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Mario Kart Games - Mario Kart Wii With Wii Wheel is Cool

Updated on March 9, 2011

As many know about me by now, I LOVE to drive, so when my children started pestering me for a new video game of course I had to get Nintendo Wii Mario Kart. It is a game that I don’t have to worry about my children playing (no bad language, no road rage, no blood or guts), but still cool if you are an adult, there is a bit of strategy involved too which keeps it interesting for everyone. If you have somehow not heard of Mario Kart, it is a video game where you can race up to 12 people using your wireless remote as your steering wheel.

There have been 6 versions of the Mario Karts games since its conception and 2 arcade versions (Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Mario Kart Arcade GP, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, and Mario Kart Wii). Nintendo has always done a phenomenal job of staying on the cutting edge of technology and incorporating it’s seemingly “average” parts and controllers into new and various additional platforms that continue to intrigue kids and even old guys like me. They have done this since the Mario 64 days and this series is no different! This particular game includes a steering wheel that your controller goes into.

Now while I am not too savvy when it comes to video games I can say that I am 100% impressed by the ability to “steer”  using no more than a turn of my wrist.  It is almost like a bubble level is in the remote allowing it to adjust to the tilt of the control.  The tires or rims on the car will turn blue or orange during a skid to let you know that you have an extra boost, and the noises the game makes as the characters run into each other/crash/fall off cliffs/or any of the multitude of things that can happen on the track will keep the kids attention as well.

A quick review:  The game starts by allowing you to pick your character from the favorites of the Mario series (Princess Peach, Bowser, Luigi, Yoshi, Wario, Toad, Donkey Kong, Koopa Troopa, Baby Mario, Baby Peach, WaLuigi, and others open as you beat different levels),  pick your cart, and circuit that you want to run.  There are 4 races in each circuit and each takes you to a fantasy world that only the designers at Nintendo can design, you can review maps of the course before the race starts which is helpful to avoid obstacles.  You have obstacles (my favorite is getting flattened by the 18 wheelers personally); you collect items by running over cubes on the screen and can use them to attack or to propel yourself through the course, this also leads to a very complex game of cat and mouse to ensure that you are not on the receiving end of a turtle shell or squid’s ink just in time to knock you out of a first place finish.  The total points gathered by your placement in the race determine where you place at the end of the circuit.  (Of course I let the children place ahead of me, but I will whomp my wife tonight just wait!) 

The most frustrating part of the game for me was finding the darn thing! I tried GameStop, Target, Wal-Mart, even the Pawnshops but ended up going with EBay. It was the cheapest and fastest way to get it, and I was able to get it new and knew it was in stock. They also had by far the best price simply due to competition. While I do love to drive, I don’t like to go into the parking lots of each store and continuously find what I want isn’t even in stock, which is exactly what happened to me and quite a few or friends, while trying to find Mario Kart with the wheel and the additional wheels for each of us to have one. I have found online shopping is much easier for something that is this high of a demand.

Overall I think it was a great investment, but I am a sucker for anything with a steering wheel! I have found having games that the kids like to play keeps them around a lot more and getting one of these in your living room is a sure fire way to have the kids in the neighborhood become your child’s best friend (and maybe a dad or 2 as well!). Now I am off for a little go karting fun with the kids, you really need to try this so far best of Mario kart games!

PS And by the way for a little useless Wii Trivia, Washington Internship Institute is still ticked about Wii using their initials but I guess there is nothing they can do about it!


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    • ilikegames profile image

      Sarah Forester 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Wouldn't ever consider playing Maro Kart with out the Wii Wheel, me and my husband love it.

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      7 years ago

      i am going to have you arrested!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from DC Area

      Hey Easy, wii is a lot of fun, mario kart or not. Go for it :)

    • easyguyevo profile image


      8 years ago from Barbados

      Cool, I played Mario kart for Nintendo 64 but that was a LONGG time ago, but it was fun! Looking to buy a Wii really soon thought. Thanks for the quick review too Misha. Btw I have read most of your hubs and I LOVE them all! You are a great writer and provide the reader with lots of useful information. I read the hubs for start to finish and never endured a dull moment!

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from DC Area

      Sure thing Nikki. Just come over for a few ;)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Rather than play mario cart we could just have sex.

    • tonyhubb profile image


      9 years ago

      Very impressive and interesting hub.

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Cool Cole, this proves even computer games could be useful! :)

    • Colebabie profile image


      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      While driving the other day I saw a banana peel in the road, I swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

    • maplestory22 profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      COOL HUB!

