- Oct 24, 2017
I'm creating a new thread for this to highlight how big this is. Just imagine the implications, the potential. Mario Kart in AR seems great to begin with, but imagine combining this with VR to make you feel like you are racing across the floor of your living room yourself. Imagine what toys can do with this kind of technology 10, 20 years from now on. Imagine building your medieval Lego village and castle and then using a remote controlled minifig in VR to walk around in it yourself.
What is this?
This is Mario Kart, taking place in your living room! Releasing this october, Nintendo will sell specialized RC-cars with camera control and Switch connectivity. Using a downloadable software, you will be able to drive the RC-cars around in your own environment, with your home acting as the circuit for your races!
So, is it a toy? Is it a game?
It's both! Imagine playing traditional Mario Kart in an AR-environment! It will be big among kids, but also have a lot of fun to offer for grown-ups alike!
When will it release?
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is set to arrive fairly soon: 10-16-2020!
What's the price point?
Unconfirmed as of yet, but a price point of about $100 is being rumored right now, which would be for one of the two available bundles: the Mario- and the Luigi-sets, each containing 1x RC-car, 4x gates, 2x guide posts and 1x USB charging cable:
How many people can play?
The official homepage states up to 4 players, whereas each player needs their own kart and Nintendo Switch. Single player races will take place against up to 4 AI-bot koopalings.
How does setting up a track work?
Fairly easy, judging from the trailer: you set up your 4 gates, enter a special "track drawing" mode (the part in the trailer where Lakitu dumps some pink color on Mario's wheels) and then drive around and through all 4 gates to draw your track. Once you return to your starting point and connect the two ends of the track together that way, you are done.
Are the promotional pictures on the website indicative of the RC-car's camera quality?
No, they were shot with a digital SONY camera in about 4K resolution and edited to represent the gameplay. Picture quality of the race track will be definitely worse than those promo shots - but paired with the fun racing action and the added AR elements, you will likely not bother too much.
Will this be mad fun like it sounds?