Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, the AR-powered remote control racer for the Nintendo Switch, is out now, giving players the opportunity to turn their homes into frantic speedways that allow for some slick shell-blasting Mario Kart action. You can check out the launch trailer down below to see how it all works:
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is quick to set up and play: when beginning a session, players first place the four gates around their living space, then drive the kart through each of them in turn to create a track layout. Once the track has been set up, it’s time to get racing. In every race, familiar Mario Kart elements in the game affect the physical kart itself, bringing the frenetic fun of Mario Kart into a whole new dimension. For example, grabbing a mushroom in-game gives the physical kart a speed boost, whereas getting hit by a red shell will stop the kart in its tracks. The kart is designed to race across a variety of flat, indoor surfaces such as hardwood, laminate, tile, and short pile carpeting, so it’s possible to combine multiple different surface types in a single track.
The game offers multiple modes to enjoy:
– Grand Prix: Players can put their driving skills to the test against the Koopalings, across eight Cups with 24 different course in total.
– Custom Race: This mode gives players even more room for creativity, designing not just the physical layout of the track but also adding hazards, items and more to bring truly unique creations to life.
– Time Trial: Players create a track and then race to set the fastest time possible – competing either against their own personal best, or handing the controller to another player for an exciting Time Trial head-to-head that requires only one Nintendo Switch console and one copy of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.
– Mirror Mode: For those who fancy an extra challenge, this mode allows all of the Grand Prix tracks to be played in mirror image, with right turns becoming left and the familiar becoming unfamiliar.
Created in partnership by Nintendo and Velan Studios, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit includes one kart – with either Mario or Luigi in the driving seat, depending on the set you choose – plus four gates, two arrow markers that can be used to enhance your tracks, and a USB charging cable for the kart. The software comes in the form of a free download from Nintendo eShop, which, once downloaded, syncs up with the physical kart hardware. With multiple Nintendo Switch consoles and copies of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, up to four players can race against each other in either Grand Prix or Custom Race modes.
Nintendo have always been considered the best innovators in the video game space and I really think that Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit could be something special. Sure, it might not suit EVERYONE’S home, but those who’ve got a decent amount of space (and some creative ideas for courses) will undoubtedly love speeding around their home.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is available now on the Nintendo Switch. Find out more on the official website through this link.