If you're looking for a bit of light hearted fun when you're enjoying a couple of beers with friends on a lazy Saturday afternoon, then Mario Kart's definitely the game to bring out. Just be wary of the fact that pleasure with this game can easily turn to frustration and will often bring out your competitive streak, for better or worse!
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Tesco Entertainment are parting with copies of the game for £23.54, which is definitely a worthwhile trade and should save you almost £3.50 on the next best price of £26.85 from ShopTo.
There are a wealth of tracks to choose from in this instalment, including welcome returns of classic tracks from Mario Kart 64 and Super Mario Kart. The weapons have been updated in true Mario Kart fashion, with some helping you out of tight jams whilst others hinder in you in infuriating ways; you'll punch the air in joy when you pick up a bullet and shout obscenities at the screen when somebody passes a cloud to you after a collision.
The single player is filled full of challenges and unlockable features, such as characters and karts, that'll keep you entertained when your by yourself. However, the multiplayer is the star of the game, catering for young and old alike, and certainly helped to unite everybody I was living with in my final year at uni. Whilst split screen multiplayer is especially fun to be apart of, as you get to see everybody's reactions throughout the races, online multiplayer is still incredibly entertaining.
The controls will almost certainly split players into two groups, in regards to which are better, manual or automatic. Manual controls let you drift round corners, allowing you to build up a mini-boost that can be released on completion of the manoeuvre, which gives you small speed boost that can add-up to increase your lead over everybody else. On the other hand, automatic controls give you better turning, which can be exceptionally helpful on some of the harder tracks. Needless to say, the control systems have different advantages and you'll have to decide which you prefer.
Mario Kart is one of the best games you can pick up on the Wii, and you should definitely play it if you haven't already done so.