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.
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. One can install a channel on the Wii Menu called the "Mario Kart Channel." This channel allows the player to check rankings for Time Trials and Tournaments as well as race ghosts submitted by other racers through WiiConnect24. However, both WiiConnect24 and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ended in April 2014, so the only way to use these features once more 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.
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.
|Unlock 8 Expert Staff Ghosts in Time Trials, win 100 WFC Ghost races, or play 3,150 races.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Win the 50cc Lightning Cup or play 450 races.|
|Receive at least a 1 star rank for all 100cc Retro Cups or play 3,450 races.|
|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.|
|Unlock 4 Expert Staff Ghosts in Time Trials, win 25 WFC Ghost Races, or play 2,250 races.|
|Receive at least a 1 star rank for all 150cc Wii Cups or play 4,350 races.|
|Win the 100cc Special Cup or play 1,650 races.|
|Unlock all 32 Expert Staff Ghosts in Time Trials, win 5,000 WFC Races or Ghost Races, or play 5,100 combined races/battles.|
|Receive at least a 1 Star rank for all 50cc Retro Grand Prix Cups or play 1,800 races.|
|Unlock 1 Expert Staff Ghost in Time Trials, complete Time Trials on 4 different courses, or play 50 races online.|
|Win the Mirror Lightning Cup.|
|Win the 150cc Star Cup.|
|Complete Time Trials on 8 different courses.|
|Win the Mirror Leaf Cup.|
|Win the 50cc Leaf Cup or play 300 races.|
|Win the 150cc Leaf Cup.|
|Unlock 24 Expert Staff Ghosts in Time Trials.|
|Win the 100cc Lightning Cup.|
|Receive at least a 1 star rank for all 100cc Wii Cups.|
|Win the Mirror Star Cup.|
|Win the 50cc Special Cup.|
|Receive at least a 1 star rank for all 150cc Retro Cups.|
|Win the 150cc Lightning Cup.|
|Win the 100cc Star Cup.|
|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.
As the first track you play from this game, the layout is simple. You start off just driving and halfway through the track, there is a ramp surrounded by sand that can be accessed with a mushroom if you don't want to slow down. Towards the end, there are boost pads on the side of the road to go faster.
Moo Moo Meadows
Another simple track. This track has you driving on a dirt road with cows and Monty Moles as obstacles. Towards the end, there are grassy hills and a ramp that you can go off of to get an Item box.
The first of the more inspired tracks, the main gimmick of this track is that you're bouncing off mushrooms that you can use to perform tricks off of. You begin the race by driving on a dirt road, then you drive on a wooden bridge and you bounce off a mushroom. After driving a little bit longer, there are three more mushrooms to bounce off on and a shortcut to the left. Lastly, you drive in a cave with crystals in the backround with plenty of mushrooms to bounce on.
The 2nd of the more inspired tracks, you're driving in a factory. You begin the race by entering the factory and see three conveyor belts. There is one in the middle that goes forward, but has stamps over it that can flatten you. There are also 2 on the right and left that go backward and have item boxes on them. Then you drive outside the factory and see conveyor belts moving right and left with crates that could slow you down to the point where you can't accelerate fast enough to avoid falling in the water below it. Then you drive back in with two conveyor belts, one moves backward and one goes forward. Lastly, a speed boost takes you out of the factory and there are speed boosts you have to take through mud if you don't want to slow down.
Mario Circuit has been appearing in the Flower Cup since Mario Kart 64 (with the exception of the DS version). The layout is a Figure-8. You start off driving in front of Princess Peach's castle and start driving around a Chain Chomp that will crash into you if you get too close. Then you're just dodging Goombas until you reach the finish line.
A very colorful track. Coconut Mall starts with you entering the mall and you see shops, posters, and Miis the whole time you're in the mall. You drive up escalators and trick off of fountains and tree beds. Then you exit the mall with a huge jump. Lastly, there are cars with Miis driving them that could block speed boosts. Touching a car will send you flying into the air.
