Mario Kart Wii

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Mario Kart Wii
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario Kart
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) JP April 10, 2008
NA April 27, 2008
EU April 11, 2008
AUS April 24, 2008
KO April 30, 2009
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (4), Online (12)
Input methods Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller, GameCube Controller
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Mario Kart Wii
GameIDs RMCE01, RMCP01, RMCJ01, RMCK01
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Mario Kart Wii is a racing game developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development and published by Nintendo for the Wii console. It is the sixth installment in the Mario Kart series (excluding the two arcade games) and the second Mario Kart title to use the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The game was released worldwide throughout April 2008, but one year later in South Korea. Every copy of the game is packaged with the Wii Wheel accessory, which is designed to house the Wii Remote to allow more intuitive and conventional steering.

Changes from its predecessor, Mario Kart DS, include motorbikes and support for up to twelve racers online. Like other games in the Mario Kart series, it involves various characters from several Mario games racing each other on tracks themed from locations in the Mario series.

Mario Kart Wii was first shown at E3 2007. It has been positively received by critics; while not revolutionary, the online capability and the large number of tracks, characters and karts has been praised. The game had a commercially successful launch in every region, and sold over a million copies in both Japan and the United States in less than a month.


Lens Flare Effect

If EFB copies is set to "Texture" the lens flare effect is not emulated. Setting EFB copies to "Ram" makes the lens flare appear as it should.

  • If D3D is used, and set to EFB Copies to Ram so that the lens flare appears, crashes may occur on some tracks. EFB to Texture, while breaking the lens flare, will not crash on those tracks. OpenGL is immune to the crashes regardless of settings. See issue 6923.

Cache Display Lists

Using 'Cache Display Lists' in newer revs of Dolphin may cause crashes.

Mii's Faces

Mii faces may disappear if graphics settings are adjusted during gameplay, or if entering/exiting fullscreen during a race. To prevent this issue, avoid doing these things during play, or use EFB to Ram. If the faces disappear, they will return in the next race. See issue 2112.

Psychedelic Textures

Using the OpenGL backend may result in psychedelic textures, which always appear with SSAA and "Emulate Format Changes" enabled. Fixed by 4.0-511.

Ghosts Desyncing

Ghosts become desynced on almost all tracks, usually after a jump. They'll ram into walls, go the wrong way, or just drive endlessly off cliffs. There is no known solution at this time. The tracks "SNES Mario Circuit 3" and "Mario Circuit" are unaffected, because the track is flat. See issue 3122. Fixed with 4.0-2729.


Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.


Config Setting Notes
Anti-Aliasing Off On causes overbloom around objects

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Mario Kart Wii since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-14107 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

