The popularity of Nintendo’s Super Mario series has allowed the game maker to explore a variety of different formats beyond traditional gameplay, appealing to both kids and adults alike. The collaboration with LEGO launched last month is one such example, and now Nintendo is announcing a brand new gaming format for Switch and Switch Lite.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit brings the iconic Mario Kart series to life, offering players a chance to use the Nintendo Switch to control a palm-sized physical kart on a customisable course at home. Using augmented reality technology and a camera at the front of the kart, what you see on-screen is similar to the usual Mario Kart world – but with your own home setting as the background. What happens live in-game — such as boosting — affects the physical kart too, while crashing into obstacles on-screen will stop the toy kart from running.
The Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit set comes with either a Mario or Luigi kart, and inside you’ll find four cardboard gates and two arrow signboards that need to be placed on the floor to create the Mario Kart course, plus a code to download the game. Multiplayer mode allows up to four people to play at once, but each player will need their own Switch with the game downloaded, plus their own Mario or Luigi kart. Players also have to be physically present at the same location to play against each other.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will be available from 16 October and is priced at US$99.