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NASCAR Kart Racing Zooms Onto Nintendo Wii
EA ships its first and only NASCAR game for Wii.
By Andrew Joy 02/10/2009 10:54:35 PST

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NASCAR Kart Racing

Nintendo’s family-friendly image, one particularly exacerbated by the Wii and its supposed audience of young children and grandmothers, is not likely to go away anytime soon, especially when companies like EA keep tailoring their games to the system in perhaps the most ridiculous way.  Almost as egregious as their All-Play sports line, the developer and publisher today announced that NASCAR Kart Racing, the first and only NASCAR-licensed game on the system, has now shipped and should be available in stores across North America soon.  More an arcade racer than the simulation the NASCAR series usually is, Kart Racing features deformed graphics, obstacle-filled tracks and an assortment of racers both in and outside of the sport.  Though it unfortunately does not take advantage of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Kart Racing does offer four-person, split-screen multiplayer.  For more information on NASCAR Kart Racing, be sure to check out the official press release below:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced that NASCAR® Kart Racing, the first and only NASCAR racing title available for the Wii™, shipped to retailers in North America today with an MSRP of $39.99. The game’s release coincides with this weekend’s Daytona 500 and the official start of the 2009 NASCAR season.

Designed exclusively for the Wii, NASCAR Kart Racing enables all players, from hardcore to casual, to experience NASCAR in a brand new way. Grab the steering wheel as a famed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and speed through treacherous landscapes, wind around rocky cliffs, jump rivers and dodge falling boulders. Up to four players can go head-to-head, via split screen, in a mad dash to the checkered flag, making NASCAR Kart Racing an ideal game to play with family and friends.

Make a pit stop at your local retailer to pick up NASCAR Kart Racing and enjoy the thrill of racing as three-time consecutive Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson or choose from 13 additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. Strategy is key when choosing a driver and a teammate, as each driver has personal attributes that will determine how the team will perform on a course. Teams that work together win championships!

Licensed NASCAR Drivers:

  • Jeff Burton
 
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Kyle Busch
  • Kasey Kahne
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  • Matt Kenseth
  • Carl Edwards
  • Joey Logano (Unlockable w/purchase at GameStop)
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Elliott Sadler
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Tony Stewart
  • Kevin Harvick
  • *Unlockable Mystery Driver*

In addition to the 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, NASCAR Kart Racing players can take the wheel as one of 10 original animated characters known as “Outsiders”. Hit the off-road courses or take these “Outsiders” for a spin around classic NASCAR tracks. Each “Outsider” hails from a racing background outside of NASCAR, providing a unique twist to the NASCAR Kart Racing experience.

“Outsiders”

  • Billy Backfire
 
  • “Shakes” McDaniel
  • Bobby Backfire
  • “Thriller” Tadwell
  • Kelly Kates
  • Monica Torres
  • Linda Leadbetter
  • Luke Trigger
  • Maurice L’éclair
  • Terri Winsome

The courses in NASCAR Kart Racing feature a vast range of exhilarating terrain. Experience 24 entertaining race layouts that wrap through deserts, freeways, back roads, canyons, junkyards and more. Drivers will also push the pedal to the metal inside and around four popular NASCAR tracks: Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Dover International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Each track in NASCAR Kart Racing can be reversed to provide two unique racing experiences.

NASCAR Kart Racing has been rated E for Everyone by the ESRB with a descriptor for “Cartoon Mischief”.

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