• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Takes an old genre and breathes new life into it. Top-down racing hasn't been this fun in ages. [Oct 2009, p.86]
  2. 80
    Even with a handful of odd quirks and strange omission, this is easily one of the better WiiWare games available to download, and 800 points seems like the perfect sweet spot for the type of game you’re getting on Wii.
  3. At its core Driift Mania is a nice slice of nostalgia and a racing game that's all about fun. A higher level of customisability and a more relevant single-player mode would have been nice, but as it stands solo players still have a great offering in three multiplayer modes they can enjoy on their own.
  4. All that being said, Driift Mania is an ambitious product that suffers only from lackluster solo play and some unfortunate graphical decisions.
  5. Drift Mania can be a reasonably fun and nostalgic racer. Just not a great one. [Oct 2009, p.127]
  6. Micro Machines remains to be beaten, but this top-down racer is still fun if you have enough friends.
  7. 60
    If you like old school racers like Off Road and Super Off Road, and have A) Lots of friends who can come over at any time or B) Lots of siblings who want to play there is a lot of potential in this game. However, if you are going for a solo drive, give it some thought first – ‘cause you won’t be playing online.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MarkCosmic
    Sep 30, 2009
    Me & my boys have played this non-stop since we dowloaded it, fantastic topdown retro fun, I grew up near an arcade with the orignal Black & White Atari Sprint so I'm well into this. Sadly we've unlocked everything after a couple of weeks but it's still got high replay value. Hope they do an extra track expansion pack ! Full Review »
  2. TaikoSteve
    Sep 29, 2009
    This is classic top down racing like you used to see in arcade titles like Iron Man or even in NES classics like Micromachines.

    The price
    is totally worth it. The graphics are nice, the ammount of game play is excellent for the price, and the 8 person multi player is great. Also, there are a lot of vehicle types to unlock which gives the game a good run of single player fun as well.

    The negative stuff that keeps me from rating it a 10 is no wifi and it would have been fun to have some Iron Man type features with purchasing tires, nitros, and additional tracks-- but its and $8 title--- so in that aspect, its amazing for what you get.

    But that stuff a side, this is one of the better Wiiware titles out there. If you use your wii for local party gaming its a must have...and if you're into some casual single player racing-- also a must have.
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  3. ShaheemEbrahim
    Sep 13, 2009
    The game is a lot of fun, thanks to responsive controls and good collision detection and LOTS of drifting.
    The minute sprites make it hard to
    see which vehicle is which.
    The sound effects are good and music is OK.
    You can choose from dune buggies to large trucks and have any mix in a race.
    More tracks would have been nice.
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