Mario Kart Wii

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Fun family-friendly game that's hard to put down.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 41 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 174 reviews

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Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Mild cartoon violence, including shooting items at rival racers.


This is part of the Mario brand of video games from Nintendo.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is perfectly suitable for players of all ages. The ESRB warning of "comic mischief" relates to the combative nature of the arcade race, where players can shoot turtle shells at other go-karts to trip them up or when giant hammers flatten riders on their way to the finish line. The game can be played with up to 12 players online, but Common Sense Media doesn't recommend unsupervised online gaming for anyone under age 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byCbartlett76 April 27, 2021

Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii is a great game, the best even may I add, it appears kid friendly and so people believe it to be.
If someone was to play it against me though the... Continue reading
Adult Written byMKwii is best January 25, 2021

Great Game

This game is very child friendly, and very easy for young children if they are using a classic controller. Even though they shut down online play a while back,... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byAGClyde April 30, 2021

Fun and Friendly Competition

This game is so fun! It's for all ages and anyone, even those who never played any of the Mario Bros. games.
Kid, 7 years old January 21, 2021

A good game for young little humans

i played this game at age 3 the graphic had bit pixel but good the game had weapons like bombs blue bombs and shells like red shells green shells i still have... Continue reading

What's it about?

Nintendo Wii gamers with the need for speed won't be disappointed with the much-hyped MARIO KART WII, an incredibly fun and accessible cartoon racing game for kids and kids-at-heart. As with past games in the series, players first choose a familiar Nintendo character – such as Baby Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad, or even your own custom-made Mii character – before hopping into a kart car or motorcycle to enter a wild race. The goal of each match is to reach the finish line through speed and cunning use of weapons such as dropping bananas on the track to slip up opponents trailing behind or turning into a rocket for a temporary speed burst.

Mario Kart Wii ships with the small Wii Wheel, which houses the wireless and motion-sensing Wii Remote (sold seperately), so you simply hold this circular controller like a steering wheel to navigate corners while the button can be used to initiate your power-up (such as a weapon). Shake the wheel while you're in the air for a special mid-air move. Players can also choose from three other controller setups, but the wheel is the most intuitive.

Is it any good?

Not only can gamers play against savvy computer-controlled opponents or with up to three others on the same television, but for the first time in the series, you can also log onto the Internet via the free Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and engage in multiplayer games and tournaments for up to 12 players. The end result is a highly enjoyable game for both seasoned fans of the franchise and first-time players. The cartoon arcade action and the fast-paced racing combine to make for a thrilling solo diversion or head-to-head competition that's as easy to pick up as it is hard to put down.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the two new key features –- wireless, motion-sensing control (including the free wheel) and online multiplayer support for 12 gamers -– helps separate this sequel from the past Mario Kart games. Is this enough to move this franchise forward or is it more of the same but with a couple of extra bells and whistles? Also, is it possible for a game to live up to its tremendous hype?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: April 27, 2008
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: December 2, 2019

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