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Wrong Link[edit]

"There are other characters that may hurt or help the racer in-game. Some of them included in the game are Lakitu, Piantas, Shy Guys, Monty Moles, and many others." "Monty Moles" links to the wrong article — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.164.88.87 (talk) 15:47, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. --ThomasO1989 (talk) 15:52, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Confirmed Items[edit]

Banana, Green Shell, Red Shell, Mushroom, Star, Thunderbolt, Spiny Shell Wxy 19:46, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

Unconfirmed Items

Blooper, Bob-omb, Triple Mushrooms, Boo, Fake Item Box, Bullet/Banzai Bill, Feather?, Fireballs? Morpher? (Mystery Item), Monty Mole???!!! (This was very confusing to hear about), Golden Mushroom

Please respond if you learn of anymore about these items, the tracks, and the cups. Wxy 19:44, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

Mushrooms, Bob-ombs, Boos and Fake boxes are likely to return, and the feather (see Super Mario Kart) and fireballs (Mario Kart Double Dash) could be returning, but the fireballs may be "fire flower" instead. But, we could always wait and see... --Pezzar 23:27, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

Why does this matter? The article should not be used as a game guide, though new items should be notable. FMF 13:49, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

This does matter, items are very important in mario titles, ignoring them would be a bad idea. However, we shouldn't write something until they are fairly well-confirmed. Writing about key aspects of titles doesn't make something a game guide, it makes it a good article. Marky1991 19:44, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

It's a complaint with both Smash Bros. and Mario Kart. Many people say items are unimportant, but they greatly affect gameplay. Pezzar (talk) 02:12, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

do not have time to edit the article itself, so will just make note here: Items are: Banana, Triple Banana, Green Shell, Triple Green Shell, Red Shell, Triple Red Shell, Spiny Shell, Mushroom, Triple Mushroom, Golden Mushroom, Giant Mushroom, Star, Thunderbolt, Thundercloud, Fake Box, POW, Blooper, Bob-omb, and Bullet Bill. I must say that I am a bit disappointed that many of the items are unavoidable, and there is very significant AI 'rubber banding' and place advantage. Since this is opinion it cannot go in the article somewhere can it? Jared743 (talk) 18:33, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

If you dig through some reviews, you'll probably find plenty of sources criticising the rubber banding and whatnot. Geoff B (talk) 18:37, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Confirmed characters/tracks/stuff[edit]

It's a bit too early for this, don't you think? I will take those sections out and leave the gameplay and online sections. If you disagree, post in here. Willy105 20:38, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

I think a characters section is necessary, but maybe not tracks... Of course, gameplay and online sections must stay. Miles Blues 22:09, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
by the way, it claims there were only four characters shown; Mario, Peach, Wario and Waluigi, but did people not see the huge picture of DK as well as in game footage of Baby Mario and Toad? 75.153.231.20 22:37, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
But the "huge picture" of Donkey Kong was actually just concept art for Mario Kart DS: http://mario-kart.net/mkds/images/101605/dk2.jpg Exactly like the other four pictures of Peach, Luigi and Mario: http://mario-kart.net/mkds/pictures.html 82.119.161.47 10:02, 13 July 2007 (UTC)
Yes, I added to that to the main article of Mario Kart characters. Willy105 22:40, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
In this game's article, I spied a certain line - "There is no confirmation that this is permanent; however, Fils-Aime did mention that more racers would be able to compete this time." When he said that 'More racers than ever will be able to compete', he was more than likely speaking of the online features that the game will have - the timing of the comment backs that, as he's speaking about the online capabilities when that comment was brought up - and that more people will be able to play against each other because of online.
You do have a very good point, he did say that. But just to be sure, we can put that there but not as concrete. We will only say it is concrete until a press release or a hands-on preview. Willy105 11:27, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

List of confirmed characters[edit]

Do not, I repeat DO NOT put a list of characters that are confirmed to be in the game. There is already a page for that. All that must go in the "Characters" section is information about vehicles and custimization. Nothing else. Willy105 01:47, 12 July 2007 (UTC)

Where's the page? →Pezzar 04:29, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

Release Date?[edit]

http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=T000701

The above link says that this game releases on January 1, 2008. Can this be a source for release date? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.244.234.39 (talk) 00:07:28, August 19, 2007 (UTC)

I would strongly suggest against using that date. It sould like it is clearly a placeholder. --67.71.79.22 22:18, 19 August 2007 (UTC)
They typically use that as a placeholder for Q1 2008 titles. Misleading, but it is usually what they do. --Nerdzrool 11:28, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

The Quarter release dates are nothing but speculations at this point in time. If someone has let's say Nintendo of Europe's press releases, please by all means edit the information with. Thanks. --MrBubbles 16:10, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

The Release date is: January 25th 2008.75.67.128.65 13:19, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

So, I checked the source on the release date and it only mentions "Early 2008," not "Spring." I'm going to change the release date back to Q1 08 for NA unless we get a reputable source saying otherwise. I know people are citing Smash's delay as a cause for Mario Kart to get delayed, too (to prevent competition or something) but that's just speculation at this point.-llamapalooza87 17:23, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

You know that the first citation if broken? Does anyone have another citation for the release date of Early 2008? Uchiha23 05:10, 14 November 2007 (UTC)

