As part of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario, Nintendo released an augmented reality Mario Kart game called Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which lets you use a real remote-controlled car to drive through tracks you make out of your home. While the whole thing sounds cool on paper, according to Niki’s write-up, it’s kind of limited by the space you have to make courses, is too costly, and some of the tech is just not up to snuff to make it a great Mario Kart experience. But while the furniture and walls of your home can be one barrier in Mario’s way, no Mario Kart game is complete without some moving, living obstacles. Like a pack of ferrets who just don’t know what to think of a car moving across the floor of their homes
Twitter user @kursedkitty posted a 35-second video of Mario Kart Live in her home, and while normally Mario wouldn’t have an issue driving down a basically empty hallway, kursedkitty’s three ferrets had other plans. Mocha, Boo, and Peach were so perplexed by Mario and his kart that they had to investigate, and even as Mario tried to escape, he was nearly overtaken several times by the long, fluffy menaces.
Mario kart + ferrets 💕 pic.twitter.com/UqVnbVz1ab
— Spooky Sips 🥤✨ (@kursedkitty) October 31, 2020
So this means that Bowser now has some competition for Mario’s greatest nemesis, because King Koopa has never been able to stop Mario from accomplishing his goals like Mocha, Boo, and Peach. While it wasn’t really intentional, it does show that with the right variables Mario Kart Live can be a lot of silly fun, even if the tools it has might seem limiting on their own.
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Mario Kart Live is one of the many products and games Nintendo has been rolling out this year as part of Super Mario’s anniversary. While there hasn’t really been a new mainline game to mark the occasion, there have been a handful of re-releases, including Super Mario Bros. 3D All-Stars, which contains Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy all on the Switch. For some reason, Nintendo is limiting the collection’s time on the eShop and in stores and will be pulling it from both in March of next year. This limited run of digital products seems to be a new trend for Nintendo, as the company announced it would be doing the same thing for the upcoming re-release of the original Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light that was announced last month. That one is especially rough, because it will be the first time that game has ever been officially localized, and has never been available to western audiences before.
Along with the extremely poor handling of Super Mario Bros. 3D All-Stars, Nintendo also is doing in-game events for games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, selling exclusive merchandise at its stores, and releasing a Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. device that plays the original game.