We've covered the phenomenon of "real life" Mario Karting in the past, but it would seem that this light-hearted attempt to replicate the feel of the classic racing series comes with some pretty negative side-effects.

Not only is the company which runs the "MariCar" event being taken to court by Nintendo, there have been multiple reports of people crashing these vehicles and causing damage or injury.

According to Kotaku, one tourist crashed a MariCar into a police box, while another was arrested following an alleged hit-and-run. The victim in the latter case required several weeks to fully recover.

The latest mishap involved a 30-something tourist from Singapore driving a MariCar onto the pavement and into a restaurant sign. Oops.

https://twitter.com/ackymouse8/status/990916537086132225

Mercifully, no pedestrians were involved and the driver sustained only minor injuries.

[via kotaku.com]