Mario Kart Wii preview

Pre-order Mario Kart Wii with Wii WheelIn Mario Kart Wii, Mario and friends once again jump into the seat of their go-kart machines for the first Wii installment of this popular franchise. New features this year are an online racing mode, vehicle types, a special balancing system for new and veteran players, and (in its initial release) a special Mario Kart wheel packaged with the game. Please note that the Classic and GameCube controllers are supported, but as a nod to the series’ retro gameplay you won’t be able to do the newly added track stunts / tricks while using them.

Mario Kart Wii’s release date in Europe is April 11th, in Australia it’s April 24th, and in America and Canada it’s April 27th, 2008.

Mario Kart Wii takes a giant step forward with new karts, bikes, tracks, and tons of options for both controllers and online play, but did Nintendo oversimplify the driving mechanics? Find out in this Mario Kart Wii video preview.