- Series: Prima Official Game Guides
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Prima Games; Pap/Pstr edition (April 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761559701
- ISBN-13: 978-0761559702
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mario Kart (Wii): Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) Paperback – April 27, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
It wastes no time jumping into things. The first thing it talks about is all the different ways to control the game. After that it jumps into all the different modes and all the basic stuff about the game. As with most guides, it's stuff you probably don't really need to read up on, but it's there if you need it. There are some good tips here though. If you've been playing Mario Kart for a long time, none of these advanced tips will be new to you.
The guide then talks about all the power ups. This section is also pretty helpful. It tells you all about the items and even gives off some great tips on how and when to use them. After all the items, the game goes into all the different racers and shows you all the stats for all the karts and giving their own commentary. Also in this section it'll show you some of the natural disaster you'll encounter throughout the courses.
The Drivethrough is the best part of the guide. This is where it covers all the courses.Read more ›
Mario Kart Wii's official game guide is no exception. It's a very worn, very popular paperback in our household.
After Nintendo stopped making guides, they left making guides in the hands of Prima. Prima has not done well with this, especially in guides for games like Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl.
However, then the almighty David Hodgson, who writes many awesome guides, wrote the guide for Mario Kart Wii. And the first thing I want to say is: Welcome back, Prima.
There may be one or two minor problems in this guide, but it's almost perfect! If you remember Nintendo Power guides for previous games, they had the numbers (numbers and letters, in this case) that correspond to the tips later.
That's what made Nintendo Power guides so great. Now, Prima borrows that idea, and does it as well as Nintendo did it.
The guide starts off with a simple introduction as well as easy-to-read lists of controls for all different types of ways to play the game.
Next, is the Basic Info, which might be useful to Mario Kart Newcomers, but won't really do anything for veterans. It's still there if you need it, though.
Next it has a list of the items and a few other basic things.
Finally, we get to the meat of the guide. There's a guide for every course and this is how ever course in the drivethrough is set up.
The first two pages contain the map of the track as well as Tactics for Time Trial Mode on that track. There are also course hazards and occasionally a coll little "Look at Mii!" box on the left.
Next, they have notes on Laps 2 & 3 on Time Trial as well as their best time and how they acheived it. Then, they hav the guide for the Grand Prix. Finally, every drivethrough ends with the Mirror Mode Map.
After the drivethrough is the guide for Battle Mode.Read more ›
The characters and vehicles are described fairly well, but I find the descriptions of some of the play modes and gameplay actions are too brief. I don't mind figuring things out on my own, but when I purchase a guide, I expect more detail of all aspects of the game - not just some of them. For example, Mirror Mode is not really well defined in the book and one is left guessing what it is until you actually unlock it and see for yourself. Same thing applies to 'Retro' cups - it's often referred to, but not well defined.
Although there is a list of unlockable characters and vehicles in the back of the book, there should be more detail and emphasis on them since it's such an important part of the game. They're presented as more of an afterthought than an integral aspect of the game. Another thing I'd like to see is some form of an index.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was exactly what we wanted, but it arrived a little beaten up from the mailing. Could have packed it on a more sturdy envelope vs just a plastic covering.Published 20 months ago by Mary E. Barinka
My child absolutely loves Mario Kart for his DS. So when I bought the Mario Kart for the Wii, I made sure to get him the book also. It has helped his reading alotPublished on January 7, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Bought this for my 6 year old Grand kid and he said he likes it and it helps him, even though I have to help with some of the readingPublished on July 3, 2013 by Michael L Hensley
This guide is amazing! It covers a lot of information and have many illustrations. Beyond this, is very well organized to provide readers an easy way to find the right... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Leonardo Dalmina
excellent product and very useful .. 100% recommended for those looking for a good product and the best is the good pricePublished on December 24, 2012 by alexander
It was exactly what I wanted and it was a big help. I recommend this product to anyone who loves Mario Kart.Published on January 17, 2012 by Tina Blevins