DK Summit (or DK's Snowboard Cross)
DK Summit is basically a mix of DK Mountain from Double Dash and DK Pass from the DS. DK Summit starts off shooting you to the top of the summit, just like in DK Mountain. After tricking off of halfpipes, you go of a ramp that could very well lead you into thick snow that can slow you down. Then you go to trick off of mini-hills. Lastly, you reach the bottom of the summit where you can do tricks over halfpipes. Miis cheer at you every time you go off halfpipes. There is thick snow and Shy Guys which are easy to avoid in that part, too.
Wario's Gold Mine
This is by far the most difficult track in the Flower Cup. You are driving on rickety rails with no guard rails, driving straight down and up which can easily knock you off, and minecarts as obstacles that can be very tricky to avoid. There is also a notable shortcut near the end that can be accessed if the minecart isn't in your way.
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|
|SNES Battle Course 4|
|GBA Battle Course 3|
|GCN Cookie Land|
Normal Staff Ghosts
|Click to see Staff Ghosts|
Expert Staff Ghost
|Click to see Expert Staff Ghosts|
Classic items from previous installments return as well as three new items.
|Banana||Causes racers to spin out when ran over. Can be thrown forward or dropped behind the kart.||1-3|
|Triple Bananas||Same as a Banana Peel, but multiplied by 3.||1-4|
|Green Shell||Moves in a straight line, bouncing off walls until it hits a racer, knocking them over. Can be thrown forward or backward.||1-4|
|Triple Green Shells||Same as a Green Shell, but multiplied by 3. They rotate around the player's kart, acting as a shield.||3-5|
|Red Shell||When thrown, moves down the track, locking onto the racer ahead of the player and knocking them over. Can be thrown forward or backward, but a backwards-thrown shell will lose its homing ability.||2-5|
|Triple Red Shells||Same as a Red Shell, but multiplied by 3. They rotate around the player's kart, acting as a shield.||4-7|
|Bullet Bill||When used, transforms the player's kart into a giant Bullet Bill, speeding down the track and knocking over any other racers in its path.||8-12|
|Bob-omb||Explodes after a set period of time or on contact with other racers. Can be thrown forward or dropped behind the kart.||4-7|
|Fake Item Box||From a distance, this item looks like an ordinary Item Box. Don't be fooled, however, as running into it will cause the player to be knocked over.||1-4|
|Golden Mushroom||When used, allows unlimited Mushroom boosts for a limited amount of time.||6-12|
|Lightning||When used, shrinks all other racers, which reduces their speed and drops their items. Racers turn back to normal in order from last place to first place.||11-12|
|Mushroom||When used, gives the player a small boost. Can be used over terrain that would normally slow the player down.||3-9|
|Triple Mushroom||Same as a Mushroom, but multiplied by 3.||5-12|
|Star||Grants invincibility and increased speed to the player, knocking over any racers the player hits.||7-12|
|Spiny Shell||When thrown, this flying shell blazes down the track, locking onto the racer in first place. When it reaches its target, it circles around the racer, then explodes, throwing them up into the air.||3-9|
|Blooper||Inks over all of the racers that are ahead of the player, obstructing their vision and causing turns to be more slippery.||4-9|
|Mega Mushroom (New)||Temporarily increases the size and speed of the player, flattening any other racers they come in contact with.||5-9|
|Thundercloud (New)||When received, spawns a thundercloud above the player, which, after a short time, will strike them with lightning and shrink them. If the player bumps into another racer, then the Thundercloud will be transferred to them.||3-7|
|POW Block (New)||When used, causes all racers ahead of the player to spin out, dropping their items.||5-9|
Main article: Mario Kart Wii/Shortcuts
- Mario Kart Wii is the first game to have 12-player races instead of 8, second is Mario Kart 8 and third is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
- 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.
- This is currently the only game in the series to have trick ramps for Bikes.
- 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 is the last game that gives last place (in Grand Prix) 0 points.
|Mario Kart games|
|Main Titles||Super Mario Kart • Mario Kart 64 • Mario Kart: Super Circuit •|
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! • Mario Kart DS • Mario Kart Wii • Mario Kart 7 • Mario Kart 8
|Arcade Titles||Mario Kart Arcade GP • Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 • Mario Kart Arcade GP DX|