It’s not just the in-game graphics that look horrible though – it even comes down to the presentation of the menus; hell, even the “Press Start” screen is bland – providing just a white screen with a tired image of Mario and Luigi holding the Wii Wheel and the Mario Kart Wii logo. In times gone by Mario Kart games would always have an awesome graphic greeting you on the opening menu screen but not anymore.
The tracks have all been designed with Mario Kart Wii’s other new big addition in mind: the trick mode. Tricks are basically simple moves which can be executed when your kart is mid-air, allowing you to gain a small speed boost when you land. Think Excite Truck and you’ll get the idea. This means that many of the new tracks have been designed with this new trick system in mind and therefore include more ramps and “half-pipes” than ever would have been present in previous versions of Mario Kart. Thankfully the tricks are really fun to pull off and are a welcome addition to the game.
The thing with Mario Kart Wii is that poor as the game looks you will genuinely forgive it because it’s just so much fun. It’s classic, addictive, “one more go” gameplay and it works perfectly. The game still doesn’t feel dated or tired and the new features only extend the gameplay making it feel fresh and new.
Mario Kart Wii is essentially Mario Kart DS blown-up and built upon. Mario Kart DS was probably the best game in the series and so this is a big accolade for Mario Kart Wii to earn. The way the game handles is far superior to Mario Kart 64 (which hasn’t aged well) and it also runs a lot faster than the dire Double Dash!! This is a proper game of Mario Kart and the extra four characters per race (12 characters instead of the original 8) only add to the kind of mayhem that we’ve all come to expect from the series.
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