Biggest Problems with Mario Kart Wii

I grew up with this game and absolutely loved it, but not so much anymore. It only seems to be at the top of the "Best Mario Kart Games" list because of nostalgia.
The Top Ten
1 The atrocious rubberbanding AI
2 The computers are brutal on 150cc
3 Blue Shells occur way too often
4 It's very prone to exploits
5 Tilt controls

Play with the steering wheel peripheral and I'll find you back on this list. You only need a slight amount of pressure to move it, making it like a real car. Anyway, your focus should be on the RACE, so the tilting will come naturally to you.

But I prefer tilt controls, especially these days because the GameCube controller feels clunky to me.

6 Playing with hackers online
7 More often than not Blue Shells will hit you when you're about to cross the finish line on the third lap

That's life. Like every other video game doesn't have unfair moments. This isn't a glitch or a bug, it's just a normal game why is something like this on here?

Just because that's what happens in life, doesn't mean it shouldn't be here. That's not a lesson, that's just annoying.

Bad reason. Sounds more like a you problem than an everybody problem.

8 Bikes are better than Karts

It all depends on the weight class, the stats, manual or automatic options, or CC. Where did any instruction manual or YouTuber say that bikes were better than carts?

Personally I feel like you could've named this better because this sounds extremely subjective.

9 Automatic Drifting doesn't have as many benefits as Manual

It's better because you don't have to divide your attention between the road and the B button.
Or, like everyone else, just DON'T choose that mode.

10 You can only play on teams in Battle Mode

Battle Mode in MKWii is 1,000x better than Battle Mode in MK8. At lest THIS Battle Mode has stages were we can actually hit people. Also, what kind of "battle" is it where everyone is on a different side? I agree it would be nice to have a 'free-for-all' feature, but this list item sucks.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's battle mode is miles better. Having no teams in battle mode is part of what made it such a hit in MK64 and Double Dash.

The Contenders
11 Getting a Lightning Cloud

It doesn't matter if the Arcade games had this item, because those are so irrelevant to the series that they aren't even worth mentioning.

In my opinion this is one of the worst items in Mario Kart. This should at least be booted up to 8th place.

Titles before MKWii had this, why should this game take all the blame?

12 Funky Kong Originating from the SNES Donkey Kong Country, in which he is the CEO of Funky's Flights, this Kong absolutely tears up the race track with a massive +4 speed and +3 off-road stat, making him the most popular character in Mario Kart Wii online play.

Not saying Funky Kong is a bad character at all, far from it, but he provides one of the most USELESS BUFFS IN THE GAME - a +6 speed boost. Yeah, that's cool and all. But once you consider how he's mostly paired with the Flame Runner, a bike with awful handling and off-road, and once you consider the fact that there's a LOT of off-road shortcuts in MKWii, a +6 speed boost doesn't really help out too much in the long run. I'd rather stick with Rosalina or Dry Bowser, thank you - at least they actually fix the heavyweight vehicles glaring weaknesses.

13 Some of the retro tracks

There's some good ones but Desert Hills? Mario Circuit 3? Ghost Valley 2? That's not even mentioning Shy guy beach or sherbet land

14 The Battle Mode

You can only play on teams, 12 racers on the stage is way too much, and it seems like total random if you win or not. I can't help but stress that this game RUINED BALLOON BATTLE. This was the first game that changed up Balloon Battle. Now, this is way more point-based than elimination-based, because if you lose all your balloons, you respawn with more. Doesn't that make you feel even more motivated to not get hit? Every Mario Kart game that came out after MKWii now has that point-based Balloon Battle. THANKS MKWII! The old balloon battle rules was what made it such a hit. You're probably going to say that in this game there is a big selection of Battle Stages, but that's the only redeeming factor of Battle Mode.

15 The weight classes are unbalanced

Doesn't every Mario Kart have this problem?

16 It can be pretty glitchy
17 Dry Bowser Dry Bowser is the fossilized version of the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise, Bowser. He first appeared in New Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo DS after Bowser had been dumped into the lava and was left with his skeleton. Since then, Dry Bowser has appeared as a villain in games like Super... read more

He's a clone character and it's hard to unlock him.

18 Using the Quacker on Rainbow Road
19 Voice choices for Mii Racers

The positive side about Mii racers is that they're a great add to the roster, and are fun and unique. But honestly, it made my ears bleed when I hear the voice of Female B! It sounded almost like Minnie Mouse! All the rest are OK, but a little weird…but Female Voice B is the worst.

Plus, the color choices on the vehicles are just awful when it's by the Mii's gender (mainly pink for female and blue for male). Good thing Mario Karts 7 and 8 change at all up, including the Miis' vehicle colors that match their outfits, and even though they all got a little too squeaky, I like the changes of their voices, too. I just wish for the voices of the Miis were optional.

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