From the review: "Part of the series’ lasting appeal has been that we would all secretly go home and rehearse racing lines, banana drop-spots and, the most of sacred of acts, decide on a favourite character and kart. While you may choose to do this for the latest incarnation, it probably won’t get you very far. Tracks are invariably so wide that the player can often, on the first couple of run-throughs of an unfamiliar course, genuinely get lost and end up driving sideways towards a wall. Mario Kart Wii is still a first party Nintendo game. It oozes quality and finish, and will provide those who are looking for it hours of out-and-out fun. The game makes no excuses about wanting mass appeal, and neither do its developers. Gran Turismo it is not but then we weren’t looking for that anyway, were we?" http://gameonyou.co.uk/2008/04/12/review-mario-kart-wii/ PS I bought it.