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Expect to See a Real Mario Kart in Tennessee Real Soon

Posted by James Newton

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Remember those real-life Mario Karts created by West Coast Customs? Nate Stehley of Clarksville, Tennessee just won one.

Stehley will get the keys to his fully functional electric-powered kart on Tuesday, so if you step out next week and see a grown man driving a Mario kart with a glider attached, you're not going completely mental.

Nintendo Delivers Real-Life Mario Kart to GameStop Epic Reward Giveaway Winner in Tennessee

Nintendo Will Present Kart Keys to Lucky Winner in Clarksville, Tenn.

Nintendo will deliver a life-size Mario Kart™ vehicle to a Clarksville, Tenn., resident as the lucky winner of the GameStop® Epic Reward Giveaway™. Nintendo will present him with the keys to the fully functioning kart.

To celebrate the recent launch of the Mario Kart™ 7 game for the portable Nintendo 3DS™ system, Nintendo teamed up with West Coast Customs to create life-size models of two karts from the game – one for Mario™ and one for Luigi™ – and unveiled them at the 2011 LA Auto Show. A recent episode of Inside West Coast Customs on the Velocity Network showed how West Coast Customs and Nintendo worked together to make these video game vehicles a reality. Members of the GameStop PowerUp Rewards™ program had the opportunity to claim Mario’s kart as part of the monthly Epic Reward Giveaway. The kart comes complete with a decorative glider wing, as represented in the game. The Luigi Bumble V Kart resides at Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

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User Comments (22)

NintyMan

#1

NintyMan said:

Wow, that's awesome. No doubt that would be the coolest go-kart-like vehicle on the track. Now if only you could actually glide or drive underwater.

The South seems to get several cool Nintendo things recently, if the Nintendo theme park and the Zelda GameStop were any examples.

AutumnShantel

#4

AutumnShantel said:

I race r/c cars and painted a couple bodies up that resembled my favorite Excite Truck paint scheme. My new body painted yesterday is based from Jeff Burton's car, but maybe my next one I'll have to paint up like one of Yoshi's rides... Like Egg1 from the DS. It's funny, I never really thought of that, as into Mario Kart as I am.

D33G

#6

D33G said:

Am I the only one who thought that read "Real Mario Kart Tournament?"

HP_3

#9

HP_3 said:

Awesome! The winner is from my state of Tennessee, Hell yeah!

Tasuki

#10

Tasuki said:

@ClaytonLuigi: Not sure about Tennessee but I know here in Cali even with a license plate that Kart wont be street legal so unless he want to get it impounded he should stay off the streets with that thing.

Ras

#13

Ras said:

Nooooo. Nate Stehley is my enemy! That kart was to be mine!

I was under the impression GameStop was giving away both carts. I think they were and Ninty said, "No way, we're keeping one of those!"

TheRegginator

#14

TheRegginator said:

The standard kart is currently in the Nintendo World Store. I saw it when I went there. Perhaps he is getting the Bumble V cart.

Drewroxsox

#16

Drewroxsox said:

I would wait a couple of years , then sale it to some rich snob for $10,000,000+ then my life would be complete :)

JimLad

#19

JimLad said:

I'd prefer one of the original Mario Karts, the ones with the bar chasis, remember them?
And I'd rather it be petrol powered.
...basically I'd rather have an actual go-kart. :P

StarDust4Ever

#21

StarDust4Ever said:

Lucky guy. Now let's watch him hock it on ebay for tens of thousands of dollars... :P

Hey, what's the top speed on these monsters? I saw an assembly photo of the inside with a bunch of sealed Lead-Acid batteries. If it was mine, I'd make a trip over to the battery store to add some extra batteries and over-volt it just a little to increase the acceleration, torque, and max speed.

Shirma_Akayaku

#22

Shirma_Akayaku said:

Typical for Tennessee. people living in the southern part of the U.S. have a better chance of winning things like this.
i wouldn't expect some one in New York, Manhattan driving this thru the city.

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