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Mario Kart Wii comes bundled with the Wii Wheel remote.

No more back-seat drivers - the two-player karts from Double Dash are gone.
Wii owners, start your engines

With the dust still settling from the Super Smash Bros. Brawl launch last week, Nintendo has just announced the release date of the next big title that is sure to have Wii owners spending hours on end in front of their televisions. Mario Kart Wii is scheduled to be released on April 27th in North America -- and as a delightful change of pace to the normal delays faced by European gamers, April 11th in the EU.

Gamers buying Mario Kart Wii will receive the Wii Wheel controller shell along with a copy of the game -- additional wheels can be purchased as standalone accessories. The wheel will not be a requirement to play, as Nintendo has committed to a wide variety of control options -- the standard Wii Remote with or without the wheel, Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Classic controller, or the surefire favourite among battle-hardened Double Dash! players, the classic GameCube controller in wired or wireless variant.

The bundled controller won't be the only bonus that buyers will get -- an entire Wii Channel dedicated to Mario Kart is being planned for launch as well. The Mario Kart Wii Channel will be used as a method for players to organize tournaments, compare rankings, see when their friends are playing, and download "ghost data" from other players.

Mario Kart Wii supports up to 12 players over the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, four-player local split-screen, and features sixteen new courses alongside sixteen "revisited" courses from previous games in the series. In addition, the motorized mayhem will be available on two wheels or four, as Mario Kart Wii introduces bikes, and a "trick" system.

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Jump anyone?
By MrBlastman on 3/12/2008 4:28:53 PM , Rating: 3
Am I the only one who is hoping they put jump ability back in?

This is the one thing more than anything else that Double Dash was missing.

I hope they bring back jumping.

RE: Jump anyone?
By Vanilla Thunder on 3/12/2008 5:05:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you. I miss the jump too.

RE: Jump anyone?
By 4wardtristan on 3/13/2008 8:52:57 AM , Rating: 2
as long as i can powerslide, ill be happy

RE: Jump anyone?
By Spivonious on 3/13/2008 10:44:54 AM , Rating: 2
Totally!! How else are you supposed to avoid the red shells?

Dedicated Channel
By ioKain on 3/12/2008 4:02:47 PM , Rating: 3
Why the *!@# didn't Smash Bros. get this. Ugh, very disappointing.

RE: Dedicated Channel
By SlipDizzy on 3/13/2008 5:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
I feel the same way as you. Hopefully Smash Bros. will get the same attention with a patch or something. Heck, if they would just let me know who I'm playing against so that I could perhaps contact them in some way, that would be a huge first step.

Playing against strangers is fun, but if you're serious about becoming better, you have to play against better people. Just kind of impossible with the way they setup online play.

Now I have to find a Wii
By djc208 on 3/13/2008 7:16:24 AM , Rating: 2
Damit, I was fine with my GC. The last LoZ was released on GC too so between that and DoubleDash I was perfectly happy with my Game Cube.

Now I may have to start looking for a Wii.

Mama Mia!
By LatinMessiah on 3/14/2008 5:49:46 PM , Rating: 2
Can't wait!

You sure?
By DonanFear on 3/15/2008 9:00:11 AM , Rating: 2
It doesn't say anything about April 11th in the press release. You sure it's not April 11th 2009 ?

The only game they released in EU first was Mario Strikers but that's only because it was a stupid footb.. soccer game. We usually have to wait MONTHS after they are released in the US.

By UppityMatt on 3/13/08, Rating: 0
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