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Mario Kart Launched

November 14, 2005, 5:08 pm EST
Total comments: 19

Grab your Poltergust 4000 for action-packed racing!


Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Begins a New Era of Simple Online Play

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 14, 2005 – That sound you hear is the thunder of video gamers worldwide revving their engines for the launch of Mario Kart® DS and Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection. For the first time ever, the online gaming service for Nintendo DS™ lets users connect wirelessly to race. From the very start, users can log on easily to shoot shells and burn rubber against opponents from all around the world.

"Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection removes the barriers that have prevented many mainstream players from going online," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing. "We have made the service incredibly simple to use and free at select hotspot locations – but this is just the beginning."

The Mario Kart franchise has sold more than 11.1 million games in the United States alone. Mario Kart DS offers racers more than 30 courses, including classic tracks from Super Mario Kart®, Mario Kart 64™, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit™ and Mario Kart®: Double Dash!! ™. Favorite Nintendo characters cruise in dozens of classic and custom karts as they use weapons like bananas, bombs, lightning and squid ink to gain a competitive advantage.

When racing using a wireless local area connection, up to eight players can play, even if only one of them has a Mario Kart DS game card. When using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, up to four players across the world can join a race. Friends share their DS Friend Code to find one another online using their friend roster.

Whether users are at home or out and about, they have a variety of uncomplicated ways to connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection:

* If the user already has a Wi-Fi home network, the Nintendo DS unit will connect directly with minimal setup procedures.

* Those who have a home high-speed Internet connection such as cable or DSL, but no Wi-Fi home network, can either purchase a compatible wireless router or the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector, which plugs into the USB port of a PC running Windows XP to create a wireless access point to connect a DS to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector will be sold exclusively on Nintendo.com at an MSRP of $34.99.

* Outside the home, when a user brings a Nintendo DS unit and a Wi-Fi-enabled game into a Wayport-enabled McDonald's restaurant locations, the user simply launches the game in Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection mode. No setup is required.

* Nintendo DS owners who want to play games at Wi-Fi locations outside McDonald's restaurant locations or their homes can use a laptop computer and the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector to access Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector enables the Nintendo DS to share an Internet connection established by a PC, providing a conduit to play games via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Regular Internet access fees may apply from these locations.

* Nintendo DS owners may also connect at a number of other free hotspot locations with no additional hardware and minimal setup. A complete list of these locations, along with the list of participating McDonald's restaurant locations, can be found on www.nintendowifi.com.

Mario Kart DS is the first title to use Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, along with multiple upcoming titles like Animal Crossing®: Wild World on Dec. 5 and Metroid® Prime Hunters on March 20. For more information about Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, log onto www.nintendowifi.com.


KnowsNothingNovember 14, 2005

Too bad it doesn't hit most shelves for another day or two.

DasmosNovember 14, 2005

Too bad how I don't have money for it yet....

DarkheartNovember 14, 2005

Indeed EB said I can pick mine up tom.

kirby_killer_dededeNovember 14, 2005

I'll try tomorrow...face-icon-small-sad.gif

Infernal MonkeyNovember 14, 2005

EB are selling it today inaustralialolz

Bartman3010November 14, 2005

Insane, I cant believe we finally got past the drought of DS games.

Viewtiful Joe, Sonic Rush, Snowboard Kids? (More coming later this month)

and of course, Mario Kart...

See you guys online eventually.

DarkheartNovember 14, 2005

SBK is out! O_O?

AussieNovember 14, 2005

Mario Kart DS - out now Australia wide face-icon-small-smile.gif face-icon-small-tongue.gif

thepogaNovember 14, 2005


Originally posted by: Bartman3010
Insane, I cant believe we finally got past the drought of DS games.

Viewtiful Joe, Sonic Rush, Snowboard Kids? (More coming later this month)

and of course, Mario Kart...

See you guys online eventually.

Drought of DS games?
Viewtiful Joe, Metroid Prime Pinball, Phoenix Wright, and Trauma Center. All of the games except for Viewtiful Joe were released in October. Oh, and how could I EVER forget Castlevania? Too many good games.

ThePermNovember 14, 2005

oh my god!

IceColdNovember 14, 2005

The "drought" was over as soon as Nintendogs came through, which was followed by Advance Wars. Though, with Kirby and Meteos to hold us over, it wasn't much of a drought..

NephilimNovember 14, 2005

EB are selling it today in Australia face-icon-small-sad.gif
pity I preodered mine at another shop
I can wait 2days to save 9dollars

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorNovember 14, 2005

I got mine today... Now I just need someone to play against... face-icon-small-wink.gif

MarioAllStarNovember 14, 2005

I will be picking mine up tomorrow afternoon. face-icon-small-smile.gif I can't wait!

Hostile CreationNovember 14, 2005

DS = best system ever.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure how long it'll take to acquire this game. Curses!

TMWNovember 15, 2005


Its been out for over 39 hours, and no one in town has it yet!

Really, I can't wait to get my hands on it. I've been to the only two places in town that sell videogames 5 times already.


There is no god.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorNovember 15, 2005

Yes there is... he just likes me better than you. face-icon-small-wink.gif

steveyNovember 15, 2005

KART GET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 it took a hour drive south to cherry hill but kart get!!!

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorNovember 15, 2005

IAN's got it! Ian, what's your FC?


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