E3 2007: Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii is finally official, it'll use a fancy Wii Wheel and more importantly it'll feature online multiplayer action.

The new version of Mario Kart, due in early 2008, features new vehicles and lets players near and far compete using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo’s wireless gaming service. Mario Kart launches with the Wii Wheel (name not final), a steering wheel housing for the Wii Remote that brings new controls and challenges for veteran gamers, while making getting into a race easy and intuitive for newcomers.

The early screenshots are already displaying great use of the the Wii hardware even this early into development and given the success of Mario Kart DS' online play the game is likely to be hugely popular.

Little is known about the Wii Wheel just yet but hopefully if developed correctly it should set a standard for future Wii racing games.