Mario Kart Wii
|Mario Kart Wii|
Ready to play Mario Kart as if it were real?!
|Release date||Wii (original release)|
April 10, 2008
April 11, 2008
April 24, 2008
April 27, 2008
April 27, 2008
July 12, 2008
July 12, 2008
April 30, 2009
Wii (Nintendo Selects)
October 18, 2013
November 7, 2013
August 28, 2014
|Language(s)||English (United States)|
English (United Kingdom)
Spanish (Latin America)
|Mode(s)||Single Player, Multiplayer, Online Play|
Mario Kart Wii is a racing game for the Wii console. It is the sixth installment in the main Mario Kart series, and the eighth overall. Similar to every Mario Kart game, Mario Kart Wii includes new features such as new race courses along with other courses that appeared in past Mario Kart games, like its predecessor Mario Kart DS. New items and characters were included, as well as an increased number of players for the races. Mario Kart Wii also introduced the use of bikes that vary in capabilities along with the classical karts. Game modes are also present such as the Grand Prix, Versus, Battle, and Time Trial, many of them making use of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for worldwide online play.
A Wii Wheel, designed from the ground up for the Wii, is included in most Mario Kart Wii packages. Mario Kart Wii however, is still compatible with other controllers such as a regular Wii Remote held sideways, the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the Nintendo GameCube controller, and also the Classic Controller and Classic Controller PRO.
This game requires twenty-three blocks on the player's Wii system to save game data. Also, the game data cannot be copied. As a result, players are not able to transfer this game data onto another Wii. The game also includes its own Wii Channel called the Mario Kart Channel which allow players to play in special tournaments and trade their racing profile with other players around the world. This channel uses seventy-four to eighty-eight blocks (depending on from which region the game is from), but unlike the game data, players can copy the channel onto their SD cards.
Mario Kart Wii, unlike the preceding Mario Kart games, has twelve players present in normal races instead of eight. All twelve racers head to the finish in a multi-lap race around a given circuit. Along the way, players may employ items, utilize techniques, and take shortcuts to earn first place.
With over 37 million copies of the game sold, Mario Kart Wii is the second best-selling game and the best-selling Mario game for the Wii console.
While every previous Mario Kart game allowed for a maximum of eight racers on each course, up to twelve are on the course at a time in Mario Kart Wii.
In Mario Kart Wii, players can select twelve types of vehicles (six karts and six bikes) for each of the three classes. Vehicle selection varies depending on the character's size class, and color schemes for available vehicles also vary with regard to character selected.
A major departure from prior games is the change of the drifting system. Performing a Mini-Turbo depends on how long players can hold the button for drifting and the angle at which they drift. Drifting can be used strategically and involves managing the drifts to avoid losing speed. It is also unique that there are two drift modes (Automatic and Manual).
A new feature named "Tricks" is now also a part of the gameplay. When drivers perform a trick and land successfully, they are able to gain a momentary boost of speed. Tricks consist of mid-air acrobatics and are performed by shaking the Wii Wheel upward, shaking the Wii Remote in the Wii Remote + Nunchuk combo, pressing the on the Classic Controller, or pressing the on the GameCube controller.
Motorbikes are introduced in this game. Princess Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina are in an alternate outfit while driving motorbikes, as opposed to their traditional outfit while riding karts. Although Wario does have a biker outfit of his own from the WarioWare series, he does not wear it when driving motorbikes.
Special Items which were introduced in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, are not featured in the game. Overall, Mario Kart Wii is based heavily on Mario Kart DS and has some influence from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Mario Kart Wii features a text chat in Online Multiplayer Mode. Users can send pre-written phrases to other users before the series of races starts. There is no facility for a user to type his or her own message. Also, the text chat is only available when racing or battling against Friends.
Another new change is the point system used for Grand Prix races. With twelve racers competing in each race, the point value has increased. Below is a chart of the point spread comparison between these eight games:
|Point Spread Comparisons (GP)|
|Super Mario Kart
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
|Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart DS
|Mario Kart Wii||15||12||10||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||0|
|Mario Kart 7||10||8||6||5||4||3||2||1||-||-||-||-|
|Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
|Grove-green bg signifies victory results (great clapping, character(s) cheering), best after-race music|
Yellow-limegreen bg signifies moderate results (mild clapping, moderate character reaction), same music in Wi-Fi as winner (different in MKDS GP)
Normal bg signifies losing results, losing music; - means not available
In Super Mario Kart, and Mario Kart Super Circuit, 5th or worse forces the player to retry the race. If the racer fares this badly three times, the Grand Prix must be started over. In Mario Kart 64, 5th or worse forces the player to retry the race, but without the restrictions on how many times the player can retry a race. In Mario Kart: Double Dash to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Grand Prix normally goes forth.
The main feature is the use of the Wii Remote's motion-sensing ability. By tilting the remote, players can steer their karts. During the development of this game, Nintendo hoped to address some of the issues game critics faced with the first racing game Nintendo published for the Wii, Excite Truck, by making Mario Kart Wii compatible with the Wii Wheel. Since the Wii Remote is designed to be inserted into the Wii Wheel (it is not an independent controller), players can also play without the Wheel if they choose to. Mario Kart Wii can also be played by connecting the Nunchuk or the Classic Controller, or using the Nintendo GameCube Controller. Controlling the vehicle is divided up into two sections: Basic and Advanced.
