There’s a new Mario Kart AR game being released on Switch this year and it involves remote control cars and tracks you make yourself.
Fans have long wondered whether Nintendo would release a new Mario Kart game on Switch, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is technically just a Wii U game with some extra DLC added on top.
You usually only get one Mario Kart per console, but Home Circuit is a little different. And by a little different we mean completely different, because it uses real cars with cameras on them that you then drive around using the Switch – which superimposes other racers and power-ups onto the smurf’s eye view you have of your living room floor.
It’s the sort of idea only Nintendo could come up with but we’re not going pretend it doesn’t look really fun. Especially as you can lay out the track however you want using special gates and by drawing the course on the Switch screen.
The computer-controlled racers are all Koopalings, while your toy kart will physically speed up if you hit an in-game power-up or stop if it gets hit by one itself. You can get a bit clearer idea of how it all works on Nintendo’s website.
The game can be played by up to four players in local multiplayer but you only get one car in the set, with a choice between buying one with Mario or Luigi as the driver.
Nintendo has partnered with American company Velan Studios to make Home Circuit, although we’ve never heard of them before and their website is a bit ambiguous as to whether they’ve ever made a game before.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will be released on 16 October, just a month after the newly announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars. There’s no indication of how much it’ll cost yet though.
The game is being released as part of the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary celebrations, with mobile game Mario Kart Tour also joining in with a special event this month.
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