Archive for February 6th, 2008

Mario Kart Wii Information

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

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The newest issue of Famitsu revealed some new information about Mario Kart Wii. We already know that players select karts and bikes, but we now learn that both modes of transportation have their own advantages and disadvantages. Bike can do “wheelies” to speed up, but that makes turning more difficult. You can even do mid-air tricks.

The game will have sixteen new tracks and sixteen tracks from previous titles. The game with have Ten multiplayer stages (thank G*d we moved from the regular four), four player split screen mode, sixteen players online (rather than the twelve previously announced). You Mii as a playable character can also be used in certain instances.

Following in the steps of Wii-Fit, Nintendo will be releasing a new Mario Kart Channel. The channel will contain information about global rankings (including time attack scores) and ghosts data downloads.

In pictures that have surfaced recently, a green “A” button and a red “B” button, suggest Game Cube controller support, maybe 8 players(probably not). But what about that wonderful wheel (or Whiil, as I like to call it)?

About(or exactly) half of the tracks in Mario Kart Wii (thinking that they’re set with that name, not something creative like Mario Kart Wiilay) have been listed. They are listed below.

“Mushroom Cup”

  • Luigi Circuit
  • Moo Moo Country
  • Mushroom Canyon
  • Toad Factory

“Flower Cup”

  • Mario Circuit (a Figure-8 with underpass)
  • Coconuts Mall
  • DK Snowboard Cross
  • Wario Mines

“Shell Cup”

  • GC Peach Beach
  • DS Yoshi Falls
  • SFC Ghost Swamp 2
  • 64 Mario Circuit

“Banana Cup”

  • 64 Sherbert Land
  • GBA Hey Ho Beach
  • DS Monty Town
  • GC Waluigi Stadium

The characters that have been confirmed (by way of released screenshots) are as follows: Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Boo, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Koopa Troopa, Luigi, Mario, Your Miis, Peach, Toad, Waluigi, Wario, and Yoshi. Who else can we expect, I don’t know, but characters to consider include Bowser Jr., Daisy, Poochy, Diddy Kong, Birdo, Tatanga, Dry Bones, Paratroopa, Klepto (Jango), King Boo, Petey Piranha, R.O.B., Shy Guy, Toad, Toadette, Hammer Bro., Blooper, Dixie Kong, Bob-omb Buddy, Cranky Kong, Tiny Kong, Goomba, Paragoomba, King K. Rool, Elvin Gadd, Snifit, Donkey Kong Jr. (what ever happened to him?), Pauline (time to see her again), Poochy, Toadsworth, Kamek, the Koopalings (which seems to have been wiped from Mario History and replaced by Bowser Jr.) and Pac-Man & friends (like in Mario Kart Arcade GP and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2). Speaking of Non-Nintendo characters, what about Sonic, he seems to be popping in a few of Mario’s games.

1UP and Neo GAF

Video of the Day: Febuary 6, 2008

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Yahtzee Croshaw reviews Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii.

DLC Coming to Mass Effect

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Microsoft and Bioware have announced today that Mass Effect will now include downloadable content. It will cost you 400 Microsoft Points, which is like $5, and will be approx. 90 minutes and includes 50 achievement points. “Bring Down the Sky”, is what the new DLC is, and it is an all-new world to explore.

Aliens of the new world

MGS Essential Collection Coming to PS2

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Konami, the publishers of the MGS series have confirmed that Metal Gear Solid for the PS1, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Substances will be coming back to stores in one cheap, convenient box. This box, called “MGS The Essential Collection” will be shipping out on March 13 of this year, and will cost you a mere $30. This is a perfect way for anyone to get ready for Metal Gear Solid 4, exclusive to the PS3. $10 for three of arguably the best stealth/action games around? I think it’s a fair deal. If you thought there was nothing bad to say about this, well, there is. MGS3 Substances will include the better camera angle, but will not include online nor any of the extra features that were included in disk two in the regular game. Quite disappointing, but that should not stop you from picking up this fantastic collection.