Mario Kart Wii is one of my favorite games of all time. Mario Kart Wii is also my favorite game in the series. Bold claims, but I absolutely stand by them all the way. Now, the funny part is that the very first time I had played this game back in the year of 2008, I wasn’t a fan. So you’re probably wondering, how did I go from not enjoying this game to it being one of my all time favorites?
I vividly remember the first time I had picked up the notorious Wii Wheel controller. As a kid, it genuinely made me feel like I was a real driver. Playing on automatic mode with the Wii Wheel has its flaws, but it is still a blast. Nowadays, I choose to use the Classic Controller Pro. However, I will always cherish the memories I had using my shiny Wii Wheel.
Every Mario Kart game has dozens of tracks, but to me, Mario Kart Wii will always have the most memorable track selection. The track selection menu also has one of my favorite themes in gaming history. Sometimes, I would spend some time for much longer than I’d care to admit listening to the soothing theme. As far as the tracks go, Coconut Mall was one that always stood out to me. The bright and beautiful visuals, the upbeat music, the escalators, the shops, and even those dang cars at the end of the track. All memorable aspects of one of the best tracks in the history of this beloved series.
I could spend all day talking about how much I adore other tracks, like Mushroom Gorge, Maple Treeway, Koopa Cape, and the rest of the fantastic track selection. However, I want to take the time to talk about one more track I adore in this game. That track is indeed the notorious, Rainbow Road. I can safely say without a doubt in my mind, that the best Rainbow Road in the history of the series is the one featured in Mario Kart Wii. Everything about it feels like an adventure, which is what Rainbow Road should feel like. I would go through that track for hundreds of laps if I could, it’s that enjoyable.
I want to take some time to talk about the karts. This was the last Mario Kart game released without the ability to customize the karts. While I do enjoy that aspect in the newer releases, I can’t help but say that I prefer the old formula. The karts in Mario Kart Wii are all so unique. Mario Kart Wii was also the first game in the series to introduce the beloved and popular bikes. One thing that a lot of people don’t know about, is that with the drifting mechanics there was a difference with certain bikes. A select few bikes in the game have a hidden feature known as “inside drift” and it is very overpowered. Inside drift bikes are definitely the vehicles I prefer to use when playing, it is a feature that is exclusive to Mario Kart Wii, and one of the many reasons that I continue to come back to this game to this day.
Character selection in this game is fantastic. For its time, it was groundbreaking. So many fan favorite additions were introduced in this game, such as Funky Kong, Dry Bowser, and Rosalina. While the game also brings back fan favorites like Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and many others. My personal favorite is Funky Kong, something about him always stood out to be, I loved his style.
While most people nowadays would say that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is their favorite game in the series, and rightfully so. I will always remain in the minority that Mario Kart Wii is the the best the series has to offer. Everything about this game, from the tracks, to the karts, to the characters, to even the music, will always bring me back to some wonderful memories. What I would like to do, is I would like to encourage you, the reader, to go back and replay Mario Kart Wii. You may very well be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy yourself. Mario Kart Wii will always hold a very special place in my heart, while the series continues to evolve with each installment, there is something about this one that will never be replicated for me.