Mario Kart Wii Dated!

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Now that Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been out a whole three days, Nintendo is ready to get the hype train a rollin’ for its next big Wii game, Mario Kart Wii. Mario Kart‘s Wii debut, as Nintendo announced today, is officially set for April 27th in the US. The game will come packed with the supposedly “innovative” Wii Wheel peripheral (though alternate control options will be available for those who just want to use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Classic controller or even a GameCube pad) and feature 12-player online (sweet!), 32 total courses (16 new, 16 classics from past titles), 10 battle arenas, choice of karts and motorbikes to race in and support for Mii importing. Another cool addition will be the launch of the Mario Kart Wii Channel, a dedicated community portal for competing in tournaments, downloading ghost data and checking leaderboards right from the Wii’s main menu. Sounds like another winner for Nintendo!

“Mario Kart Wii transforms one of our most popular franchises into a race that every member of the family can join,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Driving with the Wii Wheel could not be more natural, and this is one place where speeding is encouraged.”

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