Mario Kart Wii is now 15 years old.
The sixth instalment in the Mario Kart series launched in Japan on April 10th, 2008, and would arrive in Europe a day later. North American players had to wait until the 27th to get their hands on it.
The title used the Wii's online features to offer multiplayer over the internet. The console's famous motion controls were leveraged by the bundled Wii Wheel, which replicated the feel of using a real steering wheel to guide your character around the track.
With over 37 million copies sold, Mario Kart Wii is the second best-selling entry in the entire franchise, only trailing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Our friends over at Nintendo Life gave it 9/10 back in 2008, saying:
It is in that sense that Mario Kart Wii has been polished, has been well thought-out and is brilliant. Nintendo really need to get their arse together and start pushing the technology like they did with Super Mario Galaxy. Poor presentation should not be an issue in this generation of gaming, particularly with the other consoles doing it so well, but, thankfully for us (as Wii owners), this game is a living, breathing example of gameplay over graphics.
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