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EA Sports releases first NASCAR title for the Wii

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Electronic Arts Inc. on Thursday announced that NASCAR Kart Racing, the first NASCAR racing title available for the Wii, will ship to retailers in North America on Feb. 10 — just in time for the Daytona 500 and the official start of the 2009 season.

Designed exclusively for the Wii, NASCAR Kart Racing enables players to grab the steering wheel as a Sprint Cup Series driver and speed through treacherous landscapes, wind around rocky cliffs, jump rivers and dodge falling boulders. Up to four players can go head-to-head, via split screen, in a mad dash to the checkered flag, making NASCAR Kart Racing an ideal game to play with family and friends.

Enjoy the thrill of racing as three-time defending Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson or choose from 13 other Cup Series drivers. Players also can compete as one of 10 original animated characters. Each driver has personal attributes that will determine how the kart will perform on a course, so strategy is key when choosing a driver and a teammate.

The courses in NASCAR Kart Racing feature a vast range of terrain. Experience 24 race layouts that wrap through deserts, freeways, back roads, canyons, junkyards and more. Drivers also will push the pedal to the metal in areas surrounding four NASCAR tracks: Daytona, Talladega, Dover and Bristol — and each track can be reversed to provide two unique racing experiences.

Your journey to become a champion in NASCAR Kart Racing begins by competing in 13 series against featured drivers from different racing backgrounds. Defeat the rivals of each series to unlock new courses, drivers, game modes and the next series.

NASCAR Kart Racing has been rated E (for Everyone) by the ESRB with a descriptor for “Cartoon Mischief.” (Nascar.com)

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