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Mario Kart Wii friend code filter: Let's drive through malls, smashing our cars into each other!

If you've got Mario Kart Wii:

1. Drop your friend code here.

2. Register the friend codes listed there in your Friend Roster.

3. MeMail the people you register so they can register you back.

This didn't work so well with Smash Bros. Brawl, but hopefully, knowing about step 3 up front this time well help.
posted by ignignokt to MetaFilter-Related at 9:55 PM (30 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Can we make this a GTA IV thread, too?
posted by empath at 10:03 PM on April 28, 2008

Burhanistan, are you talking about the people-who-like-to-have-sex-as/with-car-crash-victims movie? *shudder* I'll stick with video games, thanks.
posted by amyms at 10:57 PM on April 28, 2008

Who has GTA IV? It comes out today, right?
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 11:05 PM on April 28, 2008

It does, Mr. President, but Mario Kart Wii has been out since Sunday (April 27), aaaand, it has the Wii Wheel. Take THAT, GTA-ers!

I really have no dog in this race (Mario vs. GTA or otherwise), I just follow video game news because my son is an addict.
posted by amyms at 11:14 PM on April 28, 2008

Yeah... I also keep up with it because of my son...
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 11:21 PM on April 28, 2008

posted by amyms at 11:46 PM on April 28, 2008

GTA4 has friend codes?
posted by flatluigi at 3:53 AM on April 29, 2008

I didn't think anyone was actually friends in GTA, anyway.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:43 AM on April 29, 2008

My son plays a tremendous amount of video games. He was thinking about suggesting a Mario Kart meetup, in fact, and when I told him about this thread he was very pleased.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:08 AM on April 29, 2008

I just picked up my copy of GTAIV thanks to the help of Mayor Menino's Boston Morality Squad (with an assist from the Petty FYE Powertrip Brigade). I had not pre-ordered or anything, but decided at the last minute that I could use a stout metal box and other swag that comes with the Special Edition.

So I rolled down Beacon Hill to the local FYE. This FYE is one of the closest places to City Hall where you can buy video games. The FYE Line Wrangler on patrol made folks waiting in line show ID because the Mayor is cracking down and thinking of the children. The group of kids ahead of me shows their IDs and are uncovered as being 17 year olds! The Wrangler has them leave. One of the bright minds of the new generation points out that M games are for 17+, so they should be okay.

A very involved and vigorous debate ensues. Does 17+ mean 'Seventeen and Up' or 'Over 17'? I'm still waiting behind this group budding lawyers, some of whom lack pre-orders and wish to buy one of the few remaining Special Editions. With the Wrangler occupied, the line grounds to a standstill. The registers are empty. Being aged, I am waved around the group and get the last Special Edition for the 360. As I leave, the group is kicked out anyways for making a ruckus, even though I think they were in the right. I walk off, treasure in hand, the final words of the group's Head Age Arguer and Reading Comprehension King ring in my ears: "Fuck this shit. Let's go to Best Buy."

Fuck this shit, indeed. This is how Menino's mushmouthed reign of terror will end, with the loss of the vital sideways wearing hat demographic.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:46 AM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]

Hey, is MarioKart for the Wii any good? I haven't had the chance to pick it up yet....though I am definitely picking up GTA IV on the way home today (crosses fingers for an early day)!
posted by Grither at 8:16 AM on April 29, 2008

I'm really digging Mario Kart Wii. I'll have to register my friend code in the list when I get home today.

I love the wheel, but I'm rather broad shouldered and using it for an extended period of time gives me a lot of tension right between my shoulders. I'm not sure if it's the wheel or my posture. Possibly both?
posted by owtytrof at 8:40 AM on April 29, 2008

I'm just relaying this thread on behalf of my son, my dad, my brother, and our immediate uncles. They're really interested in this, and will forward codes tomorrow when their respective copies are shipped simultaneously.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:50 AM on April 29, 2008

I am going to smoke all y'all's children!
posted by ND¢ at 8:54 AM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]

I love the wheel...

I hate it. I've been playing with a GameCube controller, but I'm thinking of moving over to the controller/nunchuck combination.

It's going to take me a bit to get over the motion sickness that comes when I play new 3D games, but once I'm up to speed I'll register and kick all yer asses.
posted by tkolar at 9:08 AM on April 29, 2008

grither: I think it's pretty much pure fun so far.

The motion controls add a lot. It's way more gratifying to tilt the remote hard on a sharp turn than it is to press the Gamecube stick hard to the left or right. It just makes me smile, somehow. (I use the motion controls, but I don't use the plastic wheel molding. I just hold the remote in my hands directly and tilt it.)