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Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
4.0-3395 Windows 7 x64 AMD FX 6100 @ 4GHz AMD Radeon HD 7870 Good: 49-50 FPS lags in little bursts when its going to start a race then its stable even with 2 players, Menu music distortion with no slowdowns With D3d Plugin, Dual Core Enabled, 16x Anisotropic Filtering enabled internal resolution auto (screen size) EFB copy to scale (disable fog) and xaudio2 with hle emulation , 1360x768, x64 Saint
^r6117 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-930 @ 2.8GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 480 Good: 45 FPS lags in bursts, Menu Slowdown to 4 FPS With DX9 Plugin, Dual Core Enabled, 16x Anisotropic Filtering enabled, 1920x1080, x86 Timmy112
^r6249 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-920 nVidia GeForce GTX 460 Good
^r6452 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-430M ATI Radeon HD 5730 Good (50/55 frames with DVD
^r7123 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 ATI Radeon HD 5770 Good (55/60 frames)
^r7224 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-2630QM @ 2.7GHz nVidia GeForce GT 560M Good. When the game starts, it lags due to CPU's and camera rotation. Fixed inside lag with skip EFB access to CPU. Tested with 1.5 Native resolution 1600*900 Fullscreen, 4x anisotropic filtering (Qosmio X770) giorgio200791
^r7319 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3GHz nVidia GeForce 450 GTS 60 FPS, Perfect
^r7332 Windows 7 x86 Intel Core i5-750 AMD Radeon HD 6950 60 FPS, Perfect
^r7436 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ 3.5Ghz nVidia GeForce GTS 450 Perfect: 60 FPS Menu Slowdown to 45 FPS With DX9 Plugin, Dual Core Enabled, 16x Anisotropic Filtering enabled, Scale 3x, 1920x1080, x64 RDilus
^r7442 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X4 910 @ 3GHz AMD Radeon HD 6970 (1 Player): 100% Speed, Perfect (2 Players): 100% Speed, lags when seeing CPUs FHaze
^r7478 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.4GHz AMD Radeon HD 6950 60 FPS. Works best with DirectX 9. Slight slowdown in menus but nothing major. Gameplay with Wiimote is flawless. Robodt7
^r7483 Windows 7 x86 Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 3GHz nVidia GeForce 9500 GT If it wasn't for the menus slowdowns, it would be completely perfect. Races go full-FPS. Works perfectly with Direct3D11. I'm giving it a 5-stars rating since the menu slowdown is a very minor issue. Rafaello Fareday
^r7483 Windows 7 x64 Intel Celeron E3300 @ 3.3GHz nVidia GeForce GT 240 Playable 40-60 FPS. Drops down to 40 when seeing many CPUs on the screen, but otherwise it runs at constant 60 fps. No graphical errors at all. EliasYFGM
^r7564 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X4 975 ATI Radeon HD 4890 Playable - menus can lag sometimes, overall performance is more than passable. Someone7272
^3.0 Windows XP x86 Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4GHz nVidia 320M [NTSC] 40 FPS, 70%. Playable but sporadic lagging. Tyro
^3.0 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-930 @ 3.5GHz ATI Radeon HD 5770 Fully playable, 73 FPS without frame limitations DX9, Dual Core enabled, 16x Anisotropic filtering, 1920x1080 (render window size).
^3.0 Windows 7 x86 Intel Core i3-2100 @ 3.1GHz nVidia GeForce GT 430 2509MB 40-60 FPS Superstar Games
^3.0 Windows 7 x86 Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz ATI Radeon HD 4350 Except the problems stated up there, it's mostly perfect (No WFC in this ver. Speed:50-60% in game menu). Local 2 play will slow down the game speed. HKT
^r7504 Windows 7 Intel Core i3 @ 3.07GHz nVidia GeForce 9500 GT Perfect full speed (60 FPS) Matute
^r7504 Windows 7 Intel Core i7 @ 3.99GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 460 Perfect full speed (60 FPS) Anonymous
^r7504 Windows 7 Intel Q6600 @ 3GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 465 Perfect full speed (60 FPS) Dancube
^3.0-201 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X6 @ 3.7GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 580 Fully playable at 60 FPS with negligible/uncommon lagging, menu lags to minimum 26 FPS with D3D11/40 FPS with OpenGL. Round start lags somewhat with OpenGL. Transparent blue rectangle at top left corner visible in full-screen and window with D3D11 and less so/not at all with OpenGL. Tested one-player mode at 1080 and 480 resolution with no noticeable difference in performance, D3D11 and OpenGL with minor differences in performance, 16x anisotropic, anti-aliasing off, scaled EFB copy on, EFB copies Texture, cache display lists off, dual core on. cwKent
^3.0-228 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.42GHz ATI Radeon HD 4600 Comfortably playable at mostly 60 FPS despite default OR recommended settings. HOWEVER, Time Trial feature will not replay ghosts that are ported from a Wii Save. As a result, racing/learning World/Regional Record ghost lines/times is not possible. For debugging information, there is one course that seems to be fully functional which is SNES Mario Circuit 3, hope this helps? My Time Trial Ghost Save: mkwTT
^3.0-235 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7 2630QM nVidia GeForce GTX 460M Unplayable: 10-15 FPS; 30% game speed. I have tried close to every combination of settings with no luck.

EDIT: Searching for ways to improve my emulation speed, I found that overclocking my GPU did the job. I now get 40-60 FPS at 70-100% GameSpeed in menus, and a constant 60 FPS and 100% GameSpeed during a race.

