• Aug 20, 2009
Codemasters F1 2009 for Wii - Click above to watch video

Kitschy titles like Mario Kart aside, Nintendo's Wii console has never attempted to earn the driving clout that Sony's Playstation and Microsoft's xBox consoles so vehemently compete for. That could change, to some degree at least, with the upcoming release of F1 2009 from the racing simulators at Codemasters. The game is set to be released shortly, and to preview, Codemasters has released video footage of gameplay at the Valencia track where the real Formula One circus will be racing this coming weekend.

To sweeten the deal, the Wii version will also come with an exclusive Race Wheel accessory which will presumably work like the wheel bundled with Mario Kart Wii, but with a flat-bottom form factor styled to resemble an actual F1 steering wheel. The 2009 version will be released for Wii and Sony's portable PSP, but xBox 360 and PS3 gamers will have to wait for the more elaborate F1 2010 due next year. Follow the jump to watch the footage.

[Source: Codemasters]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      A buddy of mine goes on at length about how the F1 guys could learn a thing or two from NASCAR about pit stops. Looking at that picture it's hard to argue, there's always about twenty guys over the wall on an F1 stop and they get in each others' way all the time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, they still use a gas can, and they still have to roll out floor jacks (no built-in pneumatic jacks). They're hopelessly stuck in the '70s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Come on, F1 pit-stops take 6.5-11 seconds, depending on the fuel load, and the first 5 NASCAR pitstops i could find in youtube (without any trouble, 4 tires changed) took around 18 seconds. They sometimes get in each other's way, but they are in average twice as fast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the controller will be a problem. I've tried a couple of the Wii driving games, and the problem isn't the graphics or the wheel, though neither are particularly nice either.

      The real problem is the accelerator and the brakes. They are buttons, not analog joysticks or buttons with multiple positions. They are on-off buttons. You can't simulate racing with pedals that are on and off. The only game where this isn't an issue is MarioKart and that's because if you're not spinning out in MarioKart, you're not doing it right.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Crappy graphics, lighting is especially bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      its not the graphics that sims are after, its the physics. i could deal with the antiquated physics if it has a simulation feel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't mind the graphics just as long as the gameplay is spot-on. Plus, the nunchuk design of the Wii controller should make driving a little more comfortable.

      For me, it's the online that will make or break my purchase decision, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Formula One on the Wii. Isn't that an oxymoron?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure I'd buy the Wii version of this. Sure it's cool to drive the car with the steering wheel and all. But, in a game like this, I'm usually after more realism and the graphics limitations of the Wii will make this far inferior to the 360 or PS3 versions of the same game. It's even mentioned in the post when they say that the 2010 version will be much more elaborate.

      Mario Kart for Wii however, works because of the cartoonishness of it and it remains one of my favorite Wii games. No one is looking for hi-def graphics in that game, at least not to the extent that fans of driving simulators are looking for the same.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the F1 2010 game will still be based upon the 2009 season which means we won't get the new teams. It will be interesting in career mode where the mid level jobs will be at McLaren and Ferrari and you hope to work your way up to Brawn and Red Bull Racing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ugh..I'm so depressed this games looks the way it does. I just hope that the 360/PS3 version will be what the fans have been asking for in the forums.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the game looks fun although the graphics are hurting as its using 2002 technology :( Will see what kind of reviews it gets. Really surprised its not coming out on the PS3, they have sixaxis which you could use to steer too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like crap for Wii, but the PS3 / 360 versions hopefully will be great. I might pick up the PSP version though, since I've always wanted an F1 game for PSP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a shame they decided to only launch this title on wii and psp. It looks like a game from 1999, not 2009.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow. This does looks like sh*t!

        Once again confirmation on why the wii sucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        stick to Mario Kart Wii.....these graphics are horrible and insult the motorsport industry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They really did a good job considering what they have to work with. Although I have to ask are F1 fans Wii owners?

      Secondly anyone who loves driving would absolutely never use a wheel you have to hold in the air like that. You can't drive precisely and your arms would fatigue before you finished 20 laps.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To answer your question-

        Hi, my name is Dave, and I'm a fully functional and well versed F1 fan. Beyond that, one of my other "issues" is that I own a Wii...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Another long time F1 fan and Wii owner.
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