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You can soon drive a real-life Mario Kart around your home using the Nintendo Switch

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Nintendo has dreamed up a new way for Mario Kart fans to race each other.

New York (CNN Business)Nintendo has dreamed up a new way for Mario Kart fans to race each other.

"Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit" is Nintendo's latest toy aimed at the holiday season, one of the many Super Mario products launching this year to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.

"Mario Kart Live" is a small remote-controlled car that works with augmented reality (AR) and a free game on the Nintendo Switch.

Each Mario Kart comes with a built-in camera that can see the car's surroundings.

CNN Business got to test out Mario Kart Live before the launch and set up a racing track inside the home.

Mario Kart is a well-known franchise, but Mario Kart Live's addition of augmented reality creates surreal moments, such as seeing yourself playing with the Nintendo Switch alongside Mario's kart or your pet dog walking by the race track.

To set up the game, you must first download the free software from the Nintendo eShop and purchase a Kart, either Mario or Luigi.

When a race starts, Mario or Luigi race around the track competing against virtual opponents like Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings, or against other real players.

The kart can detect when Mario bumps into real obstacles too, costing him coins.

The more races you enter, the more Mario or Luigi can unlock more outfits and race car looks.

Up to four people can race together, but each must buy their own Kart and Switch, which would cost a total of more than $1,000.

"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" has sold 26. 7 million copies, according to Nintendo's official sales data, making it the Nintendo Switch's most successful game to date, with "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" a close second at 22. 4 million games.

"Surely Nintendo hopes Mario Kart Live will be a source of nostalgic fun for parents and at-home experimentation for kids. "

The fact that each player needs their own Switch, and enough room to play the game could pose challenges to sales, Nooney said.

"While Nintendo may have nailed a use case for AR with Mario Kart Live, they haven't gotten around the fact that each screen is its own console — with a price tag to match," she said.

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