Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the […]

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A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

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A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

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Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

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Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your nostalgia reflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.

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Mario Kart Wii: Japanese screens and more! +

Mario Kart Wii: Go Karts and Bikes!For most Wii game owners, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is taking the spotlight, but I’m sure once they get their hands on a copy of that, they will be craving the next Nintendo blockbuster game, Mario Kart Wii. The latest Nintendo DS version, Mario Kart DS is one of the most popular racing games for the hand-held. So its only fair that Nintendo Wii owners get their own version. My Top 10 Wii Games for 2008 article had Mario Kart Wii sitting at the #3 spot, however I’m starting to agree with Jamaipanese, that it may have belonged in the #2 spot behind Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Whatever the spot, it gets an article about it before Rock Band does, so I guess that’s all that matters.

Mario Kart Wii: Go Karts and Bikes!So what is Mario Kart Wii? If you don’t know, you must just be naive, or too caught up with your pretty XBOX 360 games to know about a game that is not only pretty, but also pretty damn fun! Mario Kart Wii is a Kart racing game by Nintendo. Famitsu recently released some final details about the game. Mario Kart Wii is going to have 32 courses, 16 remakes of classic courses, and 16 new courses including: Mario Circuit, Momo Country, Kinopio Factory, DK Snowboard Cross, Coconuts Mall, Kinoko Canyon, and Luigi Circuit. All the old classics players are there including: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Toad, Donkey Kong, and Wario. Some of the new characters include: Waluigi, Diddy Kong, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, and Boo.

Mario Kart Wii: Go Karts and Bikes!One new feature that I’m excited about is that with some of the courses, you’re going to be able to perform mid air tricks by positioning the controller and pressing the correct buttons. Upon successfully completing a trick, you will get an extra speed boost that may be vital to you pulling out in front. Another new feature that everyone either loves, or hates is that there will now not just be karts to ride, but also bikes. When I first heard this, I kinda felt sick to my stomach as I thought Nintendo had ruined the whole premise of the game… GO KARTS! But after seeing them, and hearing that they will have different strengths and weaknesses, I think Nintendo may have successfully balanced them into the game. We can only hope that is.

Mario Kart Wii: Go Karts and Bikes!Nintendo’s biggest new feature for Mario Kart Wii is by far the addition of Multiplayer support. You will be able to play with up to 12 players WI-Fi, and also players from your country and all over the world. This has me wondering if we may get the game the same time as Japan for once. It will be cool to be able to play with some of my 日本人 friends, as all my friends here seemed to jump on the XBOX 360 bandwagon, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Nintendo is also making use of the Wii channel. Specifics are not known, but IGN suspects that it will be used to display records as well as world records (So you can compete on a world scale!). You can also use your own Mii within the game to make the game feel more, um… “real”?

To this day, I still play the Nintendo 64 version of the game. Who’s my character of choice? Nope, not Mario, but Toad. I must have that speed boost off the start, but being hit by the bigger characters gets annoying. I hope that Mario Kart Wii still has those little details as part of the game. Another thing that I could spend hours doing is racing my ghost. Mario Kart kept track of your fastest times by keeping a “ghost” of your character. On screen you could see your ghost to know if you were on your way to beating your best time or not. It was kinda like you were racing another character, but you could see through them… hence the ghost. Mario Kart Wii will not only allow you to do the same, but Nintendo is going to allow downloadable ghost data so that you can race the best players in the world!

So while everyone is going crazy over Super Smash Bros. Brawl here in the states, I think world wide that Mario Kart Wii will be the over all biggest selling game world-wide this year.

Mario Kart Wii Japanese Screenshots

Mario Kart Wii Japanese Screenshots

Mario Kart Wii Japanese Screenshots

Mario Kart Wii Japanese Screenshots

Famitsu Images from Kotaku.com

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8 Responses to “Mario Kart Wii: Japanese screens and more!”

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    Eda WaryNo Gravatar Says:

    I will subscribe to this blog very soon.

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    AmiutNo Gravatar Says:

    Call me old fashioned but I simply don’t like all the new console games that are coming out. I still prefer to play with my SNES.

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    JasonNo Gravatar Says:

    I remember playing Mario Cart when I was in high school, but compared to the Wii version it can’t hold a candle – the Wii version is by far the most entertaining game that I have played this year :)

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    how to burn wii gamesNo Gravatar Says:

    Mario cart is one of the best games for the wii. It is so much fun. The on line play is good but when you have friends come round then it is even better. this is one game I never get tired playing.
    thanks.

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    kotiteatteriNo Gravatar Says:

    This game has been so much fun. I think it’s on nintendo DS or DSi these days?

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    SandyNo Gravatar Says:

    What a lovely game. Has been around for years but looks so good. I have always loved nintendo games.

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    xbox 360 gamesNo Gravatar Says:

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.

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