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February 16, 2007 - If you thought this was going to be a story about a new Mario Kart arcade game running off a new Wii-based arcade board, then you obviously aren't aware of the snails pace at which the arcade industry likes to update its hardware. No, [Register or Login to view links] runs on the good old Triforce board just like its predecessor.

In fact, the sequel to the Namco/Nintendo cross-development racer seems more like an update to the original rather than a true sequel. The game adds Waruigi and Tamagotchi to the cast of racers, along with a couple of new courses. New items, and new frames for the "Namcam" avatar system have also found their way into the game.

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The biggest change appears to come in the form of color commentary, provided (in the Japanese version, at least) by Koichi Yamadera. This is a feature we hope Nintendo puts into the eventual Wii version of everyone's favorite kart series.

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