Nintendo have revealed Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, a hybrid video game and real world toy in which you race little Mario Karts around your home with your Nintendo Switch. Out on 16th October, it looks all set to terrorise parents’ feet and unsuspecting pets this Christmas.
It all works thanks to the cameras built into the karts, allowing their video feed to be beamed to Nintendo Switch consoles, which can then overlay an augmented reality course onto your home, showing you the course, boosts, items and the Koopalings that you’ll be racing against.
Two models will be out on 16th October – one for Mario and one for Luigi – with support for up to four players in local multiplayer.
The announcement came as part of a surprise Nintendo Direct, in which Nintendo unveiled a ton of Super Mario-related games and content to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. That saw the Super Mario 3D All-Stars remaster bundle, which remakes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy into a single package for Nintendo Switch to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. There was also Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, which is coming out in February. Oh, and Super Maro Bros. 35 is another Nintendo battle royale for Nintendo Switch Online.
Then there’s Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., a collectable Game & Watch system inspired by the original Game & Watch featuring Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2) and a special version of Ballwith a Mario makeover.
Speaking of classics, Super Mario All-Stars will jumping into Nintendo Switch Online today, and there will be a Super Mario-themed Splatfest coming to Splatoon 2 in January. March 2021 will then see Animal Crossing: New Horizons play host to Super Mario-themed furniture.
Non-video games collaborations are also ramping up, with Monopoly Super Mario Celebration, Kinder Surprise Super Mario products, and the various LEGO Super Mario sets all out now.