Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit -Mario Set – Nintendo Switch Mario Set Edition
Nintendo has really been the king of gimmicks in recent years, luckily for us they are really good at it.
This time Nintendo is stepping into the world of augmented reality. In other words, you can put your digital Mario Kart into the real world.
You set up course barriers around your room and the kart uses a built in camera to turn any room up to 15×15 into a real and virtual racetrack.
Obviously you are going to want hard floors for this to make sure the little kart is able to run on it. You also need a lot of free space to play this game right, but it works fantastically! The built in track design tool is top notch, and the camera picks everything up very fast, so your races are as real time as can be, with no lag that I’ve noticed.
And now for the bad. Anyone who’s ever played a Kart game knows that single player is fun, but multiplayer is where it’s at. Unfortunately, because of the nature of what this game actually is, you will need 2 Switches and 2 copies of the game and kart. So, basically another $400 if you already have a Switch and one copy of the game already. Plus, if you don’t have any kind of hard floor in your home, or you have pet hair on your floor you may be in for a rough ride. The Karts aren’t made to take any kind of bumps, and like any RC car, animal fur is your enemy because it can and will get wrapped around the axels.
Luckily for me, we have 2 Switches in our house. Unlucky for me, the Luigi version is sold out practically everywhere already, though I obviously did score one as shown in the picture. One more slightly obnoxious thing about it is that they give you the world’s shortest USB-C cable and no power cube to charge it with.
This is an expensive endeavor with the new systems not even a month away.
If you’re already a Nintendo fan then you’re going to love this, and you probably already own it. If you’re looking forward to the new consoles, this probably isn’t what you want to spend right now. Either way, I’m sure this is going to be right up there with the hot holiday toys this year.
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The world of Mario Kart is racing into yours
Control a real-life Mario Kart with Nintendo Switch and watch it come to life in the game! Use the Nintendo Switch to control your kart and watch it react to what’s happening in-game as you boost to victory. Your in-home course comes to life on-screen with a view from behind the driver’s seat.
Control a real-life Mario Kart with Nintendo Switch and watch it come to life in the game!
Race a real-world Mario Kart through your home! Use the Nintendo Switch system to control your kart and watch as it reacts to what’s happening in the game as you boost and drift to victory. Your in-home course comes to life on-screen with a view from right behind the driver’s seat.
Turn your home into a Mario Kart course of your design
Place gates and customize courses in the real world, then see them come alive with different in-game environments like jungles and snowscapes and obstacles like Piranha Plants. Use objects from around the house to customize your courses, then watch the game transform your home into the Mario Kart world.
Zoom around the house with up to three friends
Bring along some friends to race around your custom course in Custom Race or Grand Prix! Just make sure each player has their own Nintendo Switch system, the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit game and a Mario kart or Luigi kart.
The magic of augmented of reality doesn’t just mean you’ll see your course and opponents come alive on screen. Hit a boost in the game? Watch as your real-life Mario Kart speeds up. Get hit by a Green Shell? Look out, because your kart will slow down! If you’re worried about straying too far from the course, Smart Steering will help guide you along.
The races you progress through in Grand Prix mode are varied-the windy environment might push your kart to the side, while the in-game Piranha Plant gate will bite you if you pass the wrong side. As you play, you’ll unlock more speed settings, costumes, and more! These can all be used to create your custom course. Even Rainbow Road makes an appearance!
Custom course materials not included. Additional games, systems and karts required for multiplayer mode. Systems and karts sold separately. Game download required and available as free download on Nintendo eShop. Nintendo Switch Lite plays all games that support handheld mode.