As for the Australian release date, Aussie-Nintendo.com http://aussie-nintendo.com/index.php?v=news&p=20176 have stated April-June 2008. Is this able to go into the main article? Adzma (talk) 23:16, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

Once again bringing up release date - I can find lots of sources which say Q1 of 2008 is the release date but no specific date. Q1 of 2008 is NOT "Spring", and the supposed citation provided supporting the "Spring" listing is a dead link. Why has someone changed everything to say spring? Can someone give a citation which says the game will NOT be out until spring? CokeBear (talk) 06:33, 26 December 2007 (UTC)


The release date in the article does not match the time frame cited in the E3 2007 video. The article states April and the video states Q1. New sources are needed if April is indeed correct. Otherwise, change it back to Q1. --- nwagers —Preceding unsigned comment added by 12.206.129.206 (talk) 00:55, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

Hey guys? Amazon no longer says April 30. What should we do now? 69.244.234.39 (talk) 23:32, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

Game spot is now saying may 1. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.169.46.95 (talk) 15:54, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

I don't think 1Up can be considered a source for release date in the US, because there is no actual article stating the release date is April 15th. Recently GameFly put Mario Kart Wii on their site with a release date of April 27th. We'll see who is right! MidnightScott

many site are saying for the US release date to be April 28th such as Gamespy, Ign, Gamestats, Gamepro I believe and the only other different date was gamespot with May 1st but wouldn't matter about either date because it would be in the same week for release . but Ign always gets the date right so I believe that its coming out April 28th. Preorder you copy soon because it going to be a sell out game it will be a hot seller for the longest time to come! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.232.194.204 (talk) 21:09, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

Mario Kart with Wii Wheel is found on CIRCUITCITY.COM it announce date is April 27th, 2008 which is a Sunday and it would make since as a lot of Wii game that are popular are release on a Sunday so April 27th, 2008 sound real. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.232.194.204 (talk) 14:31, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

That's not a reliable source, see WP:VG/DATE: "For unreleased games, vendor sites should not be used as verifiable sources since their date is likely based on their best estimate of when the game is to be out; always look for corroborating statements from reliable sources to confirm these dates."

Any talk about the new 16 player stuff, as well as anything from Nintendo UK is speculation[edit]

http://computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=171506

“The details printed in Official Nintendo Magazine 21 regarding Mario Kart Wii were healthy speculation on our part and are in no way an official announcement from Nintendo. We are sorry if we have mislead anyone. We do not set out to mislead our readers. ONM apologises profusely for any misunderstandings that this has caused.” - ONM (original story here) --MrBubbles 11:52, 6 September 2007 (UTC) Is this regarding, Peach on a motorbike? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 194.72.54.162 (talk) 12:30, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Question re: Two wheeled vehicles[edit]

"The game will also be the second Mario Kart game to feature two-wheeled vehicles, the first being Mario Kart DS."

Eh? What vehicles in MKDS have two wheels? Doctorbob 19:31, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

There are no motorcycles in MKDS take that off.--FrosticeBlade 02:57, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Actually it was waliugi's chopper but it had 3-wheels —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.144.120.3 (talk) 22:19, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

It is actually the second time they have bikes. There was this snes satellite game where they had fixed up Excite bike and added some of the core Mario team members. I know that we have an article about the game, but I don't remember the name.--Henke37 (talk) 21:57, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Found it, it is called Mario Excite Bike.--Henke37 (talk) 22:52, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Therefore, that indicates that this is the second game in the Mario series to feature two-wheeled vehicles, but the first one in the Mario Kart series. trainfan01 9:13, August 21, 2010 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Mascot logo mkwii-1-.jpg[edit]

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Problem with first sentence of Gameplay[edit]

"Mario Kart Wii will return the franchise to single driver gameplay, moving away from the approach of its predecessor, Mario Kart: Double Dash!! on the Nintendo Gamecube. Like Mario Kart DS..."

Mario Kart DS returned the franchise to one driver, not this game. Mario Kart DS is also this game's predecessor, not Double Dash. If I had any writing skills what-so-ever, I'd fix it, but alas, I have horrible writing skills. So someone who does have writing skills should fix this. Shyrangerr (talk) 13:28, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

I don't think the writer considered MKDS as a direct sequal, as it was on a portable system instead of a console. Pezzar (talk) 07:17, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Indeed, I'd not have considered DS as the precursor to MK Wii. Not sure what Nintendo think or what the general gaming community think but might well be worth trying to find a source. MLA (talk) 10:59, 11 December 2007 (UTC)
Why not? It has DS exclusive tracks, and DS exclusive items. These things couldn't exist if the DS version hadn't come first

I would say MKDS is the precursor. Wii builds on lots of things form DS: The structure (4 normal/ 4 retro), the online service, the single player vehicles.. just because it was on a handheld, doesn't disqualify it as the next game in the line, it wasn't a smaller/simpler version as all. Furthermore, by the inclusion of some Gamecube tracks in the DS version, and DS tracks in this version, it clearly makes the lineage clear Romanista (talk) 09:13, 14 April 2008 (UTC)


HEY! I'm pretty sure boo is unlockable in the Mario Kart Double Dash. That would make that sentence in the first paragraph wrong, when it states that this is the first game with boo being a playable character. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.16.117.70 (talk) 23:22, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Wrong, it was King Boo not Boo. --Mr.Mario 192 (talk) 03:27, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