- Accelerate: When drivers hold down the corresponding button, the vehicle goes forward.
- Steer: Steering lets drivers move around corners.
- Brake: Braking slows the vehicle to an abrupt stop.
- Reverse: The driver's kart goes backwards if the driver holds the brake button. If a vehicle reaches maximum top speed, the vehicle will drift instead.
- Look Behind: Drivers can look behind their vehicle. In this way, drivers can be alert from other drivers incoming to steal their place. Drivers can also use this feature to see where they are going while backing up, or to aim a weapon at an opponent following up. This feature once appeared in Super Mario Kart.
- Drift: Drivers drift to keep the vehicle's speed and take corners much easily, with the benefit of getting mini-turbos. The feature can be set to happen automatically or when a button is held.
- Rocket Start: Drivers can perform a speed boost when a race begins. If drivers hold down the corresponding acceleration button right after the countdown timer displays the number 2, then they will receive an extra speed boost when the word GO! appears on the screen. However, if drivers hold down the acceleration button for too long, when the final beep is heard, their engine bursts and they get an even worse start than a regular one and take a few seconds to recover.
- Mini-Turbo: When drivers Drift for a reasonable amount of time varying on the vehicle used, blue sparks erupt from the vehicle's rear tires. Releasing the drift button gives them a short burst of speed. In a kart, drivers can keep drifting for longer periods to get orange sparks and a longer boost. However, orange sparks cannot be created on bikes. Of course, the drifting stats of the vehicle used also matters. Drivers can also perform a "standing mini-turbo" by holding the brake and drift buttons at the same time. A mini-turbo can't be performed when drifting is set to automatic, but the standing mini-turbo can.
- Tricks: Drivers can pull off a trick when they jump in order to gain a momentary mini-turbo. Drivers can perform a trick by flicking the Wii Remote, pressing the on Classic Controller, or on the GameCube Controller in any direction when going off a ramp or hill. They obtain a speed boost when landing.
- Wheelie: Wheelies can be performed only when drivers are riding Bikes. Drivers are able to increase their speed when they lift up the front of their bike. While drivers hold the front of the bike up, the bike can hardly turn. The wheelie can be ended by braking, hopping, waiting for the wheelie to end, or simply setting the Wii Wheel or Wii Remote back down or pressing . If drivers are bumped into while they are performing a Wheelie, they lose most of their speed.
Modes of Play
- Grand Prix (1 player) In this mode, the player races against eleven other CPU players in a quest to finish in first. There are eight cups to choose from, ranging from the most to the least difficult. Drivers earn points by placing within twelve positions (see chart above). A driver with the most points at the end of the four races wins the cup. The driver will be awarded a grade for their racing performance at the end of the cup.
- Time Trial (1 player) Drivers race for the fastest time on a selected course. The fastest record is able to be raced again as a ghost. Drivers can also race staff records, or Regional Records/Champions and World Records/Champions (Wi-Fi must be used) and Friend Records (Friend must be registered, friend must send the ghost for Ghost Races, and Wi-Fi also must be used.)
- VS Race (1 to 4 players, up to 12 online) Drivers can race to their own custom settings, but it is otherwise relatively the same to Grand Prix, other than the fact that drivers can see the other racers' character's names. The driver may choose a Solo Race, where they try to win for themselves, or Team Race, where two teams, red and blue, try to win for the team in order to gather the most points and beat the other.
- Battle (1 to 4 players, up to 12 online) Drivers team up with each other in a battle for the most points. Items only work against the opposite team, and have no effect on the team that use them. The player can only select the Standard Kart or Bike. There are two ways to battle:
- Balloon Battle: All drivers get three balloons and must use the items to hit the opponents to pop their balloons and get one point for every hit. If drivers lose all of their balloons, one point is deducted and remain out for a while to be brought back to the battle with three balloons once more.
- Coin Runners: The goal for drivers is to obtain more coins with their team than the other. In the top right corner of the screen, the score shows, which are the coins obtained altogether for each team. If drivers hit opponents, opponents drop their Coins. The certain amount of Coins dropped depends on the item that hits the player, and the amount of coins that the player has already gathered.
- Ghost Race (Mario Kart Channel, 1 player) A Time Trial race with ghosts made by players around the world with relatively the same skill level to the actual player.
- Tournament (also known as Competition) (Mario Kart Channel, 1 player) Drivers compete in a timed competition with specific goals (see list below). This mode serves as the replacement of Mission Mode from Mario Kart DS. New tournaments are posted twice a month. Even the WiiConnect24 services on June 28, 2013, the tournaments was still available.
Grand Prix Mode initially allows only Karts in 50cc and only Bikes in 100cc; if all the Grand Prix's are won in a single engine class, the other vehicle type will become available for it. Mirror Mode is unlocked by scoring first place on all 150cc Grand Prix.
- Additionally, in this game, both normal races and battles are playable online through the use of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (WFC). This is the second game in the series to utilize the WFC, the third to support online play and the first to allow for online battles. Races and Battles will now cater up to 12 players via Wi-Fi connection .
