SourceAfter logging onto the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection network, you have the option of playing a match on three different levels: Worldwide, Continental, or Friends. This allows you to select the region or location where you want to search for an online match. From here you also have the opportunity to text chat with any of your friends by sending different sets of predetermined messages.
The Mario Cart Channel offers various options to set up those online matches even if you don't have a copy of the Mario Kart Wii disc inside your system. One of the more interesting features would be the Competitions option, which allows Nintendo to invite players to speedy challenges on a regular basis and compete against one another for worldwide rankings.
Gamers can expect Mario Kart Wii to hit stores this April 11. While we're all waiting for its upcoming release, make sure to keep those Wii Wheels warmed up for this latest title in the Mario Kart series.
*Please note that the release date is for Europe*
SourceThe Ranking option lets you see your statistics for each track and compare your results to those of your Friends and other players worldwide, represented by their Miis. You’ll have the option of racing against the Ghosts of the best players, or improving your results gradually by taking on the Ghosts of rivals whose times are only slightly better than yours. Players can choose whether they want to share their Time Trial Ghosts with the rest of the world, allowing you to match your skills against the cream of the crop whenever you want.
Another all-new feature of this Channel are the Competitions, where Nintendo will on a regular basis invite players to speedy challenges similar to the Missions of Mario Kart DS. The Channel also allows you to check your ranking in running Competitions as well as Time Trials. You can also go here to register Friends and see if any of them are currently online.