Karts[edit]

Apparently characters are able to switch karts, according to British magazine NGamer. Should this be noted/included? Pezzar (talk) 04:01, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Motorcycles[edit]

The section about motorcycles being used is tagged Citation needed. Would a picture such as this:

http://n-europe.com/games/mariokarts/10.jpg

count or would an article be required? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.18.21.52 (talk) 21:44, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

I think that would count cause it aint photoshopped. I've seen that screen in an issue of NP. ;)SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 19:11, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

Different Characters Driving the same Karts?![edit]

Any one compare screen shots and notice that Wario, Waluigi, and DK (And possibly Baby Mario, though only the front is seen) are all driving the same muscle car with different colors? Or Wario, Waluigi, and Bowser all driving the same Bullhorns front kart? Or Mario, Luigi, and Peach all driving the same Bicycle wheels, actually kart-looking kart? (Also possibly Mario and Bowser driving the same large round Kart.) What does this mean?! Do they all just choose from some big mega-collection of karts, or is it like in Mario Kart DS where they can eventually choose from all the kart once the ability is unlocked. Anyone know what's up with this?!GEM036 (talk) 22:19, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

I'm guessing the same karts with diffferent colours. Any other thoughts? Pezzar (talk) 02:09, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

The 'Karts and motorbikes' section; "Karts and motorbikes are identical regardless of who races them, but both change color depending on who is riding them" seems to suggest choice of character is purely asthetic. This is not the case. 121.44.47.65 (talk) 16:04, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

Supposed Boxart[edit]

This was found...anyone have a source, or is it fake? http://wiinintendo.net/wp-content/mkwiibox.jpg —Preceding unsigned comment added by Crazydog115 (talkcontribs) 17:54, 2 February 2008 (UTC) 63

    • Does not look real.Willy105 (talk) 13:01, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

WILLY!? From the Sonic X fourms on tv.com? Well, it looks fake, they'll probably use new art.SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 23:39, 8 February 2008 (UTC)

Looking at the box, I see that it uses the Wii logo, while most Wii games (except Wii Sports etc.) don't usually use it. Therefore I think it should be removed. Pezzar (talk) 06:58, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Does anyone know or think that Mario Kart Wii will come in an actual case for the disk, or do you think it will just be a paper sleeve like Wii Sports & Link's Crossbow Training? --MidnightScott (talk) 05:29, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

I'd think an actual case... at least that'd be my preference. —Locke Coletc 05:43, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
This is the real box art when you pre-order the game you get a box that holds a MKW wheel and the game.--Lbrun12415 20:52, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

I was wrong (which isn't the first time). I've just seen it advertised in a catologue for my local department store (with an OFLC rating), so it is official. Pezzar (talk) 08:10, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Famistu information[edit]

The most recent issue of Famitsu had a lot of Mario Kart information (Japan release date, courses, ect) I'm also going to be updating this article with this information, since I consider Famitsu to be a reliable source.

Seasniffer (talk) 14:48, 6 February 2008 (UTC)


Sonic the Hedgehog, seriously?[edit]

I was reading this the other night and came across an article. I wanted to see what characters were in Mario Kart Wii so I check under characters and see that it says Sonic the Hedgehog has not been confirmed. I'm just thinking why anyone would even think that he is in this game. I mean it's a possibility, but come on; what would make you even put that on this page. It's pure hope. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.167.42.125 (talk) 17:32, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Speculation. It shouldn't be there. And honestly, due to Mario geing in a SEGA game and Sonic being in a Nintendo game, people have started to think that Mario and Sonic go in EVERY game together. It's annoying really. DengardeComplaints 18:40, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Simply pathetic! Is there any proof for Baby Boo?SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 23:42, 17 February 2008 (UTC)



My thoughts exactly, you can't just asume that someone is in a game. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.167.42.125 (talk) 18:38, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Next thing we know, people will start rumours that Snake is in the game!M4192 (talk) 04:45, 16 March 2008 (UTC)

Semi-protection (PLEASE READ)[edit]

CAN WE PLEASE!? An unregistered user keeps checking YES for ALL characters on MKW, and adding Sonic, Baby DK, E Gadd, Paper Mario, Dixie, Toadsworth, etc.SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 21:41, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

So, IGN's the culprit yet again...

http://boards.ign.com/mario_kart/b5984/159246992/p1/

Rumours...How they start...SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 22:17, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

And i figured out how Baby Boo started, a magazine stated "Baby Peach, and Boo are playable." Perhaps the n00bs mistaked it as Baby Boo?SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 22:35, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 23:54, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

ALSO[edit]

Why is there a need to use "also" 8 times? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 194.72.54.162 (talk) 09:32, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Ummm...I dunno. You wanna use "As well as" Instead? Be my guest!SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 16:48, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Release Date Sources for NA and Austrailia[edit]

Where are the sources for the release dates? Arogi Ho (talk) 22:04, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

No...SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 23:07, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

What do you mean no? Arogi Ho (talk) 02:38, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

I was wondering the same thing. They should be changed to TBA if there are no sources. Adzma (talk) 23:12, 24 February 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. Arogi Ho (talk) 00:55, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Release Dates[edit]

