Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mario Kart followup, update

Okay, so I haven't posted anything since we moved. I've been concentrating on job hunting, unpacking, and updating RyanAndShelsy.com. Now that things are starting to settle down, I will be back to the usual updating for the usual crowd of readers. :-)

As a follow-up to my last post about Mario Kart Wii, I wanted to share my thoughts on the online play aspect of the game. Don't get me wrong, the game itself is completely awesome and I play it all the time. But this is one of, if not the first game for the Wii to incorporate online gameplay. Here's how it works: You connect to the network, then wait for the game to assign a group of opponents for you to play against. You have to watch and wait while their game finishes before you can jump in. Then you simply vote for a track to race, and hit the track.

The system is very buggy, however, which makes an awesome concept almost too cumbersome to play. First, the time spent waiting while the screen says, "please wait" rivals the days of dial up. Second, issues of random disconnects is a pretty frequent one. Third, there is a considerable amount of lag, which any gamer knows is the kiss of death for online play.

I really wish I could play online more often, but these problems leave a bad taste in my mouth every time I attempt it. Here's hoping Nintendo fixes the bugs and makes future online games easier to play.

Oh, and I still love Mario Kart Wii! Everyone should buy it! :-)


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