- Just like Mario Kart DS, it is not possible to play Grand Prix with multiple players. Players can now only win cup trophies by playing alone.
- In Battle Mode, the player can only play in teams. Also, the Spiny Shell makes its first appearance in Battle Mode. It chases the player of the opposite team with the most points. Also the Thunderbolt is an item in Battle Mode. It shrinks the drivers of the opposite team and makes them lose their items, but does not take a balloon or drop coins.
A list of Tournaments up to the last one can be found here.
Mario Kart Wii introduced a new mode for the Mario Kart series, entitled "Tournament Mode" (also known as Competition mode in the European version). Tournament Mode was somewhat similar to Mission Mode from Mario Kart DS. Tournaments could be played on the Mario Kart Channel, so as long as the Mario Kart Wii disc was in the Wii. Tournaments required an Internet connection, and WiiConnect24 to be turned on before they can be played. After a while, a tournament was retired to make room for a new one. However, the rankings of older tournaments could still be viewed on the rankings table. The tournaments began in May 2008, and continued even all WiiConnect24 services were discontinued on June 28, 2013. When Nintendo WFC was shut down on May 20, 2014 so were the Tournaments however via hacks, players will be able to continue playing tournaments as much as they please.
Types of Tournaments
- VS. Race - A standard VS. race; however, race courses were somewhat altered.
- Time Trial - A standard Time Trial; however, race courses were somewhat altered.
- Numbered Gates - The player had to drive through ordered gates as fast as possible.
- Coin Collecting - The player had to collect the coins on the stage as fast as possible.
- Boss Battle - The player had to fight against a special boss.
Licenses replace normal save files. It is the first Mario Kart game to feature save files.
Each license contains each player's data, their Mii, nickname, Friend Code, and a table including all categories and cups with an empty space. After a cup is won, the corresponding space is filled in with a colored square: gold for first place, silver for second, bronze for third. If at any time the Mii being used for Mario Kart Wii is deleted from the Mii Channel, the in-game Mii is also deleted.
Players can add different people around the world on to their Mario Kart Wii Friend Roster. Two people need to add the Friend Codes on their licenses. A player can have up to 30 people on their Friend Roster.
If two people are friends on a roster, one can open a room, which allows who is ever friends with the person to join that room. In the room, the players who joined can send messages. If a player who added the person who created the room, and another person joins and the player has not added them, they have an ability to do so. The host of the room can choose a VS Race, Team VS Race, Balloon Battle, and Coin Runners.
If a player joins a race when another player is online and friends with them, the player who added the player in the race can join that race and race with the friend.
Mario Kart Wii includes two new items: the Mega Mushroom and the POW Block, and brings back the Thunder Cloud (from the Mario Kart Arcade GP installments). Items can be earned by driving through Item Boxes on the courses, just like in previous games. Once a player has done so, an item will be selected via the Item Roulette. In general, players tend to obtain a weak item such as a Banana or a Green Shell when they are in first. However, if players are in a lower place, they obtain a slightly more powerful item such as a Red Shell or a Thunderbolt is more frequent. Usually, the lower the place of the player, the rarer and more powerful the item they get. Stars, Mega Mushrooms, and Bullet Bills are examples of powerful items as they provide speed boosts and invincibility.
|Mushroom||Gives players a short speed boost that ignores terrain.|
|Triple Mushrooms||Gives players three Mushrooms, which give separate boosts. The default item in Time Trial mode.|
|Golden Mushroom||The driver gets an infinite amount of mushroom boosts for 7.5 seconds.|
|The driver grows bigger, which allows them to squash other racers by running over them making them lose their items and slow down for a moment. The Mega Mushroom is invincible to all attacks except those from Star, Bullet Bill and Blooper, which let the user destroy items and course obstacles and gives the driver a speed boost. In addition, the player can go off-road without suffering any slow down effect. The effect holds 7.5 seconds, but will be finished earlier after getting hit by a Lightning Bolt.|
|Item Box||Drivers are able to run into these item boxes to obtain an item, depending on their rank on the current race course.|
|Fake Item Box||This item imitates an Item Box, in which it is colored red and the ? mark is flipped upside down. It causes opponents to flip over once hit. It cannot block item attacks.|
|Banana||When drivers run into them, it causes them to slip and slow down.|
|Triple Bananas||This item gives the driver a trail of three bananas.|
|Green Shell||A basic green shell that can be thrown forwards and backwards. It bounces off obstacles several times before it hits an opponent or is destroyed.|
|Triple Green Shells||Three green shells that surround the racer until released.|
|Red Shell||A fragile shell that tracks the nearest opponent when fired forward. Will break if it hits an obstacle|
|Triple Red Shells||Three red shells that surround the racer until released.|
|Spiny Shell||A blue shell that flies directly to the first place racer and explodes.|
|Star||The driver obtains total invincibility for 7.5 seconds, allowing them to knock over items, course obstacles and other players on contact which makes them lose all items in their possession. Also, the driver receives a speed boost and the power to drive off-road with no speed loss.|
|Lightning||Lightning strikes every racer (other than user), causing them to spin out, drop their items and shrink to very small size, driving more slowly. The effects wear off from lowest place to first. Any users with the Mega Mushroom in effect shrink to normal size.|
|A thundercloud hovers over the recipient, and strikes it with lightning after ten seconds. Before this happens, the user has much higher speed and acceleration while not losing speed when driving off-road, and may pass the cloud to an opponent by bumping into them. Each pass makes the total running time of the thundercloud about 1 second longer.|
|Bob-omb||Blows up a racer anywhere on the track. Has the same effect as the spiny shell except that it can be lobbed or tossed backwards just like a banana.|
|Blooper||Squirts ink on any racer ahead of the user, partially obscuring vision. It eventually wears off, but can be immediately removed by a speed boost from a mushroom or boost tile, etc.|
|Bullet Bill||Transforms the racer into a large bullet bill, which rockets down the entire track at very high speeds on auto-pilot. The Bullet Bill provides total invincibility and will knock over any item, any course hazard and any player that is in the way making them lose or drop all their items.|
|A POW block appears on screen and causes any racer on the ground to spin out and drop their items. Players who deploy the wheelie button get a milder version of the effect.|
Twelve Mario characters are available from the start, while twelve more can be unlocked for a total of twenty-four. They are separated into these three categories:
- Small: Small drivers are able to drive small vehicles. They usually have a good acceleration handling and off-road stat, but low top speed and weight. They recover from spinouts faster.