Someone has now put up 1up as their "source" for the April 15 release date. It should be noted that 1up originally said it would be March 15, then changed it to "Spring 2008" and now April 15, all without any announcements from Nintendo. I have no idea where they got this date from, but I think the release date should be kept to "Spring 2008" or "Q2 2008" until an OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT has been made. It's ridiculous that every time I open this page, there's a new NA release date; I even saw March 31 yesterday, which I had to correct since it didn't even make any sense, March 31 being before the already announced Japanese and European releases. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Benifb (talkcontribs) 03:07, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

1UP.com is Electronic Gaming Monthly which is a reliable source. Official announcements would actually not be usable on Wikipedia because they would be considered a primary source. Please see WP:V. —Locke Coletc 03:26, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

1up.com has been listing this date for a while now, even as Nintendo of America continues to say there has been no official announcement on the release date. What makes this April 15 date any more reliable than the March 15 date that 1up had previously listed as the release date? They changed it as soon as the Japanese and European releases were announced, when it became obvious that it wouldn't be coming out in NA in March. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Benifb (talkcontribs) 03:48, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

It's nothing more than a logical guess. They probably assumed April 15th because it follows the same release pattern as Double Dash - released in Europe on the Friday, then in North America the following Tuesday. DVD Smith (talk) 20:08, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

This is all fascinating original research, but second guessing our sources isn't what we do on Wikipedia. We have a source saying April 15th, 2008, and that's what we should be reporting. Not individual editors "gut feelings". —Locke Coletc 02:40, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
We should not have a date at all until we get an official announcement. The "sources" don't have a clue when the game is coming out any more than we do. Just look at them - we have a source that says April 15, April 28, May 1, June 1, and Q2 2008 All of those are reliable, trustworthy video game websites and they each list a different date. -Zomic13 (talk) 02:56, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
Please see WP:RS, we use reliable sources. The only reliable source you quoted was 1up, which is Ziff-Davis/Electronic Gaming Monthly (an actual printed publication). Those other sources are indeed likely guessing. —Locke Coletc 02:59, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
No, that is not true at all. IGN and Gamespot are just as reliable as 1up.com. -Zomic13 (talk) 03:01, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
As reliable sources go, 1up is more reliable/credible than the others as it is the online incarnation of an actual physical publication. Again, see WP:V and WP:RS. —Locke Coletc 03:07, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
First, a reliable source is a reliable source. Just because it also has a print publication doesn't make it any more reliable than a purely online site. If anything IGN is the most reliable site because of its dedicated Nintendo team that has close ties to Nintendo... Regardless though, the point is that none of the sites know for sure because the Nintendo has not officially revealed the date. Until Nintendo does, every site is just guess and we shouldn't list guesses, sourced or not. -Zomic13 (talk) 03:14, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
Not true, we shouldn't list guesses made by editors, that would be original research on our part. Wikipedia routinely cites reliable sources best guesses though, and I see no reason why this situation should be any different. An "official announcement" is actually not something we would use on Wikipedia as it is considered a primary source unless the announcement was being reported by a secondary source (1UP, EGM, etc). —Locke Coletc 03:18, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
By picking one reliable source over another we are essentially listing a guess made by you. I would agree with you if all of the reliable sources were listing the same date, but they are not. Thus the best course of action is to list the date as TBA. -Zomic13 (talk) 03:25, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
But saying "TBA" is itself original research because we have a date with a reliable source. Do you see the issue? —Locke Coletc 03:30, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
We have many different reliable sources each stating different dates. Do you see the issue? -Zomic13 (talk) 03:33, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
But only one of those sources is available in print which is a hell of a lot more credible than a website (which literally anyone can make on their own). —Locke Coletc 03:57, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
But IGN and Gamespot aren't websites that "just anyone made". They are legit businesses and their websites are entirely credible. Also, you're not even citing a print source - you're citing a website as well. Technically 1up.com isn't even the website for any print magazines - it's just part of the same games network under Ziff Davis Media, therefore it should fall under the same criticisms as any other website. -Zomic13 (talk) 04:00, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but that doesn't make any sense. —Locke Coletc 04:34, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

There is no official announcement yet. Leve it as TBA —Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.169.124.2 (talk) 17:05, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

Nintendo officially said 4/27. Arogi Ho (talk) 20:40, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

Nintendo power didnt even have a date for the game. it SHOULD be TBA —Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.169.112.179 (talk) 17:02, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Did that help?[edit]

I edited the article to state that a release date for North America has "yet to be confirmed." Since you were bickering on the fact there were many conflicting release dates, I figured that one hasn't been confirmed. Can we get rid of that ugly dispute banner now? ~~ Gromreaper(Talk)/(Cont) 06:16, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

Fine, whatever. We have a date and we're refusing to use it because a handful of editors would rather go by their gut feeling rather than a reliable source. —Locke Coletc 15:18, 7 March 2008 (UTC)
How do you even know for sure these editors are making "wild guesses"? They have lots of contacts in the industry, and they sure know more about the business than you and I do. Also, saying that a website like 1Up is more credible just because it has a print counterpart is like saying that smarmy tabloid websites are credible just because they have smarmy print versions you can buy at the grocery. Plus IGN now lists June 28 as the release date, so I dunno who to belive at this point. And remember, IGN is a big site network owned by Fox, so it's actually a lot bigger and richer than the struggling Ziff-Davis (which recently filed for Chapter 11.) Nintenboy01 (talk) 01:48, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Gamespot told me april 15 so did 1up.com.

