Mario Kart Wii's Mission Mode Found After Almost Ten Years

When Mario Kart made its way to the DS, Nintendo included a mission mode. Nearly ten years after its release, someone has discovered an unfinished mission mode in Mario Kart Wii.

User MrBean35000vr has uploaded a video to YouTube showing off a range of missions hidden within Mario Kart's Wii release. The menus for the mission modes don't actually have any text, and you can't get them to display correctly without simulating some data that the game draws certain mission parameters for.

The file with those parameters, however, appears to have been removed from Mario Kart Wii's release. So MrBean35000vr made his own version, and went through the painstaking process of hacking everything together to get the missions to work.

Some of the missions range from throwing red shells at Goombas to earn points, drifting a certain amount of times within a time limit, completing laps within a certain time, gathering a certain number of coins, and ramming a spinning top off a stage.

Because Mario Kart Wii wasn't, well, a PC game, it makes more sense as to why these missions took so long to be discovered. Data mining is a lot easier when you have access to all the files, or can easily unpack them, and that wasn't the case when Mario Kart first launched on the Wii. On top of that, reverse engineering isn't the easiest process.

Nonetheless, it's interesting to see that Nintendo obviously had this in mind. It makes one wonder what other mysteries are lurking in other Wii, Wii U and Switch games.


Comments

    Haven't watched the video or anything, but at a glance aren't these just the DLC missions that would come in each week or so? They were pretty fun, and it was great comparing how you went against everyone in your friends list. Great that someone's figured out how to revive them, rather than having them lost to time.

      Yeah was going to say I remember doing that exact mission for one of the online challenge modes.

      What? DLC missions for MKWii? Do we even live in the same reality? In mine, MKWii had no DLC of any sort, nor weekly missions or anything and I never saw or heard anybody talking about them in the Internet. This is really bizarre.

        Can't tell if sarcasm.

          I swear to God it's not. This is the first time I ever heard of this and I played MKWii almost daily for over 2 years.

            Which two years? :P

            Huh. Took a bit of searching to try find proper mention of it, but looking here it seems they were actually still running them right up til the end of WFC. I could have sworn they ended earlier, I used to keep up with them. Must've just gotten bored with the game or something instead.

              Uh, I guess I tried the tournaments option a couple times and all I saw were normal races and never bothered with it again.

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