kart racing video game by Nintendo for the Wii console and the sixth game in the Mario Kart series, the fourth for a home console. The game was released on April 10th, 2008 in Japan, April 11th, 2008 in Europe, April 24th, 2008 in Australia and April 27th, 2008 in the US. The game is packaged with the Wii Wheel accessory. It is designed to house the Wii Remote to allow more intuitive and conventional steering. However, it does support the Wii Classic Controller, Nunchuck, and the Nintendo GameCube controller as well. Mario Kart Wii is the second game in the series to support online multiplayer via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. (Discontinued on May 20, 2014) Nintendo, learning from their mistakes in Mario Kart DS, have greatly improved the online multiplayer offering in this game. Unlike past games, Mario Kart Wii supports 12 racers per race and all appear during any mode except Time Trial. The player can also turn off the CPUs when two or more players are present.


Mario Kart Wii returns the franchise to single driver gameplay, moving away from the approach of its console predecessor, Mario Kart Double Dash!! on the Nintendo GameCube. Like Mario Kart DS, the game contains sixteen new tracks while also bringing back sixteen classic tracks.

Also, aerial tricks can be done by using the Wii remote or other controllers for a speed boost. The Spin Turn technique has also returned from Mario Kart 64.

In addition to the karts, Mario Kart Wii introduces bikes in the small, medium, and large groups. Bikes are harder to handle, but they can do wheelies, which gives you a speed boost and an advantage in courses without many sharp turns.


Originally from Mario Kart DS, online mode is back using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Twelve players can race and battle simultaneously over the internet. This game also introduces the "VR" point system, a score that you have based on how many wins or losses you have playing online. You can install a channel for your Wii Menu called the "Mario Kart Channel." This channel allows you to check rankings for Time Trials and Tournaments as well as race ghosts submitted by other racers through WiiConnect24. Sadly, both WiiConnect24 and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ended, so the only way to use these features again require some homebrewing.


Like the previous games, the characters are established in different weight classes. Instead of "lightweight", "middleweight", and "heavyweight" the classes are dubbed "Small", "Medium", and "Large".

Small characters have great handling but generally horrible speed; Medium characters have all-around stats; and Large characters have top speeds but mediocre handling and acceleration. The result is a well balanced character offering that leaves each character/kart combination with benefits and drawbacks.

Default Characters




Unlockable Characters





Miis are unlockable once the special cup on 100cc are beaten (Outfit A only). Their weight varies depending on their height and weight. A second outfit (Outfit B) is unlockable once all  Expert Staff Ghosts are unlocked.  The sizes of Miis can be adjusted in the Mii Channel, which is pre-downloaded on all Wiis. The taller or broader he or she is, the larger the kart or bike he or she can play with. There have also been speculations of a Mii Outfit C, although this has proven to be fake.

Unlocking Criteria

Name Criteria
Baby Luigi
Unlock 8 Expert Staff Ghosts in Time Trials, win 100 WFC Ghost races, or play 3,150 races.
Baby Daisy
Receive at least a 1 star rank for all 50cc Wii Cups or play 1,950 races.
Complete Time Trials on all 32 courses, receive 1,000 WFC wins, or play 3,150 races.
Dry Bones
Win the 100cc Leaf Cup or play 1,050 races.
Win the 150cc Special Cup or play 2,850 races.
Complete Time Trials on 16 different courses, receive 250 WFC wins, or play 1,350 races.
Diddy Kong
Win the 50cc Lightning Cup or play 450 races.
Bowser Jr.
Receive at least a 1 star rank for all 100cc Retro Cups or play 3,450 races.
King Boo
Win the 50cc Star Cup or play 750 races.
Win 50 races with a Super Mario Galaxy save file, receive at least 1 Star Rank for all Mirror cups, or play 4,950 races.
Funky Kong
Unlock 4 Expert Staff Ghosts in Time Trials, win 25 WFC Ghost Races, or play 2,250 races.
Dry Bowser
Receive at least a 1 star rank for all 150cc Wii Cups or play 4,350 races.
Mii Outfit A
Win the 100cc Special Cup or play 1,650 races.
Mii Outfit B
Unlock all 32 Expert Staff Ghosts in Time Trials, win 5,000 WFC Races or Ghost Races, or play 5,100 combined races/battles.



