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Rev Your Engines! Wii Mario Kart Tournament for Middle Schoolers at Manitowoc Public Library

The following article was written by Kirsten Smith, a Youth Services Associate with the Manitowoc Public Library.

Do you have what it takes to be the best racer in the Mushroom Kingdom? Do you want to challenge your friends and foes on the most thrilling tracks ever? Do you enjoy throwing bananas, shells, and other items at your rivals? If you are a 6th to 8th grade student who loves Mario Kart and old school Wii, then you are in for a treat! Manitowoc Public Library is hosting a Wii Mario Kart Tournament for Middle School students during spring break.

Mario Kart is a racing game that features characters and items from the Mario universe, developed by Nintendo. The game was first released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and has since spawned 15 titles in the series, including several spin-offs for various platforms. Mario Kart is popular for its fun, chaotic, and competitive gameplay, as well as its iconic tracks, music, and power-ups. The game has a loyal fan base and a large online community, and is one of the best multiplayer games of all time.

The Wii Mario Kart Tournament for Middle Schoolers will take place on Friday, March 29, 2024. Registration will be in the Youth Department from 9:30 AM to 10 AM. The first 32 students who sign up will compete, beginning at 10 AM.  Spectators are welcome. The tournament will follow a single-elimination format, with four players racing in each round.  The top two players from each round will advance to the next round, until there are only four players left for the Grand Finale. The winner of the Grand Finale will be crowned the Mario Kart Champion and receive the Grand Prize!

The tournament is open to all 6th through 8th grade students, regardless of skill level or experience. You can choose your favorite character and kart from the game’s options. You can also enjoy the Library’s other resources, such as books, magazines, computers, and games, before or after the tournament. However, please be aware that the Library will be closing at 1 PM that Friday for the spring holiday.

The Library’s staff is excited to host this fun and exciting event for middle school students. We anticipate that the tournament will encourage more middle school students to visit the library and discover its many offerings. We also hope that the tournament will foster a sense of community and sportsmanship among the students.

If you are in 6th to 8th grade and interested in joining the Mario Kart Tournament, register at 9:30 AM on Friday, March 29 in the Youth Services Department. Then, get ready to race your way to victory! Remember: it is not just a game—it is a race! So buckle up, start your engines, and may the best player win!

For more information or additional library events for preteens and teens, please visit the library’s website at or call 920-686-3030.

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