New Mario Kart Wii Details

This week’s Famitsu magazine has the latest tidbits on Mario Kart Wii. The game will include the wheel controller which was first revealed in last year’s E3 press conference.

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.

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  • FISHDAWG2000

    i doubt the Mario Kart Wheel would support the Wii Condom

  • MinutesToMidnightLP

    Awesome! Can’t wait.

  • Simon

    I keep being amased at how much reggi was expecting a big applause when the Wii Weel was announced by him :P.

  • teddybeer

    regionfrii plz!! :-) like SSBB
    no pal date out there :

  • curt

    I personally cant wait for this game as i think it will be great online. Ive found myself playing wii most of the time now and my 360 is gathering dust since xmas. I just love the pick up and play fun factor games.

  • Sir Lantis

    @Simon: I was expecting one. But since E3 is press-only, there are no fanboys yelling: Oh my god! wii Wheel!! Thanks, Reggie! It’s the new iPod of all Nintendo products.

  • Wii Repair

    This is the one game that I am anticipating the most right now. Er, that and Brawl.