Why did you guys edit the NA release date to TBA? Nintendo announced Mario Kart Wii to come out April 27, 2008.Versus22 (talk) 13:07, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
It was just some random IP changing it back to TBA. -Zomic13 (talk) 18:27, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia -_-[edit]

Thats the problem with wikipedia, based on "verifiable sources" rather than facts. Hell, if I found 20 popular websites that said "the sky's true color is red, but the government doesnt want you to know that, so they send blue crap in the air everyday" it would be an article here. AND no one could challenge it, because I could verify it with "approved sites".

Anyways, done ranting. The release date is the 28th done and over. Now we need to write something about voice chatting...anyone got anything?

Skane (talk)

Wikipedia is based on reliable sources. Bunch of conspiracy sites amount to nothing against research done by scholar community. And please sign your posts with time stamp. --Mika1h (talk) 16:34, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

"Now we need to write something about voice chatting...anyone got anything?" Is voice-chat available in this game? Moccamonster Talk 15:31, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

There is no voice chat in this game, so we don't need to write a section about a non-existent feature. -Zomic13 (talk) 19:34, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Reviews[edit]

Nintendo Power just gave it a 9.0 I'd put it in but I know nothing about editing pages. Zabbethx (talk) 18:11, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

I'll take care of it! ;)SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 01:47, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

It's already there...?SLJCOAAATR 1 (talk) 01:47, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

The Edge review is in issue 188 of Edge, out in the UK now. I'm not sure how real-world magazines should be referenced ... Tim (Xevious) (talk) 14:56, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

Drafting[edit]

Drafting is noted in the gameplay section. What makes it worth noting? As far as I'm concerned, it's not new.Pezzar (talk) 03:30, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

It was not present in MArio Kart: Double Dash, so it is important to note that it has returned. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.188.247.144 (talk) 22:36, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

I was just about to make this comment myself. Drafting was present in the N64 version, but I forgot about GC and GBA. I'll edit this to make it so that it's a return of the feature. If that's not okay (as in, if it conflicts with the citations or something), then reverse it. Venku Tur'Mukan (talk) 06:46, 12 February 2011 (UTC)
Never mind. I actually reread the entry and it was fine. :P Sorry 'bout that. False alarm. Venku Tur'Mukan (talk) 06:50, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

Erm..[edit]

"..but claimed that the tracks are too big and felt lonely for local multiplayer matches as they are designed to have 12 racers on them, not 4."

That reviewer really needs to actually play the game before he reviews it. 84.70.188.78 (talk) 22:44, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

Agreed Nitromaster (talk) 21:07, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

I'm not sure if UK reviews should even be counted to be honest - none of them (Ngamer, ONM, Edge, GamesTM) have actually played and reviewed the retail version. Nintendo held several 'media days' back at the beginning of March for print and online magazines but the versions they played never had full features, including any access to online. Darrek Attilla (talk) 11:13, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

Blue Falcon[edit]

Apparently, users on Youtube confirmed the Blue Falcon is available for lightweight characters. If A verifiable source can be found (probably not) , will it be put in the article?

Astro (talk) 04:31, 13 April 2008 (UTC)

Can you provide links to the YouTube videos and who is the "Blue Falcon"? -Zomic13 (talk) 04:48, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
I just unlocked it last night, And it's Captain Falcon's racer, Zomic. --84.70.188.78 (talk) 06:49, 13 April 2008 (UTC)

Versus also for single player[edit]

In the section about gameplay it says versus is for 2 to 4 players and that there are no cpu characters in versus, but you can also play versus with only one player and you can play versus against cpu characters. 85.225.69.124 (talk) 11:15, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

Done a small edit into game modes. Pezzar (talk) 07:25, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Snaking[edit]

The article mentions: The ability to "snake" in previous Mario Kart games, which creates speed boosts by repeatedly drifting, has been abandoned in favor of a new speed boost system based on how long the player actually drifts and the angle they drift at.

However, this is a bit misleading. One can still "snake," just not as easily (the required duration of a drift for a speed boost is longer than in previous games) and less effectively , so much that it can even be disadvantageous compared to simply driving straight, depending on the track inclination. Also, the drift boost is only available in the "Manual" (as opposed to Automatic) gameplay method. More information here: http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/wii/file/942008/52407

I think this is simply a matter of an error in the article's reference, which was written prior to the game's release. --92.104.130.4 (talk) 07:49, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

Control systems[edit]

"However, by using the GameCube controller, some techniques will not be able to be accomplished."

I feel this is misleading. I know it's citing Kotaku.com, in turn citing an official press release, but the game has now been released and all commands available on the remote appear to also be available on the Classic and Cube controllers. The remote shakes have been mapped to the D-pad. Surely the final game code and the instruction manual take precedence over pre-release info?