- Medium: Medium drivers are able to drive medium-sized vehicles. Most of the karts show average weight, and off-road. They're a good compromise between Small and Large.
- Large: Large drivers are able to drive large vehicles. They mostly feature high top speed and weight, but low acceleration, handling, and off-road. They are great for jostling into lighter vehicles.
- Miis are also featured as the secret twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth characters with two different costumes to unlock – a racing suit and an outfit that varies depending on the gender, a Plumber's Costume for Male Miis and a Princess Costume for Female Miis. The color of the outfit and the Mii's accent depends on the Mii's favorite color. The weight class that the Mii will be classified changes depending on what the Mii's weight and height.
|Unlock Criteria - Main Drivers|
|Daisy||Win 150cc Special Cup or 2,850 races|
|Birdo||Complete Time Trials on 16 different courses, receive 250 WFC wins, or 1,350 races|
|Diddy Kong||Win 50cc Lightning Cup or 450 races|
|Bowser Jr.||Receive at least 1 Star Rank for all 100cc Retro Grand Prix Cups or 3,450 races|
|Baby Luigi||Unlock 8 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials, win 100 WFC Ghost races, or play 3,150 races|
|Baby Daisy||Receive at least 1 Star Rank for all 50cc Wii Grand Prix Cups or 1,950 races|
|Toadette||Complete Time Trials on all 32 courses, receive 1,000 WFC wins, or 3,150 races|
|Dry Bones||Win 100cc Leaf Cup or 1,050 races|
|King Boo||Win 50cc Star Cup or 750 races|
|Rosalina||Win 50 races with a Super Mario Galaxy save file, receive at least 1 Star Rank for all 150cc Mirror Grand Prix cups, or 4,950 races|
|Funky Kong||Unlock 4 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials, win 25 WFC Ghost Races, or 2,250 races|
|Dry Bowser||Receive at least 1 Star Rank for all Non-Retro 150cc Wii Grand Prix Cups or 4,350 races|
|Unlock Criteria - Mii Outfits|
|Mii Outfit A (Racing Suit, blue Mii logo)||Win 100cc Special Cup or 1,650 races|
|Mii Outfit B (Overalls/Dress, red Mii logo)||Unlock all Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials, win 5,000 WFC Races or Ghost Races, or 5,100 combined races/battles|
All of the characters in the game have their own set of bonuses that boost certain stats for their vehicles. Units are out of 80, so a stat bonus of 3 would make a stat three points better than normal.
There are thirty-six total vehicles in the Wii installment (all of them can be seen here: ). 18 karts, 18 bikes, each divided into the 3 weight classes, making 6 and 6 available to each character, 3 and 3 to begin (thus making half of the vehicles unlockables). Each has 7 stats which are shown during character selection:
- Speed: How high the top speed of the vehicle is. This does not affect off-road travel.
- Weight: How heavy a vehicle is. With a higher weight, the player can knock lighter characters away by ramming them. Bikes are usually lighter than karts, but there are some exceptions, especially when size classes are applied.
- Acceleration: How quickly the vehicle's top speed is achieved from a non-moving position.
- Handling: How tight the vehicles can normally turn. Usually opposes the drift rating.
- Drift: How tight the vehicle turns while using the drifting maneuver. Usually opposes the handling rating.
- Off-Road: How much speed the vehicle retains when off of the track. A low rating of this can cause a near-standstill for the vehicle.
- Mini-Turbo: When using the manual drift option, how effective a mini-boost will be. While all vehicles can perform a blue spark mini-turbo, only karts can execute an orange spark mini-turbo.