^3.0-373 Mac OS X 10.7.2 Intel Core i7-2675QM @ 2.2GHz AMD Radeon HD 6750M Perfect, full speed 60 FPS. Slight crackling in screen transitions. jedivulcan
^3.0-424 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.07GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 570 Fully playable at 60 FPS with OpenGL. Round start lag a bit(during camera rotation). SETTINGS: 4x Native Res, 16x AF, no AA, EFB to texture (cache: fast), scaled EFB copy, per pixel lighting, Force texture filtering, fast mimaps, OpenMP decoder, XFB: virtual Skullbot
^3.0-458 Windows 7 x64 AMD Athlon II X3 450 @ 3.2GHz AMD Radeon HD 6670 Full speed in game. Menu slows down at 40 FPS. Faefdsedf
^3.0-547 Windows XP x86 Pentium Dual Core @ 2.7GHz nVidia GeForce GT 9500 Good emulation (40-50 FPS in x1 native resolution) tavog96
^3.0-578 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-2630QM AMD Radeon HD 6770M 50% with suggested settings, 100% with EFB copies set to Texture. 2-Player gets about 60% with EFB Texture and 50% with EFB RAM.
^3.0-586 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-920 @ 2.66GHz nVidia GeForce 560 Ti With all suggested setting I was getting 35-45 FPS avg, I then Overclocked my CPU from 2660MHz to 2760MHz (small amount I know) I'm now getting the full 60-70 FPS. When overclocked to 3000MHz was getting 75-86 FPS. So make sure your CPU is at a decent speed as a little extra MHz can make a large difference. N.B. Overclocking the GPU seemed to have no effect for me. Anon
^3.0-684 Windows 7 x64 AMD FX-4100 @ 4.5GHz nVidia GeForce GTS 250 Tested with (DX9). Unfortunately this is not fantastic game with Constant Spielgeschwindkeit which videos are often slow in the game when many drivers are on the screen to go the 50 FPS lost, so usually then to 40 FPS. with 2-player mode, the emulation is usually to 30-40 FPS. I think the best option Emulationsgeschwindkeit "EFB Copies" on TEXTURE would provide, as well as providing the "internal resolution" at quite low. To criticize is that sometimes not all the graphics loaded, even "Choose Profile" at, and even "select vehicle" at. (sic, Google Translate) Serverbot777
^3.0-688 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz AMD Radeon HD 6870 Perfect 60 FPS during game play (1080p), only drops on menu.
^3.0-716 Mac OS X 10.7.4 Intel Core i7-3610QM @ 2.3GHz nVidia GeForce GT 650M Perfect, 60 FPS @ 2.5x Internal Resolution dartox
^3.0-758 Linux Ubuntu 12.04 x86_64 Intel Core i7-2670QM nVidia GeForce GT540M Perfect, with FPS ~60 during game play (2X Native) and limit FPS in 65 or off
^3.0-763 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-2450M AMD Radeon HD 7610M Perfect Chinmorph
^3.0-776 Linux elementary OS x64 Intel Core i3-330m nVidia GeForce GT 330m Single-player perfect @ 60 FPS. Local multiplayer sometimes drops to 20 FPS Krummer
^3.0-845 Windows 8 x64 Intel Core i5-3570k @ 4.2GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 670 Minor slowdowns (95% speed, not noticeable). Perfect otherwise. OpenGL 4x internal, 16x anisotropic, 16xQ CSAA, Scaled EFB Copy pur3
^3.5-367 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i3 -2100 @ 3.1GHz ATI Radeon HD 5450 Mostly perfect, 60FPS and 100% speed while playing, 40-50FPS and 75-85% speed during selection screen.
^3.5-557 Windows 7 x64 AMD FX-4100 @ 4.5GHz nVidia GeForce GTS 250 Graphical errors which it previously did not exist, and that the Itembox flickers for example in level "volcano rumbles".

Grafikfehler den es vorher nicht gab, und zwar die Itembox flackert, zum beispiel im level "Vulkangrollen".

^4.0 Windows 8 x64 AMD FX-8320 AMD Radeon HD 7870 Anything Perfect Zcair
^4.0 Windows 7 x86 Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz ATI Radeon HD 4350 Laggy after entered the game menu, only got 20-45 FPS. 5-30 FPS, Speed 20%-40% while playing HKT
^4.0 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-3630QM @ 2.4GHz AMD Radeon HD 7610M Perfect,60 FPS All the time (720p) Slowdown at specific points on Menus, If OpenMP enabled it'll heavily increase the FPS during those slowdowns. 4.0 is the fastest build if you faced a slowdown use 3.5 also remember to set power plan to "High Performance" if needed. Setting: Direct3D11, Resolution: Auto (Window Size), OpenMP Enabled and DSP HLE with XAudio2 Backend. at 1080p the game runs at 38~52 FPS Hardlord999
^4.0.2 Windows 7 x64 AMD APU A10-7850K AMD Radeon R7 Series Perfect emulation Zcair
^4.0.2 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-4430 @ 3GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 660 TI Stable 60 FPS in single player, 2 player mutiplayer is choppy 20-40 FPS. Avalancer
^4.0-1349 Windows 8 x64 AMD FX 6300 @ 3.6GHz AMD Radeon HD 6450 60FPS in-game. Menu lags. Faefdsedf
^4.0-1364 Windows 8 x64 Intel Core i7-4770K @ 4.5GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 770 SLI No problem, 60 FPS with 4x native resolution and anti-aliasing 16x. No bug on Menu Xelion
^4.0-1444 Windows 8.1 x64 Intel Pentium G2030 @ 3GHz AMD Radeon HD6870 D3D 2x native 4x AA 16x AF 60 FPS most of the time, some slowdowns on circuit entries. resadent
^4.0-2014 Windows 8.1 x64 Core i7-4770 @ 3.4GHz nVidia GeForce GT 635 Rather poor results, 60 FPS in menus, dropping to 30-45 ingame. Lag upon entering courses, audio issues upon starting up, low FPS on specific courses, Wario's Mine being one. Unknown_Fuel
^4.0-2390 Windows 8.1 x64 Intel Core i5-4670k @ 3.40GHz Intel HD Graphics 4600 Runs at full speed most of the time on 1.5x native res. on both D3D and OpenGL. Only time I saw it dip below 60 was when entering a course. Karasuhebi
4.0-3518 Arch Linux x64 Intel Core i7-2600 @ 3GHz nVidia GeForce GTS 450 Far from perfect; hardly even playable. Slowdowns in menus with stage previews, and intense slowdowns during gameplay. Background textures are rendered incorrectly, semi-transparent blue rectangles appear. Random horizontal black lines. 10n45

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