Lucky kids can now drive around in an actual Mario Kart, but it’s quite expensive and, so far, exclusive to the US.
The idea of being able to experience Mario Kart in real life has always been incredibly appealing, if fundamentally impossible and a health and safety nightmare.
Nintendo itself seems to be aware of this since one of the main attractions at its Universal Studios theme park is an augmented reality Mario Kart ride.
While we’ll likely never be able to do loop-de-loops and throw banana peels at one another in an actual go-kart, the youth of today can at least better simulate the experience thanks to a partnership between Nintendo and Jakks Pacific.
As spotted in a recent online advertisement, the toy company is selling life-sized Mario Kart themed go-karts that look like they’ve been ripped straight out of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
They’re obviously not designed for racing, since they can only reach a top speed of 8mph, but they can drift and they have built-in sound effects and music taken from the games.
Unfortunately, there are three major caveats with them. The first is that they’re so far only available in the US. At the time of writing, the only retailer that stocks them is Target and they don’t ship internationally.
The second is that they’re not cheap, and are priced on Jakks’ website at $399.99. That’s more than £354.
Thirdly, there are no adult sizes. These things are designed exclusively for children, which makes sense but will no doubt leave many an adult Yoshi green with envy.
For adults, the closest thing to real-life Mario Kart is the aforementioned ride at Super Nintendo World in Japan. Presumably, the ride will also feature at the eventual Hollywood and Florida locations once they open in 2023 and 2025, respectively.
Fortunately, the game itself is still seeing updates thanks to the new DLC expansion adding even more racetracks, which will last well into 2023.
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