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Buckle Up! Mario Kart Wii Puts Everyone in the Driver's Seat

Since the invention of the automobile, kids have pantomimed driving with
pretend steering wheels. Since the dawn of the video game age, people of
all ages playing racing games have twisted and turned their controllers to
steer their vehicles, even though it had no effect on the action on the
screen. Now, Mario Kart® Wii makes these fantasies a reality and brings a
new level of immersion and interaction to video games.

[I got Mario Kart on Friday and played it for a few hours. A full review is on
the way, but in short, I actually find it harder to play with the steering
wheel. And playing alone isn't much fun. Playing with a full crowd, now
that's fun. The word mayhem comes to mind. Hmmm. I like that, Mario Mayhem.
Matt]

The raucous driving game, which launched Sunday, comes packaged with the
Wii Wheel™ steering wheel accessory that houses the Wii Remote™
controller and lets players steer just as though they were driving a real
car. The accessory has been specifically designed and engineered so that
even someone who has never played a video game before can pick up the Wii
Wheel and start racing instantly.

“Just like Wii Sports, Mario Kart Wii will have everyone in the
household playing together, laughing and having fun,” said Cammie Dunaway,
Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.
“With the Wii Wheel and ability to race with Mii caricatures, Mario Kart
Wii literally puts players directly into the game.”

While newcomers will find it easy to hop into a race, Mario Kart Wii
holds plenty of challenges to keep veterans busy. Mario Kart Wii features
16 new tracks, as well as 16 retro tracks from previous Mario Kart games.
Dozens of characters from the Mushroom Kingdom are present, and each has
his or her own collection of customized vehicles to race.

For the first time in the Mario Kart series, racers can compete on
either motorbikes or karts as they find shortcuts, grab power-ups and take
down other racers in a frantic free-for-all. In addition to the Wii Wheel,
players can also choose from three other control configurations, such as
the Nunchuk™ and Wii Remote controllers, Nintendo GameCube™
controller or the Classic Controller™, so everyone will find a suitable
setup.

Four people can compete on a single Wii™ system, or up to 12 people
near or far can race via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo’s online
gaming service. A new Mario Kart Channel on the Wii Menu lets players
compete in tournaments, check rankings, see when their friends are playing
and download ghost data.

For more information about Mario Kart Wii, visit www.mariokart.com.
Remember that the Wii console features parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about
this and other Wii features, visit Wii.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide innovator in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™,
Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. Since 1983,
Nintendo has sold nearly 2.7 billion video games and more than 460 million
hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario™,
Donkey Kong®, Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned
subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as
headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more
information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at
www.nintendo.com.


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