Retro Metro Volume II #5 / #6: Mario Kart Wii

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“Everyone points to famous and historic ancestors in their family tree. It’s their way of being thankful that they themselves weren’t there when history was being made.”
–Arkol, Argivian Scholar,
The Shattered Alliance

“May you live in interesting times.”
–English expression based on a nonexistent Chinese curse

-🛡️-

Hey, it’s me, Ben Buyer. Someone remembers me, right? These days, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 是我的家庭事实上的多人游戏。尽管冠的病毒,我一步兄弟姐妹还是过来看看他们的父亲,而当他们这样做,那场比赛往往是什么播放。不过,我最近设法改变头脑(重:得到人玩 Mario Kart while the Switch’s TV is being watched), and play a little of what is the greatest Mario Kart: Mario Kart Wii. In fact, just the day before I wrote this article, I unlocked Birdo and Toadette, knowing that they might see use.

Now, most video game article writers would disagree with me. Wii ranks consistently mid-tier on MK listicles, like this one, with people basically saying it’s a worse 8 or 7—a game I also have experience with, since I got Gold on all its courses. But to me, MKWii is perfection. There’s no dumb coins and no best kart-and-wheel combos you have to unlock. You have a balanced set of choices between karts and bikes. There’s also only Mario characters, and Mario stages, because it’s called Mario Kart, dammit! Furthermore, there’s no fancy gimmicks. The game doesn’t try to look cool with anti-gravity or hang-gliding. It’s just pure, clean Karting. 

This is also the best Mario Kart because of its length. Courses in 7 and 8 are an absolute slog, and some of them aren’t even in laps, despite that being the whole point of a race. Wii 有是恰到好处的长度,与老游戏的各种短期课程以及课程。真正让你连续性和感的历史,你从过去的课程,但从来没有觉得自己是如此的新课程显着的不同,它的不和谐。作为课程,我想谈谈音乐。音乐中的新课程 8 is just awful, and honestly boring. Wii however has all-time greats like Mushroom Gorge and Coconut Mall.

Wii also doesn’t shy away from a challenge. In 8, you literally cannot fall off the track unless you choose to, while in MKWii 单个下降可能是毁灭性的。彩虹路是可怕的过去当然应该是:你的适应能力的最终测试,询问你走慢,也不快。鬼谷2可能是短暂的,但仍然是许多小型赛车手的毁灭,甚至到今天。甚至库巴斗篷可以缩小你,如果你打电动梁,当在使用过程中返回已删除的功能 8. MKWii 还住着一个计时赛模式,在这里你可以挑战自己,并引以自豪的跳动开发商的记录本身,而解锁字符启动。但这场比赛也是公平的:弹不 ignore gravity to hit you in the air, for example.

MKWii 也有质量的项目。没有花哨的“7”项或无用的硬币。相反,你得到的“闪电云”,可对单个敌人赋予收缩的恶性项目,但它可以打你,如果你不碰云到别人。许多不喜欢这个项目,但它提供了真正的风险和回报意识,使得这样的游戏乐趣。其他项目,但是,都没有如此善变。在 8, rotating items—which the three bananas have become—do not guarantee immunity from an errant shell, while in MKWii, they actually offer the protection they claim. 

Finally, the thing Wii 具有高于任何其他马里奥是攻击。几乎每门课程有高调快捷其滥用游戏机制来完成比赛真的很快。例如,在叽火山,有一个小岛起跑线后留下了位,并可以带动周围的岛屿完成了一圈。在以后的比赛,这样的事情会解决的,而事实上这个岛并不在功能 8的叽火山。是的,设计师也没有这个打算,但是这些东西的乐趣和凉爽的,不影响,因为他们是多么麻烦的拉断游戏的任何人的享受。 

So that’s enough nostalgia-tinted ranting for one article, but seriously, play MKWii 如果您有它。对于我们其余时间在一起,我觉得这是唯一公平的给你们这个游戏的一个适当的审查。这应该帮助那些你们谁明白什么是我刚才说的。

MKWii came out for the Nintendo Wii in 2008. It is the sixth entry in the long-running Mario Kart franchise, and as such, the game plays out in the same way. You pick a character and a kart, both of which can be unlocked by interesting conditions or playing a lot of races, like Super Smash Bros.,而不是愚蠢的硬币,像微交易填充的手机游戏。那么,你和其他11人(其中一些可能是其他人)的比赛在轨道上绕,争先恐后地以最快的速度,赢得。里面马里奥订钉“问题街区”项目让事情给予人的随机效果,比如你投在别人耽误他们的进步,晴天霹雳,让其他人小一时间壳有意思,一个明星的力量,让你立于不败之地,等等 MKWii features 32 tracks to race on: 16 new tracks, and 16 from the other five games.

这不然而包括所有战略游戏的。例如,像在现实生活中,直接骑背后有人在延长的时间让你“草案”,并获得大量的速度了一下(我曾经称其为一个“通俗易懂,”因为这是最简单的直区我认为是首要条件。)您也可以漂移,它可以让你完成一个急转弯,并建立充电后释放速度的爆裂。这可以被设置为手动或自动的,但自动变速器是非常糟糕的,我不会甚至不屑。 (另一种对比 8: turning off a “training wheels” feature makes you do better, not worse.) When going off a jump, one can “trick” to gain speed when you hit the ground again.

从图形上看,这场比赛是在任何Wii的游戏的质量,是非常好的。像许多游戏,其实我更喜欢这些老显卡的高清现代的。 (参见:字符的皮毛 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.) The music is, as stated previously, also of a very high caliber.

因为Wii的是著名的它,让我们来谈谈控制。本场比赛的签名控制方案是远程侧身在一个专有Wii的“Wii的车轮。”不过,我想鼓励这种,因为你必须把轮子移动的卡丁车,和欺骗需要烦人的剧烈振荡。我自己使用经典控制器,但如果你没有一个,双节棍是好的。不管你用什么,我会说,这是无限优于3DS圈垫,或交换机上drifty喜悦-CON。我鼓掌任天堂是愿意与控制,一些视频游戏公司,谁拥有,但所有标准化的控制器,这些天,是非常普遍缺乏尝试。

At any other time, I would heartily recommend Mario Kart Wii。即使是现在,它作为一个伟大的分心,很多人可以搞在了一起,他们的挑战使得它是更吸收的比赛。但是,当然,我明白,获得一台Wii是不容易的。请不要去买一个只为这篇文章的目的;这绝不是一个重要的事务亚马逊或其他需要把重点放在他们的资源。但如果你有 MKWii, and maybe haven’t played it in many years, now would be a great time to get back into it.