Japan can be both a weird and wonderful country at times with robot restaurants and cat cafes. You might have also heard about an unlicensed Mario Kart ride company located in Tokyo. Even the Australian actor Hugh Jackman, best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men movies, has spotted these karts in action.
Being a completely unlicensed Mario Kart ride business, it should come as no surprise Nintendo wasn't happy about its day-to-day operations and has finally won a lawsuit against the company. Wall Street Journal Tech Reporter Takashi Mochizuki was the first to reveal Tokyo's Mari Mobility company, previously known as MariCar, would have to fork out 10 million yen (roughly $88,000) and immediately stop wearing Mario-themed outfits as Nintendo had complained it was damaging the reputation of the Mario Kart series.
As explained by Kotaku, Nintendo originally filed the lawsuit in February 2017, with the aim to protect its "valued intellectual property" that it had carefully built up over many years. At the time, Nintendo said it would continue to take necessary measures against infringement of intellectual property. Since Nintendo won the lawsuit, the Mari Mobility website has removed images of customers in Nintendo and Mario-themed costumes. Unless Nintendo now opens up its own real-life Mario Kart business in Tokyo, it's officially the end of an era.
What do you think about this? Are you surprised Nintendo didn't take legal action sooner? Have you ever used this ride-kart service in Tokyo? Tell us below.