If there really are missing techniques, fair enough.Dbfnq (talk) 14:14, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

The classic and GameCube control schemes are both missing the sound from the Wiimote. --Pepsiman (talk) 11:48, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

The double jump while in theory may seem possible, it is not actually possible in the Wii version of the game. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 204.50.149.209 (talk) 18:09, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Reception[edit]

I feel this section should only be for published reviews of the game. However there is a section which criticizes the online portion of the game which uses terms like "This system is questioned by players of the game," and "leading to people questioning if an unbalanced game can have a "skill level". Without references, this smacks of "weasel words" and violates NPOV. I tried to delete this section, but I find that it has been added back. Therefore I added the "weasel words" and "citation needed" tags. I still feel that these comments should be completely deleted. Richiekim (talk) 17:30, 21 April 2008 (UTC)


Distribution and Production[edit]

I've noticed that the internet is flooded with articles on supply and demand and production on Wii products, including the console, Fit, Kart, etc. It seems that many readers seem to want to conceal the fact that in the United States (and maybe other countries), individuals have used this discrepency in demand vs. supply to purchase these items at retail and sell them at secondary market prices, sometimes doubling the price. I'm wondering what is the harm in disclosing this fact? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.240.1.2 (talk) 00:33, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

Probably a lot of folks are re-sellers themselves and don't want to see this called out. I tend to agree with you. Its interesting to see one individual in particular engaging in censoring this information out, usually on some silly technicality. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.105.95.134 (talk) 02:56, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Again, there seems to be a dispute with the latest source. Again, this source is not different in nature from the majority of the sources quoted on this very same page. Does the site meet the criteria of being Reliable, Third Party? Funny how the same individual that states that there is nothing on the site to indicate that it meets the criteria, even though the site has references, statistcs, and data to substantiate its claims; is the same person that seems to advocate VGChartz as a reliable source. Both of those sites are nearly identical in format, content, sources, and data. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.105.94.123 (talk) 04:34, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Ghost Data[edit]

can someone explain to me that Ghost Data is.--Lbrun12415 22:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

You can race against a recording of another player in time trial mode. The other player appears translucent, like a ghost. --Pepsiman (talk) 11:49, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

If you beat the CPU ghost data by a certain amount of time, you unlock Expert Staff data. Or is that already in the article? Wikiert (talk) 16:19, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Online Spectator[edit]

I was reading the wi-fi section and I stumbled across what was stated as a "online spectator option". I think it should be renamed online spectator feature because I'm sure there's only spectator when waiting for the next game. I found this a little misleading... —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.239.97.127 (talk) 21:46, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

I agree. When waiting for the next race or battle to begin you are automactically taken to a spectator feature which ends when the race or battle ends- you have not choice. Chevymontecarlo (talk) 11:52, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

Mario Kart Wii Glitch[edit]

I've encountered a strange problem, I completed all the 50CC and 100CC races with gold cups, and afterwards it mentions you can now use Bikes in the 50CC (Once all gold cups in 50CC), and Karts in 100CC (Once all gold cups in 100CC). However once I go back to actually try either out, neither show up under either menu of 50CC or 100CC just the original option of Karts only for 50CC and Bikes only for 100CC. Has anyone else experienced this problem or actually able to use Kart and Bike under the 50CC+100CC. I have the PAL Australian version of the game.Denzelio (talk) 09:09, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

:When selecting 50/100/150 cc, press +, it will switch the vehicle options. Geoff B (talk) 09:12, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Great thankyou, until now i never noticed that little word flashing (+ switch), I think the menu system is still very poor in this game compared to the previous versions, and I'm still baffled that they didn't just have both options appear as you would think, whats the point in switching. Too many screens to go through, as well as no option to return to the cup menu or restart a level, when exiting a race it's like reseting the game every time.Denzelio (talk) 09:23, 29 April 2008 (UTC)


This comment is entirely a WP:Forum. It is now crossed over as of June 29 2010. trainfan01 —Preceding undated comment added 03:28, 25 June 2010 (UTC).

The two arcade games?[edit]

There was only ONE Mario Kart arcade game, so far as I can remember.

Arson (talk) 12:05, 29 April 2008 (UTC)Sonicfan93

There was a sequel. --ThomasO1989 (talk) 15:16, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Indeed, there was another one released just a year or two ago. -Zomic13 (talk) 07:11, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

List of vehicles available[edit]

In the Karts and Motorcycles section, it would be good to include a list of available vehicles that can be used in the game. Maybe a table listing the different karts and bikes available and their equivalent name in different (English speaking) regions where the game has been released. As I understand, some vehicles have different names in different parts of the world. For example, Tiny Titan (small kart) in USA is called Rally Romper in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Also, the list could include information telling if the vehicle listed needs to be unlocked in order to be used.

Alondono (talk) 04:30, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

I oppose this, according to WikiPedia is not a game guide.

Voice cast section...[edit]

Okay, so I get that the games I mentioned weren't "featured articles". But is this a featured article itself? If other articles can provide information on the voice actors, I don't see at all why this can't. Just my two cents though, my thoughts usually go ignored... Ace of Jokers (talk) 09:56, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

I just removed it. Cite the sources, and make them actually link to the character's articles, K? Then, we'll see about it. And make it a table.Skeletal_SLJCOAAATR_Soul_Striker_of_Vengence (talk) 01:25, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

Uh, well for one thing when I added it I did link to both the voice actors and characters article (actually, now that I look, everyone seemed to link to the articles... >_>). If you want it to be in a table, you do it. I'm only arguing about this because Thornstrom's responses have been flawed responses. I'm going to go ahead and add the table back to the article (with source, but I don't really see the point of it if other articles get away with not using sources). You may make it into a table if you wish. Ace of Jokers (talk) 05:40, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
No, this is not a featured article itself, but that's what we're aiming for, right? :) Featured articles are a good way of knowing how a video game article should look like since they have been reviewed and discussed a lot. if you look at Super Mario 64 there is some voice cast mentions in the development section, maybe this is enough? I think we need more arguments before going further with this section...
Sounds fair enough. = ) Ace of Jokers (talk) 09:16, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

