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Game Reviewed: Mario Kart Wii
Publisher: Nintendo
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: Wii
Category: Racing
ESRB Rating: E
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Game Description:

Mario Kart Wii brings the famous Mario Kart racing franchise to the Nintendo Wii. The gameplay is pretty much the same as past Mario Kart games with Mario and his friends competing against each other in a variety of races and combat arenas. There are a few nice additions to this installment however.

First of all, it should come as no surprise that Mario Kart Wii can be played with motion sensors. The game comes with a steering wheel that the Wii-Mote fits nicely into allowing the player to play the game as if they were actually driving a Kart. (Additional steering wheels can be purchased for about $15 each.) There is also the option, however, to use a GameCube controller or to use the Wii-Mote and Nun-chuck attachment. By using the Wii-Mote with the steering wheel or the Nun-chuck the player can also perform more tricks with their Kart.

The next welcome addition to Mario Kart Wii is the ability to race using motorbikes in addition to karts. And a third welcome addition is the ability to compete online against your friends. There is also some other nice features such as some new characters to unlock and the inclusion of 16 tracks from past Mario Kart games as well as 16 new tracks.

If you own a Wii and you are fan of the Mario Kart series or even just a racing fan, you will most likely find Mario Kart to be a lot of fun that the whole family can enjoy.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

There are power-ups that you can collect and throw at other racers such as turtle shells to crash other racers, squid ink to blind other racers and lightning to shrink other racers. All in good Mario style fun.

Language

There is no bad language in this game.

Sexual Content

There is no nudity or inappropriate sexual content in this game.

Spiritual Content

One character that can be unlocked is King Boo. He is a ghost, but he is not scary or demonic.

A Child’s Perspective: Justin age 11 says Mario Kart Wii is a lot of fun. He likes that there is a steering wheel to make it feel like you are actually driving the kart.

Reviewer's Thoughts

Mario Kart Wii is a lot of fun. It can be enjoyed by the whole family and I would have no problem recommending Mario Kart Wii to anyone of any age.



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