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F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition’s Launch On Wii U Isn’t Powered With Online Play

Better late than never, developer Codemasters has released F1 Race Stars onto the Nintendo Wii U eShop for a price of €24.99 in Europe or $29.99 in North America. This release comes with a short trailer to introduce its features.

On Wii U, F1 Race Stars will offer players a way to use their Mii to race alongside real champions. Characters include real drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, among many others.

Furthermore, the Wii U GamePad can use its gyroscope features to race. Tilting the pad will act similarly to turning a steering wheel. It’s rarely very accurate though, as this feature barely functioned in the game’s other releases.

Some addendums to this iteration are worth noting. This digital version consists of the F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition. It comes with all previously released downloadable content (DLC).

Other platforms were handed a nickel and dime system for DLC, pitching additional tracks for the party racer at €4.5 a pop. It was probably the otherwise cute title’s biggest flaw.

More importantly, the Wii U version will not have online functionalities enabled. You won’t be able to play with friends from over the globe; instead, you’re restricted to 4-player split-screen.

Since F1 Race Stars is, at least partially, a party racing game, not having it offer online play could well be a bad move, certainly as other platforms can allow 12 players online. It’s not even like game had to be rushed out, since it’s quite old.

F1 Race Stars originally released in November of 2012.