The following table includes vehicles in order of class primarily. The last half of each of these six sub-sections is the way the vehicle drifts (whether it's an internal drift or an external drift) and the unlockables; the right-hand column describes the requirement to unlock it: if it is a single cup, it must be simply won. The stats are displayed with number values, with the units being out of 80.
|Small Karts||Speed||Weight||Acceleration||Handling||Drift||Off-Road||Mini-Turbo||Drift-Type||How to Unlock|
|Standard Kart S||41||29||48||48||51||40||45||Out||-|
|Booster Seat / Baby Booster||27||27||56||64||37||54||59||Out||-|
|Mini Beast / Concerto||55||32||29||32||64||27||64||Out||-|
|Cheep Charger||34||24||64||56||59||45||54||Out||Rank * or more on all 50cc Retro GP Cups|
|Tiny Titan / Rally Romper||46||35||43||43||29||64||40||Out||1 expert staff ghost / win 50 WFC races|
|Blue Falcon||60||29||35||29||43||24||29||Out||Win Mirror Lightning Cup|
|Small Bikes||Speed||Weight||Acceleration||Handling||Drift||Off-Road||Mini-Turbo||Drift-Type||How to Unlock|
|Standard Bike S||39||21||51||51||54||43||48||Out||-|
|Bit Bike / Nanobike||25||18||59||67||40||56||62||Out||-|
|Quacker||32||17||67||60||62||48||57||In||Win 150cc Star Cup|
|Magikruiser||43||24||45||45||32||67||43||In||8 recorded times in Time Trials|
|Jet Bubble / Bubble Bike||48||27||40||40||45||35||37||In||Mirror Leaf Cup|
|Medium Karts||Speed||Weight||Acceleration||Handling||Drift||Off-Road||Mini-Turbo||Drift-Type||How to Unlock|
|Standard Kart M||46||45||40||43||45||35||40||Out||-|
|Classic Dragster / Nostalgia 1||37||43||59||54||54||40||51||Out||-|
|Super Blooper / Turbo Blooper||50||40||35||37||21||54||35||Out||Win 50cc Leaf Cup|
|Daytripper / Royal Racer||34||45||51||59||32||48||54||Out||Win 150cc Leaf Cup|
|Sprinter / B Dasher Mk. 2||64||48||27||24||37||21||24||Out||24 expert staff ghosts or Win 3000 WFC races|
|Medium Bikes||Speed||Weight||Acceleration||Handling||Drift||Off-Road||Mini-Turbo||Drift-Type||How to Unlock|
|Standard Bike M||43||37||43||45||48||37||43||Out||-|
|Sugarscoot / Bon Bon||32||32||54||62||35||51||56||Out||-|
|Zip Zip / Rapide||41||35||45||51||29||62||45||Out||Win 100cc Lightning Cup|
|Sneakster / Nitrocycle||62||40||29||27||40||24||27||In||Rank * or more on all 100cc Wii GP cups|
|Dolphin Dasher||48||43||37||40||24||56||37||In||Mirror Star Cup|
|Large Karts||Speed||Weight||Acceleration||Handling||Drift||Off-Road||Mini-Turbo||Drift-Type||How to Unlock|
|Standard Kart L||48||59||37||40||40||35||35||Out||-|
|Piranha Prowler||55||67||29||35||35||29||27||Out||Win 50cc Special Cup|
|Jetsetter / Aero Glider||69||56||21||17||27||16||16||Out||Rank * or more on all 150cc Retro GP cups|
|Honeycoupe / Dragonetti||53||62||27||29||56||24||56||Out||150cc Lightning Cup|
|Large Bikes||Speed||Weight||Acceleration||Handling||Drift||Off-Road||Mini-Turbo||Drift-Type||How to Unlock|
|Standard Bike L||46||54||40||43||43||37||37||Out||-|
|Flame Runner / Bowser Bike||60||54||18||24||51||21||51||In||-|
|Shooting Star / Twinkle Star||50||48||29||32||59||27||59||Out||Win 100cc Star Cup|
|Spear / Torpedo||67||56||24||18||29||18||18||In||12 expert staff ghosts|
|Phantom||43||51||43||48||17||56||40||Out||Win Mirror Special Cup|
Race courses are divided into various Cups again: Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup and Special Cup for new courses and Shell Cup, Banana Cup, Leaf Cup and Lightning Cup for old courses. Notably, these are the same as Mario Kart DS.
All thirty-two tracks have three laps, regardless of length and difficulty. At first, only two Wii and two Retro Cups are available, but clearing the former two in first place unlocks the Star Cup, while clearing the later two in first place unlocks the Leaf Cup; likewise, clearing the Star and Leaf Cups in first place unlocks the Special and Lightning Cups, respectively. This process only applies for the difficulty level the player is in, so it must be repeated for all others to have the secret Cups available in each of them.
There are sixteen new courses in Mario Kart Wii.
These courses appeared in previous Mario Kart installments, much like in Mario Kart DS. This includes two courses from the SNES installment, four from the N64 installment, two from the GBA installment, four from the GCN installment, and four from the DS installment. All of these have been graphically updated and have some new details such as extra trees and ramps, new features such as jumps, pipe tricks, and even added shortcuts. These retro courses appear in the Shell, Banana, Leaf and Lightning cups.
|New Stages||Retro Stages|
SNES Battle Course 4
GBA Battle Course 3
Chain Chomp Wheel
GCN Cookie Land
DS Twilight House
These are only found in the Tournaments. As of May 20, 2014, they are only playable via hacks.
