Expect to See a Real Mario Kart in Tennessee Real Soon

Miyamoto not included

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.