Mario Kart Wii game, course and track information
Mario Kart Wii

Release dates

Australia April 24, 2008
Europe April 11, 2008
Japan April 10, 2008
N.America April 27, 2008


General information

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Developed by Nintendo

Published by Nintendo

Players: Up to 12 via Wi-Fi



Drivers, start your engines!


Nintendo is bringing Mario and his friends with their finely tuned racing machines back and this time to the Nintendo Wii. With 3 different control styles and a Wii Wheel included in the box, Mario Kart Wii is bound to be the best in the series. The worldwide race is on with a whole new set of tricks, tracks, and ways to play! Place first in Grand Prix circuits or clear skill-based missions.



Mario Kart Wii draws on courses and battle arenas from every game in the series – not to mention tons of new ones – the true king of the Mushroom Kingdom racing circuits will finally be crowned.


Mario and his friends are back and ready to race once again in Mario Kart Wii! Experience new tracks, enhanced Wii graphics, extraordinary gameplay and much more! Place first in Grand Prix circuits or clear skill-based missions to open up increasingly difficult and thrilling circuits. .


Players can have multiplayer races on any open courses or battle in arenas. Also included with Mario Kart Wii is the Wii Wheel! Now you can feel like your Mario and steering to avoid obstacles and doing incredible stunts - in the safety of your home of course

Game Features:

  • The Wii Wheel transforms the Wii Remote; controller into a steering wheel that feels natural in anyone's hands, while the Wii Remote and Nunchuk; controller offer a classic control style for the Mario Kart veteran. In either configuration, players can perform speed-boosting tricks with a shake of the Wii Remote.

  • Players can race as their favourite Nintendo character, or even as themselves! Mario Kart Wii lets players race with their personalized Mii; characters. And racers will see other Mii characters they have created cheering from the sidelines on some race courses.

  • Players can compete with up to three friends in their living room. Or challenge up to 11 opponents via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in the biggest Mario Kart race yet. All tracks and modes of play are available via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and players can visit the Mario Kart Channel to compete in tournaments, check rankings, see when their friends are playing and download ghost data.

  • Cruise new tracks and arenas or tour classic courses from Super Mario Kart;, Mario Kart; 64, Mario Kart;: Super Circuit;, Mario Kart;: Double Dash!!; and Mario Kart; DS. Tired of riding on four wheels? Bust out one of the new motorbikes for special tricks and techniques.

Nintendo favourites Mario;, Luigi;, Peach;, Yoshi;, Donkey Kong;, Wario;, Bowser; and Toad;, plus a host of new faces-including your own! Get into the game and put your Mii; character behind the wheel.

Special Powers/Weapons/Moves/Features

Whether racing around an obstacle-filled track or battling in an arena, drifting and tossing items are the keys to Mario Kart success.

Players can shake the Wii Remote while launching off a ramp to pull off a trick that will temporarily boost their speed. When riding a bike, players can gain additional speed by flicking the Wii Remote up and popping a wheelie



Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection:
Keeping in the tradition of Mario Kart, Nintendo has pushed multiplayer racing even further utilizing the Wii's built in Wi-Fi Connection. There are two options for races and battles over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection: up to 12 people via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or up to 10 people via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection with two people playing locally.



Other games in this series

Tracks in Mario Kart Wii

All of the tracks in Mario Kart Wii are raced over three laps. There are 32 tracks in total - 16 new ones and 16 resurrected retro tracks from other Mario Kart games.


Heres the 16 new courses

The 16 new courses in Mario Kart Wii are broken down into Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup and Special Cup.


Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup
Luigi Circuit small Mario Circuit small Daisy Circuit small
Luigi Circuit Mario Circuit Daisy Circuit
Mushroom Gorge small Coconut Mall small Grumble Volcano small
Mushroom Gorge Coconut Mall Grumble Volcano
Moo Moo Meadows small DK Summit small Koopa Cape small
Moo Moo Meadows DK Summit Koopa Cape
Toads Factory small Wario's Goldmine small Maple Treeway small
Toad's Factory Wario's Goldmine Maple Treeway

Special cup

Bowsers Castle small Dry Dry Ruins small Moon View Highway small
Bowsers Castle Dry Dry Ruins Moon View Highway

Rainbow Road small

Rainbow Road


And the old courses...

A big bunch of courses you might recognise from many different periods in Mario Kart history, we've got two from the SNES, four from the N64, two from the GBA, four from the Gamecube and four from the DS. Classic courses enhanced by the power of the Wii and with little tweaks like new shortcuts, tricks you can do etc.


Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup
Peach Beach small Sherbet Land N64 Desert Hills DS
Peach Beach (GCN) Sherbet Land (N64) Desert Hills (DS)
Yoshi Falls DS Shy Guy Beach GBA Bowsers Castle 3 GBA
Yoshi Falls (DS) Shy Guy Beach (GBA) Bowsers Castle 3 (GBA)
Ghost Valley 2 SNES Delfino Square DS DK's Jungle Parkway N64
Ghost Valley 2 (SNES) Deflino Square (DS) DK's Jungle Parkway (N64)
Mario Raceway N64 Waluigi Stadium GCN Mario Circuit GCN
Mario Raceway (N64) Waluigi Stadium (GCN) Mario Circuit (GCN)

Lightning Cup

Mario Circuit 3 SNES Peach Gardens DS DK Mountain GCN
Mario Circuit 3 (SNES) Peach Gardens (DS) DK Mountain (GCN)

Bowsers Castle N64

Bowser's Castle (N64)


Battle-mode courses

The left column shows new battle mode courses in Mario Kart Wii where the right column shows classic Battlemode courses that have been bought back from other games in the Mario Kart series.


Block Plaza Battle Course 4 (SNES)  
Delfino Pier Battle Course 3 (GBA)  
Funky Stadium Skyscraper (N64)  
Chain Chomp Wheel Cookie Land (GCN)  
Thwomp Desert Twilight House (DS)  


Interesting facts

  • The second Mario Kart to use the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.

  • People who bought the game also recieved the Wii Wheel accessory intended to house the wii remote and give a more "genuine" feel to the steering/driving.

  • Up to 12 players can play together online

  • Motorbikes are introduced to the Mario Kart series - maybe the next one will be Mario's Motocross?!

  • 3 Different weight classes (vehicles, players)

  • First shown at E3 in 2007.

  • 24 Characters to choose from

  • 36 Vehicles to choose from

  • While being developed the game was known as Mario Kart X

  • The games slogan was "Get behind the wheel" intended to push the sales of the Wii Wheel

  • Lots of the scenery on Rainbow road is from Super Mario Galaxy

  • When racing on Daisy Circuit you can see the Daisy Cruiser in the background.

  • There is an unlockable ability to play as a Mii!

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