Remember that real life Mario Kart game that mixes video gameplay with actual toys that race around your living room? Yeah. That is called Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and it is releasing very soon! October 16th to be exact.
Since the game was shown off during last month’s Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct, we have not learned a whole lot about how the game plays and what all is included in the box. Well, thankfully Nintendo has posted a nice gameplay deep dive that helps answer a bunch of these questions!
Create Your Course
Take the gates provided by the game and place them anywhere in numerical order, and then drive through them. Voila! You have made both a real-world track for your toys and a in-game course to play on your Switch, and the two are technically one in the same.
You can create all kinds of courses, from simple circles to insanely complex shapes. It is completely up to you! In-home objects like chairs and tables will become natural obstacles, and familiar scenery is transformed into a dynamic race track. It is recommended to have a 10x12ft space to play.
Get ready to race against the odds as you pin up against Bowser and his Koopalings in a variety of Grand Prix. Certain stages from Mario Kart history will make appearances and help decorate your living rooms in new ways, and certain obstacles will cause you trouble depending on the course and Grand Prix that you are playing. There are 24 Grand Prix races in total.
Familiar items like bananas and shells will of course be in the game, and you can enjoy classic Mario Kart tactics with these items. For example, using the Bullet Bill item will have you blast through the course automatically and will drive the toy on its own.
Difficulties even range from the slow 50cc all the way to the insanely fast 200cc. The higher the class, the faster the real cars go, too! You can choose the course and class that fit you best, depending on your skill level.
You also earn rewards by collecting coins throughout the levels. You can customize your avatar and kart to your liking with many different options.
In addition to Grand Prix, you can also create your own unique tracks in Custom Race. You can choose the class, gates, items, and many other customizations in this mode. Time Trials is also available to aim for the fastest time. You can even play any mode in Mirror Mode, which flips the courses the opposite direction.
Smart steering is also back to help younger and inexperienced players to enjoy the game at their own pace.
Lots of Ways to Play!
In Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, you can change the layout of a course, even in Grand Prix, whenever you want. Use the included items to help create fascinating courses, and make sure to decorate your tracks with items found around the house, like teddy bears and blocks.
Up to four players and real-life toys can participate in races, but each person will need their own Nintendo Switch console. Hit your family and friends in the game and in the room!
Bundles include the Mario Set and the Luigi set, which will include the game, the corresponding figure/kart, four gates, 2 arrow signs, and a USB charging cable for the figure/kart. The software is only digital and must be downloaded to play (Sorry physical game collectors).
Unfortunately, the game is not currently available on Amazon, but you can go to the Mario Set and Luigi Set page to register for an email reminder. The price is set at $99.99 in case you are wondering and need to make some budget plans.
In the meantime, enjoy the gameplay video!
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