Nintendo continues to develop toy games. last in line is the AR racing game Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit which will be released for the Nintendo Switch on October 16. In a brand new trailer, we get the whole concept explained to us in the smallest detail.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, created in collaboration with Nintendo and Velan Studios, uses AR technology to bridge the gap between Mario Kart’s virtual world and the real world in players’ living rooms.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit contains everything you need to get started. In the package you will find a go-kart, with either Mario or Luigi in the driver’s seat, four ports, two arrow markers that can be used to make your tracks even better and a USB charging cable for the go-kart. You can download the game itself at no extra cost from the Nintendo eShop.
To start running a race, first place the four gates around your home and then run through each of the gates in turn to create a track layout. Creativity is the key here and many different types of courses can be designed, from the simplest and classic to more complex with lots of curves. It is recommended that you have an area of at least 3.5 x 3 m to build the course on, but in addition, all living areas, large and small, can be transformed into a unique Mario Kart experience with countless combinations possible even in smaller rooms. Once the track has been created, it’s time to compete.
In this video, we hear Velan Studios talk about how without Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit was born.
The primary game mode in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is what is called the Grand Prix. In it, you play against Koopalings in eight Grand Prix with a total of 24 different courses. In each race, well-known Mario Kart obstacles and objects appear in the game and affect your physical go-kart, giving Mario Kart gaming a whole new dimension. For example, if you get a sponge in the game, it gives the physical go-kart a speed boost, but if you are hit by a red shell in the game, your go-kart will lose speed.
A number of well-known items from the Mario Kart series are included here, including the slippery banana peels, ink-spilling Bloopers and even Bullet Bills. Different environments such as underwater, volcanic and retro will spice up life on the tracks further by introducing a variety of dangers and features in the game.
In addition to Grand Prix mode, there are several other ways to play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit:
- Custom Race: This mode gives players even more room for creativity. Here you not only design the physical layout of the course but also add dangers, objects and more and can thus create truly unique courses.
- Time Trial: Create a course and then play to get the fastest time possible. Either against your own personal records or hand over control to another player to see if they can beat your time.
- Mirror Mode: For those who want an extra challenge. Here you can play all Grand Prix courses mirrored.
With four sets of Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit up to four players can compete against each other in either the Grand Prix or Custom Race mode. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit offers an exciting world of imaginative opportunities for go-kart drivers of all ages and with different levels of experience.