- Galaxy Coliseum (Galaxy Arena in the PAL Version)
In Mario Kart Wii, there are Normal Staff ghosts and Expert Staff ghosts. Beating the normal staff ghosts by a certain amount of time unlocks the Expert Staff ghosts. Unlocking Expert Staff ghosts can help unlock certain characters and vehicles in the game. Below are two tables: the first shows the Normal Staff ghosts, while the second shows the Expert Staff ghosts, and also shows the character and vehicle the ghost used.
Normal Staff Ghosts
|Course||Staff Name||Time||Character||Vehicle||Wii Wheel||Drift|
|Luigi Circuit||Nin★sato||01:29.670||Luigi||B Dasher Mk. 2/Sprinter||Yes||Manual|
|Moo Moo Meadows||Nin★YuNya||01:37.856||Baby Daisy||Baby Booster/Booster Seat||Yes||Auto|
|Toad's Factory||Nin★Misa||02:22.480||Toad||Bubble Bike/Jet Bubble||Yes||Manual|
|Mario Circuit||Nin★==Kony||01:44.777||Mario||Rapide/Zip Zip||Yes||Manual|
|Coconut Mall||Nin★♪SiMO||02:30.764||Daisy||Bon Bon/Sugarscoot||No||Manual|
|DK Summit||Nin★mokke||02:34.693||Donkey Kong||Standard Bike L||Yes||Manual|
|Wario's Gold Mine||Nin★morimo||02:19.585||Wario||Wario Bike||Yes||Manual|
|Daisy Circuit||Nin★Toki||01:56.822||Daisy||Royal Racer/Daytripper||No||Manual|
|Koopa Cape||Nin★Rose||03:03.022||Koopa Troopa||Cheep Charger||No||Manual|
|Maple Treeway||Nin★pico||02:58.633||Diddy Kong||Nostalgia 1/Classic Dragster||Yes||Manual|
|Grumble Volcano||Nin★Gorin||02:28.237||Dry Bowser||Offroader||Yes||Manual|
|Dry Dry Ruins||Nin★Kei||02:30.949||Yoshi||Nostalgia 1/Classic Dragster||Yes||Manual|
|Moonview Highway||Nin★KOZ★||02:16.802||Peach||Standard Kart M||Yes||Manual|
|Bowser's Castle||Nin★YABUKI||03:04.836||Bowser||Piranha Prowler||No||Manual|
|Rainbow Road||Nin★Konno||03:05.895||Rosalina||Twinkle Star/Shooting Star||No||Manual|
|GCN Peach Beach||Nin★HIRO||01:34.233||Peach||Royal Racer/Daytripper||No||Manual|
|DS Yoshi Falls||Nin★DoTak||01:16.461||Yoshi||Rapide/Zip Zip||No||Manual|
|SNES Ghost Valley 2||Nin★YOKO||01:06.595||King Boo||Standard Kart L||Yes||Manual|
|N64 Mario Raceway||Nin★Ichiro||02:14.799||Baby Mario||Nanobike/Bit Bike||Yes||Manual|
|N64 Sherbet Land||Nin★Sakat||02:48.651||Baby Luigi||Quacker||Yes||Auto|
|GBA Shy Guy Beach||Nin★Kato||01:45.568||Koopa Troopa||Cheep Charger||Yes||Manual|
|DS Delfino Square||Nin★iwaco||02:41.807||Wario||Wario Bike||Yes||Manual|
|GCN Waluigi Stadium||Nin★NARI★||02:32.882||Waluigi||Standard Bike L||No||Manual|
|DS Desert Hills||Nin★CHIA||02:10.233||Dry Bones||Standard Bike S||No||Manual|
|GBA Bowser Castle 3||Nin★Fukuda||02:58.304||Dry Bowser||Standard Kart L||Yes||Manual|
|N64 DK's Jungle Parkway||Nin★Matt||02:58.264||Donkey Kong||Phantom||Yes||Auto|
|GCN Mario Circuit||Nin★♪Miz||01:59.771||Mario||Standard Bike M||Yes||Manual|
|SNES Mario Circuit 3||Nin★iwaco||01:38.880||Baby Mario||Standard Kart S||Yes||Manual|
|DS Peach Gardens||Nin★Ito.y||02:34.894||Baby Peach||Magikruiser||Yes||Manual|
|GCN DK Mountain||Nin★♪msk||02:57.744||Funky Kong||Wario Bike||Yes||Manual|
|N64 Bowser's Castle||Nin★GASK2||03:19.323||Bowser Jr.||Standard Kart M||Yes||Manual|
Expert Staff Ghosts
|Course||Staff Name||Unlock Time||Time||Character||Vehicle||Wii Wheel||Drift|
|Luigi Circuit||Nin★Uta♪||01:26.394||01:19.419||Luigi||Mach Bike||Yes||Manual|
|Moo Moo Meadows||Nin★Tkym||01:34.160||01:25.909||Baby Daisy||Bullet Bike||No||Auto|
|Mushroom Gorge||Nin★Miki||02:10.875||02:01.011||Toadette||Concerto/Mini Beast||No||Manual|
|Toad's Factory||Nin★GQO||02:17.653||02:05.593||Toad||Blue Falcon||No||Manual|
|Mario Circuit||Nin★fuyu||01:40.528||01:33.702||Mario||B Dasher Mk. 2/Sprinter||No||Manual|
|Coconut Mall||Nin★MUGI★||02:25.620||02:13.333||Daisy||Wild Wing||Yes||Manual|
