For a video game franchise in its 16th year and on its eighth incarnation, expectations for originality and innovation should be fairly low.
And while Mario Kart Wii has little in the way of originality (characters and whole tracks have been yanked from previous versions verbatim), innovation comes in the form of the Wii Wheel. Your existing Wii remote control plops into the center of the white plastic disc. And what looks like the plaything of a 2-month-old becomes a smooth-handling virtual steering wheel.
Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo) Available for the Nintendo Wii. Up to four players. Retail price: $49.99. Rated E for all audiences.