Only a week after launching Mario Kart Wii
, Nintendo is starting up worldwide competitions for the mascot racer. Using the handy Mario Kart channel that the game activates on your Wii menu, you can enter the contest and swap ghost data with other competitors. This week's challenge is to get the fastest time on the Mario Circuit.
I'm really happy that Nintendo is supporting the online portion of Mario Kart Wii so readily. The game already has a robust online multiplayer component and these tournaments will keep interest up. I just wish they had paid this much attention to Smash Bros. Brawl
's online mode, which was more than a little disappointing.
May 1, 2008
Nintendo Announces Worldwide Mario Kart Wii Tournaments
Nintendo has thrown down the gauntlet for Mario Kart® Wii racers worldwide. Now it’s time to see who’s up to the challenge, as players take on the world in Mario Kart Wii Tournaments.
Every few weeks, a new tournament will appear on the Mario Kart Channel, an online feature that not only allows players to compete in tournaments, but also exchange race data with friends. Tournaments might take the form of a challenge for players to race a certain course as fast as they can with specific characters, or to collect a number of coins on a course using the Wii Wheel™ accessory or another control setup. They can feature unique rules or obstacles on the course.
The first tournament, which appears today, directs racers to compete for the fastest time on the Mario Circuit. Look closely though – something may be different. Players can attempt the challenge as often as they like during the duration of the tournament. Their best time will be recorded and added to the worldwide rankings, allowing players to see how they stack up against the best racers from around the world.
NOTE: If you would like to participate in Mario Kart Wii tournaments, your Wii™ console needs to be connected to the Internet. For more information about how to get online, visit Wii.com. For more information about Mario Kart Wii, please visit www.MarioKart.com