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Mario Kart Global
Developer(s) ShadoWorks
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Genre(s) Sports/Racing
Release Date(s)
May 27, 2008 (Japan)
June 13, 2008 (USA)
June 26, 2009 (Europe)
June 27, 2009 (Australia)
Mode(s)
1-8 player
Age Rating(s)
E
Media Included Wii Disk

Mario Kart Global is a game made by Nintendo in 2008. It is followed by Mario Kart: Champions. It runs on a modified version of Mario Kart Double Dash's engine (pun intended) and is mostly similar to the original Gamecube version.

Major Changes

  • Double Dash's 2 character-races have returned.
  • There are many new special items.
  • There are substantially more characters than in previous games.
  • It is now possible to switch drivers or shooters with other karts.
  • Putting a certain team together gets a very powerful item.

Items

There are several new items used especially by certain characters. Getting a certain team gives a bonus item. Special items are marked with the character's initials.

Returning

  • Banana
  • Triple banana (DK)
  • Green shell
  • Triple green shells (KP)
  • Red shell
  • Triple red shells (KP)
  • Fake item box
  • Mega Mushroom
  • Boo (BP)
  • Blooper
  • POW block
  • Thunderbolt
  • Thundercloud
  • Mushroom
  • Triple mushroom (TT)
  • Golden mushroom (TT Spec)
  • Bob-omb (WW)
  • Bullet Bill
  • Chain Chomp (BB spec)
  • Fireball (MB spec)
  • Hearts (PD spec)
  • Birdo/Yoshi Egg (YB spec)
  • Bowser Shell (BK spec)
  • Giant Banana (DK spec)

New

  • Chomper(BB)- A chain chomp rushes in a straight line until it goes into a wall/ OoB. Similar to Bowser Shell.
  • Crowns(BM)- Each crown negates an attack. There are 2.
  • Royal Rage (BM spec)- A giant crown expands around the kart, pulsing everyone away into pits.
  • Mega Shell (KP spec)- Exactly like the Bowser Shell.
  • Bonerang (DB)- Throw a bone like a red shell at the player in front, then hits again on way back.
  • Bonestorm (DB spec)- Bonerangs fire from all sides of kart.
  • Burn Bit (MB)- Explodes into flames that last for 5 seconds.
  • Love Ball (PD)- A ball is sent into the air, covering all screens but yours in hearts and suns, like a blooper.
  • Egg Bomb (YB)- A giant egg is fired into the air, then slams down, spinning or flipping all within radius.
  • Magikoopa (MK)- A Magikoopa spawns behind the kart, randomly blocking or attacking the first 3 to pass it.
  • Magic Blast (MK)- All in front of you are struck with magic spells, causing either a random accident, reversing the controls, or turning the tiny/flat.
  • Atom Bob-Omb (WW spec)- A Bob-omb with a double-sized blast radius.
  • Spike Bomb (BK)- A ball is thrown that explodes into spikes when hit. (Alt. form of Giant banana)
  • Dino Egg (PD)- A dinosaur egg is thrown. When hit, a Dino Piranha will fall out, hit the nearest kart with its tail, and wander off.
  • Tail Club- Pengu Grabs Dino's tail, and gets swung around 3 times with an increasing distance, knocking over all karts he hits.
  • Pirhana Blaster (BP spec)- A Piranha Plant launches forward, headfirst, until it hits a wall. The resulting tail trail will hit all karts that pass by for 5 seconds.
  • Triple Fake Item Box (PM)- 3 fake item boxes.
  • IteMagnet (PM spec)- Attracts 2 items from track/ players. Good items are favored over bad.

Tracks

There are 32 tracks in Global: 16 new and 16 classics. They are divided over 8 cups.

Nitro Grand Prix

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Luigi Circuit Pokey Desert Daisy Land Mario Circuit
Peach's Castle Podoboo Volcano Waluigi Arena Goomba City
Yoshi Mountain Clepto Beach Mushwood Village Bowser's Fort
Keelhaul Key Schwonk Fortress DK Jungle Rainbow Ride


Retro Grand Prix

Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
NDS Cheep Cheep Beach N64 Royal Raceway SNES Bowser Castle 1 GCN Wario Colleseum
Wii Luigi Circuit GCN Sherbert Land GBA Sunset Wilds N64 Toad's Turnpike
GBA Ribbon Road NDS Shroom Ridge N64 Yoshi Valley NDS Bowser's Castle
SNES Ghost Valley 1 Wii DK Summit GCN Dry Dry Desert Wii Rainbow Road

Battle Courses

There are 12 battle courses in this game: 6 new and 6 retro, one from each previous game:

New

Name Description
Ricco Harbor A harbor with shipping containers and crates to hide behind.
Battlerock Galaxy A fight on a giant rock in space, with Bob-omb dispensers!
Palm Island A tiny island surrounded by water with a single palm in the center.
Pipe Portal A maze-like area filled with pipes that warp you to a random one
Bullseye Canyon A giant bullseye. Drive on the red and bridges! The white is OoB.
Mt. Lavalava A fight inside a giant volcano! Lava tides come in occasionaly.


Retro

Name From...
Battle Course 2 Super Mario Kart
Double Deck Mario Kart 64
Battle Course 4 Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Luigi's Mansion Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Nintendo DS Mario Kart DS
Funky Stadium Mario Kart Wii

Characters

There are 30 characters in Global, making 15 teams. With the exception of the Wario Bros, Bowser Bashers and Dry Bombs, they are all in the same weight class

Light

Character 1 Character 2 Team Name Special Item Together Item
Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Bros Chomper Chain Chomp
Baby Peach Baby Daisy Mini Monarchs Crowns Royal Rage
Koopa Paratroopa Turtle Trouble Triple Shell (Character's Color) Mega Shell
UN LO CK AB LE
Toad Toadette Super 'Shrooms Triple Mushrooms Golden Mushroom
Dry Bones Dry Bowser (Heavy) Dry Bombs Bonerang Bonestorm


Medium

Character 1 Character 2 Team Name Special Item Together Item
Mario Luigi Mario Bros Burn Bit Fireball
Peach Daisy Royal Rumblers Love Ball Hearts
Yoshi Birdo Dust-whipping Dinos Egg Bomb Yoshi/Birdo Egg
Diddy Kong Dixie Kong Kongos Banana Bunch Big Banana
Kamek Kamella Magikoopa Mashers Magikoopa Magic Blast
Waluigi Wario (Heavy) Wario Bros Bob-Omb Atom Bob-Omb

Heavy

Character 1 Character 2 Team Name Special Item Together Item
Bowser Bowser Jr {Medium} Bowser Bashers Spike Bomb Bowser Shell
Donkey Kong Funky Kong Krazy Kongs Triple Banana Giant Banana
Dino Pirhana Penguru Prehistoric Pals Dino Egg Tail Club
Rosalina Lubba Space Starrs Barrier Space Bomb
King Boo Petey Pirhana Mischeif Makers Ghost Army Pirhana Blaster
Mii Mii Personalized Pals Triple Fake Item Box IteMagnet

Reception and Sales

The game recieved glowing reviews, with and average score of 97% on metacritic. Most praises were directed to the numerous new powerups and characters, along with astoundingly good graphics, while most complaints centered on the slightly cheesy teams, surprisingly few unlockables, and the "forced" Prehistoric Pals team, which one IGN reviewer summarized in 3 words: "What the crap?!"

The game sold half a million copies in its first week in Japan, and 450,000 in the US. So far, it has reached 1.5 million mark around the world, making it a huge success.

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