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Cars: Mater-National Championship is a racing video game developed by Rainbow Studios and published by THQ for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance, released on October 29, 2007. It is the sequel to the 2006 video game Cars, which was based on the Cars film from Pixar. This is the last Pixar game to be released on the Game Boy Advance.

Following on from the events of the first game, Lightning McQueen is beginning construction on his racing headquarters and Mater hosts his own racing series to promote the event.

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  • Adaptation Expansion: This game continues to develop the three areas from the first game in different ways:
    • In Radiator Springs, a new path has been carved through one of the rock formations near the courthouse, Fillmore's opened up a nature preserve in the forest area, a canyon full of water, tornadoes and cacti replaced Sarge's boot camp and the main plot of the game has Lightning build his new racing headquarters.
  • Canon Foreigner: Besides the several returning from the first gamenote , Mater-National introduces several new challengers in Philip, Giovanni, Otto, Gudmund, Koji, Emma and Yuri.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • El Guapo and Papo are the only Canon Foreigners from the first game that don't return for Mater-National.
    • Sally, Mack, Chick Hicks, The King, Darrel Cartrip and the Delinquent Road Hazards (minus Snot Rod) are completely absent after appearing in the previous game.
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  • Demoted to Extra: Sheriff and Count Spatula go from playable characters in the first game to NPCs.
  • Game Mod: The PC edition has several mods, the most notable being the Hi-Octane Edition, which makes every character from across the original game, Mater-National and Cars Race O Rama playable, brings back every track from the first game (as well as several from Race-O-Rama) and adds several new tracks and paint jobs for every character as well.
  • Shout-Out: Otto states he participates in Le Cars, a 24-hour consecutive race. This is a pun on 24 Hours of Le Mans, a French rally race of the same name.
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