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Hi cj, thanks, I enjoyed it. :)

      Hi Cosette, glad you liked it. Pawnshops are fun, I agree. :)

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      9 years ago

      omgsh LUV the Wii! haha so fun. pawnshops? hmm I will have to go visit one one of these days. you never know what you might find waiting there. very nice hub!

    • cjcarter profile image


      9 years ago

      Misha, I think you would definitely be interested in the first song in my article:

      Check it out : )

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      LOL It's unlikely to break your addiction, trust me :)

    • mekoahh profile image


      9 years ago

      Very helpful. I am trying to break my addiction to games. Perhaps, I will give it a last go.

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks Naisuh, it definitely is :)

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I just bought the game and i think it is awesome

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Hey Krazie, thanks for stopping by :)

    • STR8 KRAZIE profile image

      STR8 KRAZIE 

      9 years ago from Everywhere and Nowhere

      good post i personal and partial to the super mario kart for the super nintendo

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Get it RV, your kids will have heaps of fun - and you, too :)

    • RVilleneuve profile image


      9 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Misha! My kids have also been wanting to get this, maybe not this summer, but soon.

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      LOL it is a lot of fun! Go get it, you won't regret :)

    • CurtisCandy profile image


      9 years ago from Upstate NY

      Okay, my son and I HAVE to get this one now! That looks like a lot of fun!

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Ah, those old times Danjutsu, it was and still is a lot of fun :)

    • danjutsu profile image


      9 years ago from UK

      Ive loved Mario from the old 64 days (still got mine). The Wii Kart game is awesome and my two year old has even got the hang of it! Im a sucker for the old school games and still enjoy a few hours of Goldeneye on the 64.

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      LOL Deb, strictly speaking it was Mark, but who cares anyway ;)

    • blondepoet profile image


      9 years ago from australia

      Misha you are so funny offering ice-creams on FB, C.C is going to offer them a free look up his kilt LMAO. But Misha what if they have melted by the time they join. Who you going to call, Ghostbusters hahaha.

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Hi guys and gals and thanks for stopping by :)

      Louise, you are one cool mom :)

      Mayhmong, yeah, I can't figure why they just don't make more of them?

      Deb, I remember even PC 86 Mario games, I am THAT old :)

      Lgali, thanks for visiting :)

    • Lgali profile image


      9 years ago

      Very interesting hub, Misha

    • blondepoet profile image


      9 years ago from australia

      I love Mario. I used to play a game on Nintendo where he jumped down pipes,ate a magic mushroom and grew taller. A man I know here in my home town is the splitting image of Mario,I have to refrain calling him Mario to his face LMAO. He is a funny little thing, indeed. Oh yes no mistaking it Mario is the man.

    • mayhmong profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh man, it's soooo hard to buy a nintendo wii nowadays! Now you got me all psyched up more! I always loved the Mario Kart series since it came out on the SNES version. My boss made wrote a check to get one for their little girls sack. She doesn't play with it as much as they do! BTW, I made him paid me back the full amount the next day cuz my car payment was due soon. Man, wish I could've kept that one to myself!

    • Lifebydesign profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Wow I had a Wii all to myself for 3 weeks - was that fun!. But no driving games :( Thanks Misha, I have a 10 year old and we need a game that will keep us both happy :)

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      LOL yeah! It's fun, right peeps?! :D

      Tanechka, thank you :)

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      Wallpaper Queen 

      9 years ago from Malaysia

      yeah, agreed! i'm addicted to this game for quite sometime as well.. :)

    • Dame Scribe profile image

      Dame Scribe 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I so love Mario Kart, lol

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image


      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Misha, you are great. Thank you.

    • SevDiggity profile image


      9 years ago from Hartville, Ohio

      I've been a Mario Kart fan since the original SNES version, and the Wii version with the steering remote is pretty awesome! You are right that the most frustrating part of the game is finding it... I always try to by used games to save money, and because of poularity, that game tended to always be the most expensive game in the used video game stores. Thanks for sharing!

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      LOL Shirley, you are one cool mom you :)

      And thanks for the pic - it was a failed attempt to make a visa photo at home :)

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      Shirley Anderson 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to play Mario Kart with my son on the old Nintendo, about a million years ago. It was fun, but he was much better at it than I was!

      I've never used a WII, but the way you've described it, I think that maybe even I could manage to get around the curves without wiping out (for once - maybe).

      Great hub, Misha. Like your new pic, too!

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks Sally :)

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Very cool Hub, Misha. Great description of the game. I agree with G-Ma, your kids are lucky. Good luck with the sales!

