Play Mario Kart Wii next week

GAME stores to fill up with the sparks of power slides for country-wide Mario Kart Wii tournament UPDATE: London too!

Nintendo UK is set to kick off a country-wide Mario Kart Wii tournament next week, letting gamers go hands-on with the racer before it releases on April 11.

The tourney is set to take place in GAME stores across Britain (except, for some reason, London) next Saturday, April 5, though you won't be able to practice for it because erm, the game isn't out yet.

Prizes include £250 of 'Experience Vouchers' for activities including Karting, Paintballing and Quad Biking and a Mario Kart VW Beetle Convertible, for power sliding around Sainsbury's car park on a Friday night.

The Grand final will take place at a fancy racing day event at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands.

If you're up for it, get yourself down to one of the GAME stores below next Saturday. Oh, and don't forget to read NGamer's massive review right here.

UPDATE: GAME has sent us over the full list and look - there are London dates! And even better, Romford dates!

  • MANCHESTER, Arndale Centre
  • TRAFFORD, Trafford Centre
  • BOURNEMOUTH, Commercial Road
  • PORSTMOUTH, Commercial Road
  • STEVENAGE, The Forum
  • MERRYHILL, Merryhill Shopping Centre
  • READING, Oracle Shopping Centre
  • BASINGSTOKE, Festival Place
  • BRAEHEAD, Braehead Shopping Centre
  • GLASGOW, Sauchiehall Street
  • MILTON KEYNES, Crown Walk
  • NOTTINGHAM, Victoria Centre
  • LEEDS, Albion Street
  • LUTON, Arndale Centre
  • CHELTENHAM, High Street
  • CARDIFF, Queen Street
  • BLACKBURN, Market Way
  • WIGAN, Standish Gate
  • HANLEY, The Potteries
  • LONDON HAMLEYS, Regent Street
  • LONDON, Oxford Street
  • THURROCK, Lakeside Shopping Centre
  • ROMFORD, Liberty 2 Centre
  • TAUNTON,Fore Street
  • EDINBURGH,Princes Street
  • KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES, The Bentalls Center