"Notes" Section?[edit]

I have never seen an article with the reflist under a "Notes" header, it should be under the "References" header. Logan GBA (talk) 04:36, 11 May 2008 (UTC)

Never mind, it seems that articles use one name or the other. Logan GBA (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 04:44, 11 May 2008 (UTC)


Availability in the UK[edit]

I'm wondering why this article doesn't mention the fact that the game is out-of-stock in all retailers I have visited in the UK? I keep reading that it's been released but it isn't mentioned in any stores, I kept thinking it was delayed. In GAME a couple of days ago I saw a pre-order sticker on empty boxes. It's like something from Twilight Zone over here. I'm guessing due to its popularity and that it comes with the wheel Nintendo have been unable to meet demand quick enough. It mentions how well it sold in the UK but not its scarcity. Mr.bonus (talk) 20:17, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

GAN[edit]

I'm not your assessor, and I probably won't be, but I thought I'd give some suggestions anyways. I spot a bare reference (current ref #11). Current ref 34 is citing a wikipedia article (magazine w/o page numbers/edition number). Current ref 6 has a bracket in the beginning. Another thing, try and expand the development section as much as possible. Good luck! --haha169 (talk) 18:31, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Completely agree. I'll also be adding my complete GAN review below. Gazimoff WriteRead 19:35, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

GAN Review[edit]

GAN review can now be found here following updates to the GAN process. Gazimoff WriteRead 16:04, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Gameplay Image[edit]

As I said on the Mario Kart Double Dash! Discussion Page, the beta image needs to be replaced with an image of the final gameplay since the game is out. Same for the same one on the Mario Kart Playable Characters Page. I have the game, but I am unable to send one. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Chykka207 (talkcontribs) 23:18, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Characters Section[edit]

This article needs a section with characters and their weight classes and also if they're playable from the start or if they're unlockable. --PJ Pete July 11, 2008 14:07

Too excessive. To do so would end up making the article look like a game guide. And the Mario Kart series article already has a list of characters in the series. --ThomasO1989 (talk) 21:15, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

being kicked in online games[edit]

I think it might be fun to mention that if you "misbehave" during races, you will be disconnected from online play. Though theres no sources I can find, I do know that getting a star and driving the wrong way into the swarm of cars just before everyone passes the finish line can easily result in your connection being "briefly" cut. Needs a source but very cool ;).... And evil ( http://www.scribblevillage.com/?p=1431 ) 69.157.57.92 (talk) 02:43, 10 February 2009 (UTC)


If you get kicked off it comes up with 'You were disconnected from the other players' on the screen. Chevymontecarlo (talk) 16:37, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Recent revert to Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Hi. I know that "Time Trial" is the name of the mode used in-game, but you may have not quite understood the other part. I didn't say that you can be hit by one weapon and not drop any coins. I'm just saying that the amount of coins players drop by different weapon differs. For example, I played battle mode before. If I got hit by a green shell (which is easy to dodge) I lose half of my coins, but if I got hit by a red shell (which is hard to dodge) I lose only three. Can I keep "Time Trial" 'as is' and change the sentence to "the amount differs of what weapon you got hit from?" Impala2009 | Talk 01:17, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Your proposed addition is okay with me, though unreferenced. You may want to revise it to something more grammatically correct, like, "the amount differs based on which item a player is struck with." You also must not detail what item does what damage to a player's coin count, as this is not a player's guide. Also understand that just because I find it appropriate (when accurate), that does not mean every editor will feel the same. For this reason, this discussion should be happening on the MKW talk page, not my user talk page. I will move it there for posterity. DKqwerty (talk) 01:28, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Another NEW item[edit]

I also noticed that there was another new item from Mario Kart Wii, the "Thundercloud". It is an item that allows the player to shrink an opponent before the thunder strikes and the player themself gets shrunk. Can I add this information in this article? Impala2009 | Talk 05:38, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

Yes that's a good idea. Chevymontecarlo (talk) 11:54, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

Unlockables/Items[edit]

For example how to unlock all the characters/karts/etc, and for the items how to avoid them, and what they do. I'd be glad to add all that information personally. Edit: My bad, I didn't mean to something when haywire. —Preceding unsigned comment added by OhlawdsHunter (talkcontribs) 18:36, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

hackers/cheaters?[edit]

Should there be a section where Nintendo is having trouble with hackers/cheaters on Mario Kart Wii? I feel there should be something in it about it, but I do not have a reliable source to back it up. Only read about it in a forum I go too. Adamdaley (talk) 08:07, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

I've seen a real lot of them.
I dont know the forum you've talked about but i've talked about this on the MapWii forum and then, users brought links of YouTube videos showing people using their cheat to have infinite star, infite blue shell or anything. I even say infinite mini boost and no drop in rank when a player at 9999 finished in fourth place.
What make their cheating anoying is that the race end 30 second after the first player finish it's third lap even if other player are just begining the third lap.
And this is when their trying to win. Because i experienced many times in races been bump again and again by a couple of cheating with infinite star that were going back and forth on the circuit.
There a few sites on the net that tell people how to cheat using homebrew or something. TulipVorlax (talk) 03:53, 15 September 2009 (UTC)


