The skinny on North American version of Mario Kart Wii

There have been a number of question marks surrounding the upcoming Mario Kart title and not nearly enough answers. Lucky for us then Nintendo has sent out a press release containing the ins and outs of the game for those of us that are just foaming at the mouth waiting to see what the game contains.

For starters we’ll be given the choice between 4 different controls schemes much like Super Smash Bros. Players can choose between the Wii Remote (with or without Wii Wheel), Wii Remote and Nunchuck, Classic Controller, and GameCube Controller. And not only can you race as some of your favorite Nintendo characters along with some new ones (which remain unannounced), but you can also race as your Mii, and Mii’s from you system will also make up the crowd, much like Wii Sports. Multiplayer, which has always been a key to the series, returns and the game also supports WiFi. Online matches can have up to 12 players, and up to 3 players can play online on the same Wii.

A new addition to the series is the ability to “shake” the Wii Remote after a jump to do a trick which gives you a speed burst. While it was recently revealed that “snaking” has been removed from the game, after reading about this new feature, I’m sure gamers are already plotting on ways to abuse this. As for the courses, Mario Kart Wii will draw on tracks from all of the previous games as well as new ones. None of the tracks were listed, so your guess is as good as ours.

The game will be available in North America April 27, and many broken Wii Remotes are sure to follow.