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Hey, why not Michelle?

      Give it a try! Or try guitar hero or fit instead, they all seem to be fun :)

      Hugs :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Misha, I like it that you allow yourself to play! This sounds like fun. Maybe I'd get to play it too one of these days. :-)

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Wow Isa, I am flattered. I can't recall when was the last time you stopped by :)

      To tell you the truth I do remember times when nobody even heard of Mario or Donkey Kong for that matter, and I don't think I am old - so no, you are not old at all :)

      Warmest hugs to you :)

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      Isabella Snow 

      9 years ago

      I'm so old I dont even know what wii is. I think I have to Google it. I remember when Mario only had one game -- Donkey Kong!

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks everybody :)

      Beats me, after a while did not come yet :)

      Sure thing G-Ma! I bet I am lucky to have them, too :) Hugs :)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Lucky kids to have such a fun dad...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • BeatsMe profile image


      9 years ago

      Looks like a fun game, without the accidents. But after a while, you'll probably get bored with it just like any other game. :)

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      9 years ago

      "Great hub with a lot of inside information about the favorites of the Mario series!"

      "It's true Wii has so many gaming ideas to offer and play for everyone!"

      "Two thumbs up!"

      CEO E.S.A.H.S. Association

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      LOL Richardo and Earnest, I am having fun! :) And trying to sell it at the same time, btw ;)

    • earnestshub profile image


      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      We have Wii as well. it has so many good games, and the internet connection is awsome.

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Misha playing Mario Kart!? What the heck, I always saw you as a guy who would prefer more realistic driving simulator games LOL. But that`s ok, everyone needs those times to feel like a child again :)

      Have fun!

    • Misha profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks for giving it a read guys!

      Frankly I was a bit hesitatnt of posting this hub, I am not really a video game kind of person, and I am sort of old for that - yet every now and then it happens, and heck, it is fun! :)

      Len, thanks for the link, f**g good one :D

      TMG, yes, this is what I have been doing for the last couple of weeks, with the short sleep breaks :P

      Jim, thanks for the warning! :)

      Violet, I will - when it happens. We got some urgent things to deal with yesterday night, so could not get to it yet :)

      Brian, glad I could be of some help :)

      Chloe, thank you. :)

      Ed, I don't think any moving parts are capable of doing the job. My wild guess will be a heavy ball glued into the shell of pieso-electric cells. :)

      Mamacoots, Internet is the answer :)

    • mamacoots profile image


      9 years ago from Louisiana

      My kids have been pestering me for a Wii. One thing I've noticed about Nintendo products, they are hard to find. Two Christmases ago, I spent countless hours running from store to store, town to town, trying to find a Wii. The stores would only get a few in a shipment, and sell out in minutes. The year before that it was the Nintendo DS, sigh. My kids love Mario Kart. We have an old 64, that they still play sometimes. Everyone that I know, kids and grownups, that have a Wii absolutely love it. Maybe next Christmas....... ;-) Thanks for the review.

    • eovery profile image


      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I loved the older Mario carts. I may have to get a Wii sometime and play with it. I played the shooting game a few weeks ago, it was fun.

      I do not know how the new controllers do it, but some old system in industry used to use mercury on a rheostat that changed resistances based on level. They probably use gravity weights now a days on a slide wire rheostat. I am going to have to check into this. Three slidewires for the three degrees of motion would take care of the whole system.

      Keep on Hubbing!

    • chloefaith profile image


      9 years ago from White Sands Area

      Very interesting hub, Misha.

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      Brian Stephens 

      9 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      My grandchildren have a WII I will send the link to their mother so she can keep it for the next birthday event as an option.

    • VioletSun profile image


      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Let us know how the game went between you and your wife. :)

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      9 years ago

      Hi Misha, I can guess that's just up your alley. I had my first Wii experience at my x-brother-in-law in Belfast last week (can you have an x-briother-in-law? Well my sister divorced him, but he's still Uncle to my kids!). We didn't have a steering wheel, but the two controlls for boxing. We also played bowling, golf, tennis and baseball. It was such a scream, and my wife nearly put her fist through the TV. So don't underestimate the power of your wife in the next challenge!

    • TheMoneyGuy profile image


      9 years ago from Pyote, TX

      aah Haa,

      You were playing video games that's where you have been.



    • seohowto profile image


      9 years ago from Bay Area, CA

      Great hub, Misha!:) I will email you a link that will make your day:)) Unfortunately can't publish it here::))


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