Cars Mater-National Championship
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(DS, Game Boy Advance)
Cars Mater-National Championship is a racing video game developed by Rainbow Studios and published by THQ for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance, released on October 29, 2007. It is the sequel to the 2006 video game Cars, which was based on the Cars film from Pixar. In 2009, a sequel called Cars Race-O-Rama was released. This is the last Pixar game to be released on Game Boy Advance.
The game is set in the Cars world of Radiator Springs, and the game about the first ever Mater-National race, held in Radiator Springs by Lightning McQueen. There are some new characters that are in the game. The game features different-looking playing areas, and Radiator Springs, Ornament Valley, and Tailfin Pass have all been updated. In Radiator Springs, new roads have been added. In Ornament Valley, an airport and several new rock formations have been added. In Tailfin Pass, the roads have been completely revamped. In all three playing areas, some of the roads have been blocked off and can only be played in races.
Cars Mater-National also had new characters, including:
- Emma, a small white and pink rally car from England
- Gudmund, a Volvo 240 rally car from Sweden
- Otto, a German touring car
- Koji, a red, grey and white Japanese drift car
- Giovanni, a Ferrari from Italy
Cars Mater-National has received average reviews from critics upon the release. PSXExtreme gave this game a 7.0, praising the better audio, but criticized the graphics. IGN rated the Nintendo DS version of the game 6.8/10.0, calling it "cute" and "kid-friendly" but never made into 5th gear. Metacritic aggregate scores for the Nintendo DS version 69/100, the Xbox 360 version 58/100, the PlayStation 3 version 63/100, and the PlayStation 2 version 67/100.