Nintendo and Hot Wheels have today announced a partnership which will see a global release of Hot Wheels Mario Kart die-cast vehicles and tracks.

The collection will be made up of three Mario Kart game-inspired track sets and plenty of characters from the franchise. At launch, Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, and Bowser will all be available as 1:64th scale vehicles, with others such as Princess Peach, Koopa Troopa and Toad "coming soon".

The three track sets we mentioned will include the following:

- Hot Wheels Mario Kart Track Set Course-Inspired Assortments:
--- Piranha Plant Slide Track Set
--- Thwomp Ruins Track Set

- Hot Wheels Mario Kart Circuit Track Set

Matt Brutocao, Senior Director of Global Brand Marketing at Hot Wheels, has shared the following statement:

“Mario Kart and Hot Wheels are two of the most iconic brands in play, each with their own storied history and devoted fan base, so the combination of the two is something very special. Our new Hot Wheels Mario Kart line creates an exciting Mario Kart play experience, complete with fun characters, authentic details and the type of out-of-this-world racing challenges that are synonymous with Hot Wheels.”

The tracks and cars will be available globally in select markets and retailers from this summer and, to celebrate the launch, Hot Wheels will feature Mario Kart at San Diego Comic-Con from 17th - 21st, giving attendees the chance to check out a Metal Mario vehicle which will be exclusive to Mattel's booth and on Mattel's official site.

Right, hands up. Who needs that track immediately? We're reorganising the office as we speak.

[via businesswire.com]