|DK Summit||Nin★KOZ★||02:29.076||02:17.546||Donkey Kong||Flame Flyer||Yes||Manual|
|Wario's Gold Mine||Nin★♪Ryo||02:15.323||02:04.800||Wario||Flame Flyer||No||Manual|
|Daisy Circuit||Nin★Taeko||01:51.786||01:41.362||Daisy||Mach Bike||No||Manual|
|Koopa Cape||Nin★morimo||02:56.867||02:41.370||Koopa Troopa||Bubble Bike/Jet Bubble||No||Manual|
|Maple Treeway||Nin★MUGI★||02:51.684||02:37.812||Diddy Kong||Nitrocycle/Sneakster||No||Manual|
|Grumble Volcano||Nin★aki||02:22.856||02:11.852||Dry Bowser||Torpedo/Spear||No||Manual|
|Dry Dry Ruins||Nin★Akito||02:26.064||02:14.286||Yoshi||Nitrocycle/Sneakster||Yes||Manual|
|Moonview Highway||Nin★Koh||02:10.509||02:04.163||Peach||Mach Bike||Yes||Manual|
|Bowser's Castle||Nin★Masa||02:57.382||02:42.098||Bowser||Bowser Bike/Flame Runner||No||Manual|
|Rainbow Road||Nin★Syun1||03:00.007||02:44.734||Rosalina||Aero Glider/Jetsetter||No||Manual|
|GCN Peach Beach||Nin★Taeko||01:30.909||01:23.140||Peach||Dolphin Dasher||Yes||Manual|
|DS Yoshi Falls||Nin★FJ||01:14.072||01:09.175||Yoshi||Super Blooper/Turbo Blooper||Yes||Manual|
|SNES Ghost Valley 2||Nin★sira〉||01:04.261||00:58.907||King Boo||Torpedo/Spear||No||Manual|
|N64 Mario Raceway||Nin★Yuuki||02:10.069||01:59.053||Baby Mario||Concerto/Mini Beast||No||Manual|
|N64 Sherbet Land||Nin★FJ||02:42.536||02:28.356||Baby Luigi||Blue Falcon||No||Manual|
|GBA Shy Guy Beach||Nin★Matt||01:41.174||01:32.867||Koopa Troopa||Magikruiser||No||Manual|
|DS Delfino Square||Nin★TARO||02:36.630||02:24.169||Wario||Dragonetti/Honeycoupe||No||Manual|
|GCN Waluigi Stadium||Nin★♪Ryo||02:26.335||02:12.367||Waluigi||Piranha Prowler||No||Manual|
|DS Desert Hills||Nin★solami||02:02.358||01:52.686||Dry Bones||Rally Romper/Tiny Titan||Yes||Manual|
|GBA Bowser Castle 3||Nin★A24||02:53.651||02:39.391||Dry Bowser||Bowser Bike/Flame Runner||No||Manual|
|N64 DK's Jungle Parkway||Nin★Syun1||02:51.693||02:37.782||Donkey Kong||Flame Flyer||Yes||Manual|
|GCN Mario Circuit||Nin★Dai8||01:55.907||01:49.939||Mario||Wild Wing||No||Manual|
|SNES Mario Circuit 3||Nin★Shige||01:35.213||01:26.659||Baby Mario||Bullet Bike||No||Manual|
|DS Peach Gardens||Nin★==Kony||02:29.793||02:16.777||Baby Peach||Concerto/Mini Beast||Yes||Manual|
|GCN DK Mountain||Nin★Miyam||02:52.100||02:38.130||Funky Kong||Flame Flyer||Yes||Manual|
|N64 Bowser's Castle||Nin★Kentan||03:09.228||02:55.933||Bowser Jr.||Nitrocycle/Sneakster||Yes||Manual|
References to Other Games
- All past Mario Kart games: Half of the stages are taken from those games in the Retro Grand Prix, while half of the Battle courses are taken from those games under Retro Battle Course.
- Mario Bros.: The Pow Block's logo appears in some of the cars in Moonview Highway.
- Super Mario Bros.: Various items from said game appear in the background of the Battle course Block Plaza, Super Mario Bros.-style. Additionally, the first seconds of the course Bowser's Castle theme resemble the music played in that game by its instruments. Also, the tune that plays in the award ceremony is a remix of the tune that plays when Mario/Luigi beats a castle. When it gets bumped into, the kart makes several beeping noises, one of them is the first few notes from the main tune of the game, the other the power-up sound effect.
- Super Mario Bros. 3: The license plates on some of the trucks read SMB3, the abbreviation of Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Super Mario 64: Unagis appear in the background of Koopa Cape.
- Mario Kart 64: The course Moo Moo Meadows is based on Moo Moo Farm. Block Plaza has parts of Block Fort. Also, part of the music that plays during the Award Ceremony (if drivers win a Trophy) is the same as in the same scenario in Mario Kart 64.
