April 11th, 2008
Categories: General

Mario Kart Wii: Yay or Nay?


Today one of the most eagerly awaited games come out for the Wii – Mario Kart.

Well, it just for us and the Japs, you Americans will have to wait until later this month.

I have been watching the release of Mario Kart with incredible interest. I love the games, my way of dispelling road rage is to simply smirk at any driver who cuts me up “I could so use a red shell”, and I spent about three days with SEUCK on the Commodore 64 making a Mario Kart clone. I loved the game.

Later versions just got better (it fixed the most horrible part of the first game – the fact that the same guy finished first, second, third and fourth each time), and I thought that the Gamecube version was the pinnacle of the series.

Then I saw the wheel that they were planning on including, increasing the field from 8 to 12 drivers, and – most importantly – Online mode, and I was whetting my appetite. Saving up manically so I have enough money to purchase it.

But last week I’ve gone off it.

You see, the amount of people have been saying that the actual game isn’t that good. Multiplayer is said to feature only four players (yet other have said it’s fully 12), the series suffers from last player handicap again, and Americans are complaining on the wheel (note to them, learn to drive on the right – as in correct – side of the road).

That being said, similar criticism was levelled against both Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Double Dash, saying it wasn’t as good as the original. Whilst the original was fun, whenever I return to play it now I generally play for a bit and return to Double Dash or 64.

So, is it worth getting? Are you getting it?

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