Players can now choose between karts and bikes to race, and each will have its advantages and disadvantages. With bikes, you can perform wheelies to speed up but this also makes turning more difficult. Both karts and bikes also now allow you to perform tricks in midair by turning the wheel left and right, or by moving the wheel up and down. Pulling them off successfully will reward players with a speed boost upon landing.
The game will feature 16 new tracks and 16 remake tracks from previous Mario Kart titles. As for multiplayer battle stages, 10 stages will be included. Players can compete against each other in races and battles with up to 4 players in split screen mode and up to 16 players via Nintendo’s Wifi Connection service — up from the previously announced cap of 12 players. You can also use your Mii as a playable character when meeting certain conditions during the game.
Lastly, there will also be a Mario Kart Channel dedicated to the game, allowing players all over the world to compete in global rankings and download ghosts of other players.
Mario Kart Wii hits stores in Japan on April 10. A North America release date has yet to be pinned down but should follow close behind.