- Yoshi's Story: An Egyptian-style remix of the main theme plays on the course Dry Dry Ruins.
- Paper Mario: Parts of Dry Dry Ruins are based off the area of the same name from this game.
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit: The Yoshi Sphinx from the background of Yoshi Desert returns as a part of the race course Dry Dry Ruins.
- Super Mario Sunshine: The battle stage Delfino Pier is based on Delfino Plaza. Also, the course Coconut Mall is seemingly located on Isle Delfino.
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!!: The Daisy Cruiser cameos in the background of Daisy Circuit. Also, Block Plaza has parts of Block City. Also, the course Dry Dry Ruins has the same starting point as Dry Dry Desert. Finally, the Grand Prix race start jingle was also recycled from that game for the Grand Prix and VS races in this game, along with the character sprites. Some of the animations seen for the driver selection process (excluding the new drivers introduced for this game) are ported character models from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, with only a few characters receiving noticeable changes.
- Mario Kart DS: The course DK Summit has derived many elements from DK Pass. Also, the course Dry Dry Ruins has similar music to that of Desert Hills.
- New Super Mario Bros.: Various features in the game are derived from their New Super Mario Bros.-look. The Mega Mushroom is an item in the game. The mushroom platforms in Mushroom Gorge is based on the mushroom platforms in said game, with the red ones being "bouncy", and the green ones more like solid platforms. Grumble Volcano is similar to World 8 of New Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Galaxy: Rainbow Road has several elements from said game, such as Star Bits or a section based on Launch Stars. Also, portions of the Good Egg Galaxy's music is heard for the course's music. Additionally, Spiked Topmen are the enemies in the June 2008 1st Competition. Also, Rosalina, who first appears in this game, returns to this game, as her second appearance, and a way to unlock her is by having a save file of this game and winning 50 races. The battle course Galaxy Coliseum is also heavily based on the game. Maple Treeway resembles the Gold Leaf Galaxy.
References in Later Games
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii: The character icons were reused in the Character Selection. Also, some of the voices from this game were reused as well.
- Mario Sports Mix: In Toad Park, the Standard Kart design is used from this game.
- Mario Kart 7: This game's retro selection reuses some courses (Mushroom Gorge, Coconut Mall, Maple Treeway and Koopa Cape). Tricks, which are first introduced here, are reused in this game.
- Mario Party 9: When players play as a specific character, like Daisy, the voices that he or she makes returns to this game as well.
- Mario Kart 8: Tricks return from this game. Bikes were confirmed to return as well.
- Favorite Video Game - Kids' Choice Awards - 2010
- Fastest Selling Kart Game - Guinness Book of World Records Gamer's Edition 2009 - 2013
- Best Selling Racing Game - Guinness Book of World Records Gamer's Edition 2009 - 2013
- For this subject's image gallery, see Mario Kart Wii/gallery.
Luigi Circuit group picture artwork.
- Main article: List of Mario Kart Wii beta elements
Sprites have been found depicting icons for a Hammer Bro., a Koopa Paratroopa and Petey Piranha. This shows that they were originally planned to be in the game but were removed in the final version for unknown reasons.
- Main article: List of glitches in Mario Kart Wii
13 Players Online
Rarely, when a player finishes a race and leaves the results screen, the top left corner will say, "The next match might have 13 players", although it should say 12. It is also possible, although unlikely, to say more than 13 players (i.e. "The next match might have 14 players"). The next match will never have more than 12 players, though.
Grumble Volcano Rock Lap Glitch
If the player manages to get on top of the large rock to the left of the starting line in Grumble Volcano, each time he or she drives around it, the game will act as if the player completed a lap.
- Main article: List of Mario Kart Wii staff
- Yasuyuki Oyagi
- Minoru Narita
- Taku Matoba
- Kentaro Tominaga
- Yugo Hayashi
- Kosuke Yabuki
- Main article: Mario Kart Wii Trading Cards
Names in other languages
Mario Kāto Wī
|Mario Kart Wii|
Mǎlìōu Kǎdīngchē Wii
|Mario Kart Wii|
|Chinese (Traditional)||瑪利歐賽車 Wii
Mǎlìōu Sàichē Wii
|Mario Racing Wii|
|Korean||마리오 카트 Wii
Mario Kateu Wii
|Mario Kart Wii|
- For the marketing of Mario Kart Wii in the United States only, Nintendo of America did a series of three commercials starring Cowboy Jed, primarily to promote their slogan for this game: "Get Behind The Wheel!". The slogan focuses on the Wii Wheel, Nintendo's targeted gameplay control, as stated earlier in this article.
- Peach wears her hair tied into a ponytail for most of the game; however, in her profile artwork and on the Congratulations screens after the ending credits, she wears her hair loose.
- Both of Nin★==Kony's staff ghosts have '777' milliseconds on the end. (02:16.777 in DS Peach Gardens and 01:44.777 in Mario Circuit).
- This game is the bestselling racing video game of all time.
- As of now, all the items that debuted in this game the Mega Mushroom, POW Block, and the Thunder Cloud are all absent in later Mario Kart installments.