People sometimes hack to get their time trial times down to like a few seconds- yes I think you should definately include it in the article it's quite a major subject in my opinion. Although hackers get disconnected when playing on wifi if they mess around but I'm not sure if that happens all the time....Chevymontecarlo (talk) 16:31, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

I myself am a hacker, and I must say this. Not all hackers will hack to win. These types of hackers are called 4TW hackers, which stands for "4 the Win". However, the other hackers are known as 4TL hackers, which means "4 the Lawls". Basically, 4TL hackers will simply attack other racers as much as they can and then purposely lose the race to make things fair. Us hackers also use hacks to increase our VR number to over 9999. By doing this, anyone who crosses the finish line will obtain VR points. So, we're not really taking anything from them. Not all hackers are negative on Mario Kart, and in fact, the nice hackers will lead to others making an online video series dedicated to hacker races like I have. I say you should go ahead and put a second dedicated to talking about hackers, but make sure you mention that not all of them hack to win or that not all of them hack negatively —Preceding unsigned comment added by Yoshiller (talkcontribs) 15:44, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

Game Mode "Grand Prix" inaccuracy[edit]

The lines "Unlike previous installments, "Grand Prix" is only available in single-player mode." and ""Versus Mode" entails one to four local players racing head-to-head in a single race on any course either with or without artificial intelligence (AI) players." are both misleading and inaccurate statements, as the standard versus mode is identical to the "Grand Prix" single player mode and - by default settings - tallies the winner by the cumulative score of four races, not one. The only difference is the limitation in single player mode to play each race in a single cup in a linear fashion, as opposed to the select-your-own-prix style of multiplayer. "Grand Prix" fails to describe this difference, and has the strong potential to lead readers into believing that the races are broken into solitary units as opposed to a cumulative whole.

I do not mean to nitpick, but this is a fairly large error. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.220.81.102 (talkcontribs) 08:39, September 26, 2009 (UTC)

Um... Your reasons why the sentences are incorrect have nothing to do with what the sentences are saying. The first sentence is not misleading because it says that Grand Prix is only available in single-player mode, which is true. The second sentence is not misleading because it says that Versus Mode has up to four players racing with or without CPU racers, which is true. Neither of those sentences says (or is meant to say) anything about the scoring structure of said modes, nor is it meant to describe the number or order of races in either mode. BAPACop (converse) 18:01, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Allow me to elaborate then. The statement ""Grand Prix" is only available in single-player mode." is either tautological, or untrue. If by "Grand Prix" it is specifically saying "the single player version dubbed Grand Prix," then the statement is clearly tautological, in that it would really translate to "the single player version of "Grand Prix" is only available in single-player mode" and should therefore be omitted. If however it is using "Grand Prix" in the general sense (the quotes clearly imply otherwise) - in other words a series of related races or more specifically a set of races whose winner is determined by a cumulative score - then it is clearly untrue, as the multiplayer mode also includes this. The second phrase is not misleading in the number of players or CPUs it mentions, it is misleading in the number of races it presents. It is not a single race unless the user specifically manipulates the game to cause it to be so. This is an important distinction, and is misleading if not clarified. It would be better written as ""Versus Mode" entails one to four local players racing head-to-head in a collection of races on any available course either with or without artificial intelligence (AI) players." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.220.81.102 (talkcontribs) 01:08, September 27, 2009 (UTC)

Since it's under the Game Modes section, it's clearly referring to the game mode entitled "Grand Prix", which is only available in single-player mode. In Mario Kart Wii (unlike Mario Kart 64, for example), there is no multiplayer mode entitled "Grand Prix". In MK64, multiple players could race through the series of four races in order, just like the single-player version. Since that does not exist in this version of the game, that's why this statement is both true, and cannot be omitted. BAPACop (converse) 02:41, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Dual Layer Disk[edit]

I compared the disk to that of super smash brothers brawl and it looks dual layer to me, can anyone confirm this?--65.182.144.2 (talk) 15:30, 21 January 2010 (UTC)

Not dual layer, the ISO is the standard file size for Wii ISOs. Tsutarja494, the Grass Snake Editor (talk | contribs) 16:41, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

I propose that Mario Kart DS be merged into Mario Kart Wii. This is because they are the same game on different consoles. I think the new artical name should be either Mario Kart, Mario Kart 6. Mapplemiphone (talk) 21:41, 7 September 2011 (UTC)

So they're the same game, huh. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 8.24.100.130 (talk) 17:21, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Hahahahahahaha. That's funny. They are not the same game. Saying Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and its DS version, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance, are the same game is a better argument. Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii are completely different games with different everything. Blake (Talk·Edits) 18:31, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
Of course. Salvidrim (talk) 18:41, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Custom Tracks?[edit]

One of the very few things that keep this game selling is the appearance of unofficial racing courses made by fans that can be played and expand the experience, there are even modifications to this game that allow more than the original 32 tracks made by Nintendo, should that be mentioned here? --189.179.20.42 (talk) 17:19, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Redirect[edit]

I typed in Delfino Square and came here. Shouldn't I be redirected to Mario Kart DS since that's where it first appeared? Mario Kart Wii only made a remake of it. 108.203.57.231 (talk) 00:37, 7 January 2014 (UTC)