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 37 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 169 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOddball20 January 25, 2020

GREAT family game

What is 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 c... Continue reading
Adult Written bybarbra jones July 16, 2019
this is a great game that my kids love.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMrNotFakey May 2, 2020

Fantastic Game, but you can make it better...

The first thing to note is that the game is amazing. I recieved the game when I was five, along with the Nintendo Wii. The game is fun for the whole family; mu... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 5, 2020

Fun For The Family

It's good for the whole family. a fun fast easy to learn racing game with Mario and freinds! A bit of cartoon violence but still worth playing if over 6.

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 02, 2019

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