The level design is just super refined. There's challenging courses, but they're not like some of the challenging courses in previous Karts, which made you hate life. Part of it is that the karts generally handle sharp turns better, but I think that the indoor courses are less claustrophobic overall. Many of the courses have quite of bit of the wow factor. My favorite courses so far are the snowboarding one, the one where you drive through the mall, and the one where you're driving on humongous tree branches. Plus, they seemed to be packed with Fahrvergnügen. Maybe it's just more ramps and half-pipe stuff?

The biggest criticism so far seems to be about the "rubber banding" - if you're in the lead, there's a lot of mechanisms available to knock you out of it, which frustrates a lot of people. Having played a lot of board and card games, I'm already used to people ganging up on the leader and can deal with it, so it's not a problem for me. So far.

The online stuff is really slick. It's a step above what Smash Bros. has.

Everyone else: I look forward to bumping you (and your children) off of cliffs!
posted by ignignokt at 10:12 AM on April 29, 2008

Rubber Banding is where it's at. Mario Kart 64 wouldn't have been much fun if all the newbies and people who weren't as good as me (pretty much everyone ;-) weren't able to catch up and win every now and then!
posted by Grither at 10:36 AM on April 29, 2008

WRT the "rubber banding" - I can't help but be frustrated playing Grand Prix in 150cc, being in 1st place for ~2.8 laps, and then, all of a sudden, just before the last turn, every other racer hits you successively with items and you cross the finish line in 6th place or worse. Several times this has happened to me and I've finished last.

Playing against people, it's not as frustrating, but when it's just me vs. 11 CPU controlled characters it feels like being cheated.
posted by owtytrof at 12:45 PM on April 29, 2008

Just arrived today. Looking forward to some top-drawer racing with fellow mefites.
I'm racing as Walter Sobchak - except on shomer shabbos. This means I don't work, don't get in a car, etc...
posted by porn in the woods at 7:41 PM on April 29, 2008

Regarding rubber band AI: I think the problem is that every MK iteration has had more items that are both instant and unblockable. Now there's the blue shell, the squid, the lightning bolt, and the POW block. It's one thing to give good items to those in the back, and another thing entirely to give them the ability to immediately ruin everyone else's shit. :)

I'll come back with a friend code later!
posted by danb at 7:41 PM on April 29, 2008

Got my friend code up on the wiki. Heck yeah.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:07 PM on April 29, 2008

I'm up, and i friended everyone who was on the wiki when I added mine.

And now I have to go to bed before I play anymore, I already cleared the 50cc course.
posted by mrzarquon at 11:36 PM on April 29, 2008

After only a little bit of playing, it seems that this game is 100% awesome. Don't care for the wheel one bit, but guests will want to check it out. I'm using the Wiimote/Nunchuk combo but might try the GameCube controller later - this is the best way to go on Super Smash Brothers.

I've friended everyone on the wiki, so let's crash cars without the help of David Cronenberg. You won't get to boink Holly Hunter, though.
posted by porn in the woods at 4:22 PM on April 30, 2008

I'm up on the wiki now too.

I've been playing the PAL version for a couple weeks, and it's pretty damn good — if there were a way to turn off the computer players (and/or the unbalanced items) in local multiplayer matches it would be perfect — without it local battle mode is useless!

I just got the US version and had to start a new save game, so I downloaded a complete one — don't worry, the unlocked karts aren't unbalanced (especially since you can't switch without quitting (and you can only quit at the end of a race)).
posted by blasdelf at 12:38 AM on May 1, 2008

Oh, and I use the Wiimote/Nunchuck combo — with the Wiimote alone it's hard to consistently powerslide in the right direction, and with the gamecube controller you have to take your thumb off the joystick to trick-jump.

I prefer the sideways Wiimote in Brawl, I'm a weirdo, I know. I'll probably get a Classic Controller or two to try out soon…
posted by blasdelf at 12:42 AM on May 1, 2008

we already know you are a weirdo.

Apparently you can remove the additional bots in the battle modes, but I haven't found out how yet.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:53 AM on May 1, 2008

I'm adding my MK code to the wiki right now; I'll memail everyone soon.
posted by flatluigi at 10:04 PM on May 1, 2008

Everyone's in.
posted by flatluigi at 11:55 PM on May 1, 2008

Added mine to the Wiki, will add everyone in tonight.
posted by Otis at 4:50 AM on May 2, 2008

I hope it's not too late - I just got my copy of the game today. Added code to the wiki, but in the Wii world I run as "squiddy."
posted by ikahime at 6:42 PM on May 11, 2008

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