Unlocking Criteria

Name Criteria
Cheep Charger
Receive at least a 1 Star rank for all 50cc Retro Grand Prix Cups or play 1,800 races.
Tiny Titan (Rally Romper)
Unlock 1 Expert Staff Ghost in Time Trials, complete Time Trials on 4 different courses, or play 50 races online.
Blue Falcon
Win the Mirror Lightning Cup.
Win the 150cc Star Cup.
Complete Time Trials on 8 different courses.
Jet Bubble (Bubble Bike)
Win the Mirror Leaf Cup.
Super Blooper (Turbo Blooper)
Win the 50cc Leaf Cup or play 300 races.
Daytripper (Royal Racer)
Win the 150cc Leaf Cup.
Sprinter (B Dasher Mk 2)
Unlock 24 Expert Staff Ghosts in Time Trials.
Zip Zip (Rapide)
Win the 100cc Lightning Cup.
Sneakster (Nitrocycle)
Receive at least a 1 star rank for all 100cc Wii Cups.
Dolphin Dasher
Win the Mirror Star Cup.
Piranha Prowler
Win the 50cc Special Cup.
Jetsetter (Aero Glider)
Receive at least a 1 star rank for all 150cc Retro Cups.
Honeycoupe (Dragonetti)
Win the 150cc Lightning Cup.
Shooting Star (Twinkle Star)
Win the 100cc Star Cup.
Spear (Torpedo)
Unlock 12 Expert Staff Ghosts in Time Trials.
Win the Mirror Special Cup.


Mario Kart Wii consists of thirty-two tracks total. Sixteen are new and sixteen are retro tracks, being returned from the past Mario Kart titles.

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Super Mushroom
Starman (Mario Kart Wii)
Luigi Circuit Mario Circuit Daisy Circuit Dry Dry Ruins
Moo Moo Meadows Coconut Mall Koopa Cape Moonview Highway
Mushroom Gorge DK Summit Maple Treeway Bowser's Castle
Toad's Factory Wario's Gold Mine Grumble Volcano Rainbow Road
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
Green Shell
GCN Peach Beach N64 Sherbet Land DS Desert Hills SNES Mario Circuit 3
DS Yoshi Falls GBA Shy Guy Beach GBA Bowser Castle 3 DS Peach Gardens
SNES Ghost Valley 2 DS Delfino Square N64 DK's Jungle Parkway GCN DK Mountain
N64 Mario Raceway GCN Waluigi Stadium GCN Mario Circuit N64 Bowser's Castle

Battle Stages

There are two ways to play Battle (Balloon Battle and Coin Runners), and there are 10 stages to battle on. 5 are new stages, and the other 5 are retro stages.

Wii Stages Retro Stages

Block Plaza

SNES Battle Course 4

Delfino Pier

GBA Battle Course 3

Funky Stadium

N64 Skyscraper

Chain Chomp Wheel

GCN Cookie Land

Thwomp Desert

DS Twilight House

Staff Ghosts

Normal Staff Ghosts

Expert Staff Ghost


Classic items from previous installments return as well as three new items.

Name Picture Function Place Received
Banana Peel
480px-MKwii Banana
Triple Bananas
MKwii TripleBanana
Green Shell
Green Shell Artwork - Mario Kart Wii
Triple Green Shells
MKwii TripleGreenShell
Red Shell
Triple Red Shells
MKwii TripleRedShell
Bullet Bill
Bullet Bill, Super Mario 3D Land
Bob-omb (MKWii)
Fake Item Box
MKwii Fakebox
Golden Mushroom
600px-MKwii Goldmushroom
MKwii Thunderbolt
Triple Mushroom
MKwii TripleShroom
Spiny Shell (Blue Shell)
MKwii Blueshell
250px-Blooper MK7
Mega Mushroom (New)
Mkwii megamushroom
Thundercloud (New)
MKwii Thundercloud
POW Block (New)
POW Block (Mario Kart Wii)

External Links


Main article: Mario Kart Wii/Shortcuts


  • Mario Kart Wii is the first game to have 12-player races instead of 8.
  • Mario Kart Wii is the first Mario Kart game to allow racers to do tricks.
  • Mario Kart Wii is the first Mario Kart game to have "Mii" as a playable character.
  • Mario Kart Wii is the first Mario Kart game to have the infamous "point system" integrated into the Balloon Battle game mode.
  • Mario Kart Wii is the only console Mario Kart game to not allow multi-player Grand Prix.
  • A unused picture of Mario in the Classic Dragster can be found in the game's code. It was probably going to be used for the Mario Kart Channel.
  • Paratroopa, Petey Piranha, and Hammer Bro were originally going to be playable characters in this game but were scrapped.
  • Mario Kart Wii can also be played on the Wii U game system, the sequel to the Wii.
  • Mario Kart Wii is the last game that gives last place (in Grand Prix) 0 points.
Mario Kart games
Main Titles Super Mario KartMario Kart 64Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Mario Kart DSMario Kart WiiMario Kart 7Mario Kart 8
Arcade Titles Mario Kart Arcade GPMario Kart Arcade GP 2Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

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