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Mario Kart Wii 'to feature 32 courses'

Nintendo has answered charges that it has been complacent with its 'hardcore gaming' fans with the release of the new Mario Kart Wii.

Featuring 32 tracks, 16 of which are brand new courses, the game can accommodate up to 12 players at a time online.

Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, told UK's gamespot.com that the company was trying to cater for the needs of all gamers.

"Nintendo has teams working on meeting the needs of more hardcore gamers," he told the gaming website.

"The big complaint from them now may be that we're not pouring all of our resources into that sector exclusively, but I feel that it's Nintendo's mission to make both kinds of games."

Iwata cited the upcoming release of Smash Bros. Brawl in the United States as another example of Nintendo's commitment to hardcore gamers.

Since the release of Donkey Kong in 1981 Mario has been fixture on the video game circuit through Nintendo's brand, now appearing in over 200 games.

Published: 08/02/2008

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